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Monthly Archives: August 2006

Fresco Crumbling Cheese Recall

From WALB.com: Ole Mexican Foods of Norcross is recalling cheese because it tested positive for bacteria. The Ole brand and Verole brand of cheese are sold under the label Fresco Authentic Mexican crumbling cheese. The cheese is sold in round … Continue reading

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PHC4 Releases 2004 MRSA Statistics

As I reported last week, Pennsylvania is at the forefront of MRSA awareness, and this week is no exception. The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) has been gathering statistics about MRSA in its hospitals with the intention of … Continue reading

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Minnesota Vikings Are Being Proactive in the Fight Against MRSA

The Minnesota Vikings are the first NFL team to take advantage of new technologies in infection prevention and are using the products offered by Sport Coatings to protect their turf and their players. They join several college teams – hopefully … Continue reading

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Impetigo in Kickapoo High School

15 football players have acquired impetigo, a rash caused by Staphylococcal bacteria – thankfully it is not the antibiotic resistant bacteria (MRSA), but the high school is taking the opportunity to thoroughly santize its athletic areas. About impetigo: Impetigo mainly … Continue reading

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Duke Proves Efficacy of Daptomycin

Duke University has released its study of the efficacy of Daptomycin (brand name Cubicin), a drug recently approved by the FDA for marketing to patients. This is the newest drug in the fight against MRSA. The results showed daptomycin was … Continue reading

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Antibiotic Resistance Makes the New York Times

Now it is making the mainstream media. Yesterday, the New York Times published this article touching on MRSA and the growing problem of antibiotic resistance: Evolutionary overachievers, the bacteria “reproduce every 20 minutes, and each time there’s an opportunity for … Continue reading

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Affected By MRSA in or Around Boston?

TheBostonChannel is looking for people who have been battling MRSA in their families for an interview for an upcoming story – email rhondamann@hearst.com if you would like to be included.

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Minnesota Prison MRSA Breakout

The Federal Prison Camp in Duluth, Minnesota is working to disinfect the prisoner’s exercise areas as they have had 18 cases of MRSA over the summer months. Morrison said the Minnesota Department of Health was notified as a precaution. He … Continue reading

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Phage Therapy Hits Your Local Deli

This semi-icky sounding story, Agency Approves First Use of Viruses as a Food Additive, from the New York Times, may not have anything directly to do with MRSA, but it has everything to do with bacteriophages, something which has been … Continue reading

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Superbug Sweeps San Diego

MRSA used to be spread a lot in locker rooms, especially among football players and wrestling teams. Now, Myers said babies are getting through a diaper rash and other family members are spreading it just by casual touch. Kudos to … Continue reading

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VA Hospitals are Waging War Against MRSA

Once again, Pennsylvania is at the forefront of MRSA awareness – and this time they have a plan of action! The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System met at the end of last week and made plans to share infection prevention information … Continue reading

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MRSA on ABC

MRSA hits ABC News with an article based on the study we talked about the other day and released yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine that shows how much more common MRSA is now than it was even … Continue reading

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Schools in PA are Warning of MRSA

School started today here in College Station, TX, where we live. Our school system has been so good about making parents of their students aware of MRSA by including literature about it in their beginning of the year info packets … Continue reading

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SSTI’s in the Emergency Room

The Washington Post today has an article referring a study done in 2004 and presented to the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine regarding emergency room visits for skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI’s): Among people with SSTIs serious enough to … Continue reading

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Lake County, Indiana Jail in Quarantine

Late last week, Indiana’s Lake County Jail went into quarantine due to an outbreak of MRSA skin infections among its prisoners: She [Warden Caren Jones] said a number of diseased inmates are being kept together in isolation, and inmates who … Continue reading

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A Battle with MRSA Necrotizing Fascitis

This news item from South Carolina is about Dave Bennett and his recent experience with MRSA Necrotizing Fascitis in a surgical wound: The 39-year-old had been passing out before arriving at The Regional Medical Center, where it was confirmed that … Continue reading

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Finish Your Antibiotics!

My buddy Tris was watching out for me while I was on vacation and didn’t want us to miss this article from Mike the Mad Biologist about antibiotic resistance and its correlation with various factors (ethnicity, health history and others) … Continue reading

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Ryan Dowling’s MRSA Story

Ryan Dowling’s father sent me their son’s story a couple of days ago – Ryan suffered a life threatening MRSA infection, yet another victim of MRSA in an athletic setting. Ryan’s father says he is still battling the effects of … Continue reading

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Home again

I just wanted to craft a quick apology for my absence this week, I took a big road trip to my hometown in Tennessee last week, and had every intention of keeping up my blogging this week, but an exhausting … Continue reading

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MRSA in Children at About.com

I wrote the Pediatrics guide at About.com a year or so ago to ask him to work on the MRSA resources at his site, and I believe he has. Do check it out and explore all of the information and … Continue reading

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Learning about Immunity

Keep in mind that this concise but pretty thorough and easy to understand article, Basic Instinct: Immunity, is being offered to health supplement retailers as an educational tool, but you too can learn a whole lot about different vitamins and … Continue reading

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Bathing in bacteria?

If you follow anything else I write on the internet, you will probably have run across my mission of informing people about the dangers of whirlpool baths. Not only is this a concern with salon pedicures, but it is a … Continue reading

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