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Infections after surgery are more likely due to bacteria already on your skin than from microbes in the hospital − new research

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Genetic data from the bacteria causing these infections – think CSI for E. coli – tells another story: Most health care-associated infections are caused by previously harmless bacteria that patients already had on their bodies before they even entered the hospital.

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  • Genetic data from the bacteria causing these infections – think CSI for E. coli – tells another story: Most health care-associated infections are caused by previously harmless bacteria that patients already had on their bodies before they even entered the hospital.
  • We show that many surgical site infections after spinal surgery are caused by microbes that are already on the patient’s skin.

Surgical infections are a persistent problem

  • Among the different types of heath care-associated infections, surgical site infections stand out as particularly problematic.
  • A 2013 study found that surgical site infections contribute the most to the annual costs of hospital-acquired infections, totaling over 33% of the US$9.8 billion spent annually.
  • Still, surgical site infections occur following about 1 in 30 procedures, typically with no explanation.
  • While rates of many other medical complications have shown steady improvement over time, data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the problem of surgical site infection is not getting better.

BYOB (Bring your own bacteria)

  • Prior studies on surgical site infection have been limited to a single species of bacteria and used older genetic analysis methods.
  • But new technologies have opened the door to studying all types of bacteria and testing their antibiotic resistance genes simultaneously.
  • Over a one-year period, we sampled the bacteria living in the nose, skin and stool of over 200 patients before surgery.
  • In fact, 86% of the bacteria causing infections after spine surgery were genetically matched to bacteria a patient carried before surgery.
  • That number is remarkably close to estimates from earlier studies using older genetic techniques focused on Staphylococcus aureus.
  • They likely acquired these antibiotic-resistant microbes through prior antibiotic exposure, consumer products or routine community contact.

Preventing surgical infections

  • At face value, our results may seem intuitive – surgical wound infections come from bacteria that hang out around that part of the body.
  • If the most likely source of surgical infection – the patient’s microbiome – is known in advance, this presents medical teams with an opportunity to protect against it prior to a scheduled procedure.
  • The fact that most infections don’t actually start with sources in the hospital is probably a testament to the efficacy of these protocols.


Dustin Long receives funding from the National Institutes of Health. Dr Bryson-Cahn receives funding from the Gordon and Berry Moore Foundation and is the co-medical director for Alaska Airlines.

BoardWare Announces 2023 Annual Results

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

HONG KONG, Mar 26, 2024 - (ACN Newswire) - BoardWare Intelligence Technology Limited ("BoardWare" or together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"; stock code: 1204.HK), a leading company in the Greater Bay Area ("GBA") that offers comprehensive, high-quality and end-to-end enterprise IT solutions, today announced its annual results for the year ended 31 December 2023 ("2023" or the "Year").

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  • HONG KONG, Mar 26, 2024 - (ACN Newswire) - BoardWare Intelligence Technology Limited ("BoardWare" or together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"; stock code: 1204.HK), a leading company in the Greater Bay Area ("GBA") that offers comprehensive, high-quality and end-to-end enterprise IT solutions, today announced its annual results for the year ended 31 December 2023 ("2023" or the "Year").
  • The potential demands of various IT solutions resumed along with the end of the influence from COVID-19 pandemic.
  • With regard to business segments, the revenue from enterprise IT solutions increased 27.9% to HK$456.2 million.
  • Headquartered in Macao, BoardWare Intelligence Technology Limited is the leading company in the Macao IT solutions market.

iCAD and Densitas Partner to Enhance Precision Breast Health with Leading AI Solutions for Mammography Quality, Cancer Detection, and Risk Evaluation

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Provides a holistic breast health solution, including breast cancer screening focused on quality, safety and efficiency, breast cancer detection, breast density assessment, and risk evaluation

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  • Provides a holistic breast health solution, including breast cancer screening focused on quality, safety and efficiency, breast cancer detection, breast density assessment, and risk evaluation
    NASHUA, N.H. and HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, April 09, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- iCAD, Inc .
  • (NASDAQ: ICAD), a global leader in clinically proven AI-powered cancer detection solutions, announced a strategic partnership with Densitas, Inc ., a global leader in operational AI solutions for breast cancer screening.
  • The partnership enables breast imaging centers and radiologists to provide end-to-end breast health care that ensures every aspect of a woman’s breast health journey is addressed, starting from the first step of quality screening mammograms and extending through breast cancer detection, breast density assessment, and a comprehensive evaluation of breast cancer risk.
  • IntelliMammo® densityAI™ breast density has been clinically validated to have a strong association with breast cancer risk, providing a practical automated method for risk stratification.vi

U.S. Joint Industry Committee Awards Certification to Comscore for National Currency

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

RESTON, Va., April 03, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Comscore, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCOR), a trusted partner for planning, transacting, and evaluating media across platforms, today welcomed the announcement from the U.S. Joint Industry Committee (JIC) granting it National Currency Certification as a transactable cross-platform solution.

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  • RESTON, Va., April 03, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Comscore, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCOR), a trusted partner for planning, transacting, and evaluating media across platforms, today welcomed the announcement from the U.S. Joint Industry Committee (JIC) granting it National Currency Certification as a transactable cross-platform solution.
  • This announcement by the JIC follows Comscore’s recent accreditation by the Media Rating Council for both National and Local TV measurement.
  • Comscore was found to be transactable across both traditional metrics (ACM/AMA) and cross-platform Exact Spot across both Advanced Audiences and Households.
  • Comscore will continue to work with the JIC for the certification of cross-platform Personified Demos.

IPC, First and Only Organization in the Electronics Industry to Earn ANSI/ANAB Accreditation for Its Workforce Training

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

This accreditation underscores IPC’s commitment to providing high-quality, relevant, and effective training that meets the needs of professionals in the electronics industry.

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  • This accreditation underscores IPC’s commitment to providing high-quality, relevant, and effective training that meets the needs of professionals in the electronics industry.
  • It signifies that IPC’s programs have met rigorous standards for industry alignment, content, instructor qualification, and instructional design, ensuring they deliver valuable knowledge and skills to participants.
  • It assures employers, professionals, and stakeholders in the electronics industry that IPC’s training courses are among the best available, providing essential skills and knowledge to advance careers and enhance organizational performance.
  • For more information about IPC’s ANSI/ANAB accredited training programs and how they can benefit professionals and organizations in the electronics industry, visit https://education.ipc.org .

Connections Wellness Group first outpatient mental health provider to offer Cognia-accredited private school education at no cost to all its patients

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

This accreditation allows patients as young as 8 to receive fully transferable school credits while enrolled in a CWG intensive day therapy treatment program to improve their mental health and well-being.

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  • This accreditation allows patients as young as 8 to receive fully transferable school credits while enrolled in a CWG intensive day therapy treatment program to improve their mental health and well-being.
  • We firmly believe a child’s education should not suffer while in behavioral health treatment,” said Christopher Bennett, vice president of education at CWG.
  • “Our intensive day therapy program provides a unique opportunity for patients to receive both necessary mental health treatment and fundamental education.”
    The mission of Connections Wellness Group is to provide life-enriching care that connects patients to long-term wellness.
  • CWG teachers are state-licensed or have advanced degrees, which enhances their ability to provide education to patients in different settings.

WISeKey's Root Certificate Authority GSMA Root CI Accreditation Significantly Enhances Telecommunications Security in the 5G Era

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Thursday, March 28, 2024

This milestone marks a transformative advancement in telecom networks, accommodating billions of new devices and addressing the evolving threat landscape with unparalleled security measures.

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  • This milestone marks a transformative advancement in telecom networks, accommodating billions of new devices and addressing the evolving threat landscape with unparalleled security measures.
  • In an era where telecommunications networks form the critical infrastructure for digital transformation, the importance of robust security measures able to provide essential services across numerous sectors cannot be overstated.
  • The emergence of 5G technology brings a transformative leap in telecom networks, introducing billions of new devices and significantly evolving the threat landscape.
  • By ensuring the integrity and security of devices and communications within 5G networks, WISeKey's Root of Trust serves as a foundational component in the broader strategy to mitigate risks and safeguard critical telecommunications infrastructure in the era of 5G.

By 2035, Canada could have the most enviable healthcare system in the world if obesity is recognized as a chronic disease, predicts Obesity Canada

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

The multiplication factor of obesity: Obesity is intricately linked with various chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, certain cancers, and joint problems, placing an immense burden on individual health and healthcare systems.

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  • The multiplication factor of obesity: Obesity is intricately linked with various chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, certain cancers, and joint problems, placing an immense burden on individual health and healthcare systems.
  • Obesity can be treated effectively; we know what to do: Canada is a global leader in obesity research and clinical expertise.
  • The Canadian Obesity Clinical Practice Guidelines are globally recognized as the gold standard and Canadian experts are highly regarded as thought leaders.
  • Revolutionizing our healthcare system: By officially recognizing obesity as a chronic disease and investing in evidence-based strategies, Canada (provincial and territorial health ministries) has the potential to lead the world in healthcare excellence within the next decade, predicts Obesity Canada.

The National Board for Respiratory Care Invests $4 Million Into Accredited Respiratory Therapy Programs Press Release

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

More than 450 Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) -accredited respiratory care educational programs will each receive $10,000 to use toward scholarships for current and future respiratory care practitioners.

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  • More than 450 Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) -accredited respiratory care educational programs will each receive $10,000 to use toward scholarships for current and future respiratory care practitioners.
  • “By giving these monies, we are carrying out our mission-driven commitment to supporting education in hopes of recruiting and retaining more people into the field of respiratory care.
  • In 2022, they invested over $2 million in scholarship funds to CoARC-accredited respiratory care programs.
  • In addition, the NBRC annually funds respiratory therapy scholarships through the American Respiratory Care Foundation ( ARCF ), the American College for Respiratory Therapy Education ( ACRTE ) and the Lambda Beta Society (the national honor society for respiratory care).

CEO Magazine Ranks Georgia State’s EMBA in Top 10 U.S.-Based Programs, Top 30 Worldwide

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Atlanta, Georgia, March 27, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Executive MBA (EMBA) offered by Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business is No.

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  • Atlanta, Georgia, March 27, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Executive MBA (EMBA) offered by Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business is No.
  • 28 worldwide, according to 2024 rankings from “CEO Magazine.”
    The U.K.-based publication determines its EMBA rankings by fact-based criteria, with greatest emphasis on quality of faculty.
  • Other attributes evaluated include international diversity, class size, accreditation, faculty-to-student ratio, cost, international exposure, work experience, professional development, gender parity, and course delivery methods.
  • The 17-month program, taught at Georgia State’s Buckhead Center, broadens mid-to senior-level managers’ understanding of global business and strengthens their professional networks.