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Monthly Archives: February 2007

Infections and Emergencies

You never think you are going to be in an emergency – we all know we should be prepared, but are you? During the nightmare that was Hurricane Katrina a couple of years ago, we had all manners of people … Continue reading

Posted in Infection Prevention, Louisiana, MRSA, MRSA in the U.S. | 3 Comments

Honey and Seaweed for MRSA Prevention

One hospital in the UK is using sterile honey and seaweed to prevent MRSA infections in wounds. The honey is directly applied to the wound to seal it, and the seaweed solution is in the dressings and is purported to … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative therapy, HA-MRSA, Infection Prevention, MRSA Internationally | 4 Comments

Undiagnosed Spider Bites

Another personal story from our forum – so many of these are just the same. If any of this rings a bell, and you haven’t been properly diagnosed, please find another doctor. And please feel free to join us in … Continue reading

Posted in Awareness, CA-MRSA, Infection Prevention, MRSA, MRSA in the U.S., Staph images | 80 Comments

MRSA Awareness in the Washington Times

The Washington Times begins its article about HA-MRSA awareness with a bang: The family thought about suing the hospital, but Maureen Daly said it was not possible because infection was listed as a risk that the family accepted in authorizing … Continue reading

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Video: CA – MRSA in Athletic Settings

This is a good basic video about the basics of MRSA and more importantly, the basics of prevention. Pay special attention to the examples of the types of wounds that you should always keep your eye out for on yourself … Continue reading

Posted in Awareness, CA-MRSA, Infection Prevention, MRSA, MRSA in Schools/Athletics, MRSA in the U.S., Staph images | 4 Comments

An MRSA Story and Some Sound Advice

This is taken from a post on the MRSA YahooGroup – reprinted with permission from the author, Bryan, age 30 in Southern, CA. Take his story and advice and apply it to your own situation: I had an MRSA infection … Continue reading

Posted in Awareness, CA-MRSA, Education, MRSA, MRSA in the U.S. | 5 Comments

What Are We Talking About?

Our esteemed and beloved editor has put up a great round up on what has been going on in the b5media Science & Health channel over the last couple of weeks. We really have all sorts of the most interesting … Continue reading

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Nano-UV Portable Disinfection Light

The newest tool in the fight against bad bugs, viruses and other nasty critters is this Nano-UV Portable Disinfection Light. UV light is a widely used and accepted form of disinfection, but this is very new to have it in … Continue reading

Posted in CA-MRSA, Infection Prevention, MRSA, Research and Development, Superbugs, Wellness | 2 Comments

Plastic Surgery MRSA Nightmare

Here you will find a video from Harlingen, TX Channel 4, about “Mary” and her plastic surgery nightmare – a wound that woudn’t close and the ensuing bladder infection that finally exposed the problem – MRSA. If you have a … Continue reading

Posted in Awareness, HA-MRSA, MRSA, MRSA in the U.S., MRSA Internationally, Texas | 1 Comment

Hospital Temperatures and the Spread of HA-MRSA

I received this in an email last week, and it is an eloquent plea from a concerned person (presumably from the UK) for the hospitals to do some basic things that could well help prevent the spread of HA-MRSA in … Continue reading

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MRSA Growing in NYC Gay Population

I think the most important thing is that I can’t remember the last time I saw a staph infection that wasn’t MRSA -Dr. Gal Mayer, medical director at the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center Just like in the general populus, MRSA … Continue reading

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Tea Tree Oil Linked to Antibiotic Resistance

I hate to hear this, but some folk’s favorite remedy for MRSA/Staph boils – tea tree oil (aka melaleuca oil) – has been proven to cause antibiotic resistance. What this means for you is that if tea tree oil has … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative therapy, Education, Infection Prevention, MRSA, MRSA Drugs, Research and Development, Superbugs | 19 Comments

International Meeting on Emerging Disease and Surveillance 2007

The International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID), the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), The European Commission, and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe have come together to convene the … Continue reading

Posted in MRSA, MRSA Internationally, Superbugs | 2 Comments

Greenville, SC Asks Jail: How Many MRSA Cases Do We Have?

Councilman Tony Trout has a most eye opening post on his blog about MRSA in their local jail. The council asked the Greenville County Jail, “How many MRSA cases do we have?” and in response received a Power Point presentation … Continue reading

Posted in Awareness, Infection Prevention, MRSA, MRSA in Prisons, MRSA in the U.S., South Carolina | 25 Comments

Does MRSA Prefer Women?

In a study released in December, but being widely discussed this week, researchers from the University of Arizona swabbed the offices and personal items of 59 women and 54 men in several large cities for various germs, including MRSA. The … Continue reading

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Mama Needs a New Pair of AntiMicrobial Shoes!

I have been shopping like a crazy maniac for a week now – and one of my stops was to Amazon’s new shoe and handbag store at endless.com. I got this cutie pair of sandals:   “Christina, what on EARTH … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative therapy, Infection Prevention, MRSA | 13 Comments

MRSA and MSSA

If you have heard the term MSSA in your MRSA research and didn’t know what it meant, I ran into a little article today that explains it very simply. MSSA stands for Methicillin-Sensitive Staphylococcus aureus and refers to all of … Continue reading

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Infectious Disease Doctors in Springfield, Ohio Area?

I have had a reader ask me if anyone has a referral for a specialist in Infectious Disease in the Springfield, Ohio area. If you know of one, please leave the information in the comments, or email me at christina@b5media.com, … Continue reading

Posted in CA-MRSA, MRSA, MRSA in the U.S., Ohio | 1 Comment

Pennsylvania Hospitals Getting Proactive Against MRSA

Over the last couple of years, Pennsylvania has had a terrible problem with HA-MRSA, as you can see from my archives on MRSA in Pennsylvania. The infection rate has dropped an astonishing 70% since employing more rigid prevention tactics. They … Continue reading

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No Risk Factors Identiied for CA-MRSA

Researchers have been looking for specific risk factors for CA-MRSA, meaning that they are looking at lifestyle, locations and any activities that have been done by CA-MRSA patients that could be the basis for their infections. They have found none. … Continue reading

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Laying Blame for MRSA In the Bahamas

This article, from the Bahama Journal, is deeply offensive and just plain wrong. The point of the article is to berate politicians who apparently are trying to get Princess Margaret Hospital to clean up their act (more specifically their dialysis … Continue reading

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Phage Therapy Video from CBS5 in San Fransisco

One of my long time readers, and a phage therapy advocate, sent me the link to this wonderful video about the state of phage therapy, and how it works. Phage therapy was used before the widespread use of antibiotics, and … Continue reading

Posted in California, MRSA, MRSA in the U.S., MRSA Internationally, Research and Development, Superbugs | 2 Comments

Reader Looking for Toronto ID Doctor

I have a reader who has had recurrent problems with MRSA in her sinuses who needs to find a new doctor in Toronto – a referral to a good Infectious Disease specialist would be excellent. I know there are lots … Continue reading

Posted in CA-MRSA, MRSA, MRSA Internationally, MRSA Support | 3 Comments

Top 40 UK Hospital – an Underachiever?

I think this is a really interesting story – The Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust in the UK has apparently been awarded as a Top 40 hospital for their outstanding quality in 2006. Well, Doug Knight would like to give you … Continue reading

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12 Yr Old in San Diego Loses Battle with MRSA

I am so sad to report that 12 yr old Carlos Don lost his battle with MRSA septicemia in the early hours of Sunday morning. My heart breaks for his family. Carlos’s family said two weeks ago, he was at … Continue reading

Posted in Awareness, CA-MRSA, California, MRSA, MRSA in Children, MRSA in Schools/Athletics, MRSA in the U.S. | 1 Comment

Chlorhexidine Gluconate Pre Surgery to Avoid HA-MRSA

As I mentioned pretty briefly last October, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) set new guidelines last year for infection control. One of the suggestions that they made (I say suggestions, because they are unfortunately not regulations that must be … Continue reading

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