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Monthly Archives: February 2006

Hibiclens survey results and press release

You probably know by now what a proponent I am for Hibiclens.  Hibiclens is available at your local drugstores in the first aid section, and is available in larger sizes for a significant savings at drugstore.com. Hibiclens(R) Survey Shows Initial … Continue reading

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MRSA Pedicure Death

This is serious stuff, folks.  I can’t stress enough to not use plumbed pedicure tubs.  Plain tubs with no moving water or bubbles should be fine, as long as they are properly sanitized, but plumbed tubs are not.  Be careful … Continue reading

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Privacy Curtains Proven Source Of MRSA Contamination

This from the UK, interesting stuff.  How often do they wash those things anyway?? Hmm… Privacy Curtains Proven Source Of MRSA Contamination […]at long last there is hard medical evidence to show that the privacy curtains surrounding patients’ bed are … Continue reading

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Great MRSA Article

There is so much interesting (and easy to understand) information in this basic article on MRSA from The Berkeley Science Review that I don’t really know where to start. Go read it, it is interesting.

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25% of MRSA in Sweden brought in from across the borders

Interesting information about research on MRSA patients in Sweden: MRSA in Sweden: A quarter of cases infected abroad A quarter of all people with MRSA in Sweden between 2000 and 2003 were infected abroad. A study published today in the … Continue reading

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MRSA in NY Jail

From the Hudson Valley News Two inmates at the Orange County Jail in Goshen have developed the MRSA staff [sic] infection. The cases are not related, said Sheriff’s Office Captain Dennis Barry, who said the men are being treated with … Continue reading

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Update on MRSA Pedicures

The Dallas County Dep’t. of Health and Human Services is working on getting some new guidelines up quickly to help combat the infection problems in the pedicure baths of nail salons. They have also issued some guidelines for clients to … Continue reading

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Doctors Opposing Circumcision

I have reported about this group before, but they have issued a new statement: George C. Denniston, MD, MPH, the president of DOC said, “This emerging disease poses an immediate threat to anyone with an open wound.” He went on, … Continue reading

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Chat tonight, and some other webby stuff

Don’t forget about our chat tonight, 10 pm Eastern time in our chat room! My modem crashed at the end of last week, so I wanted to apologize for not keeping up with the news, or very much in the … Continue reading

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Impetigo

From The Galveston Daily News: Impetigo is a common and highly contagious skin infection caused by two types of bacteria, streptococcus or staphylococcus. The bacteria enter the skin through scratches, small cuts or insect bites. Anyone can get impetigo, but … Continue reading

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Preservative – Free Eye Drop Risk

From Reuters: NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – There is a risk of microbial contamination of preservative-free eye drops in multiple application containers, warn doctors in a report in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. “Contamination of eye drops may be related … Continue reading

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Vancomycin Redux!

From acs.org: The natural product vancomycin is an antibiotic of last resort, used when other antibacterial agents aren’t effective. But some bacteria have developed resistance to vancomycin. Researchers have now designed and synthesized a revamped form of vancomycin that makes … Continue reading

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Gear Clean – Athletic equipment cleaning service

This article is about Bryan Dietrich, an MRSA victim who has opened an athletic equipment cleaning service. Please, all of you athletes out there, either clean your equipment yourself regularly, or get someone to do it for you! This is … Continue reading

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Improving Infection Detection

From Delaware Online: After practice Thursday, the Archmere Academy wrestlers saw trainer Jim Malseed for a routine skin check. And before tonight’s match against Tatnall, they will see Malseed again. That would be standard Archmere protocol under normal circumstances. But … Continue reading

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MRSA and Tattoos

Article source A freelance tattoo artist was to be arraigned today in Monterey County for allegedly practicing his craft on three minors. Jesse Luna was arrested on suspicion of administering tattoos to three teenage girls he knew were underage, according … Continue reading

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MRSA on Cell Phones

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Feb. 10 (UPI) — A Northern Ireland newspaper Friday called for a ban on cell phones in hospitals due to the germs they can carry. The Belfast Telegraph said its story about bacteria found on cell phones … Continue reading

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HIV and MRSA Research

News – MRSA Bloodstream Infections Occur More Frequently in HIV-Infected Patients With Low CD-4 Count: Presented at CROI DENVER, CO — February 7, 2006 — In the first study of how methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus affects patients co-infected with human inmmunodeficiency … Continue reading

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3M Tegaderm Ag Mesh Dressing with Silver

3M Introduces New Wound Care Product St. Paul, MN – 3M today announced the launch of 3M Tegaderm Ag Mesh Dressing with Silver, a new wound care product with fast-acting, long-lasting antimicrobial barrier effectiveness against a wide range of microbes, … Continue reading

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MRSA screening tests are getting quicker!

Now, if we could only get the doctors to test for MRSA quicker! New faster screening test for MRSA A new screening technique for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) cuts by 75% the time taken to identify patients carrying MRSA and … Continue reading

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Avoid MRSA, buy a home gym!

We bought a gym after Marshall left the hospital last year, mostly for his physical therapy, but this IS a good reason to buy one for yourself, rather than take the risk at the local gym. Also, we don’t hear … Continue reading

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Researching how bacteria infect

To infect, bacteria must first stick. Several proteins on their cell wall surface are there simply to attach themselves to the surrounding tissues of their hosts, such as the warm, moist, inviting ones at the back of your throat. Now … Continue reading

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MRSA in Athletics

ORLANDO, Fla. – The deadly bacteria always were contained to hospitals, feasting on people with weak immune systems, people already sick. But the bacteria have left the hospitals – and they are stronger, tougher to treat. They are bringing down … Continue reading

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Jail Overcrowding and MRSA

I apologize for slacking off posting this last week, Marshall was home on a week’s vacation, and that requires me to cut myself off the computer waaaaay before I am finished working!  I hope you all have been well, and … Continue reading

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