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2008-07-29 09:01:14

The prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), or the so-called "superbug," is on the rise in hospitals and routinely encountered in the emergency room. While tests to detect MRSA are becoming more common, and hospitals are intensifying procedures to better control its spread, there remains a need to develop more effective treatment options, according to new research by GfK Market Measures. Supporting reports of MRSA's increasing prevalence, which over the past...

2008-06-17 12:00:58

PRINCETON, N.J., June 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Derma Sciences (BULLETIN BOARD: DSCI) , a provider of advanced wound care products, announced today that its key product, MEDIHONEY(TM) Wound & Burn Dressing with Active Leptospermum Honey, has been found in a large randomized controlled clinical trial to significantly reduce the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in chronic wounds. The finding was published in the June 2008 issue of The Journal of Wound...

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2008-03-12 02:00:00

A new Swiss study has found that screening patients upon hospital admission does not reduce hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. Dr. Stephan Harbarth and colleagues at the University of Geneva performed a study evaluating the effect of a MRSA early detection program. They compared infection rates during an intervention period during which patients were screened at hospital admission to those in a control period during which patients did not receive...

2008-01-29 06:00:00

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- This is the time of year when health clubs are packed with well-intentioned people sweating and grunting their way back into shape. While it was never very appealing to lie face down on a sweaty weight bench or grasp the handles of a cardio workout machine moistened by the previous user, it's even less appealing, some might say foolhardy, in this new MRSA-conscious world. Although the media's attention was focused on preventing the new virulent strain of...

2007-09-19 09:02:17

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cepheid today announced it has received two Veterans Affairs Federal Supply Service Schedule (VA/FSS) contracts for Cepheid's GeneXpert(R) System and the Xpert(TM) MRSA test for the rapid detection of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The two contracts, VA/FSS 65 VII and GSA 66, respectively cover the purchase of Xpert MRSA tests and GeneXpert Systems. These two contracts are expected to streamline the acquisition process and...

2006-12-06 03:00:13

By Suchar, Adam M; Zureikat, Amer H; Glynn, Loretto; Statter, Mindy B; Et al ADAM M. SUCHAR, B.S., AMER H. ZUREIKAT, M.D., LORETTO GLYNN, M.D., MINDY B. STATTER, M.D., JONGIN LEE, M.D., DONALD C. LIU, M.D., PH.D. From the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, Chicago, Illinois Video-assisted thoracoscopic decortication (VATD) has been established as an effective and potentially less morbid alternative to open thoracotomy for the management of empyema. However, the timing and...

2006-08-16 16:48:22

By Gene Emery BOSTON (Reuters) - Many boils and pimples severe enough to send people to hospital emergency rooms are caused by a sometimes deadly bacteria that cannot be treated with conventional drugs, a study showed on Wednesday. Doctors at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that 59 percent of skin and soft tissue infections seen in 11 emergency rooms across the United States were from the deadly superbug known as MRSA. MRSA, or Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus...

2006-06-28 09:40:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who get tattoos from unlicensed sources are at risk of developing a drug-resistant bacterial skin infection, federal health officials warn. Six recent outbreaks of infections with this "superbug," methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have been traced to unlicensed tattoo artists, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). MRSA infection typically manifests as abscesses or areas of inflammation on the skin, though it can...

2006-06-21 07:20:00

LONDON -- Up to 53 million people worldwide could be carrying the deadly superbug MRSA, scientists said on Wednesday. Even in countries like the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway, where MRSA has been relatively low and stable for many years, incidence rates are starting to rise, they said. MRSA, full name Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, is a bacteria resistant to certain antibiotics. It occurs most frequently in patients with weakened immune systems in hospitals and nursing homes and...

2006-01-03 14:21:14

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - About 2 million people in the United States carry methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in their nasal passages, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. MRSA has emerged as growing problem, causing difficult-to-treat infections not only in hospitals but also now in the general community. Dr. Matthew J. Kuehnert and colleagues assessed Staph aureus nasal carriage in 9,622 participants in the 2001-2002 National Health and...


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