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  • ‘Superbug’ scourge spreads as U.S. fails to track rising human toll (MRSA)

    09/07/2016 4:35:47 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 38 replies
    reuters ^ | Sept. 7, 2016 | Ryan McNeill / Deborah J. Nelson / Yasmeen Abutaleb
    Fifteen years after the U.S. declared drug-resistant infections to be a grave threat, the crisis is only worsening, a Reuters investigation finds, as government agencies remain unwilling or unable to impose reporting requirements on a healthcare industry that often hides the problem. According to their death certificates, Emma Grace Breaux died at age 3 from complications of the flu; Joshua Nahum died at age 27 from complications related to a skydiving accident; and Dan Greulich succumbed to cardiac arrhythmia at age 64 after a combined kidney and liver transplant. In each case – and in others Reuters found – death...
  • Scientists find a salty way to kill MRSA

    08/18/2016 10:20:21 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 17 replies ^ | 8/16/2016 | Angelika Gründling
    Scientists have discovered a new way to attack Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. The team, from Imperial College London, have revealed how the bacteria regulates its salt levels. The bacteria are a common source of food poisoning and are resistant to heat and high salt concentrations, which are used for food preparation and storage. The team hope to use this knowledge to develop a treatment that prevents food poisoning by ensuring all bacteria in food are killed. They are also investigating whether these findings could aid the development of a treatment for patients that would work alongside conventional antibiotics. Staphylococcus aureus bacterium...
  • Scientists sniff out new antibiotic - inside the human nose

    07/27/2016 1:44:03 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies ^ | 07 - 27 - 2016 | Staff
    Antibiotic made by nose microbes kills MRSA, say researchers, amid hopes that more weapons in the fight against drug resistance might be found in the body Nose-dwelling microbes produce an antibiotic which kills the hospital superbug MRSA, scientists have discovered. The finding suggests that the human body might harbour a rich variety of bacteria that could be harnessed in the fight against antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance is a growing cause for concern, with experts warning of an impending “apocalyptic” situation in which patients die following routine surgery because of infections that can no longer be treated. Among the superbugs of...
  • European Chestnut Leaf Extract Disarms Staphylococcus aureus [and MRSA]

    08/25/2015 7:41:16 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 26 replies ^ | 2015 August 23 |
    Leaves of the European chestnut (Castanea sativa) contain ingredients with the power to block the virulence and pathogenesis of Staphylococcus aureus without detectable resistance, a new study has found. Rather than killing Staphylococcus aureus, the chestnut leaf extract — rich in oleanene and ursene derivatives (pentacyclic triterpenes) — works by taking away bacteria's weapons, essentially shutting off the ability of the bacteria to create toxins that cause tissue damage. "We have demonstrated in the lab that our extract disarms even the hyper-virulent MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) strains capable of causing serious infections in healthy athletes," said Dr Cassandra Quave of...
  • 1,000-Year-Old Saxon Remedy Kills Superbugs

    07/13/2015 7:44:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    PowerLine ^ | John Hinderaker
    This may not be the biggest news story of the day, but it must be the most curious. As you are no doubt aware, there is great concern over resistance to conventional antibiotics. “Superbugs” are developing that are not easily killed with known medicines. So someone at the University of Nottingham, in England, thought to try an ancient remedy: a salve for eye infections found in Bald’s Leechbook, a 10th century Saxon volume in the British Library. The results were surprising: A one thousand year old Anglo-Saxon remedy for eye infections which originates from a manuscript in the British Library...
  • Medieval Potion Kills Superbug MRSA Better Than Antibiotic Vancomycin

    04/01/2015 12:01:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    NBC News ^ | 04/01/2015 | Maggie Fox
    An ancient concoction for eye infections seems to really work. The potion, which contains cattle bile, kills the "superbug" methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, researchers at Britain's University of Nottingham report. In fact, it worked better than the current gold standard for MRSA infections of the flesh, the antibiotic vancomycin, an expert at Texas Tech University found. Now researchers are working to see just what's in the salve that kills germs so effectively. It started with a joint project by two wildly different departments at the University of Nottingham. Dr. Christina Lee, an Anglo-Saxon expert in the School of English,...
  • Thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon recipe kills MRSA superbug

    03/31/2015 5:42:06 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 50 replies
    CNN ^ | March 31st, 2015 | Nick Thompson and Laura Smith-Spark
    It might sound like a really old wives' tale, but a thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon potion for eye infections may hold the key to wiping out the modern-day superbug MRSA, according to new research. The 10th-century "eyesalve" remedy was discovered at the British Library in a leather-bound volume of Bald's Leechbook, widely considered to be one of the earliest known medical textbooks. Christina Lee, an expert on Anglo-Saxon society from the School of English at the University of Nottingham, translated the ancient manuscript despite some ambiguities in the text. "We chose this recipe in Bald's Leechbook because it contains ingredients such as...
  • 1,000-year-old onion and garlic eye remedy kills MRSA

    03/31/2015 6:33:43 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 30,2015 | Tom Feilden
    The leechbook is one of the earliest examples of what might loosely be called a medical textbook It seems Anglo-Saxon physicians may actually have practised something pretty close to the modern scientific method, with its emphasis on observation and experimentation. Bald's Leechbook could hold some important lessons for our modern day battle with anti-microbial resistance. line break n each case, they tested the individual ingredients against the bacteria, as well as the remedy and a control solution. They found the remedy killed up to 90% of MRSA bacteria and believe it is the effect of the recipe rather than one...
  • Anglo-Saxon cow bile and garlic potion kills MRSA

    03/30/2015 2:58:04 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 81 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 3/30/15 | Sarah Knapton
    A thousand-year-old medieval remedy for eye infections which was discovered in a manuscript in the British Library has been found to kill the superbug MRSA. Anglo-Saxon expert Dr Christina Lee, from the School of English, at Nottingham University, recreated the 10th century potion to see if it really worked as an antibacterial remedy. The 'eyesalve' recipe calls for two species of Allium (garlic and onion or leek), wine and oxgall (bile from a cow’s stomach). It describes a very specific method of making the topical solution including the use of a brass vessel to brew it, a strainer to purify...
  • Scientists discover new antibiotic

    03/03/2015 6:13:02 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 20 replies
    KING 5 News ^ | 8:22 p.m. PST March 2, 2015 | KING 5 HealthLink
    Scientists at Northeastern University have discovered an antibiotic in the soil that looks to be effective at killing deadly pathogens like MRSA and tuberculosis. Even more promising, lead researcher Kim Lewis says those pathogens weren't able to develop a resistance to the antibiotic.
  • 'Ingenious' Antibiotic Discovery 'Challenges Long-Held Scientific Beliefs'

    Lauren F Friedman and Reuters January 7, 2015Scientists have discovered a new antibiotic, teixobactin, that can kill serious infections in mice without encountering any detectable resistance, offering a potential new way to get ahead of dangerous evolving superbugs. The new antibiotic was discovered in a sample of soil. The research is "ingenious," Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, told The New York Times. Researchers said the antibiotic, which has yet to be tested in humans, could one day be used to treat drug-resistant infections caused by the superbug MRSA, as well as tuberculosis, which normally requires...
  • Three Infections You Should Worry About More Than Ebola

    10/03/2014 1:56:44 PM PDT · by Vendome · 60 replies ^ | Oct 2, 2014 |
    “The idea that Ebola will take over the United States is an unfounded fear,” said Dr. Liise-Anne Pirofski, chief of infectious diseases at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Influenza MRSA Resistant Gonorrhea
  • Ebola Hysteria Redux

    08/06/2014 6:44:58 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/06/14 | Michael Fumento
    If you must worry about a new plague, focus on antibiotic-resistant bugs like MRSA and C. difficiles We’re now witnessing the worst Ebola epidemic ever. It’s spun “out of control,” warns one of the world’s most influential newspapers. What’s not to be afraid of? Well, Ebola.
  • (Illegal) Immigrants Bringing Diseases Across Border?

    06/07/2014 2:49:17 PM PDT · by kristinn · 38 replies
    ABC 15 ^ | Saturday, June 7, 2014 | Navideh Forghani
    MCALLEN, TX - There’s a growing health concern with hundreds of illegal immigrants crossing over into southern Texas. U.S. Border Patrol agents are worried that what's coming over into the U.S. could harm everyone. This time the focus is not on the women and children that are crossing over in droves. Agents are worrying about a viral outbreak. “We are sending people everywhere. The average person doesn't know what's going on down here,” said Border Patrol agent and Rio Grande Valley Union representative Chris Cabrera. Cabrera says agents are seeing illegal immigrants come over with contagious infections. Detention centers and...
  • Cigarettes and e-cigarettes make MRSA harder to kill

    05/19/2014 2:24:27 PM PDT · by blueplum · 31 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | Monday, May 19, 2014 12am PDT | David McNamee
    The debate weighing up the relative harms and benefits of e-cigarettes continues. New evidence suggests that e-cigarettes boost the virulence of drug-resistant pathogens, according to researchers at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and the University of California, San Diego. :snip: Dr. Crotty Alexander and her team grew methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in culture. They found that exposing the MRSA to e-cigarette vapor - similar in concentration to e-cigarette products available on the market - increased the virulence of the bacteria, making it better able to establish infection in the body and cause more severe disease. :snip: The e-cigarette vapor...
  • Study: Unique Combination of Antibiotics Kills Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus

    04/30/2014 10:11:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies ^ | Nov 15, 2013 | NA
    According to new research published this week in the journal Nature, an acyldepsipeptide antibiotic called ADEP in combination with the bactericidal antibiotic drug rifampicin eliminates the methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus.This scanning electron micrograph shows the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Image credit: NIAID. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium that is resistant to many antibiotics. It is responsible for several chronic infections such as osteomyelitis, endocarditis, or infections of implanted medical devices. These infections are often incurable, even when appropriate antibiotics are used.Senior author of the study, Prof Kim Lewis of Northeastern University, suspected that a different adaptive function of bacteria...
  • Superbug: An Epidemic Begins

    04/23/2014 11:22:23 AM PDT · by posterchild · 24 replies
    Harvard Magazine ^ | May-June, 2014 | Katherine Xue
    LESS THAN A CENTURY AGO, the age-old evolutionary relationship between humans and microbes was transformed not by a gene, but by an idea. The antibiotic revolution inaugurated the era of modern medicine, trivializing once-deadly infections and paving the way for medical breakthroughs: organ transplants and chemotherapy would be impossible without the ability to eliminate harmful bacteria seemingly at will. But perhaps every revolution contains the seeds for its own undoing, and antibiotics are no exception: antibiotic resistance—the rise of bacteria impervious to the new “cure”—has followed hard on the heels of each miracle drug. Recently, signs have arisen that the...
  • MRSA: Farming up trouble

    07/25/2013 5:29:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Nature News ^ | 24 July 2013 | Beth Mole
    Microbiologists are trying to work out whether use of antibiotics on farms is fuelling the human epidemic of drug-resistant bacteria. The sight of just one boot coming through the doorway cues the clatter of tiny hoofs as 500 piglets scramble away from Mike Male. “That's the sound of healthy pigs,” shouts Male, a veterinarian who has been working on pig farms for more than 30 years. On a hot June afternoon, he walks down the central aisle of a nursery in eastern Iowa, scoops up a piglet and dangles her by her hind legs. A newborn piglet's navel is an...
  • Receptor Proteins Hold Clues to Antibiotic Resistance in MRSA, Scientists Say

    05/30/2013 5:35:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies ^ | May 28, 2013 | Sergio Prostak
    A team of researchers led by Dr Angelika Gründling from Imperial College London has discovered 4 proteins that act as receptors for an essential signalling molecule in bacteria such as the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).This micrograph shows methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (Janice Haney Carr / CDC / Jeff Hageman / M.H.S.) A recently discovered molecule called cyclic diadenylate monophosphate (c-di-AMP for short) appears to play a vital role as a messenger in many bacteria, carrying signals between parts of the cell. There is evidence that strains with more c-di-AMP are more resistant to antibiotics.But until now, very little was known about...
  • Breast Milk Protein HAMLET Reverses Antibiotic Resistance in MRSA, Pneumococcus

    05/30/2013 12:42:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies ^ | May 14, 2013 | Natali Anderson
    According to a new study reported in the open-access journal PLoS ONE, a human breast milk protein complex called HAMLET can help reverse the antibiotic resistance of bacterial species, including penicillin-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.The image shows a healthy Streptococcus pneumoniae bacterial cell, upper left, next to a bacterial cell destroyed and lysed by the human milk protein complex HAMLET, lower right (Laura R. Marks) In petri dish and animal experiments, HAMLET (Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made Lethal to Tumor Cells) increased bacteria’s sensitivity to multiple classes of antibiotics, such as penicillin and erythromycin.“The effect was so pronounced that bacteria...
  • ScienceShot: Killing Bacteria, With a Little Help From Breast Milk

    05/14/2013 9:45:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 1 May 2013 | Beth Skwarecki
    Known for its painful skin infections as much as its namesake resistance to methicillin, MRSA is a scary germ in a world where old antibiotics don't always work. But now, researchers have managed to make MRSA sensitive to methicillin again by pairing the drug with a protein complex first discovered in breast milk. In a paper published today in PLOS ONE, the researchers show that the complex, known as HAMLET (for human alpha-lactalbumin made lethal to tumor cells—it's multitalented) helped methicillin kill MRSA in the noses of mice at a dose of 10 micrograms, while the antibiotic alone was ineffective...
  • New antibiotics: what's the hold up?

    03/19/2013 9:19:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 6 March 2013 | Derek Lowe
    If you’re an editor in need of a medical headline to fill out some column space, I can recommend ‘New antibiotics needed, experts warn’. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the details: experts are always warning about that, and unfortunately, they’re always right. That headline’s been valid for years now, and it looks like it will be good for quite a few more.Now, why should that be? Here’s a large market, with a substantial unmet need that’s doing nothing but growing over time. Why aren’t the pharma research labs stepping up to fill it? You can get several answers...
  • DNA sequencers stymie superbug spread

    11/16/2012 2:02:48 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 14 November 2012 | Ewen Callaway
    Whole-genome analysis helps identify source of MRSA outbreak on infant ward. A superbug outbreak that plagued a special-care neonatal unit in Cambridge, UK, for several months last year was brought to an end by insights gained from genome sequencing. The case, reported today in Lancet Infectious Disease, marks the first time that scientists have sequenced pathogen genomes to actively control an ongoing outbreak1. Sharon Peacock, a clinical microbiologist at the University of Cambridge, and her team became involved in the outbreak after three infants at nearby Rosie Hospital’s 24-cot special-care baby unit tested positive for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) within...
  • Vitamin B3 May Help Kill Superbugs

    10/07/2012 11:17:41 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 43 replies
    Medical News Today (MNT) ^ | August 25, 2012 | Catharine Paddock, PhD
    Nicotinamide, commonly known as vitamin B3, may help the innate immune system kill antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria, the so-called "superbugs". In lab work done with mice and human blood, researchers found high doses of the vitamin increased the ability of immune cells to kill the bacteria by 1,000 times.The discovery opens the door to a new arsenal of tools for dealing with antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, such as those caused by methicillin-resistant S. aureus or MRSA, that have killed thousands of people around the world. They are increasing in hospitals and nursing homes, and also rising in prisons, among athletes, people in...
  • Novel non-antibiotic agents against MRSA and common strep infections

    09/21/2012 5:25:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 63 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | September 12, 2012 | NA
    Menachem Shoham, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, has discovered novel antivirulence drugs that, without killing the bacteria, render Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and Streptococcus pyogenes, commonly referred to as strep, harmless by preventing the production of toxins that cause disease. The promising discovery was presented this week at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy in San Francisco. MRSA infections are a growing public health concern, causing 20,000 to 40,000 deaths per year in the United States alone. It is the most prevalent bacterial pathogen in hospital settings and in...
  • Flesh-Eating Bug That You Can Catch On the Bus or Train is Spreading in the UK

    02/02/2012 4:10:30 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 9 replies
    DailyMail ^ | February 2, 2012 | Lauren Paxman
    Strain of MRSA from the U.S. causes large boils and is resistant to several front-line antibiotics Survives on surfaces so can be picked up on public transport A flesh-eating form of pneumonia that is easily passed between healthy people on public transport is spreading across the UK, experts have warned.
  • New Superbug Found in Cows and People

    06/02/2011 5:26:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 2 June 2011 | Jocelyn Kaiser
    A novel form of deadly drug-resistant bacteria that hides from a standard test has turned up in Europe. Researchers found the so-called MRSA strain in both dairy cows and humans in the United Kingdom, suggesting that it might be passed from dairies to the general population. But before you toss your milk, don't panic: The superbug isn't a concern in pasteurized dairy products. MRSA, short for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a drug-resistant form of the widespread and normally harmless S. aureus bacteria. Many people walk around with MRSA in their noses or on their skin yet don't get sick. But...
  • MRC Scientists Identify Genes That Make MRSA Difficult To Beat

    05/13/2011 12:42:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Medical Research Council ^ | May 12, 2011 | NA
    Research at the Medical Research Council (MRC) has highlighted genes in the bacterium Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) that may help the superbug to survive after it has been targeted by antibacterial agents. This discovery could inform the development of future drugs to overcome MRSA’s defence systems. The research team, including scientists at the MRC Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh and the Universities of St Andrews, Dundee and London, developed a gene map to improve understanding of how MRSA escapes being killed by antimicrobials. For the first time, they were able to map relationships between 95 per cent of MRSA genes,...
  • Scientists Discover Bedbugs Carrying MRSA Germ In Study

    05/12/2011 6:22:48 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 18 replies ^ | May 11, 2011 8:51 PM |
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Hate insects? Afraid of germs? Researchers are reporting an alarming combination: bedbugs carrying a staph “superbug.” Canadian scientists detected drug-resistant staph bacteria in bedbugs from three hospital patients from a downtrodden Vancouver neighborhood.
  • FDA clears first test to quickly diagnose and distinguish MRSA and MSSA

    05/09/2011 7:09:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    FDA NEWS RELEASE ^ | May 6, 2011 | NA
    For Immediate Release: May 6, 2011Media Inquiries: Erica Jefferson, 301-796-4988, erica.jefferson@fda.hhs.govConsumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDAFDA clears first test to quickly diagnose and distinguish MRSA and MSSA The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today cleared the first test for Staphylococcus aureus (S.aureus)  infections that is able to quickly identify whether the bacteria are methicillin resistant (MRSA) or methicillin susceptible (MSSA).There are many different types of Staphylococci bacteria, which cause skin infections, pneumonia, food and blood infections (blood poisoning). While some S.aureus infections are treated easily with antibiotics, others are resistant (MRSA) to commonly prescribed antibiotics such as penicillin and amoxicillin. The KeyPath MRSA/MSSA...
  • Prayer Warriors Needed (re: Jay Dyson/Sacred Cow Burgers)

    04/22/2011 4:59:35 PM PDT · by Seadog Bytes · 142 replies
    email | April 22, 2011 | SeadogBytes
    YOUR PRAYERS ARE NEEDED!       Our old FRiend Prime Choice (Jay Dyson), who many of you will  remember as the talented creator of 'Sacred Cow Burgers' (ref:  here, and here), credits YOUR PRAYERS as critical in enabling him to successfully weather his serious past medical adversity, but is now reaching out out again for your help... In a recent email, Jay says in part...You will undoubtedly recall my prayer request from 7 years ago.  The grace of the Almighty was a salve upon my affliction then, and my family and I desperately need it now.I am presently under "no contact" isolation as...
  • On BART Trains, the Seats Are Taken (by Bacteria)

    03/05/2011 10:48:41 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 5, 2011 | By ZUSHA ELINSON
    Carrie Nee prefers to stand during her half-hour commute on BART from San Leandro to downtown San Francisco. Although the trains’ blue fabric seats are plush and comfortable, Ms. Nee refuses to sit on them. As Bob Franklin, the BART board president, acknowledged, “People don’t know what’s in there.” Now they do. Fecal and skin-borne bacteria resistant to antibiotics were found in a seat on a train headed from Daly City to Dublin/Pleasanton. Further testing on the skin-borne bacteria showed characteristics of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, the drug-resistant bacterium that causes potentially lethal infections, although Ms. Franklin cautioned that...
  • Spreadin' the glove: TSA infecting U.S.?

    11/23/2010 7:38:32 AM PST · by 444Flyer · 39 replies
    WND ^ | 11-22-10 | Bob Unruh
    Those latex gloves Transportation Security Administration agents wear while giving airline passengers those infamous full-body pat-downs apparently aren't there for the safety and security of passengers – only the TSA agents. That's the word being discussed on dozens of online forums and postings after it was noted that the agents wear the same gloves to pat down dozens, perhaps hundreds, of passengers, not changing them even though the Centers for Disease Control in its online writings has emphasized the important of clean hands to prevent the exchange of loathsome afflictions. "Herpes via latex glove ... ewwww," wrote one participant on...
  • Potentially lethal 'superbug' spreading in Chicago hospitals

    10/22/2010 7:39:18 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 17 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 22, 2010 | Monifa Thomas
    A potentially lethal germ resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics is spreading fast in Chicago health-care facilities, new research suggests. This latest “superbug” is formed when common bacteria produce an enzyme called Klebsiella pneumoniae Carbapenemase, or KPC, that makes them resistant to a class of antibiotics used as a last resort when other treatments fail. The number of Chicago hospitals and long-term care facilities reporting infections with these KPC-producing bacteria has increased 42 percent, from 26 to 37, between this year and last. In addition, the average number of patients who tested positive for KPC infections at each of...
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Researchers Develop Coating That Safely Kills MRSA on Contact

    08/16/2010 10:20:33 AM PDT · by decimon · 16 replies
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ^ | August 16, 2010 | Unknown
    Building on an enzyme found in nature, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created a nanoscale coating for surgical equipment, hospital walls, and other surfaces which safely eradicates methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the bacteria responsible for antibiotic resistant infections. “We’re building on nature,” said Jonathan S. Dordick, the Howard P. Isermann Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and director of Rensselaer’s Center for Biotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies. “Here we have a system where the surface contains an enzyme that is safe to handle, doesn’t appear to lead to resistance, doesn’t leach into the environment, and doesn’t clog up with...
  • FoxNews: Flesh-Eating Bacteria Devours Woman Inch by Inch

    08/09/2010 11:01:58 AM PDT · by topher · 51 replies · 1+ views ^ | August 9, 2010 | AP
    BALTIMORE — Waking from a fog of anesthesia, Sandy Wilson found she was a patient in one of the hospitals where she worked as a nurse. She remembered having a baby, and being told she had gotten an infection. But nothing could prepare her for what lurked beneath the sheets. Flesh-eating bacteria were eating her alive. "When I looked down at my belly, basically all the skin was gone and I could see my internal organs," she said. "I remember seeing my intestines. I thought, 'There's no way I can live like this ... This is a death sentence.'" ...
  • MRSA 'spread by patients moving between hospitals'

    01/12/2010 2:49:45 PM PST · by decimon · 26 replies · 410+ views
    BBC ^ | Jan 12, 2009 | Unknown
    MRSA is mainly spread by patients moving between hospitals, Dutch researchers have said.The authors have called for more screening of people who are repeatedly admitted to different hospitals to try to break this transmission cycle. They said this would eventually help to eradicate MRSA. The conclusions were drawn from a large study of the geographical location of different strains of MRSA across 26 European countries. MRSA is a potentially lethal bug which is difficult to combat because it has developed resistance to some antibiotics. The study was published in the journal, PloS Medicine.
  • Solution to killer superbug found in Norway (MRSA)

    12/30/2009 3:43:21 PM PST · by decimon · 37 replies · 1,596+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 30, 2009 | MARTHA MENDOZA and MARGIE MASON
    OSLO, Norway – Aker University Hospital is a dingy place to heal. The floors are streaked and scratched. A light layer of dust coats the blood pressure monitors. A faint stench of urine and bleach wafts from a pile of soiled bedsheets dropped in a corner. Look closer, however, at a microscopic level, and this place is pristine. There is no sign of a dangerous and contagious staph infection that killed tens of thousands of patients in the most sophisticated hospitals of Europe, North America and Asia this year, soaring virtually unchecked. The reason: Norwegians stopped taking so many drugs.
  • Drug-resistant bacteria on increase in U.S.: study

    11/23/2009 10:47:31 PM PST · by UAConservative · 19 replies · 631+ views
    Reuters ^ | November 24, 2009 | Cynthia Osterman
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cases of a drug-resistant bacterial infection known as MRSA have risen by 90 percent since 1999, and they are increasingly being acquired outside hospitals, researchers reported on Tuesday. They found two new strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus -- MRSA for short -- were circulating in patients and they are different from the strains normally seen in hospitals. Ramanan Laxminarayan of Princeton University in New Jersey and colleagues studied data on lab tests from a national network of 300 microbiology laboratories in the United States for their study. "We found during 1999-2006 that the percentage of S. aureus...
  • Deadlier Strain of MRSA Emerges

    11/03/2009 7:46:15 AM PST · by UAConservative · 12 replies · 704+ views
    WebMD ^ | November 2, 2009 | Charlene Laino
    Nov. 2, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- A newly discovered strain of drug-resistant staph bacteria is five times more deadly than other strains, a new study suggests. Adding insult to injury, the new superbug appears to have some resistance to the antibiotic commonly used to treat it, researchers report. Half of patients infected with the new strain of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) died within 30 days, says Carol Moore, PharmD, a research investigator in infectious diseases at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. That compares to only about 10% of patients infected with other MRSA strains, she tells WebMD. Moore and colleagues studied...
  • New MRSA threat (associated with Swine flu)

    10/21/2009 1:05:28 PM PDT · by wolfcreek · 98 replies · 1,844+ views
    hc2d. ^ | 10.21.2009 | n/a
    The potential of the threat from the new strain of the antibiotic-resistant bacterium, which is becoming more widespread, is outlined in a study in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases. Known as community acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA), it poses a significant risk outside hospitals.
  • How manuka honey helps fight infection

    09/15/2009 8:07:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies · 1,272+ views ^ | September 7, 2009 | NA
    Manuka honey may kill bacteria by destroying key bacterial proteins. Dr Rowena Jenkins and colleagues from the University of Wales Institute - Cardiff investigated the mechanisms of manuka honey action and found that its anti-bacterial properties were not due solely to the sugars present in the honey. The work was presented this week (7-10 September), at the Society for General Microbiology's meeting at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was grown in the laboratory and treated with and without manuka honey for four hours. The experiment was repeated with sugar syrup to determine if the effects seen were...

    07/01/2009 6:45:07 PM PDT · by Concerned · 271 replies · 5,415+ views
    Me | 07/01/2009 | Concerned
    URGENT PRAYERS NEEDED - DAUGHTER ON RESPIRATOR, NOW HAS MRSA. My daughter, Stephanie, is on a respirator and nasal feeding tube in the ICU at our local hospital. She was admitted to the hospital on 06/07/2009, after having a seizure that lasted over an hour. She had several shorter ones back-to-back after admission. We were told today that she now has MRSA. I have written about her before. She is a severely mentally and physically disabled 24 year old, who does not walk, talk, or feed herself. She wears diapers and has a very rare type of dwarfism, so she...
  • Warning over new threat from MRSA (Back to your pig pen swine flu here comes SUPERBUG!)

    05/20/2009 7:53:02 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 28 replies · 1,657+ views
    BBC ^ | 5/20/09
    A new strain of MRSA seems to be triggering a deadly form of pneumonia in people who catch flu, experts say.
  • Staph scare at House gym

    04/15/2009 6:50:01 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 37 replies · 871+ views
    Politico ^ | April 15, 2009 | Glenn Thrush
    A member of the House gym has been diagnosed with MRSA — a much-feared, antibiotic-resistant bacteria — and the facility has been scrubbed to eliminate the possibility that anyone will become infected. h/t John Bresnahan The (edited) memo from administrators at the House fitness center: On Monday, 4/13, the HSFC was informed by a HSFC patron that they had tested positive for MRSA. This patron was requested to refrain fromusing the facility until all drainage has stopped and only after then with the area completely bandaged and covered with clothing. The patron informed the HSFC staff that they would not...
  • (California)State's Hospitals Must Come Clean on Germs (MRSA)

    01/01/2009 10:11:16 PM PST · by blueplum · 31 replies · 1,214+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Dec 27th, '08 | Aurelio Rojas
    "The strain of a once-innocuous staph infection that has become invulnerable to first-line antibiotics kills more people each year than the AIDS virus and in most cases is contracted in hospitals. ...SB 1058 will require hospitals to report infections such as MRSA to the Department of Health Services, effective Jan. 1."
  • MRSA and Media Idiots: Here is Your Defense against BOTH!

    12/18/2008 8:36:29 PM PST · by 60Gunner · 25 replies · 1,306+ views
    Just over a year ago, the media provided just enough information (mostly incorrect) about a "deadly new bacteria" called MRSA to send our nation into a tizzy. But before you panic over the most recent report of a MRSA outbreak in a Tennessee school, let me remind the reader of this immutable truth: THE. MEDIA. ARE. IDIOTS. DO. NOT. TRUST. THEM.(I mean, if you don't trust the media to provide honest coverage about Obama, what on earth makes you think that they are going to give you the truth about MRSA? These dillweeds don't care about you; they care about...
  • MRSA (drug resistant staph infection) cases in an East Tennessee high school

    12/18/2008 5:48:34 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 18 replies · 875+ views
    WVLT TV Channel 8 ^ | December 18, 2008 | Heather Haley
    An East Tennessee High School is dealing with two confirmed cases of the drug resistant Staph infection known as MRSA. The school is still open but some family members still have their concerns. The cases of MRSA are considered isolated and no students are considered at risk. Both confirmed cases are of teachers but school officials are still taking extra precaution to try and protect students from getting MRSA. Jessica Sharp is one of many concerned family members in Union County, after hearing word of MRSA cases at Union County High School. "It’s not just only the students that would...
  • How our hospitals unleashed a MRSA epidemic [Seattle]

    11/17/2008 6:34:06 PM PST · by Clint Williams · 45 replies · 1,722+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 11/16/8 | Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong
    MRSA, a drug-resistant germ, lurks in Washington hospitals, carried by patients and staff and fueled by inconsistent infection control. This stubborn germ is spreading here at an alarming rate, but no one has tracked these cases -- until now. Year after year, the number of victims climbed. But even as casualties mounted -- as the germ grew stronger and spread inside hospitals-- the toll remained hidden from the public, and hospitals ignored simple steps to control the threat. Over the past decade, the number of Washington hospital patients infected with a frightening, antibiotic-resistant germ called MRSA has skyrocketed from 141...
  • New, promising antibiotics in fight against MRSA superbug

    10/27/2008 5:24:42 AM PDT · by djf · 17 replies · 375+ views
    Google news ^ | 10/27/2008 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) — Two experimental antibiotics from the United States and Switzerland show promising results in fighting the methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) superbug, researchers said. US pharmaceutical Paratek said on Sunday a new class of antibiotic it has developed called PTK 0896 was 98 percent efficient in countering MRSA -- 5.0 percent more efficient than rival Pfizer's Zyvox drug -- according to its phase ii clinical trial on 234 patients, Switzerland's bio-pharmaceutical company Arpida said its Iclaprim drug administered intravenously was able to cure MRSA infection in 92.3 percent of patients. Arpida recently submitted Iclaprim to approval by the US...