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2010-04-20 12:50:27

New study identifies, quantifies and characterizes its prevalence A multi-center study led by a researcher at Rhode Island Hospital has determined that long-term elder care, HIV-infected and hemodialysis patients are at increased risk of carrying methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in their nose. The study also found that patients have vastly different quantities of MRSA in their noses, a potential indicator for their risk of developing an infection after surgery. The study...

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2010-03-26 13:27:10

Universal screening may curb spread of MRSA Once considered a hospital anomaly, community-acquired infections with drug-resistant strains of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus now turn up regularly among children hospitalized in the intensive-care unit, according to research from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. The Johns Hopkins Children's team's findings, to be published in the April issue of the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, underscore the benefit of screening all patients...

2010-01-12 16:43:15

A new study finds that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) "“responsible for several difficult-to-treat infections including blood poisoning and pneumonia and a particular problem in hospitals "“ occurs in distinct geographical clusters across Europe, indicating that MRSA is being diffused by patients moving between hospitals rather than spreading freely in the community. The study, published in this week's PLoS Medicine, used an interactive Web tool to map...

2009-11-24 16:32:35

Seven-fold increase in potentially lethal superbug The community-associated strain of the deadly superbug MRSA"”an infection-causing bacteria resistant to most common antibiotics"”poses a far greater health threat than previously known and is making its way into hospitals, according to a study in the December issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases. The new threat is easily picked up in fitness centers, schools, and other public places and has increased the overall burden of MRSA...

2009-07-10 13:14:00

CHICAGO, July 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A sometimes fatal "superbug" is popping up in hospitals, other health care settings and even communities where healthy people live. It's called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, (MRSA "mer'-sa"). Health experts urge common-sense steps by medical workers and the public to slow its spread. "Physicians, health care facilities and patients play a role in reducing this threat through the appropriate use of antibiotics, proper wound care...

2009-02-20 12:39:47

The "super bug" may not be so super anymore. Reports show some methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections have been decreasing.In recent years, antibiotic resistant infections often contracted in hospitals made headlines for causing serious and potentially deadly infections. One such common infection is a central line-associated bloodstream infection (BSI), affecting the heart or the large vessels of the heart, such as the aorta or internal jugular vein. Doctors say the...

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2009-02-18 07:05:00

US health officials reported Tuesday that the rates of drug-resistant staph infections are increasing, while some hospitals are beginning to curb at least one source of infection in some of their sickest patients. The CDC found that rates of MRSA or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections, caused by tubes used to give fluids and drugs to intensive-care patients, fell 50 percent between 1997 and 2007.  Many experts believe poor hospital practices are to blame for the...

2009-01-30 08:50:21

Two common strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as MRSA, were virtually eradicated in the laboratory by exposing them to a wavelength of blue light, in a process called photo-irradiation that is described in a paper published online ahead of print in Photomedicine and Laser Surgery. The article will appear in the April 2009 issue (Volume 27, Number 2) of the peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The paper is available free online at...

2009-01-26 20:53:45

U.S. researchers found a strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, known as ST398, in a swine production system in the Midwest. Our results show that colonization of swine by MRSA was very common in one of two corporate swine production systems we studied, lead author Tara Smith of the University of Iowa College of Public Health said in a statement. Because ST398 was found in both animals and humans, it suggests transmission between the two. The findings, published in the journal...

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2009-01-20 07:30:00

According to researchers, an increasing number of children in the U.S. are developing head and neck infections due to bacteria called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. Researchers have called on doctors to be careful in prescribing antibiotics for MRSA, which has been labeled a drug-resistant "superbug." "There is a nationwide increase in the prevalence of MRSA in children with head and neck infections that is alarming," Dr. Steven Sobol of Emory University told Reuters....


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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