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Monthly Archives: June 2006

The Spread of CA-MRSA in Canada

Canada’s C-Health is reporting news from the Canadian Medical Association Journal on the spread of CA-MRSA in Canada: The drug-resistant forms of the bug that are spreading in the community – strains labelled USA300 and USA400 – generally cause hard-to-treat … Continue reading

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Discovering MRSA From The Other Side

Picture a nurse, with a spider bite on her belly. As is usually the case when we hear “the spider bite story,” it turned out not to be a spider bite after all. For the last week, said anonymous nurse … Continue reading

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Foot Infections in Diabetic Patients

Podiatry Today magazine is bringing attention to the special situation of infection in the feet of people with diabetes. Diabetes not only is an immunosuppressant disease (lowers the function of the immune system), but it also decreases circulation in those … Continue reading

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Ceragenix and the Eradication of MRSA Bacterial Colonization

Ceragenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on infectious disease and dermatology, announced that it has entered into a research and development agreement with an internationally recognized research laboratory to develop formulations, in the form of nasal ointments, designed to … Continue reading

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Marshall Jones MRSA Interview on CN8 Boston Tonight

My dear hubby, Marshall Jones is going to be interviewed about his MRSA infection on Nitebeat on CN8 in Boston tonight at 7pm Eastern time. If you would like to listen to the interview, the show will be streamed on … Continue reading

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Brandon Stafford’s MRSA Story

Brandon, a 2 yr old boy is discovered to have a CA-MRSA infection after a fall. From the Missouri News Tribune: On May 4, two-year-old Brandon Stafford of Jefferson City was happily bouncing up and down on a trampoline while … Continue reading

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Texas Medical Clinics Seeing Increased Rates of Staphylococcal Infections

WOAI in San Antonio would like the public to be aware that all Texas Medical Centers are seeing increased rates of Staphylococcal Infections, including the antibiotic-resistant MRSA. Remember that these infections are often confused with spider bites and and will … Continue reading

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Proper Wound Care for Kids Health

This is a very useful article from STLtoday about the proper care of common summertime wounds and injuries: Wound infections most often happen when bacteria, especially staphylococcus (staph) or streptococcus (strep), invade the body through a break in the skin. … Continue reading

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Flatfish Slime Kills Staphylococcus Bacteria

Some new research presented by ScientistLive regarding fish slime and Staph bacteria: Researchers in Norway have discovered that a protein in the slime covering the flatfish plaice contains a substance that kills the bacteria staphylococcus. Chemical engineer Trude Tvete has … Continue reading

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53 Million People Carry MRSA

London scientists report that 53 million people in the world are carriers of MRSA, carrying the bacteria in colonies on their skin and in their mucus membranes. They also estimate that 25-30% of the worlds population carry some form of … Continue reading

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CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Includes MRSA and Tattoos

The MMWR report from the CDC this week includes a study of 44 tattoo related incidences of MRSA occurring in 3 states (Kentucky, Vermont, and Ohio) and and connected to 13 different unlicensed tattoo artists. The MRSA patients ranged in … Continue reading

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Rhode Island Issues MRSA Awareness Warning

From Westerly, RI, The Westerly Sun: A bacterial disease once found in gravely ill patients in large urban hospitals is now commonly detected in otherwise healthy adults and children locally, according to Westerly Health Coordinator Dr. Tobias M. Goodman. Staphylococcus … Continue reading

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E. Pierce Marshall Dead of “Extremely Aggressive Infection”

From the Fashion Monitor Toronto: E. Pierce Marshall died of “brief and extremely aggressive infection” at the age of 67, according to a statement released by family spokesperson David Margulies E. Pierce Marshall is the son of Anna Nicole Smith’s … Continue reading

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Training to Prevent Catheter Associated Infections

Venous catheters have long been a very common source of hospital acquired infections. There is a new training intervention that is spreading through hospitals to update the staff in a concise and quick way on the most current preventative research … Continue reading

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The Bacteria and Spider Bite Debate

I am the first to admit, I am jaded. My experience has almost exclusively been of meeting people that were incorrectly diagnosed with spider bites that actually had Staphylococcal skin infections. This is why I was a little bit surprised … Continue reading

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IKEY Industrial Keyboards for Medical Use

IKEY, Ltd. has manufactured wireless keyboards for use in medical settings. These keyboards have been through extensive testing involving MRSA and will hold up to repeated disinfection. Here is some information about the recommended disinfection procedures from IKEY: • Soap … Continue reading

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Natural antibiotics from Aspenbloom Pet Care

You will find that I just dearly love my friend Shadrach – yes, he is a dog, but certainly one of the brightest dogs around. He and his Mom, Kim Bloomer, are very educated on natural healing and have offered … Continue reading

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MRSA Awareness Walk in New Jersey

My friends Francine Jackson and Theresa Drew have been working so very hard this year on awareness of MRSA in athletics and are now promoting their First Annual Ricky’s MRSA Awareness Walk and Benefit: July 2, 2006 from 2-4 pm … Continue reading

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Jail Employees Bring MRSA Lawsuit

Five employees of a New Jersey correctional facility have brought a lawsuit against the administrators of the jail. From NJ.com: Kent R. Collins, Jerry C. Cora, Thomas J. Duffy, Agostino J. Fare and Beth Lindsay alleged in their lawsuit that … Continue reading

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Tattoos and MRSA

Just like I would (and often do) advise no one to get elective surgery right now, I would say also that this is absolutely not the time to be getting tattoos either. And this is spoken from a tattoo loving … Continue reading

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A Bad, Bad Girl and her Puppy

I have been a bad girl today – I have been online most of the day and just shooting the breeze chatting up a storm and basically doing absolutely nothing productive. I didn’t want to let this get too far … Continue reading

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Thumann’s Prosciutto Recall

Speaking of enterotoxins: Thumann’s, a N.J. firm, is recalling approximately 664 pounds of boneless prosciutto ham that may contain Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxin, which may induce nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramping, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety … Continue reading

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Question: Toxic Shock Syndrome and Staphylococcus aureus

On our forums at MRSA Resources we had a question – What does Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) have to do with Staph? My best answer was that TSS is the name of what happens to your body when it is … Continue reading

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Don’t believe everything you Google

I was chatting with Hsien yesterday about this, and told her that I have spoken of “Dr.” Chris Malyszewicz enough over the last year in discussion of the Bad Science series from The Guardian, that I didn’t feel the need … Continue reading

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Studying effectiveness of shorter term antibiotics

If you are the scientist type and love to read about double blind studies, you can read this study from the British Medical Journal – Effectiveness of discontinuing antibiotic treatment after three days versus eight days in mild to moderate-severe … Continue reading

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No Staph in Mississippi Rivers

Apparently this warning was sent out recently (where, I cannot discern): “Swimmers beware. As a nurse on the Coast, it has come to my attention there have been several incidents where swimmers in the local rivers have been coming in … Continue reading

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Get rid of your kitchen sponge!

According to the book, Organic Housekeeping : In Which the Non-Toxic Avenger Shows You How to Improve Your Health and That of Your Family, While You Save Time, Money, and, Perhaps, Your Sanity, you should toss your reusable kitchen sponges … Continue reading

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Manuka Honey for MRSA Wound Care

For a good while now, honey from the New Zealand Manuka bush has been reputed to have very good antibacterial effects, especially in regards to MRSA. Why would you want to use honey? The real reason is that using honey … Continue reading

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My Son, My Sun—A Mother’s Story of Tragedy in the Face of MRSA

This is my best effort for the b5media’s Science and Health Channels June theme day, featuring “The Sun.” There just isn’t much to say to connect MRSA and the sun – and I really am not the most creative gal … Continue reading

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Blisters From Athletic Shoes an MRSA Risk

Here is something you might not think of – CA-MRSA getting into your body through a blister from a new athletic shoe. I am not sure I would have thought of that one really. Wear good, clean socks and break … Continue reading

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It is Time to Quit the Gym!!!

Um….let me just say, if anyone reading this belongs to this gym – run, don’t walk, away. This is scary, dangerous and negligent, and for them to say these things to a newspaper is really unbelievable to me. The gist … Continue reading

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