Medical News Today: Seaweed extract may help design new drugs
Drug resistance is a large and growing problem. On the hunt for fresh sources of drugs, scientists have turned to the seaweed in underwater forests. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: MRSA / Drug Resistance Source Type: news

Online pharmacies will be required to check patients ’ identity
Pharmacy regulator strengthens requirements for online pharmacies to better protect patients Related items fromOnMedica Not so ‘smart’ drugs Double check patients with ‘penicillin’ allergy to avoid MRSA risk Stroke survivors need more help taking medicine Review launched into prescription drug dependency Call for NHS England to ‘think again’ on limiting treatment (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 16, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hospital privacy curtains are breeding grounds for deadly superbugs
A University of Michigan study of curtains used in 625 specialists wards found more than one in five were harbouring MRSA or other killer bacteria. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chlorhexidine versus routine bathing to prevent multidrug-resistant organisms and all-cause bloodstream infections in general medical and surgical units (ABATE Infection trial): a cluster-randomised trial
This research article concludes that Decolonisation with universal chlorhexidine bathing and targeted mupirocin for MRSA carriers did not significantly reduce multidrug-resistant organisms in non-critical-care patients. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blue light could treat superbug infections
(Purdue University) Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a bacterium that causes infection in various parts of the body, is often called a 'superbug' thanks to its ability to dodge many common antibiotics. Rather than rolling the dice with a multi-drug combination or wasting precious time trying to determine which medicine to prescribe, doctors could soon use a new method for disarming the superbugs: light therapy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 2, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Fish slime: An untapped source of potential new antibiotics
(American Chemical Society) As current antibiotics dwindle in effectiveness against multidrug-resistant pathogens, researchers are seeking potential replacements in some unlikely places. Now a team has identified bacteria with promising antibiotic activity against known pathogens -- even dangerous organisms, such as the microbe that causes MRSA infections -- in the protective mucus that coats young fish. The researchers will present their results today at the American Chemical Society Spring 2019 National Meeting& Exposition. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 31, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Emergency Department Environmental Contamination With Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus After Care of Colonized Patients
This research article investigates the effect of patients with a history of MRSA colonization or infection on subsequent MRSA contamination of the ED environment. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trends in S. aureus Infections in US VA Medical Centers Trends in S. aureus Infections in US VA Medical Centers
By 2007, all Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers had implemented a multifaceted methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus prevention program. How well has it performed?Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Trends in MRSA and MSSA Bloodstream Infections Trends in MRSA and MSSA Bloodstream Infections
This report details recent trends in both MRSA and methicillin-susceptible S. aureus infections in both the community and healthcare setting.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - March 25, 2019 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Grueling life in space makes astronauts more susceptible to antibiotic-resistant superbugs
(Natural News) Traveling to outer space is a pretty tough gig for astronauts trying to stay healthy, as shuttling back and forth to places like Mars and the Moon significantly increases one’s risk of developing infections from antibiotic-resistant “superbugs,” experts claim. Not only is there a higher risk of contracting bugs like MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Active Bathing in Non-ICU Setting Does Not Cut Infections
WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 -- Daily bathing with chlorhexidine plus nasal mupirocin in carriers for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) does not cut rates of hospital-acquired bacterial infections overall in non-critical care units,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 13, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Hospital-Onset MRSA Decreased From 2002 to 2015
WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 -- Staphylococcus aureus infections are still a concern in the United States, despite a decline seen in hospital-onset methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) infections since 2005, according to two reports published in the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 6, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Results of trial to stem hospital-acquired bacterial infections published
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) A trial evaluated whether daily bathing with the antiseptic soap chlorhexidine (CHG) -- and in those patients with MRSA, adding the nasal antibiotic mupirocin -- more effectively reduced hospital-acquired bacterial infections than bathing with ordinary soap and water. The researchers found that one subset of patients -- those with medical devices -- experienced a substantial benefit if they received the CHG/mupirocin intervention. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 5, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Medical News Today: 'Antibacterial' chemical in toothpaste could strengthen bacteria
New research finds that triclosan, a compound that is in many consumer products, could make the bacteria it is supposed to kill stronger. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: MRSA / Drug Resistance Source Type: news

Postdischarge Decolonization Plan Lowers MRSA Risk (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- At-home protocol involved chlorhexidine mouthwash, chlorhexidine baths or showers, and nasal mupirocin (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - February 20, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

This Protocol May Reduce MRSA Infections After Discharge From The Hospital
New research finds that patients diagnosed with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in the hospital may prevent future MRSA infections by adhering to a standard bathing protocol at home after discharge. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 18, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Glatter, MD, Contributor Source Type: news

MRSA Decolonization; Perinatal Depression: It's PodMed Double T! (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics also include active surveillance for prostate cancer and reducing opioid use after hip surgery (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - February 16, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Decolonization to Reduce Postdischarge Infection Risk among MRSA Carriers
This RCT (n=2121) found postdischarge hygiene education (HE) and MRSA decolonisation with chlorhexidine and mupirocin led to lower risk of MRSA infection than HE alone (HR 0.70;95% CI 0.52-0.96;p=0.03) which led to lower risk of hospitalisation due to MRSA infection (0.71; 0.51-0.99). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Decolonization to Reduce Postdischarge Infection Risk among MRSA Carriers
This research article concludes that postdischarge MRSA decolonization with chlorhexidine and mupirocin led to a 30% lower risk of MRSA infection than education alone. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MRSA Decolonization Reduces Postdischarge Infection Risk MRSA Decolonization Reduces Postdischarge Infection Risk
A new study finds that decolonization of MRSA carriers following discharge from the hospital can reduce the risk of developing an infection in the subsequent year.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hospital Medicine News Source Type: news

Risk for MRSA Reduced With Postdischarge Decolonization
THURSDAY, Feb. 14, 2019 -- For patients colonized with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), postdischarge MRSA decolonization is associated with a reduced risk for infection, according to a study published in the Feb. 14 issue of the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 14, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Decolonization protocol can prevent dangerous infections among discharged hospital patients
(Rush University Medical Center) Hospital patients who have methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) can prevent future MRSA infections by following a standard bathing protocol after discharge, according to research results published in the Feb. 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Aggressive sanitizing at home lowers post-hospital MRSA risk
(Reuters Health) - A six-month program of aggressively washing and sanitizing at home after surgery can lower the risk of developing a potentially-deadly infection for people who harbor the antibiotic-resistant bacterium known as MRSA, a new study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Postdischarge MRSA Decolonization Cut Infection Risk
(MedPage Today) -- Patients used antiseptic soap, mouthwash, nasal ointment for 6 months (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - February 13, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Burdens of Invasive MSSA and MRSA Disease Burdens of Invasive MSSA and MRSA Disease
What have we learned about the burdens and mortality rates of invasive MSSA and MRSA infections?Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - February 8, 2019 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Novel nanoparticle technology to identify healthcare-associated infections receives $1.5 million
(University of Toronto - Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy) Healthcare-associated infections are the fourth leading cause of death in Canada, predicted to move up to second place by 2050. Scientists at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto received $1.5 million in funding from Genome Canada to develop a new nanoparticle sensor technology that will allow hospitals and long-term care facilities to rapidly detect and visually identify highly infectious pathogens including C. difficile, methicillin-resistant S aureus (MRSA), Norovirus and influenza. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Are we 'approaching an era where no antibiotics work?'
Dangerous, antibiotic-resistant bacteria present in remote Arctic soil indicate that superbugs have become a truly serious global threat, researchers warn. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: MRSA / Drug Resistance Source Type: news

University spinout receives £ 1.2 million to tackle antimicrobial resistance
(University of Plymouth) Amprologix Limited, a University of Plymouth spinout company, has won a £ 1.2 million contract from the Department for Health and Social Care to accelerate development and scale up its lead antibiotic candidate to tackle antimicrobial resistant MRSA and related superbugs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Cypress essential oil found to inhibit MRSA
(Natural News) A study has found that essential oil extracted from the leaves of Hinoki cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa) has antibacterial effects against Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The study, which was published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, looked at the antibacterial activity of the essential oil extracted from Hinoki cypress leaves against MRSA. Hinoki cypress... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antibiotic Cycling and Incidence of MRSA and C. diff Antibiotic Cycling and Incidence of MRSA and C. diff
Could a cycling policy that restricts the use of certain antibiotics help reduce the incidence of MRSA and C. diff infections in healthcare settings?Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Most ambulance oxygen tanks carry the superbug MRSA, new study finds
Researchers tested nine oxygen tanks carried by three ambulances based at an EMS station in Alabama. They found MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, on all nine. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Patients often avoid vaccinations due to fear of side effects
Social media may fuel misconceptions over vaccinations Related items fromOnMedica Double check patients with ‘penicillin’ allergy to avoid MRSA risk Malaria cases rise sharply Africans in the UK most likely to acquire malaria A fifth of unvaccinated ethnic girls say they don ’t need HPV jab NICE urges wider uptake of flu vaccination (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 24, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mass shooting deaths in 2018 killed 68 Americans and the mass media freaked out; ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS murdered 2,000 people – MSM silent
(Natural News) It’s astonishing how at least 200 million Americans have no clue what’s really going on in this country regarding deaths caused by illegal immigrants, prescription medications, vaccines, hospital superbugs (think MRSA), chemotherapy, and hospital surgery errors. That’s because the mainstream media, a.k.a. MSM, purposely fails to report any of it. What most people... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Complications Can Gastrostomy Tubes Have?
Discussion Gastrostomy tubes (GT or GTubes) have been used to support patients for about a century. They are placed between the abdominal skin and the stomach either percutaneously or surgically. The tubes can be a standard long tube with either a bumper or inflatable balloon internally and externally they have a retention piece to hold the GT in place. A button or low profile tube are similar but extend just beyond the skin. Reasons for GT placement include: Nutritional support Hydration maintenance Medication management Aspiration avoidance Gastric stasis decompression Obstruction bypass Quality of life improvement for...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - January 21, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Medical News Today: 1 in 4 US antibiotics may be inappropriately prescribed
Records of 19.2 million privately insured people show that 23.2 percent of antibiotic prescription fills in the United States in 2016 were inappropriate. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: MRSA / Drug Resistance Source Type: news

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) | Medscape Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) | Medscape
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is caused by S aureus bacteria and can be fatal. There are 2 major strains of MRSA: hospital-acquired (HA) MRSA and community-acquired (CA) MRSA. HA-MRSA includes cases in which the patient has had a current or recent hospitalization, receives dialysis, resides in a long-term care facility, or has had recent antibiotic use. (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Resource Center Source Type: news

Double check patients with'penicillin allergy' to avoid increased MRSA risk.
Healthcare staff should be aware of this and ensure that only people with a true allergy to penicillin are documented as such, NICE is urging. Incorrectly identifying people as allergic could also contribute to antimicrobial resistance, as these people are likely to instead be given broad-spectrum antibiotics. The warning comes in a new medicines evidence commentary (MEC) on research conducted in the UK and published in the BMJ in June 2018. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wiping out MRSA: effect of introducing a universal disinfection wipe in a large UK teaching hospital.
Contamination of the inanimate environment around patients constitutes an important reservoir of MRSA. This paper describes the effect of introducing a universal disinfection wipe in all wards on the rates of MRSA acquisitions and bacteraemias across a large UK teaching hospital. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ambulance Equipment Contaminated With MRSA Ambulance Equipment Contaminated With MRSA
Ambulance oxygen tanks are likely to carry methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a small U.S. study suggests, pointing to the need for regular disinfection of medical equipment.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Surgeons should put on their own gowns
Chances of contamination are high if surgeon receives help dressing Related items fromOnMedica Childhood adenoid removal does not lessen infection risk Pre-surgery breathing physio halves risk of complications Testing and treating MRSA is cost-effective Sharp rise of swine flu in Australia suggests pandemic UK Swine flu cases may be double the official figure (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 8, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Sepsis | Medscape Sepsis | Medscape
Review clinical reference information, guidelines, and medical news on sepsis, including identification of sepsis blood infection and septic shock. Review guidelines on SIRS sepsis, Candida sepsis, MRSA sepsis, and pneumococcal sepsis. (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Resource Center Source Type: news

Ambulance equipment contaminated with drug-resistant superbug
(Reuters Health) - Ambulance oxygen tanks are likely to carry the "superbug" MRSA, a small U.S. study suggests, pointing to the need for regular disinfection of medical equipment. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Antibiotic resistance: Old Irish 'soil cure' tackles major superbugs
Newly identified bacteria in Irish soil long used in folk medicine stops growth of MRSA and three other superbugs behind antibiotic-resistant infections. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: MRSA / Drug Resistance Source Type: news

Computer model shows how to better control MRSA outbreaks
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) A research team led by scientists at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health report on a new method to help health officials control outbreaks of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, a life-threatening antibiotic-resistant infection often seen in hospitals. The researchers are the first to reveal the invisible dynamics governing the spread of these outbreaks and demonstrate a new, more effective method to prevent their spread. Findings are published in the journal eLife. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Soil from Northern Ireland contains bacteria which 'can kill four of the world's top superbugs'
The new bacteria discovered in the soil from County Fermanagh, streptomyces sp. myrophorea, can halt the spread of superbugs including MRSA, scientists have found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Association of a label of penicillin allergy with increased risk of MRSA and Clostridium difficile infection: DTB Select summary
This journal article gives summary and context to a matched cohort study, that found people with a documented allergy to penicillin have higher rates of MRSA and Clostridium difficile infection. This was influenced by increased use of alternatives to beta-lactam antibiotics. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bacteria found in ancient Irish soil halts growth of superbugs -- new hope for tackling antibiotic resistance
(Swansea University) Researchers analyzing soil from Ireland long thought to have medicinal properties have discovered that it contains a previously unknown strain of bacteria which is effective against four of the top six superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics, including MRSA.Antibiotic-resistant superbugs could kill up to 1.3 million people in Europe by 2050, according to recent research. The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes the problem as 'one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today.' (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

DISGUSTING: Nearly 90% of privacy curtains in hospital rooms are loaded with MRSA superbugs
(Natural News) Anyone who has visited a loved one in a hospital in recent years will be familiar with the hand sanitizing pumps scattered all over the ward with signs encouraging visitors to disinfect their hands before making contact with patients. While all that visible sanitation may feel comforting, the reality is that the possibility... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chemical synthesis breakthrough holds promise for future antibiotics
(University of Colorado at Boulder) University of Colorado Boulder chemistry researchers have developed a novel way to synthesize and optimize a naturally-occurring antibiotic compound that could one day be used to fight lethal drug-resistant infections such as Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as MRSA. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 20, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Doctors' stethoscopes are 'loaded' with bacteria including hospital superbug MRSA, study warns  
All 40 of the stethoscopes examined in a new University of Pennsylvania study were riddled with bacteria that cause hospital-associated infections, including the deadly MRSA bug. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news