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  • Flesh-Eating Bacteria Striking Gay Men - spread primarily through anal intercourse (MRSA USA300)

    01/15/2008 10:22:26 PM PST · by Between the Lines · 100 replies · 1,788+ views
    Life Site News ^ | January 15, 2008 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    SAN FRANCISCO, January 15, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A new medical study appearing in the Annals of American Medicine shows that homosexuals are spreading a new, highly-infectious flesh-eating bacteria amongst themselves, most probably through anal intercourse. The bacterium, called MRSA USA300, is impervious to front-line antibiotics and can only be treated with rarer drugs, primarily Vancomycin. Researchers say that the bug, which is a type of staphylococcus, is primed to develop immunity to that drug as well. Infected patients may have inflammation, abscesses, and tissue loss in the affected areas. Although the bacterium does not literally "eat" the body, it manufactures...
  • 'Flesh-Eating' MRSA Threatens Britain

    01/15/2008 2:44:16 PM PST · by blam · 40 replies · 268+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-15-2008 | Caroline Gammell and Catherine Elsworth
    'Flesh-eating' MRSA threatens Britain By Caroline Gammell and Catherine Elsworth in Los Angeles Last Updated: 5:49pm GMT 15/01/2008 A potentially deadly and highly drug resistant strain of MRSA has developed which can lead to a flesh-eating form of pneumonia, researchers have warned. The USA300 strain is spreading outside hospitals into the general population Spreading rapidly among gay men in several major US cities, the bug can cause boils as large as tennis balls, blood poisoning or a necrotising condition which eats away at a person's lungs. The type of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) was identified in gay men in...
  • New Strain of MRSA Spreads Among Gay Men

    01/15/2008 6:18:23 AM PST · by tortdog · 34 replies · 177+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1/15/2008 | Fox
    A new, highly drug-resistant strain of MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, has moved outside hospitals and is now spreading among gay men, researchers reported Monday. ... In regards to San Francisco, the study found sexually active gay men are 13 times more likely to be infected than the general population.
  • Drug-resistant staph found to be passed in gay sex

    01/14/2008 4:51:33 PM PST · by ECM · 99 replies · 465+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jan 14, 2008 6:17pm EST | Amanda Beck
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A drug-resistant strain of potentially deadly bacteria has moved beyond the borders of U.S. hospitals and is being transmitted among gay men during sex, researchers said on Monday. They said methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is beginning to appear outside hospitals in San Francisco, Boston, New York and Los Angeles. Sexually active gay men in San Francisco are 13 times more likely to be infected than their heterosexual neighbors, the researchers reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine. "Once this reaches the general population, it will be truly unstoppable," said Binh Diep, a researcher at the...
  • Murtha's comments on 'surge' are a problem for House Democrats

    11/30/2007 7:52:16 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 65 replies · 288+ views
    Murtha's comments on 'surge' are a problem for House Democrats Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), one of the leading anti-war voices in the House Democratic Caucus, is back from a trip to Iraq and he now says the "surge is working." This could be a huge problem for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders, who are blocking approval of the full $200 billion being sought by President Bush for combat operations in Iraq in 2008. Murtha's latest comments are also a stark reversal from what he said earlier in the year. The Pennsylvania Democrat, who chairs the powerful Defense...
  • M&S Pyjamas' Silver Lining Helps Stop MRSA

    11/28/2007 8:02:06 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 181+ views
    M&S pyjamas' silver lining helps stop MRSA Last Updated: 2:39am GMT 29/11/2007 Pyjamas that have been designed to protect hospital patients from the MRSA superbug have gone on sale in Marks & Spencer. The £45 garment has silver thread woven into it, which tests show can reduce the spread of infections. The ongoing clinical trial's interim results are positive M&S is selling the "Sleepsafe" pyjamas, below, at 100 stores as part of a trial. Silver-laced nightwear has been tested in a handful of hospitals, but M&S has become the first retailer in Britain to stock the pyjamas. They are only...
  • Hospital Superbugs Now In Nursing Homes And Community

    11/28/2007 3:09:21 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 64+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 11-28-2007 | Society for General Microbiology
    Hospital Superbugs Now In Nursing Homes And Community ScienceDaily (Nov. 28, 2007) — Hospital superbugs that can break down antibiotics are so widespread throughout Europe that doctors increasingly have to use the few remaining drugs that they reserve for emergencies. Now these hospital superbug strains have spread to nursing homes and into the community in Ireland, raising fears of wider antibiotic resistance, scientists heard 28 November 2007at the Federation of Infection Societies Conference 2007. Doctors collected 732 samples from 22 Irish hospitals over the last ten years and found that 61% of them, 448 samples, tested positive for bacteria that...
  • Separating Friend From Foe Among the Body’s Invaders

    11/28/2007 7:21:19 AM PST · by Jabba the Nutt · 2 replies · 83+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 27, 2007 | ABIGAIL ZUGER, M.D.
    Even metaphorical wars can have flesh-and-blood casualties, and hospitals around the country are now tending to the victims of one of our fiercest. It is not so much that we are “losing” this particular war; simple notions of victory and defeat dropped away some time ago. Rather, locked in a spiral of costly and controversial escalations, we may have lost sight of who the enemy actually is.
  • Prayer Request

    11/19/2007 7:02:53 AM PST · by mpackard · 28 replies · 48+ views
    I'm asking the prayer warriors on this site to please say a prayer for my nephew, Alex. He's 7 and was just diagnosed last night with MRSA. They cleaned the spot out (on his little behind) and have begun anti-biotics and are waiting for the culture to come back before they begin a more aggressive treatment.
  • Superbug: What makes one bacterium so deadly

    11/17/2007 4:12:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 57 replies · 603+ views
    Science News ^ | Week of Nov. 17, 2007 | Sarah C. Williams
    Some of the most aggressive antibiotic-resistant staph infections gain their advantage with a molecule that punctures the immune cells trying to fight off the bacteria, scientists have discovered. Understanding the role of this molecule in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) could lead to new therapies for the notoriously hard-to-treat, and sometimes fatal, skin infection. Staph bacteria are ubiquitous but aren't dangerous unless they seep into an open wound. Even then, antibiotics will usually stop the infection. But some strains of staph that infect hospital patients with weakened immune systems have become resistant to all standard antibiotics, including methicillin. Now, a newer...
  • Developing Kryptonite For Superbug (MRSA)

    11/11/2007 5:25:19 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies · 60+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 11-2007 | University of Idaho
    Developing Kryptonite For Superbug ScienceDaily (Nov. 11, 2007) — University of Idaho researchers are crossing academic and geographical bounds to develop more effective defenses against Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and other deadly pathogens. One of the goals of that effort is to create much faster and more accurate identification of strains resistant to the antibiotic methicillin, formally known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. Breakthrough detection technologies are already in hand in University of Idaho labs. Nanoelectronic biosensors at the university’s Center for Advanced Microelectronics and Biomolecular Research (CAMBR) recently have cut detection time for staph from the industry standard of...
  • Give Hospitals The Right To Bare Arms

    11/01/2007 5:47:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 107+ views
    IBD ^ | November 1, 2007 | BETSY MCCAUGHEY
    When Prime Minister Gordon Brown addressed the Labour Party last month, he promised the cheering crowd that all hospitals would be "deep cleaned" to rid them of superbugs such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which are killing an estimated eight thousand hospital patients yearly. He also ordered doctors in the British National Health Service to replace their long-sleeved lab coats with freshly laundered short-sleeved or sleeveless scrubs to curb the spread of germs from patient to patient. Why aren't politicians in the U.S. pledging to clean up hospitals? New data in the Oct. 17 issue of the Journal of the...
  • How to Avoid MRSA (Without the Media-induced Panic)

    11/01/2007 1:24:28 AM PDT · by 60Gunner · 144 replies · 2,050+ views
    11/1/07 | 60Gunner
    Okay, my friends. For the last week or so, the media have gotten Americans all worked up into a froth about this "deadly new bacteria" called MRSA. My ER is now inundated with frantic phone calls from people who have no idea what they are looking at, or what the disease really is. One charming woman (who clearly smoked wayyyyyyyy too much) called amid the throes of a panic attack because she found a pimple and was convinced beyond all attempts to reason with her that she was "gonna die of Melissa." "Ah, you mean MRSA." I corrected the hyperventilating...
  • Cold War Weaponry To Tackle Superbugs (UK)

    10/28/2007 3:14:22 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 201+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-28-2007 | Gary Cleland
    Cold war weaponry to tackle superbugs By Gary Cleland Last Updated: 5:47pm GMT 28/10/2007 Technology developed to protect Britain from biological weapons is being redeployed into hospitals to help destroy superbugs. Among the first hospital trusts to install the air disinfection units will be Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, where at least 90 people died from the bug Clostridium difficile. The machines, first developed at the British defence establishment Porton Down in the 1960s, have been approved by an NHS ethics committee after trials at hospitals in Sunderland, Manchester and Carlisle. Tests showed the machines are capable of killing...
  • County shuts school system over 'superbug' (23 schools in KY)

    10/28/2007 2:04:36 PM PDT · by yorkie · 18 replies · 183+ views
    An eastern Kentucky school district with one confirmed case of antibiotic-resistant staph infection plans to shut down all 23 of its schools Monday, affecting about 10,300 students, to disinfect the facilities. The project will involve disinfecting classrooms, restrooms, cafeterias, hallways, locker rooms, buses and even external areas such as playgrounds and sports fields, said Roger Wagner, superintendent of Pike County schools. "We're not closing schools because there's been a large number of breakouts, but as a preventive measure," Wagner said. One Pike County student was diagnosed with in September with MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The bacterial strain can be...
  • Minerals from French Clay Cure Deadly Drug-Resistant Bacteria

    10/26/2007 12:48:52 PM PDT · by BGHater · 34 replies · 180+ views
    Associated Content ^ | 25 Oct 2007 | Tamara Hardison
    It has always been believed, but never proven that French clay can kill several varieties of bacteria that cause diseases. Today, a researcher at Arizona State University at Tempe is leading a study to show why certain minerals kill certain bacteria. French clay has been shown to kill Mycobacterium ulcerans, or M. Ulcerans, which is so epidemical in Africa. It also treats Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is responsible for deadly infections that are difficult to treat. Furthermore, it has been known for thousands of years that people have used clay for healing wounds, helping indigestion, and killing intestinal worms....
  • French Dirt May Kill MRSA

    10/26/2007 9:52:30 AM PDT · by poobear · 28 replies · 111+ views
    Local 6 ^ | POSTED: 9:45 am EDT October 26, 2007 | Research Teams Study Ancient Practice
    Researchers said that a type of French clay can kill several disease-causing bacteria, including M. ulcerans, which is known as a "flesh-eating" bacteria, and the so-called super bug, MRSA. ~snip~
  • Staph infection continues to spread

    10/24/2007 3:27:40 AM PDT · by Nickname · 38 replies · 92+ views
    Manassas Journal Messenger ^ | October 24, 2007 | AILEEN M. STRENG
    As concern remains over the presence of an antibiotic-resistant staph infection in Prince William County Public Schools, officials continue efforts to keep parents informed. "We are trying to stay on top of this," said Irene Cromer, school district spokeswoman. Three new cases - all students - were confirmed at Glenkirk Elementary School, Saunders Middle School and Rippon Middle School, the school district announced Tuesday. The total number of cases of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus infection, or MRSA, in Prince William schools is 12.
  • MRSA 'Deadlier Than Bioweapons'

    10/22/2007 6:55:11 PM PDT · by blam · 62 replies · 320+ views
    MRSA 'deadlier than bioweapons' Last Updated: 2:44am BST 23/10/2007 Superbugs such as MRSA pose a far greater threat to humanity than bioterrorism, a genetics pioneer claimed. Dr Venter warns of the superbug threat The warning came from Craig Venter, an American scientist currently working on a project which uses DNA building blocks to create the world's first synthetic life form. Critics argue that artificially-created microbes – bacteria which can cause disease – potentially pose a grave danger, by either invading the environment or being used to manufacture deadly bioweapons. But Dr Venter maintains that drug-resistant bacteria such as MRSA are...
  • Staph Infection Spreads to More Schools

    10/20/2007 12:26:44 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 15 replies · 359+ views
    WTOP ^ | 10/19/2007
    WASHINGTON -- School and public health officials are trying to calm the fears of parents who have flooded their phones with questions about an antibiotic-resistant strain of staph infection. D.C. Officials have confirmed at least one case of staph infection in D.C. Public Schools. A teacher from Davis Elementary School in Southeast is the latest person to be diagnosed. The D.C. Department of Health is investigating reports of a staph infection from two teachers at Drew Elementary School in Northeast, but the cases have not been confirmed. Parents of D.C. Public School students received automated phone calls Thursday night informing...
  • County staph cases rise to nine

    10/21/2007 1:36:16 AM PDT · by Nickname · 3 replies · 108+ views
    Manassas Journal Messenger ^ | October 21, 2007 | AILEEN M. STRENG
    Prince William County Schools had four new cases of the antibiotic-resistant staph infection, bringing the total to nine. The new student cases were confirmed at Benton Middle School, Lake Ridge Elementary and Vaughan Elementary schools. The employee case was reported at Freedom High School. The school district released the information about the new cases Friday evening
  • Staph Infections Reported at Schools Across the Country

    10/18/2007 6:09:41 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 113 replies · 139+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 17, 2007
    A high school student hospitalized for more than a week with an antibiotic-resistant staph infection died on Monday, as schools across the country were reporting outbreaks of staph infections, including the antibiotic-resistant strain. The student, Ashton Bonds, 17, was a senior at Staunton River High School in Moneta, Va., and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, was diagnosed in him, his mother said. Officials shut down all 22 schools in Bedford County for cleaning today in an effort to keep the illness from spreading, after students at Staunton River organized a protest overnight Monday, using text messages and social networking sites....
  • Drug-Resistant Staph Germ's Toll Is Higher Than Thought

    10/17/2007 6:57:17 AM PDT · by zencat · 42 replies · 45+ views
    WashingtonPost.com ^ | 10/17/2007 | Rob Stein
    A dangerous germ that has been spreading around the country causes more life-threatening infections than public health authorities had thought and is killing more people in the United States each year than the AIDS virus, federal health officials reported yesterday.
  • Just a little 'arrow' prayer sent up to Heaven - please?

    10/15/2007 9:54:41 PM PDT · by yorkie · 153 replies · 220+ views
    yorkie | October 15, 2007
    I have been reading (and praying) for Darnright's prayer thread about the highschool boys in TX with MRSA. (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1909418/posts) I am so sorry about the passing of Ashton. It breaks my heart. It is not right that a parent should ever have to bury a child. I know. Lord, be with Ashton's family in this time of loss. I am posting this - because I, also have been diagnosed with MRSA. (Five days ago). The antibiotics are not working, and I would be so greatful to have a little prayer. My laptop is a good diversion, and being able to...
  • Staph fatalities may exceed AIDS deaths

    10/16/2007 4:26:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies · 106+ views
    San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | Oct. 16, 2007 | LINDSEY TANNER
    AP Medical Writer More than 90,000 Americans get potentially deadly infections each year from a drug-resistant staph "superbug," the government reported Tuesday in its first overall estimate of invasive disease caused by the germ. Deaths tied to these infections may exceed those caused by AIDS, said one public health expert commenting on the new study. The report shows just how far one form of the staph germ has spread beyond its traditional hospital setting. The overall incidence rate was about 32 invasive infections per 100,000 people. That's an "astounding" figure, said an editorial in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical...
  • Staph Infection Kills Virginia Student, Prompts Closing of 21 Schools

    10/16/2007 12:35:10 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 100 replies · 1,363+ views
    Staph Infection Kills Virginia Student, Prompts Closing of 21 Schools Tuesday , October 16, 2007 BEDFORD, Va. — A high school student has died as the result of a treatment-resistant staph infection, prompting Virginia officials to shut down 21 schools to keep the illness from spreading. Ashton Bonds, 17, a senior at Staunton River High School in Bedford, Va., died Monday after being hospitalized for a week with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, his mother said. "I want people to know how sick it made my son," Veronica Bonds said.
  • Staph among us

    10/16/2007 11:37:05 AM PDT · by JZelle · 70 replies · 96+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-16-07 | Shelley Widhalm
    Thirty percent of the population at any one time carries colonies of staphylococcus aureus on their skin and in their nose. One percent carries colonies of the antibiotic-resistant version of the bacteria that recently infected students in Anne Arundel County, Md., and Rappahannock County, Va., public schools. Carrying the bacteria known as staph is common, but it usually doesn't lead to an infection, area doctors say. "Colonization is to have staph on our skin without any symptoms," says Dr. Jose Bordon, associate director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, Section of Infectious Diseases, at Providence Hospital in Northeast. "However, colonized...
  • Nurses Did Not Wash Hands, Blamed for Deaths of 90 British Patients

    10/14/2007 1:17:11 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 65 replies · 115+ views
    Unclean and uncaring nurses in the U.K. are blamed may have spread superbugs that led the deaths of the patients they were charged with caring for. The nurses are accused of not washing their hands and of leaving patients lying in soiled beds. They were cited in an official report blaming mismanagement for the deaths of 90 people who contracted a bacterial infection in hospitals in southern England. The report into the spread of the highly contagious bacterium said nurses at three hospitals run by the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust were often too busy to wash their hands...
  • Prayers Needed Urgently (MRSA)

    10/10/2007 2:39:07 PM PDT · by Darnright · 233 replies · 1,856+ views
    N/A | 10/10/2007 | Darnright
    Would all who are so inclined please pray for 2 young men at my daughter's high school, who have been stricken with MRSA? One is fighting for his life, and his situation is very serious. The infection is in his bloodstream, and he could lose his life. The other young man may lose his leg. Can you please pray for Ashton and Cody? There are 2 high schools in my area, that have students who've been infected with MRSA.
  • UK: "Hospital food hygiene 'is poor'" [warning: icky bug picture]

    08/12/2007 5:53:07 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 20 replies · 669+ views
    BBC.com ^ | Sunday, 12 August 2007 | staff writer
    Last Updated: Sunday, 12 August 2007, 10:10 GMT 11:10 UK Hospital food hygiene 'is poor' Cockroaches and vermin were foundin some hospital kitchens Almost half of hospital kitchens and canteens in England have poor hygiene standards, a dossier has suggested. The Liberal Democrats said inspection reports obtained under the Freedom of Information Act painted a "shocking picture" of hospital food hygiene. Vermin, cockroaches and the storage of medical and food items together were reported by some local authorities. The Food Standards Agency said it would expect any authority with hospital food hygiene problems to take action. 'Wrong temperatures'The Liberal Democrats...
  • Instant Steam Takes On Antibiotic Resistant 'Superbugs' Like MRSA

    08/01/2007 2:28:09 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 692+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 8-1-2007 | Society Of Chemical Industry
    Source: Society of Chemical Industry Date: August 1, 2007 Instant Steam Takes On Antibiotic Resistant 'Superbugs' Like MRSA Science Daily — A method for making instant steam, without the need for electricity, promises to be useful for tackling antibiotic resistant 'superbugs' like MRSA and C. difficile, as well as removing chewing gum from pavements and powering environmentally friendly cars, reports Nina Morgan in Chemistry & Industry, the magazine of the SCI. 'The value of instant steam lies in creating truly portable steam that can be generated intermittently on demand,' says Dave Wardle, business development director at Oxford Catalysts. The company...
  • Hospital superbug on rise despite campaigns

    07/24/2007 7:31:27 PM PDT · by DancesWithCats · 12 replies · 236+ views
    London Daily Telegraph ^ | july 24th, 2007 | DancesWithCats
    Around 60,000 people could be infected this year with the most widespread hospital superbug despite campaigns to tackle the problem, new figures out today show.In the first three months of this year 15,592 people over the age of 65 were infected with Clostridium difficile, a two per cent rise on the same period last year. The bug takes hold in the guts of patients who have been given antibiotics and causes thousands of deaths. There were a total of 55,634 cases of C.Diff in 2006. The new figures from the Health Protection Agency show rates of the other major health...
  • Staph superbug may be infecting patients ___

    06/25/2007 7:26:27 PM PDT · by goodnesswins · 15 replies · 682+ views
    Yahoo ^ | June 25, 2007 | AP
    Staph superbug may be infecting patients June 25, 2007 02:04:50 PM PST A dangerous, drug-resistant staph germ may be infecting as many as 5 percent of hospital and nursing home patients, according to a comprehensive study. At least 30,000 U.S. hospital patients may have the superbug at any given time, according to a survey released Monday by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. The estimate is about 10 times the rate that some health officials had previously estimated. Some federal health officials said they had not seen the study and could not comment on its methodology or...
  • Supermarket Meat 'Could Be MRSA Infected' (UK)

    06/24/2007 6:10:19 PM PDT · by blam · 46 replies · 1,423+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-25-2007 | harry wallop
    Supermarket meat 'could be MRSA infected' By Harry Wallop, Consumer Affairs Correspondent Last Updated: 12:39am BST 25/06/2007 Pork, beef and chicken in supermarkets could be infected with a strain of MRSA, according to a report today by organic campaigners which warns that the issue could become "a new monster". The bacterium is sweeping northern Europe and has already infected one in five of all pork products on sale in Holland, from where Britain imports almost two thirds of all its pork, the report claims. The strain found in Holland, Denmark, Belgium and Germany is different from MRSA found in British...
  • Maggots eat up resistant bacteria - Creepy crawlies are the latest weapon in the anti-MRSA arsenal.

    05/04/2007 10:28:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 40 replies · 2,180+ views
    news@nature.com ^ | 4 May 2007 | Katharine Sanderson
    Close window Published online: 4 May 2007; | doi:10.1038/news070430-13 Maggots eat up resistant bacteriaCreepy crawlies are the latest weapon in the anti-MRSA arsenal.Katharine Sanderson It looks bad, but it works: maggots can clean out some foot wounds better than drugs. The drug-resistant bug MRSA has a new adversary — the maggot. Researchers in Manchester, UK, have just won a grant to compare maggots with other more hi-tech treatments for people with diabetes who suffer from infected feet. A quarter of all people with diabetes are at risk of foot ulcers, because of the reduced blood circulation caused by the...
  • Weak drug combos find new use - Antibiotics that don't work could beat back resistant bacteria.

    04/06/2007 9:58:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 621+ views
    news@nature.com ^ | 4 April 2007 | John Whitfield
    Close window Published online: 4 April 2007; | doi:10.1038/news070402-6 Weak drug combos find new useAntibiotics that don't work could beat back resistant bacteria.John Whitfield You would think that a combination of antibiotics that is less effective than either drug on its own would be fairly useless. But researchers now say that such ineffectual mixes could be used in the campaign against resistance to the drugs. The counterintuitive conclusion comes from the observation — so far seen only in the lab — that less-effective drug mixes allow bacteria that are sensitive to drugs to out-compete those that are resistant them....
  • Medical 'dirty secret' out in open

    03/09/2007 11:47:23 AM PST · by JZelle · 44 replies · 1,392+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3-9-07 | Joyce Howard Price
    The alarmingly high number of life-threatening infections occurring in U.S. hospitals has prompted medical staffs and state lawmakers to focus on better awareness and take steps to reduce the spread. "For too long" hospitals and dialysis centers "have kept patient infections a dirty secret," said Lisa McGiffert, director of Consumer Union's Stop Hospital Infections campaign. "But now, more states are moving to make infection rates public, so consumers can make smarter health care choices, and hospitals have a stronger incentive to improve patient care."
  • Sharp Rise In Superbug Death Toll (MRSA/C-Diff - UK)

    02/22/2007 11:14:40 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 529+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-22-2007 | Matthew Moore
    rp rise in suberbug death toll By Matthew Moore and PA Last Updated: 3:04pm GMT 22/02/2007 More patients are dying of conditions linked to the hospital superbugs MRSA and Clostridium difficile (C-diff), it was revealed today. Between 2004 and 2005, mention of MRSA on death certificates rose by 39 per cent while mention of C-diff rose 69 per cent, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The Conservatives today described the rise as "staggering", and said the Government had failed to put in place an effective strategy for combatting the bugs. "Labour's savage bed cuts over the...
  • Using Tea Tree Oil Can Increase MRSA Risk

    02/16/2007 5:56:02 PM PST · by blam · 62 replies · 3,652+ views
    Using tea tree oil can increase MRSA risk Last Updated: 2:04am GMT 16/02/2007 A common ingredient in many beauty products can increase the user's chances of suffering from "superbug" infections including MRSA, it was warned today. Scientists have discovered that repeated exposure to low doses of tea tree oil could endanger people. The experts from the University of Ulster revealed exposure to low doses of the oil made pathogens such as MRSA, E.coli and salmonella more resistant to antibiotics, and capable of causing more serious infections. Tea tree oil is commonly used in beauty products, but there is no legislation...
  • Bacteria In Staph Infections Can Cause Necrotizing Pneumonia (MRSA)

    01/28/2007 4:09:37 PM PST · by blam · 105 replies · 3,342+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-28-2007 | Texas A&M
    Source: Texas A&M Health Science Center Date: January 28, 2007 Bacteria In Staph Infections Can Cause Necrotizing Pneumonia Science Daily — Researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center Institute of Biosciences and Technology at Houston have discovered a toxin present in the bacteria responsible for the current nationwide outbreak of staph infections also has a role in an aggressive pneumonia that is often fatal within 72 hours. "The virulence of CA-MRSA (community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) strains that produce the PVL (Panton Valentine leukocidin) toxin presents a nightmare scenario," said M. Gabriela Bowden, Ph.D., research assistant professor at HSC-IBT and...
  • Bacteria tests reveal how MRSA strain can kill in 24 hours

    01/21/2007 12:20:09 PM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 63 replies · 2,224+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1/19/07 | Ian Sample
    Scientists have unravelled the workings of a deadly superbug that attacks healthy young people and can kill within 24 hours. PVL-producing MRSA, a highly-virulent strain of the drug-resistant superbug, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, has spread around the world and caused deaths in the UK, Europe, the US and Australia. PVL or panton-valentine leukocidin toxin destroys white blood cells and usually causes boils and other skin complaints. But if it infects open wounds it can cause necrotising pneumonia, a disease that rapidly destroys lung tissue and is lethal in 75% of cases. Thousands of infections have been recorded across the US, but...
  • Research highlights nastier form of MRSA

    01/19/2007 10:43:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 538+ views
    news@nature.com ^ | 18 January 2007 | Heidi Ledford
    Close window Published online: 18 January 2007; | doi:10.1038/news070115-10 Research highlights nastier form of MRSAToxin-laden bacterium makes for a killer in the community.Heidi LedfordResearchers have unpicked why a particularly nasty form of antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, which can strike down otherwise healthy victims outside of the hospital, is quite so vicious. The results, says Gabriela Bowden, an immunologist at Texas A&M University in Houston and an author on the study, could be used to derive new therapies to combat the troublesome bug. The study, published in this week's Science, shows that a toxin produced by the bacterium, called Panton Valentine...
  • Superbug Emerging Across Canada (MRSA)

    01/02/2007 10:38:12 AM PST · by blam · 76 replies · 7,072+ views
    CanWest ^ | 1-2-2007 | Sharon Kirkey
    Superbug emerging across Canada Sharon Kirkey, CanWest News Service Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2007 A superbug that causes infections from large, boil-like lesions to hemorrhagic pneumonia and, in rare cases, ''flesh-eating'' disease is poised to ''emerge in force'' across Canada, a new report warns. While the prospect of a flu pandemic has governments scrambling to develop emergency plans, an epidemic of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or CA-MRSA, is already raging in the U.S. and beginning to entrench itself here, infectious disease experts report today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. In the U.S., clusters have been reported in groups from...
  • Report: Los Angeles County jails lack enough doctors, nurses to meet inmates' basic needs

    12/24/2006 8:22:34 AM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 28 replies · 762+ views
    WFRV.COM ^ | 24 DECEMBER 2006 | AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Treatment errors and other breakdowns in medical care have contributed to the deaths of at least 14 inmates in the nation's largest county jail system since 1999, a newspaper reported Sunday. The jail system lacks enough doctors, nurses and other medical workers, resulting in long delays in treatment for conditions ranging from hernias to heart disease, an investigation by the Los Angeles Times found. Inmates have waited weeks for exams they were supposed to receive within 24 hours of making a request, the newspaper said. Officials acknowledge that 20 percent of inmates who ask to see...
  • Tie Ban For Doctors To Stop Spread Of MRSA (UK)

    12/17/2006 8:35:48 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 724+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-18-2006 | Alex Berry
    Tie ban for doctors to stop spread of MRSA By Alex Berry Last Updated: 2:35am GMT 18/12/2006 Doctors have been ordered to ditch their ties over fears they are spreading the deadly hospital superbug MRSA. An NHS trust has also told all its staff involved in direct patient care not to wear jewellery, wrist watches, scarves or any "superfluous clothing". Even consultants have been warned that being smartly-dressed when giving patients bad news could present an infection risk. The move, by Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, follows a report by the British Medical Association calling for doctors to...
  • Hospitals Told To Isolate Patients With Superbug (UK)

    11/18/2006 7:36:43 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 657+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-19-2006 | Beezy Marsh
    Hospitals told to isolate patients with superbug By Beezy Marsh, Health Correspondent, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 12:27am GMT 19/11/2006 Hospitals have been ordered to create MRSA isolation wards where necessary to treat patients infected with the superbug. Under controversial Government plans, all elderly people admitted from nursing homes will be screened for MRSA and forced to use antibacterial shampoo, shower gels and creams as a precaution. Millions more patients scheduled for operations such as hip replacements and heart and brain surgery will also be checked for infection. According to the Department of Health guidance, those found to be infected should...
  • Hospitals Fail To Report Spread Of New Superbug 'More Dangerous Than MRSA'

    11/04/2006 7:48:59 PM PST · by blam · 27 replies · 942+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-5-2006 | Beezy Marsh
    Hospitals fail to report spread of new superbug 'more dangerous than MRSA' Beezy Marsh, Health Correspondent, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 12:13am GMT 05/11/2006 The spread of a dangerous new superbug through hospitals is being hugely underestimated by the Government's reporting scheme, NHS staff have admitted. The shambolic state of infection control on wards is exposed in a survey by the Patients' Association. It found only about a quarter of trusts are gathering data on Clostridium difficile (C. diff), the bacterium that experts say poses more of a risk to public health than MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus). Clostridium difficile: More of...
  • Vaccine Protects Mice Against MRSA Superbug

    11/01/2006 3:33:26 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 305+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 10-30-2006 | Roxanne Khamsi
    Vaccine protects mice against MRSA superbug 22:36 30 October 2006 NewScientist.com news service Roxanne Khamsi A newly developed vaccine might serve as a useful weapon against the drug-resistant superbug MRSA, researchers say. Tests in mice have shown that the vaccine can protect against multiple types of MRSA, which can cause fatal infections in humans. Experts say the discovery of a broadly effective vaccine is especially important as more infectious MRSA strains have recently emerged. They also stress that patients with compromised immune systems face an ever-increasing risk of acquiring MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, while in hospital. Olaf Schneewind at...
  • New hope raised in battle against drug-resistant bacteria

    09/11/2006 9:35:10 PM PDT · by CellPhoneSurfer · 10 replies · 630+ views
    The Guardian Unlimited ^ | Monday September 11, 2006 | Ian Sample, science correspondent
    · Technique renders pathogens benign· Crop and animal diseases could also be targeted Scientists have taken a big step towards a new generation of antibiotics by designing compounds that stop bacteria "talking to each other", thwarting their ability to spread infection. The revolutionary approach renders bacteria benign rather than killing them off, and comes as many antibiotics are losing their potency against pathogens which have developed drug resistance.Tests showed the compounds actively blocked the spread of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a common bacterium which causes fatal lung infections in people with cystic fibrosis and leads to life-threatening blood infections in patients with...
  • Hospital Superbug 'Out Of Control' As Child MRSA Cases Rise To 150

    09/09/2006 5:52:24 PM PDT · by blam · 21 replies · 925+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-10-2006 | Beezy Marsh
    Hospital superbug 'out of control' as child MRSA cases rise to 150 By Beezy Marsh, Health Correspondent (Filed: 10/09/2006) Nearly 150 babies and children last year suffered potentially fatal blood infections after contracting the MRSA superbug in NHS hospitals, Government research reveals. The figure is double that of previous estimates, raising concerns that MRSA is tightening its grip on the very young and that poor hospital hygiene is allowing the superbug to spread. Children with MRSA in their blood require emergency hospital treatment to prevent blood poisoning and toxic shock, which can quickly lead to organ failure and death. Premature...