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Monthly Archives: December 2005

Retapamulin – new antibiotic

Retapamulin belongs to a new class of antibiotics called pleuromutilins and is being developed for the topical treatment of uncomplicated skin and skin structure infections due to susceptible strains of Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes. “A growing cause of many … Continue reading

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A late Merry Christmas to all!

I had great visions of keeping up with my blogging here through Christmas, even with my family here visiting, but, naturally, it didn’t quite work out that way, so I am here hoping you all had a wonderful Christmas and … Continue reading

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CDC to release new infection control guidelines!

CDC targets stubborn germs in hospitals — Newsday.com U.S. health officials are preparing new hospital infection control guidelines to slow the growing spread of bacteria that has become resistant to antibiotics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will release … Continue reading

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News from MRSAActionUK

Our friend Bev Hurst, from MRSAActionUK is featured in the Manchester Online Newspaper: Health bosses ‘too busy’ to investigate mum’s MRSA death THE daughter of an MRSA victim has been told a health watchdog is too busy to review the … Continue reading

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Kellyville teen dies of rare infection (Oklahoma)

Sean Hurst, age 15, passed away on Monday after a short battle with MRSA.  Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, who seem to have really been through an unbelievable amount of trauma this year.  God bless them, … Continue reading

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Grocery Cart Sanitization

From Milwaukee Journal Sentinal: We’ve seen SARS-fearing Chinese strap on face masks and U.S. consumers combat disease-spreading microbes with anti-bacterial soap and towel-free hand sanitizers. Now, a De Pere supermarket has mounted a new assault in the never-ending war. A … Continue reading

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Sponge that cultivates new antibiotic

Scotsman.com News – Health – 11p kitchen sponges may hold key to beating MRSA Now biologists working on a powerful new antibiotic have found the best way to cultivate the cure is on the surface of an ordinary kitchen scouring … Continue reading

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NHANES study results

Facts from the NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) study, reported with comments from Tara Smith at her Aetiology Blog: 75 of the S. aureus-colonized individuals were carrying MRSA–.8% of the population, or about 2.3 million Americans. In this … Continue reading

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Science Blog reporting from the Journal of Infectious Diseases

BJS at the ScienceBlog.com is reporting from the ISDA Journal about the prevalence of MRSA colonization in America’s nostrils, with the highest percentages in women and those over 60 years old.  Very interesting research, go give it a read! Up … Continue reading

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ICAAC: Round up

The latest research included in the proceedings of the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) means that antibiotic treatments and management therapies feature strongly in DrugResearcher’s round-up of the 4-day event. The gathering is a chance for scientists … Continue reading

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Hospitals begin screening more patients for strain

Emergency room doctors gave the 20-month-old girl with strawberry-blond hair standard antibiotics to treat a high fever and mild rash that looked like windburn. Then they sent her home. The antibiotics were useless, however, because Gillian Young was ill with … Continue reading

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FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE MRSA

Firefighters are trying to protect themselves from an aggressive, flesh-eating bacteria. The number of firefighters contracting MRSA is on the rise. In the past year, four firefighters in the Tucson area have contracted MRSA. That may not sound like much, … Continue reading

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Bacterial infections can be serious

From Rome News – Tribune (Georgia): “We’re seeing an emergence or reappearance in people that are not considered at risk,” Abercrombie said. “The problem is its antibiotic resistance and that many people — mostly adults — are having such severe … Continue reading

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New U.S. Rules Will Aim to Block Spread of Drug-Resistant Germs

Slowly but surely, we are coming around.  I so hope this can happen without the legal system having to be brought in.  My Christmas wish, and New Years hope is that our country will realize that it can indeed make … Continue reading

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Telavancin

New Drug Telavancin Tops Vancomycin in Patients with MRSA Skin Infections: Presented at ICAAC A new drug in a similar class as vancomycin — a last resort antibiotic — appears to clear up dangerous methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) skin infections … Continue reading

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‘Superbugs’ infiltrate hospitals, communities

Well, I think this might be the first article I have seen from USA Today. I am thankful that such a nationally recognized newspaper is catching on! Here is a snip from the article, read more by clicking the link … Continue reading

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Ramoplanin for Gram Positive Bacteria and C. difficile

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 18, 2005–Researchers at the 45th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) have presented new data today on the in vitro activity of several products and product candidates against strains of Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), including recently … Continue reading

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Wrestlers infected with staph

Wrestlers infected with staph | www.azstarnet.com ® “Staph is a skin germ, and think about a wrestler, with all that moisture and all that contact on the mat,” said Dr. Michelle McDonald, the Pima County Health Department’s chief medical officer. … Continue reading

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Bisbee wrestling team asked not to attend upcoming meet due to health concerns

Bisbee wrestling team asked not to attend upcoming meet due to health concerns | www.azstarnet.com ® The Bisbee High School wrestling team will not compete in this weekend’s Douglas Invitational due to health concerns after one of the team’s wrestlers … Continue reading

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Superbug Wiki

I just wanted you to know that I set up a program on the Superbug Wiki that is designed to stop spammers, as we were getting spammed on nearly a twice daily basis. If you have any problems doing any … Continue reading

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Giving Your Immune System A Seasonal Tune-up

This is from About.com, which is one of my favorite reference web sites for almost everything. Unfortunately, they don’t have a good MRSA section, the only one they have is in reference to MRSA in children: A study in patients … Continue reading

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Bacterium troubles doctors

Basic MRSA information from the Billings Gazette (Montana): An old bacterium with new skills has the Billings medical community on alert. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, can cause life-threatening infections that are difficult to treat. It can also live on … Continue reading

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Information Disclosure

The pressure is on from my dear friend Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei at » Genetics and Public Health to be sure that all information about medical/health web sites is fully disclosed, so here goes: 1. Who runs this site? I do, … Continue reading

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Physician’s Weekly Article – Conquering the Problem of Antibiotic Resistance

Physician’s Weekly Article – Conquering the Problem of Antibiotic Resistance This is a good article, but it seems to refute itself a bit–but who am I to say. The article is telling us about all of the new antibiotics out … Continue reading

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Research center seeks gay men for MRSA study

Research center seeks gay men for MRSA study | News | Advocate.com The researchers are seeking gay men for their study that will gauge whether any of them are unknowingly carrying the virus. The study will include three visits to … Continue reading

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BostonHerald.com – Local / Regional News: Prison critics rip medical care

BostonHerald.com – Local / Regional News: Prison critics rip medical care The Department of Correction for months ignored the medical needs of a paraplegic inmate afflicted with a gaping, bacteria-ridden bedsore, forcing him to be hospitalized in an intensive care … Continue reading

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Old Fashioned Remedies Effective Against Superbugs

The Epoch Times | Old Fashioned Remedies Effective Against Superbugs I don’t hardly know which parts of this to excerpt for you, because the entire article is so interesting, so please go read it for yourself, if you are interested … Continue reading

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MRSA in AZ Athletes

“At least six Deming High athletes — Wildcat wrestlers — have contracted Staph (Staphyloccus) Bacteria, and one has been hospitalized with a mutant strain commonly known in the medical profession as MRSA — “The Super Bug.” Wildcat wrestlers were on … Continue reading

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Tonight’s Chat and newsletter info

I do love our Thursday chats – this week I got to catch up with Peg (zorsmom, if you have seen her around in the forum) and Cathy, both of whom I have not seen in the chat in a … Continue reading

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MRSA and Necrotizing fasciitis in King Co. Jails

Seattle Weekly: News: Contagion in the Jail by Rick Anderson County jail and health officials insist their aging 1,700-bed downtown King County Correctional Facility is safe, and they’re doing their best to keep it disease-free. But two superbugs have been … Continue reading

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He’s not the only one who cringed!

Dr. Sean Elliot at University Medical Center is reacting to publishedreports in a Tucson paper about a bacteria called MRSA. The headlinereads, “Superbug that eats flesh is on the loose.” “I cringed, the story would suggest this is a brand … Continue reading

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