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Medical News Today: What causes antibiotic resistance?
Resistance to antibiotics kills more than 20,000 people in the U.S. each year. But how do bugs become resistant to drugs that once worked so well? (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: MRSA / Drug Resistance Source Type: news

Scientists make significant breakthrough on superbug-killing antibiotic teixobactin
(University of Lincoln) Scientists working to develop a 'game-changing' new antibiotic have made a significant advance towards creating commercially viable drug treatments by producing two simplified synthetic versions of the substance which are just as potent at killing superbugs like MRSA as its natural form. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Livestock-associated MRSA found in human MRSA samples
A recent survey has identified livestock-associated meticillin Staphylococcus aureus, or LA-MRSA, has been found in human MRSA samples. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - November 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Livestock-associated MRSAfound among MRSA from humans
(European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)) The survey results show more frequent detections and geographical dispersion of LA-MRSA in humans in the EU/EEA since 2007, and highlight the public health and veterinary importance of LA-MRSA as a 'One Health' issue. The ECDC advocates for periodic systematic surveys or integrated multi-sectorial surveillance to facilitate control measures. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 3, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Livestock-associated MRSA found among MRSA from humans
(European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)) The survey results show more frequent detections and geographical dispersion of LA-MRSA in humans in the EU/EEA since 2007, and highlight the public health and veterinary importance of LA-MRSA as a 'One Health' issue. The ECDC advocates for periodic systematic surveys or integrated multi-sectorial surveillance to facilitate control measures. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 3, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Superbug-related deaths hit at least 15-year Wales low
The number of deaths related to MRSA, C. diff and Staphylococcus aureus continue to fall. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MRSA is NOT just in hospitals, new research discovers: The antibiotic-resistant superbug is spreading in the wild
(Natural News) Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is not only contained within hospital settings and may actually spread elsewhere, according to a study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Health experts have insisted that patients carrying MRSA can be screened upon hospital admission, by which time the doctors will take note of the time and place of occurrence to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

DEADLY superbug MRSA is hitting communities, suggests research
A DEADLY antibiotic-resistant superbug has left its hospital breeding grounds and is spreading into the community, research suggests. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MRSA: Community and Hospital Transmission Common, Study Shows MRSA: Community and Hospital Transmission Common, Study Shows
Detailed genomic and epidemiological surveillance has revealed that MRSA is transmitted extensively throughout hospitals, as well as the community.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Antibiotic-resistant MRSA is NOT confined to hospitals
Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridgeshire found many people are unaware they carry MRSA and therefore readily spread it both within and outside of hospitals. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cobas Test for Detection of MSSA and MRSA From Nasal Swabs Cobas Test for Detection of MSSA and MRSA From Nasal Swabs
A new automated assay proved an effective tool to simultaneously perform surveillance testing for nasal colonization of both MRSA and MSSA.American Journal of Clinical Pathology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pathology & Lab Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Statins have power to help elderly fight off killer superbug
STATINS can protect older people against the killer superbug MRSA. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Superbugs now taking out pets as antibiotic resistance continues to spread
(Natural News) Veterinary experts have recently cautioned that infections associated with antibiotic-resistant superbugs have shown a significant increase among pets across the U.S. According to experts, veterinary clinics across the country have seen a significant increase in infections such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius as well as persistent strains of E.coli and salmonella. Reports have shown that clinics are now... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Never-Ending Battle Against Sport ’ s Hidden Foe
The virulent bacteria MRSA flourishes in locker rooms, on gear and on players ’ skin, and the fight to prevent infections includes high-tech solutions like a chemical fog. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: BILL PENNINGTON Tags: Football (College) Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Athletics and Sports Colgate University National Football League Antibiotics Bacteria Source Type: news

These infections are a hidden risk in kids' sports
MRSA, herpes, and athlete's foot can all be spread through close contact sports, but there are steps you can take to prevent it (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - September 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WARNING: How a diet heavy in fruit vegetables and nuts could lead to FATAL heart infection
EATING too much fruit, vegetables and nuts can increase your risk of triggering a deadly heart infection cause by MRSA. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antibiotics, Cleaners May Spread Multidrug-Resistant MRSA in Home
(MedPage Today) -- Variety of risk factors included pet ownership, small household (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - September 22, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Your Towels Are Way Dirtier Than You Think
Dirty towels can carry a huge variety of microbes, and they’ve even been linked to spreading infectious disease. You can’t keep your towels 100% germ-free, experts say, but you can limit the grossest ones by washing your towels—only way more often than you probably do now. Towels are such great bacteria traps because every time you use a towel, you transfer your natural skin bacteria, and any other germs you’re carrying, onto their surface. Most of these germs won’t have any negative health effects because they’re coming from you. “Our bodies are adapted to being able to live in th...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abigail Abrams Tags: Uncategorized Bacteria bath towels coliform bacteria dirty towels E. coli fungus how often should i do laundry how often should i wash my bath towels how often should i wash my towels how to wash towels Hygiene kitchen towels mic Source Type: news

Investigators may unlock mystery of how staph cells dodge the body's immune system
(Cedars-Sinai Medical Center) For years, medical investigators have tried and failed to develop vaccines for a type of staph bacteria associated with the deadly superbug MRSA. But a new study by Cedars-Sinai investigators shows how staph cells evade the body's immune system, offering a clearer picture of how a successful vaccine would work. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Drug resistance: WHO report 'serious lack of new antibiotics'
A new report from the WHO reveals that the current scope of new antibiotic development is far from what is needed to tackle drug resistance. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: MRSA / Drug Resistance Source Type: news

Air Pollution Linked to MRSA Acquisition in Children With CF Air Pollution Linked to MRSA Acquisition in Children With CF
Young cystic fibrosis patients chronically exposed to air pollution may be more likely to acquire MRSA, a new study reports.BMC Pulmonary Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Exthera Medical wins FDA EAP designation for Seraph 100 blood filter
Exthera Medical said today that the FDA granted its Seraph 100 blood filter an expedited access pathway designation. The approval comes with an initial indication for use “as an adjunctive treatment for bacteremia in addition to antibiotics for patients receiving hemodialysis when the source of the infection is heparin- or heparin sulfate-binding bacteria, including antibiotic resistant bacteria MRSA, VRE, ESBL, CRE and MRSE,” the company said. “We submitted our EAP application in early June. FDA responded by requesting additional information and clarifications, and Seraph was granted EAP designation with...
Source: Mass Device - August 30, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Blood Management Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance ExThera Medical Source Type: news

Rescue Combination for MRSA Pneumonia With Pneumothorax Rescue Combination for MRSA Pneumonia With Pneumothorax
The authors describe a combination therapy for the successful treatment of a case of severe community-acquired MRSA pneumonia complicated by pneumothorax.BMC Pulmonary Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Mother preferred Dr over Miss or Mrs | Brief letters
Academic titles | Margarets as a dying breed | Big Ben | Girls ’ and boys’ clothes | Dogs on escalatorsAlison Hackett (Letters, 17 August) complains at the use of “Dr” and “Prof” titles. But they can prove useful. Our motherAnne McLaren (a single parent, and a biologist who, working with mice, created the world ’s first IVF birth, and became the first woman officer of the Royal Society in their 300-year history, as foreign secretary and vice-president), was asked, “Is it ‘Miss’ or ‘Mrs’?”. We three kids watched and wondered how she...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 17, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Science IVF Health Fertility problems Society Feminism Women World news Baby names Parents and parenting Life and style Margaret Thatcher Politics House of Commons Children Fashion Source Type: news

MRSA survival chances predicted by DNA sequencing the superbug
(University of Bath) Sequencing the DNA of the MRSA superbug can accurately identify patients most at risk of death and could help medics develop new treatments as we move towards personalised medicine, say scientists publishing in the journal Nature Microbiology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 7, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

MRSA Infection
MRSA (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - August 3, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

The Guardian view on antibiotics: don ’t keep taking the tablets | Editorial
When knowledge advances, so should the advice doctors giveThe idea that we have a moral duty to complete any course of antibiotics that the doctor prescribes is intuitively comforting. Following the course to the end appears as an act of solidarity against the genuinely terrible threat of widespread antibiotic resistance, something that could make medicine as we know it impossibly dangerous. Following the doctor ’s orders allows us to be mildly uncomfortable in pursuit of collective good. So it is rather shocking when the British Medical Journal reports that the instruction is mistakenand indeed counterproductive. We...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 27, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Editorial Tags: Antibiotics Medical research MRSA and superbugs Health Society Science Farming Environment Drugs Source Type: news

Betsi Cadwaladr hospital infection rates 'too high'
Targets for 2016-17 were missed despite falls in C. diff and MRSA cases at three north Wales' hospitals. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Roche expands cobas Liat PCR System menu with launch of cobas MRSA/SA test to target healthcare-associated infections
Roche announced today the CE-IVD launch of the cobas ® MRSA/SA nucleic acid test for use on the cobas® Liat® System for the qualitative detection and differentiation of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Staphylococcus aureus (SA) at the point of care. MRSA and SA are both major sources of healthcare and community associated inf ections. (Source: Roche Media News)
Source: Roche Media News - July 3, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Roche expands cobas Liat PCR System menu with launch of cobas MRSA/SA test to target healthcare-associated infections
Roche announced today the CE-IVD launch of the cobas ® MRSA/SA nucleic acid test for use on the cobas® Liat® System for the qualitative detection and differentiation of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Staphylococcus aureus (SA) at the point of care. MRSA and SA are both major sources of healthcare and community associated inf ections. (Source: Roche Investor Update)
Source: Roche Investor Update - July 3, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

NIAID-funded trial shows use of common antimicrobials for MRSA abscesses
A clinical trial funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases' (NIAID) health division has demonstrated the use of common and inexpensive antimicrobials to heal skin abscesses caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aure … (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - June 29, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Common antimicrobials help patients recover from MRSA abscesses
NIAID-funded trial counters current thinking about treatment effectiveness. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - June 29, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Scientists move closer to defeating 'superbugs' with simplified forms of teixobactin
(University of Lincoln) Scientists have produced new, effective and simplified forms of teixobactin -- a new generation antibiotic which defeats multi-drug resistant infections such as MRSA -- as part of a pioneering research effort to tackle antimicrobial resistance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Even perfectly clean hands can lead to MRSA transmission in NICU babies
(Drexel University) A new study led by Drexel University found that even if hospital workers follow handwashing guidelines as closely as possible, MRSA can still be transmitted among their newborn patients in the NICU. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 29, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Common antimicrobials help patients recover from MRSA abscesses
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria are resistant to multiple antibiotics and commonly cause skin infections that can lead to serious or life-threatening infection in other parts of the body. NIAID-funded research published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that two common, inexpensive antimicrobials can help heal MRSA skin abscesses. The findings suggest that current treatment options for MRSA still have a role, even as scientists continue to search for new antimicrobial products. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 29, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Decolonization Cheaper Than Screening, Isolation for Preventing MRSA Spread Decolonization Cheaper Than Screening, Isolation for Preventing MRSA Spread
More effective measures for preventing the spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in intensive care units (ICUs) are more cost-effective too, new findings show.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - June 20, 2017 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

FDA Approves Delafloxacin (Baxdela) for Skin Infections FDA Approves Delafloxacin (Baxdela) for Skin Infections
The new antibiotic works against both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, including MRSA.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - June 19, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

VHA initiative significantly reduces MRSA in veterans living centers
(Association for Professionals in Infection Control) An initiative led by the Veterans Health Administration reduced methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections by 89 percent over four years in a Veterans community living center in North Carolina, according to research presented at the 44th Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 15, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

General election 2017: Social care
With just a few days to go, UNISON looks at what the main parties have to say on the issues that are most important to our members Quality care for all those who need it UNISON believes all those who need social care should have access to it, and that it should be of a high quality. We have been campaigning for this for a long time, and one of the things we have been doing is persuading local councils, who are responsible for homecare, to sign up to our Ethical Care Charter. The charter is a simple way for councils to improve homecare for the vulnerable people they are responsible for. It is a set of commitments that ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 5, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article care general election general election 2017 homecare save care now social care Source Type: news

A New Antibiotic Multitool Could Beat The Toughest Bacteria
This souped-up antibiotic might prove an effective weapon against MRSA and other resistant bacteria. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - May 30, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Sam Lemonick, Contributor Source Type: news

Superbugs: New drug could spell end of antibiotic resistant infections
A NEW version of a "magical" drug could spell the end of antibiotic resistant superbugs such as MRSA, according to new research. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - May 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Methicillin resistance among clinical isolates of Staphylococcus aureus in Egypt
(Bentham Science Publishers) In this article that appeared in Infectious Disorders - Drug Targets, Dr. AlaaAbouelfetouh, Associate Professor of Microbiology at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Alexandria University, is gathering the published data describing methicillin resistance in S. aureus (MRSA) in Egypt. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Adding Anti-MRSA to Cephalexin No Better for Simple Cellulitis Adding Anti-MRSA to Cephalexin No Better for Simple Cellulitis
Cephalexin plus trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole yielded no better clinical cure rates than cephalexin monotherapy, a new study has found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Optimal use of Rapid Diagnostics in Infection Control and Prevention
Clinical laboratories have implemented rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for the identification of bacterial pathogens, with subsequent improvements in antimicrobial stewardship, but these tests may also have a role in infection prevention. Early identification of pathogens by RDTs should allow faster implementation of infection prevention strategies with the goal of reducing transmission. In this review, we assess the use of RDTs as an infection control tool by exploring their role in screening, as well as diagnosis, of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), carbapenem-resistant gram-negative organisms, Clostridi...
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - May 20, 2017 Category: Microbiology Authors: Mary Elizabeth Sexton, Jesse T. Jacob Source Type: news

Study: MRSA blood infections less fatal in children
A new study found children with bloodstream infections from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, are less likely to die from the disease. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MRSA blood infections are less fatal in kids, but cause significant complications
Children with bloodstream infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a common antibiotic-resistant bacteria, are less likely to die than adults with this condition and have different risk factors for treatment failure, a new study indicates. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 5, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

MRSA blood infections are less fatal in kids, but cause significant complications
(Children's National Health System) Children with bloodstream infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a common antibiotic-resistant bacteria, are less likely to die than adults with this condition and have different risk factors for treatment failure, a new study led by a Children's National Health System clinician indicates. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 5, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

10 babies were infected with a superbug... and the hospital CONCEALED it from the parents and the public
(Natural News) On March 26 of this year, a newborn at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Medical Center tested positive for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a superbug that cannot be treated with conventional antibiotics. According to hospital officials, the baby has since tested negative. However, it was revealed that the infant was one of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cheese could be fueling antibiotic resistance
Swiss researchers have identified a new antibiotic resistant gene in dairy cows that could exacerbate the problem. If transferred to humans, it could turn into deadly superbug MRSA. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mysterious compound called "F19" discovered by Israeli researchers to kill antibiotic-resistant superbugs without encouraging resistance
(Natural News) Researchers at Israel-based biopharmaceutical firm Q2 Pharma Ltd. and the Case Western Reserve University have identified and patented a group of non-antibiotic, small-molecule antivirulence compounds that show potential in treating bacterial infections such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus. According to researchers, the compounds were designed to inhibit disease-causing toxins from forming in gram-positive bacteria such as MRSA. The compounds may... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news