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Monthly Archives: July 2006

Six MORE join the NY Prison MRSA Lawsuit

Oh boy – the more I read, the more info I get – apparently over the weekend, 6 more people joined the MRSA lawsuit in New Jersey, bringing the total number of people on the prosecution side to twelve. Good … Continue reading

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Two more people join MRSA lawsuit in NJ

Two more people have joined the MRSA lawsuit against a New Jersey prision: In separate lawsuits made public on Thursday, Philadelphia resident Robert Motley and Victor DelPiano of Atlantic County, said they began exhibiting signs of staph infection shortly after … Continue reading

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Hospital Protest in Kentucky

Well, this is to be expected – and the hospitals should be expecting it too. It is time to clean up!! Jewish Hospital in Louisville, KY attracted nearly 70 people in protest who have been affected by MRSA believed to … Continue reading

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New Rapid MRSA Test

A new, rapid test for Staphylococcal infection and colonization for mothers in labor has now become available from Cepheid. Staph is the number one cause of early onset infection in newborns, and prior to this, mothers were tested before childbirth, … Continue reading

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ABC News Tests Gyms for Bacteria

And boy was it eye opening! ABC found all sorts of bacteria, including the one we are most concerned about here at MRSA Notes all over the gym. Guess where the worst place was? The shower floor. Wear those shower … Continue reading

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More on Enterotoxins

Admittedly, this is a little beyond my understanding, but there is lots of research being done now on Staphylococcal enterotoxins, and this is a short article about one of them: While scientists understand how many other invaders activate T cells … Continue reading

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Real Food for Better Health

Nina Planck has written a book exposing the dangers of “industrial” foods and the benefits of natural, whole foods. I truly believe that keeping your body in tip-top shape is very important so that your immune system is prepared to … Continue reading

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Toronto Blue Jays Have to Disinfect

After two players have been sidelined due to Staph infections, the Toronto Blue Jays have been forced to do a cleanup of their clubhouse. The Blue Jays spokesman and manager seem to differ a bit on where the infections were … Continue reading

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Heading Out of Town

I am off for a much needed vacation, and I will be gone to the beach from now through next weekend, so if you stumble across MRSA Notes in the next week, please do bookmark me, or subscribe to the … Continue reading

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Many youth think antibiotics treat a virus

A survey of youth between the ages of 8 and 18 who were asked a variety of questions to test their knowledge of bacteria, viruses and prevention options came up with some interesting results: A little under two in 10 … Continue reading

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A Study of Refrigerators, Food Handling and Yucky Bacteria

There was a study done in Ireland recently on the bacteria lurking in our refrigerators with some interesting results. Valerie Jackson, who holds a PhD in Microbiology and is a surveillance scientist with the Health Protection Surveillance Centre in Dublin … Continue reading

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Common Colds Need Common Sense

Australia’s National Prescribing Service (NPR) has begun a new countrywide campaign to educate its citizens about the differences between colds, viruses and bacterial infections and the uses of antibiotics in treating them. At their main program page there are downloads, … Continue reading

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Chronic Ear Infections Caused by AR Biofilm

  This could be great news for all parents who have dealt with chronic Otitis Media in their children. In a groundbreaking study, a biofilm with antibiotic resistant bacteria has been found in the middle ears of 46 out of … Continue reading

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LeAnn Rimes Hospitalized with Leg Infection

Country singer LeAnn Rimes had surgery today for an unidentified infection in her leg. I was unable to find out anything about the type of infection, but did find that she has a history of eczema, which can certainly make … Continue reading

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Cellulitis – General Information

This article on cellulitis at Yahoo! Kids Health is a good general reference. Basically, cellulitis is a bacterial infection that has entered the body through a break in the skin. The symptoms are a painful area of inflammation on the … Continue reading

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Staph infection complaints lead to probe at jail

Via GreenvilleOnline.com: Complaints about infections causing open sores among more than 30 prisoners and officers at the Greenville County jail prompted a federal judge to order an inspection by a doctor at the request of two lawyers investigating conditions there. … Continue reading

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External catheters reduce risk of urinary tract infection in men

No kidding. I think it is almost common knowledge that a huge amount of hospital infection comes from the use of urinary catheters, so it only makes sense that they would finally do a study on this. So now, researchers … Continue reading

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Battling MRSA in Sangamon County

Sangamon County officials may have to face a large medical bill now that a jail inmate has had surgery to remove an infected abscess in his neck. The county doesn’t know how much the final bill might be, but the … Continue reading

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Bacteria on Your Purse

I received this via email from my dear friend – and although I don’t know exactly where it originated, I found it also, researched and reported on, at Snopes.com. Just a little something to think about when trying to banish … Continue reading

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MRSA in Children

It is especially sad when your child gets MRSA. I thought it was heartbreaking to see my husband go through this – I cannot fathom what it would be like to see my child go through it. Both of my … Continue reading

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UK Dog Recovers From MRSA Infection

Here is the happy story of Tarka, a dog owned by Terry Salisbury of the UK, who contracted MRSA after emergency surgery for gastric tortion. Tarka was not recovering as her owner had hoped, and a week or so later … Continue reading

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Staphylococcus aureus and Food Poisoning

This article from ABS-CBN Interactive, points out a variety of bacterial food-borne infections that are possible to acquire and how to recognize them. For our intents and purposes, this is the section about food poisoning via Staphylococcal enterotoxins: Staphyloenterotoxicosis, as … Continue reading

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MRSA in Harrisburg, PA

As a distinct contradiction to the last post, an infectious disease specialist in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Dr. John D. Goldman says that he is seeing more MRSA in his community than ever before. I, too, have noticed a mighty lot of … Continue reading

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Hospital winning war against infection

In Azle, TX, a small town, northwest of Dallas/Fort Worth, Harris Methodist Northwest Hospital has been proactive in their community in teaching its residents about MRSA and how to avoid it. In January 2005, the hospital decided it was time … Continue reading

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