The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Wearing special gloves might decrease the risk of spreading infections

    One million of the 35 million patients hospitalized in the U.S. each year develop an infection that can be traced to the hospital environment. Bacterial infections are also responsible for 30% of all cases of food poisoning each year. So it’s important to find simple yet effective ways to reduce this risk.

    During the recent Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), Dr. Ruth Reitzel from the University of Texas reported that using antimicrobial gloves by healthcare workers reduced the spread of multi-drug resistant Escherichia coli and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcocus aureus (MRSA) by 100% after short-term exposure.

    The researchers coated disposable gloves with a combination of antiseptics that included brilliant green dye and chlorhexidine (Gardine). After the gloves were exposed to the two pathogens they found a 100% kill of both bacteria in the coated gloves in just 30 seconds.

    Importantly, the study was not conducted in patients, but in a laboratory. Next stop, clinical trials.

    If all goes well, the use of these gloves in hospitals, restaurants, school cafeterias, and food packing plants, could reduce the risk of food poisoning.

    10/10/06 18:09 JR

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