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Monthly Archives: April 2007

The Invisible Armor

Have any of you tried this product yet? The Invisible Armor is a triclosan based product designed for households and all sorts of other businesses where you would come in contact with other folks as well as germs from other … Continue reading

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CDC Podcast on MRSA and Community Acquired Pneumonia

A speedy minute of health from the CDC this week covers Staphylococcus aureus quick and dirty in a podcast on the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, and can be accessed here. Here you can find the PDF transcript, but one … Continue reading

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Health Journalist Eyes Opened to MRSA

Stephanie Stricklen is a health writer for KGW-TV in Oregon, and she wrote a little blurb on her health blog about germs and MRSA in the local gyms, then was surprised at the reaction she got from her readers who … Continue reading

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Dr. Mercola on Probiotics

This is a video from Dr. Mercola about probiotics – which are the good bacteria that lives in your system. I have written more information about probiotics and how they relate to your MRSA, and you can read more about … Continue reading

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Staph and Infertility

If you can get through the shaky translation, here you will find an interesting article on infertility, written by Seye Adeniyi from the Nigerian Tribune. The article implicates Staphylococcus bacteria in infertility: Most of the times, the problems could be … Continue reading

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StaphAseptic For Wound Care

I have mentioned this product really briefly in the past, but they have recently run a PR campaign, reminding me that it certainly bears mentioning once again. StaphAseptic is a wound care product, sold over the counter (and at Drugstore.com, … Continue reading

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RID in Ms. Magazine

My friends at RID are featured in the Spring issue of Ms. magazine. Here is an exerpt: Hospital-acquired infections add an estimated $30.5 billion to the nation’s annual health-care tab in hospital costs alone…’These infections are often transmitted by touch,’ … Continue reading

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Bacteria, Virus, Fungus

Do you know the difference between a bacteria and a virus? How about a virus and a fungus? Do you throw all of these words around interchangably, or maybe just call them all “germs?” Well, germs they certainly all are. … Continue reading

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Olympian Grant Hackett Hospitalized with Blood Infection

Australian Olympic swimmer Grant Hackett has been hospitalized with a blood infection stemming from a cut on his ankle. MRSA? Hopefully not, but unfortunately, its very likely. He is in Beijing, the home of the next Olympics, doing some promotional … Continue reading

Posted in CA-MRSA, MRSA, MRSA Internationally | 2 Comments

Teenagers Playing Stupid and Dangerous Games

I remember *way back when* I was a teenager – we did all sorts of completely stupid things like carving our skin up with peace signs or band logos with knives. Yah, dumb stuff. This is the tale of a … Continue reading

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MRSA in USA Today

I always love it when MRSA hits the mainstream media, and it has done just that. Yesterday, USA Today’s Anita Manning presents an article about “search and destroy” programs being implemented in some of our nation’s hospitals in order to … Continue reading

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Natural Selection and Infectious Diseases

Nah, Im not talking about natural selection selecting us hu-mans out, but the process of natural selection that keeps bacterial and viral infections growing stronger and more resistant all the time. While not directly related to MRSA, this article regarding … Continue reading

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Tony Field Says “The True Extent is Being Hidden”

MRSA Support chairman, and friend, Tony Field has come out this week and accused Irish hospitals of discharging patients early, without MRSA testing, then when the patients come back in a few weeks, they call their MRSA “community-acquired.” All of … Continue reading

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Idaho Medical Center Recognized

Congratulations to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for receiving the Qualis Health Award of Excellence for leading the way in hospital infection prevention. They have made a hospital wide effort to reduce MRSA in their facility by extremely good handwashing … Continue reading

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FDA Clears Xpert MRSA Test

Good news for the future of speedy MRSA testing (currently a rushed test still takes 24 hours or more to get results)! Cepheid’s Xpert MRSA Test has been cleared by the FDA for marketing to hospitals. For all ‘yall with … Continue reading

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John’s Hopkins Testing Children for MRSA Upon Admission

This program has been in place in the adult wards, but now children admitted to the pediatric wards at John’s Hopkins will be screened for MRSA and VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci). They conducted a study that reinforced the idea: In a … Continue reading

Posted in Awareness, HA-MRSA, Infection Prevention, Maryland, MRSA, MRSA in the U.S., Research and Development | 3 Comments

Athletic Trainers: 53% Have Treated MRSA Infections

Results from a survey of 364 certified U.S. athletic trainers (presented at the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America) revealed that 53% of them had treated MRSA in the atheletes under their care: Of the infections treated: 86 percent were … Continue reading

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MRSA in Maryland

This is the story of a man in Maryland, and his experience with MRSA. Thanks for sharing this with us, and again, if you are interested in sharing your experiences with others, please feel free to email me at christina@b5media.com. … Continue reading

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Debbie – An MRSA Story

This is Debbie’s story. Debbie is a military wife living in Alaska who acquired the even more resistant VRSA (Vancomycin resistant Staph) from a hospital when they were stationed in North Carolina. Keep Debbie and her family in your prayers. … Continue reading

Posted in Alaska, HA-MRSA, MRSA, MRSA in the U.S., North Carolina | 14 Comments

MRSA Warning for LASIK Patients

Interestingly enough, I recently had a great conversation with another blogger (during a blogger meetup while I was in Toronto last week) about LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) surgery – this is the laser surgery that is so popular now … Continue reading

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Welcome Back the Slacker :)

After a week out of town, with a few days tacked on each end visiting with my best girlfriend from Tennessee who came down to watch the kids while I traveled, I am back. Rather than going back and attempting … Continue reading

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New Jersey Reporter Looking for HA-MRSA Cases

I encourage anyone in New Jersey who has dealt with MRSA to get in touch with Ms. Campbell. These are great opportunities to spread the word about MRSA, and sometimes it is just plain therapeutic to talk about it. Ms. … Continue reading

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Nicolle Muller – MRSA Aquired After Breast Cancer Surgery

I received an email from Ms. Muller the other day – she is very concerned about MRSA, and has seen the ugly side of prosthetics first hand, and has a lawsuit going against her surgeon and the hospital involved. She … Continue reading

Posted in Awareness, MRSA, MRSA in the U.S., New York | 22 Comments

Good News for HA-MRSA Control in Illinois

Great news in Illinois – from Jeanine Thomas, founder of the MRSA Survivors Network. She has been working so hard for hospital disclosure of MRSA rates, and has had a good measure of success this month: Again this year I … Continue reading

Posted in Awareness, HA-MRSA, Illinois, Infection Prevention, MRSA, MRSA in the U.S. | 9 Comments