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Monthly Archives: January 2007

Bacteriophage Buzz Increasing

I have mentioned bacteriophages and phage therapy a number of different times over the time I have been writing about MRSA, but it seems to be finding its way into my life more than normal lately, via questions from MRSA … Continue reading

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MRSA Cleaning Tips From Michelle Wells

I wish I could take the credit for this great list, but my dear friend Michelle, one of the many loving regulars on the MRSA forum, is the rightful author. This is a compilation of things we are asked and … Continue reading

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Your Purse is Germy!

I was reminded again today of the email that makes the rounds every so often about another household bacterial hazard – your purse. Since household germs seems to be my little theme of the week, I thought I would dig … Continue reading

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Neonatal Sepsis

I hate to even talk about this, but I have heard two horrific stories lately of babies born with MRSA septicemia. This is a VERY technical article, titled “What Organisms Cause Neonatal Sepsis,” but if you need it, it is … Continue reading

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PURE Bioscience Donates Staph Attack to First Responders

In a gesture of good will and marketing sense, PURE Bioscience has donated 200 gallons of its new silver-based high performance, low toxicity disinfectant, Staph Attack, to the City of San Diego’s First Responders. They have led the horse to … Continue reading

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A Rebute to Microwaving Your Sponges

This is a hoot – I guess I am not the only one reading about microwaving your sponges these days. Professor Charles Penn writes for the UK’s Daily Mail about how microwaving your sponge is a ridiculous waste of time: … Continue reading

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Invitation to Join our MRSA Forum

I notice in the poll in the sidebar (you HAVE answered the poll in the sidebar, right?), that so many of us are patients or caregivers of people with MRSA. I just want to extend an invitation to you to … Continue reading

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TAMU Researchers Link PVL to Pnemonia

Researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center (whoop!) have linked the PVL toxin in CA-MRSA to necrotizing pnemonia. This is frightening, but hopefully it is best to know what we are dealing with, rather than not knowing, which is … Continue reading

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Six Germiest Items in Your Home

Can you guess what they are? The answers might not be what you think: 1. Kitchen Sponges and Dishrags – you can microwave your sponges to kill bacteria – but be sure they are wet when you put them in … Continue reading

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Weekend MRSA Links

Here are some links to some interesting MRSA related stories from over the weekend: Jessica Snyder Sach wonders why MRSA is such big news in Canada and the UK, but it’s not getting the same media coverage here. Can you … Continue reading

Posted in Awareness, California, MRSA, MRSA in the U.S., MRSA Internationally, PR & Media, Washington | 1 Comment

Any HA-MRSA Sufferers in New Hampshire?

I am looking for people who have dealt with HA-MRSA in New Hampshire. If you fit the bill and would like to talk to someone about your experiences, please leave a comment, or email me at christina@b5media.com .

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Green Tea Fights Bacteria

Green Tea has so many benefits to your body, which is something that has been known for ages, and it has been long suspected that it has infection fighting agents as well. Now the specific bacteria fighting agents within the … Continue reading

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Possible MRSA Lesions Appearing on Katrina Relief Workers

It has been a while since we have heard about MRSA in association with Hurricane Katrina, but it is back in the news. Mississippi’s Clarion-Ledger reported over the weekend that some people who have been working in New Orleans during … Continue reading

Posted in Louisiana, Mississippi, MRSA, MRSA in the U.S. | 6 Comments

Help Stop Hospital Infections with RID and Consumers Union

Consumers Union has had a very helpful site for a while now, where you can contact your legislators easily, via a premade email, about your MRSA concerns. They have now joined forces with RID, and have a letter about hospital … Continue reading

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Delaware Police Academy Hit With MRSA

It’s not so good being first all the time, Delaware. The Delaware State Police Training Academy is the latest facility to do battle with MRSA. During the 20th week of its 22 week course for new police officers, two people … Continue reading

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Roger Jenkins MRSA Story

Lots of personal MRSA stories coming out now, for some reason. This is the story of Roger Jenkins, a wrestling instructor and a candidate for the Canadian Olympic team in 2004. MRSA attacked him 2 weeks prior to the Olympic … Continue reading

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Keep Isis Nizer in Your Prayers

Isis Nizer is an 11 year old girl in Ocala, Florida who is now suffering septicemia resulting from a kick to the leg way back in November. Isis first developed a blood clot in her thigh bone on Sunday after … Continue reading

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Looking Back at MRSA in 2006

Welcome to another Theme Day at the Science & Health channel at b5media! We have come a good way over the past year in helping make folks aware of MRSA and here is an overview of some of the most … Continue reading

Posted in Awareness, CA-MRSA, Education, HA-MRSA, MRSA, MRSA in Schools/Athletics, MRSA in the U.S., MRSA Internationally, MRSA Lawsuits, Research and Development | 2 Comments

AARP Magazine Features Dirty Hospitals

AARP is featuring an article, Dirty Hospitals, this month in their magazine. The article is chock full of sad statistics (“Some 2 million patients get a hospital-acquired infection every year.”), and features Dr. Betsy McCaughey, from RID: A leading light … Continue reading

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MRSA in Suffolk, VA Jail

Suffolk, Virginia’s Western Tidewater Regional Jail has been having recent problems with MRSA. They have not released the type of infections, nor the numbers, but they do say that they have been working with the health department to put in … Continue reading

Posted in Awareness, MRSA, MRSA in Prisons, MRSA in the U.S., Virginia | 3 Comments

Is MRSA Sexually Transmittable?

I frequently hear this question, and my answer is always the same – MRSA is transmitted by skin to skin contact, so certainly sexual activity provides the opportunity. Compounding the issue is the fact that MRSA likes to colonize in … Continue reading

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“Old Foe With New Fangs” Emerging in Canada

In an article published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, infectious disease experts warn of MRSA strains that are emerging and spreading with alarming rapidity across Canada. These are the same strains that have been working in the U.S. … Continue reading

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Dallas NBC Story on MRSA/Superbugs

In a general, but fairly good article on MRSA today, MRSA: Superbug or False Alarm?, NBC Dallas compares the nations fear of the ebola virus from a few years ago with the real and present danger of MRSA, and proclaims … Continue reading

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Extremely Disgusting Reminders

First, a reminder of why you should never try to pop a cyst on your face.   And second, an extremely graphic video of a member of hospital staff cleaning out a “brown recluse spider bite.” I am pretty darned … Continue reading

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