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Monthly Archives: January 2006

Mary Pashley died from MRSA Sepsis

Our hearts go out to Mary’s family.  This should not happen to anyone: From the Beacon Journal When Mary Pashley, a 75-year-old resident of Coventry Township, went into The Cleveland Clinic for open heart surgery in September, she thought she … Continue reading

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Turn in your old antibiotics

This sounds an awful lot like the “turn in your guns” campaign.  But whatever works: Battle Creek Enquirer – www.battlecreekenquirer.com – Battle Creek, Mich. The statewide pilot program, “Antibiotic Roundup,” encourages consumers to take their expired or unused antibiotics to … Continue reading

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Another article from Baltimore about the CDC MRSA study

Latest bug’s right under our noses – baltimoresun.com Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined nasal samples taken from 9,622 people in 2001 and 2002. They found 32 percent of the samples contained staph bacteria. That translates … Continue reading

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Early Warning System for Hospital MRSA Outbreaks

From Science Daily: Sequence-based Early Warning System For The Detection Of MRSA Outbreaks In Hospitals

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Redskins player, Brandon Noble, battles MRSA

From the Washington Post (must register and login):A Frightening Off-Field Foe Brandon Noble needs crutches to walk, and he has been relegated to spending much of his time at home on his sofa. When he’s lying in bed at night … Continue reading

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New studies about how bacteria become resistant

New Clues To Fighting Antibiotic Resistance In the continuing battle against antibiotic resistance, two new studies shed light on the complex defense mechanisms pathogenic bacteria use to evade antibiotic attack, an understanding of which could lead to new, more effective … Continue reading

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MRSA Lawsuit against Allegheny County and Jail

Ya know, I am very against frivilous lawsuits, and really lawsuits of any kind other than towards someone who has intentionally hurt you – but I am so glad to see that an attorney somewhere has been brave enough to … Continue reading

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More about the CDC/IDJ MRSA research from the LaTimes

This is another article, from the LA Times about the MRSA study, and how it will be used as a baseline to start tracking the spread of MRSA in the U.S.A. Drug-resistant bugs find sanctuary in our noses – Los … Continue reading

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New Statistical Data from CDC

I know I am thankful that someone is starting to collect statistical information about MRSA in the United States.  It is about time.   2 million in U.S. may carry staph; infections on the rise DALLAS – The first nationwide statistical … Continue reading

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Upgrading the SuperbugWiki

Now that I have announced new pages, I am going to take the Superbug Wiki site down for a bit in order to upgrade it to the newest version. Scary stuff, but with any luck, it will be back up … Continue reading

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New Pages at the SuperbugWiki

I have added a couple of sections to the Superbug Wiki this morning, the first is Media Links, where you can find and add links to places where you can submit your MRSA story for possible publication, and the second … Continue reading

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria prompts call for prevention

From Oregon, Worldlink.com: “This past year there has been a tremendous increase in the number of boils, abscesses, and hair follicle infections that my colleagues and I have needed to treat.” That was the first sentence of a memo Dr. … Continue reading

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MRSA in Nail Salons!

As a nail tech myself, I have been very interested in the infections received by people getting pedicures over the last decade.  This is the first article about it that I have seen that says MRSA, although that is what … Continue reading

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New MRSA Lab test

Rapid lab test promises effectiveness against MRSA Acolyte Biomedica introduces a new platform for its MRSA test, which promises to set the benchmark for laboratory-based screening of the bacterium by confirming negatives in five hours and positives within 24 hours. … Continue reading

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Always good to be reminded….

…how important it is to wash your hands.  Yes, all the time.  Obsessive-compulsively.From press-citizen.com | Health Columns : If you need a simple resolution for 2006, here’s a suggestion: Get in the hand-washing habit. It’s the most important thing you … Continue reading

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Discovery Health National Body Challenge

I hope that those of you who won the National Body Challenge books received your books yesterday – I know several of us did, and what a great book! I hope you will watch the show, regardless, because having a … Continue reading

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Staph more frequent on the Harbor (WA)

From The Daily World (Washington): Staph infections, including MRSA, occur most frequently among patients in hospitals and health care facilities, because of weakened immune systems and opportunities for staph to invade — such as surgical wounds, according to the Centers … Continue reading

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I would email her and tell her…

…that MRSA is a bacteria, not a virus, but there is no contact information.  Have I ever mentioned that I really appreciate having contact information on a web site? Hospitals Take Measures To Protect Patients From VirusBOSTON — Some local … Continue reading

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Win that Discovery Health Body Challenge Book!

I only have one entry to win one of 3 companion books to the Discovery Health Body Challenge Series! Don’t let those 2 useful and free books go unclaimed.

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Sequence-based early warning system for the detection of MRSA outbreaks in hospitals

German researchers have proposed an automated DNA sequence-based early warning system to detect methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) outbreaks in hospitals, which they say could replace traditional slower techniques. Outbreaks are usually identified manually from laboratory test results and patients’ charts, … Continue reading

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Discovery Channel Sweepstakes!

The Discovery Channel is running their 3rd annual National Body Challenge for their viewers and has generously offered MRSA Resources 3 of the series companion books to give away to our readers! Read to the end of this article to … Continue reading

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Wellness Study Group

Now that Christmas, New Years, bad/good food, relatives and the stomach flu have come and gone, we are starting back up with Week 6 in Dr. Weil’s 8 Weeks to Optimum Health in our Wellness Study Group. If you haven’t … Continue reading

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Marshall Jones story

I have put my husbands story back into blog form, which will make it much easier again to search and find the information that you might be looking for.  You can find his MRSA septicemia story at  MRSAstory.com .  There … Continue reading

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Jack Snow, ESPN broadcaster, dies from Staph infection

Thanks to Tricia for sending me this: ESPN.com ST. LOUIS — Jack Snow, a star wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams and a longtime team broadcaster, died Monday night, the club said. He was 62. Snow had been hospitalized … Continue reading

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Research from Clinical Infectious Diseases

Drug-resistant Bacteria Patterns In Intensive Care Units Changing Nationally Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined MRSA data from more than 1,200 intensive care units (ICUs) from 1992 to 2003. They found that in 1992, 36 percent … Continue reading

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Two million Americans harbor MRSA ’superbug’

From Reuters: Dr. Matthew J. Kuehnert and colleagues assessed Staph aureus nasal carriage in 9,622 participants in the 2001-2002 National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey. They found that 32.4 percent were colonized with the bacteria, and 0.8 percent harbored MRSA. … Continue reading

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Is this the problem in hospitals?

I think Dr. Crippen may have hit the nail right on the head when he writes of hospitals trading in their good old fashioned cleaning staff for “efficiency.”  Very sad statement indeed, but the state of hospital cleanliness is even … Continue reading

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Pittsburgh ready to require doctors to report MRSA infections!

It is about time.  I have said it before, and will say it again.  Pennsylvania is coming around to seeing that MRSA is a force to be reckoned with, and needs to be monitored and prevented wherever possible.  Way to … Continue reading

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The Rise of A Tougher Staph

From Milwaukee, WI – an article about the rise and dangers of CA-MRSA (community acquired methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus): JS Online: The rise of a tougher staph The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that at least 12% of … Continue reading

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Maureen Daly calls for stronger hospital infection regulations

Our own Maureen Daly joined RID founder Betsey McCaughey at a news conference last week.  Way to go Maureen!  From the article: Maureen Daly recalls the last four months of her mother’s life as a living nightmare and still cannot … Continue reading

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Dr.RW’s top 10 issues in hospital medicine for 2005

MRSA made the list at number 2: 2) Community associated methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus. It’s different from the oldMRSA. The resistance pattern and the genome are distinct. Althoughwe’ve had a friendly debate here on the blogosphere about theclinical significance (or lack … Continue reading

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