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  • Could stem cells improve the outcome of ARDS in severe COVID-19? May 17, 2021
    The severity of COVID-19 in some patients seems to be due to a hyper-inflammatory state resulting from a dysregulated immune response. This is characterized by a cytokine storm and immunologically-mediated clots.
  • 2 infection preventionists talk about reenergizing the field May 17, 2021
    What can infection preventionists expect after COVID-19? Sara M. Reese, PhD, MPH, CIC, and Sarah Smathers, MPH, CIC, are trying to answer that question. They are two of the authors (the other is Heather Gilmartin, PhD, NP, CIC) of a study in the American Journal of Infection Control that looks at ways hospitals can recruit, […]
  • Applying prospective genomic surveillance to support investigation of hospital-onset COVID-19 May 17, 2021
    Here, we provide an update on our previous Article,1 which described the use of rapid SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing to investigate hospital-acquired infections at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, U.K. CUH experienced a substantial second wave of COVID-19.
  • Study: Higher antibiotic doses may make bacteria 'fitter' May 17, 2021
    Using higher doses of antibiotics in a bid to tackle the growing problem of drug resistance may end up strengthening certain bacteria, according to recent research that highlights a previously unthought-of risk. Antimicrobial resistance has been labelled by the United Nations as "one of the greatest threats we face as a global community" and is […]
  • Earthworms could help reduce antibiotic resistance genes in soil May 17, 2021
    Earthworms improve the soil by aerating it, breaking down organic matter and mineralizing nutrients. Now, researchers reporting in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology have dug up another possible role: reducing the number and relative abundance of antibiotic-resistance genes in soils from diverse ecosystems. These results imply that earthworms could be a natural, sustainable solution to […]