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

Focus on pros and cons of drug-based medicine
New RCGP exhibit on drugs in medicine Related items fromOnMedica Double check patients with ‘penicillin’ allergy to avoid MRSA risk Medics oppose plans to change script drugs to over the counter Make greater effort to protect children from methadone GPs defend practice on prescribing statins MHRA tightens licence restrictions on valproate for women (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 29, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hospital trust nurses celebrate ‘year free’ of MRSA for first time
Nursing staff at a hospital trust in Yorkshire are celebrating being a year free of the superbug MRSA for the first time. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 27, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Diagnostics Are Helping Counter Antimicrobial Resistance, But More Work Is Needed
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threats to patient health are becoming more widely recognized and diagnostics manufacturers are making significant progress in combatting the overuse of antibiotics. There is still a lot of work to be done, however. A recent health scare for Rick Bright, Ph.D., director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), HHS, the very agency working to combat emerging infectious diseases (EID) and other threats, highlights the lingering risks.  During the 10th Public Meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB...
Source: MDDI - November 20, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Daphne Allen Tags: IVD Source Type: news

Scientists say that Moor-e-Talkh, a Persian medicinal plant, shows potential in treating MRSA superbugs
(Natural News) The key to eliminating antibiotic-resistant bacteria might be hidden in Moor-e-Talkh (Salvia mirzayanii), a Persian medicinal plant, according to a study by a team of researchers. Across the globe, the number of individuals developing antibiotic resistance due to the overuse of pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise. To address this concern, medical experts are now searching for... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists say that Moor-e-Talkh, a Persian medicinal plant, shows potential in treating MRSA
(Natural News) The key to eliminating antibiotic-resistant bacteria might be hidden in Moor-e-Talkh (Salvia mirzayanii), a Persian medicinal plant, according to a study by a team of researchers. Across the globe, the number of individuals developing antibiotic resistance due to the overuse of pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise. To address this concern, medical experts are now searching for... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Natural antibiotic strips bacteria of their defenses
New research finds that an antibiotic derived from the spined soldier bug is effective against Escherichia coli and many other drug-resistant bacteria. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: MRSA / Drug Resistance Source Type: news

Antimicrobial resistance fight is not just down to GPs
GPs support greater role for pharmacists in tackling AMR Related items fromOnMedica Double check patients with ‘penicillin’ allergy to avoid MRSA risk GPs advised to avoid antibiotics for patients ’ coughs Patient safety alert issued on antimicrobial resistance Patients less happy with low antibiotic prescribers More action needed to treat TB (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

How mitochondria deploy a powerful punch against life-threatening bacteria
(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) Researchers discover that mitochondria play an important role in supporting the immune system's response against MRSA infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Drug resistance: Does antibiotic use in animals affect human health?
How does antibiotic use in animals affect drug resistance in humans? What role do intensive farming practices have in this dynamic? We investigate. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: MRSA / Drug Resistance Source Type: news

Antibiotic resistant superbugs 'will kill 90,000 Britons by 2050'
OECD says superbugs could kill 1.3m people in Europe unless more is done to tackle issueMore than 90,000 people in Britain will die over the next three decades unless action is taken to halt the rise in antibiotic-resistant superbug infections, a report has warned.The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimates resistant infections could kill about 2.4 million people in Europe, North America and Australia by 2050 unless more is done to tackle the problem, which it describes as “one of the biggest threats to modern medicine”.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 7, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: MRSA and superbugs Antibiotics Health UK news Society Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science Source Type: news

Medical News Today: 'Simple modification' could help antibiotics overcome resistance
A simple way of linking vancomycin to an antimicrobial peptide led to a fivefold increase in the antibiotic's power against an infectious bacterium. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: MRSA / Drug Resistance Source Type: news

Black seed honey comparable to manuka in treating wound infections caused by MRSA
(Natural News) It’s time to look at the writings on the wall: The global problem with antibiotic resistance isn’t going away anytime soon, and should nothing be done about it, it will result in more than 10 million deaths each year by 2050, according to the World Health Organization. A study led by researchers from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Baby died following MRSA outbreak at Belfast hospital
The unidentified baby who passed away caught the killer bug at the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital in Belfast. Health officials are now investigating the baby's death. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MRSA link to baby's death investigated
The superbug outbreak at a Belfast hospital affected two babies, one of whom recovered. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Think you're allergic to penicillin? Think again
People with penicillin allergies are more likely to get antibiotic-resistant infections such as C.difficile or MRSA, which can be life-threatening - yet 90 per cent are wrongly diagnosed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Antibiotic plus probiotic combination may kill off superbugs
A combination of antibiotics and probiotics has successfully wiped out MRSA and Pseudomonas aeruginosa — two drug resistant bacteria. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: MRSA / Drug Resistance Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Antibiotic resistance: Breakthrough study offers solution
Mice treated with small molecules that stop bacteria forming toxins survived MRSA infection without the need for antibiotics, study found. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: MRSA / Drug Resistance Source Type: news

The 5 Most Germ-Filled Places In Your Office —And How to Protect Yourself
Just getting to work can be a bacteria-ridden experience. The subway is full of it, as are stair railings and revolving doors. But once you finally sit down at your desk for the day, you’re still exposed. The germiest places tend to be high-traffic areas where a lot of different people touch the same surface, and your office is no exception. But by taking one main precaution—washing your hands regularly—you’ll reduce your risk for getting sick. Here are five of the most bacteria-filled spots in your workplace. Elevator buttons and escalator railings Pretty much everyone who goes above the second fl...
Source: TIME: Health - October 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Cassie Shortsleeve  Tags: Uncategorized public health Source Type: news

Research indicates that turmeric may help mitigate the growth of MRSA superbugs
(Natural News) One of the scariest health problems that the world is facing today is the explosion of antibiotic-resistant superbugs like methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. These bacteria can cause infections, pneumonia, and other problems. When left unchecked – which is often the case because it’s notoriously difficult to treat – it can lead to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: The probiotic that kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Certain strains of Staphylococcus aureus are highly resistant to antibiotics and can be deadly. New research shows that a probiotic can destroy them. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: MRSA / Drug Resistance Source Type: news

Photoactive bacteria bait may help in fight against MRSA infections
(Purdue University) Purdue University researchers are testing whether a light-active version of heme, the molecule responsible for transporting oxygen in blood circulation, may help people infected with MRSA.Photodynamic therapy, or PDT, involves a compound known as a photosensitizer, which can be activated by visible light to kill diseased cells or bacteria. PDT is a clinically proven method for fighting cancer but has not yet been developed for treating MRSA infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Has the cure for MRSA been found? A traditional Côte d’Ivoire medicine shows great potential in treating the disease
(Natural News) An African medicinal plant might be a potential means of treating infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Researchers from Côte d’Ivoire studied the therapeutic potential of extracts from cherry mahogany (Tieghemella heckelii), a tree that grows in certain African countries like Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire. S. aureus is one of the bacteria commonly... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No Infection Dx for Abx; Combo Tx for MRSA Scores; CMV Vax Promising
(MedPage Today) -- Presentations, late-breaking clinical trials cover a variety of topics (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - October 10, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Therapy Dogs Can Spread MRSA, But Antibacterials Help Prevent the Danger
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - October 10, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Family Medicine, Infections, Nursing, Oncology, News, Source Type: news

Therapy Dogs Can Spread MRSA, But Antibacterials Help Prevent the Danger
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 -- While therapy dogs can help ease anxiety for kids with cancer, they may also carry antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can put patients at risk for serious infections. Cleaning the dogs with antibacterial shampoo and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 10, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Therapy Dogs Can Spread MRSA, But Antibacterials Help Prevent the Danger
(Source: Cancercompass News: Other Cancer)
Source: Cancercompass News: Other Cancer - October 10, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Hospital Privacy Curtains May Harbor Risky Germs
Privacy curtains in hospital rooms became more contaminated the longer they stayed in place, and by the 14th day, 88 percent tested positive for MRSA bacteria, a serious threat to patients, a new study says. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical'Dog Wash' Cuts Risk of MRSA Spread From Therapy Dogs
(MedPage Today) -- Pilot study of intervention in pediatric oncology ward shows promising results (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - October 5, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Therapy Dogs Can Spread Superbugs to Kids, Hospital Finds
(NEW YORK) — Therapy dogs can bring more than joy and comfort to hospitalized kids. They can also bring stubborn germs. Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore were suspicious that the dogs might pose an infection risk to patients with weakened immune systems. So they conducted some tests when Pippi, Poppy, Badger and Winnie visited 45 children getting cancer treatment. They discovered that kids who spent more time with the dogs had a 6 times greater chance of coming away with superbug bacteria than kids who spent less time with the animals. But the study also found that washing the dogs before visits and usin...
Source: TIME: Health - October 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MIKE STOBBE / AP Tags: Uncategorized health onetime Research Source Type: news

Cleaning procedure prevents therapy dogs from spreading MRSA to children with cancer
(Infectious Diseases Society of America) Therapy dogs help ease stress in young patients with cancer, but can spread methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), putting vulnerable kids at risk for a serious infection. Cleaning the dogs with special antibacterial shampoo and wipes reduces MRSA carriage and helps keep the kids safe, suggests a first-of-its-kind study presented at IDWeek 2018. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - October 5, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

MRSA, MSSA and Gram-negative bacteraemia and Clostridium difficile infection: annual data for independent sector healthcare organisations
These statistics with accompanying commentary cover rates of MRSA, MSSA, E. coli, P. aeruginosa, Klebsiella spp. bacteraemia and CDI reported by independent sector organisations. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MRSA Contamination of Hospital Privacy Curtains Common MRSA Contamination of Hospital Privacy Curtains Common
Two weeks after being hung, 87.5% of hospital privacy curtains were contaminated with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a small study found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hospital Medicine News Source Type: news

Superbug MRSA warning: Deadly bacteria 'breeding ground' found on coins
MRSA bacteria infection can lead to painful skin boils and food poisoning. But, the deadly superbug has been spotted on coins, along with a number of other types of bacteria, including listeria. It ’s a “breeding ground” for killer superbugs, warn scientists. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Superbug MRSA warning: Deadly bacteria 'breeding ground' found on common household item
MRSA bacteria infection can lead to painful skin boils and food poisoning. But, the deadly superbug has been spotted on this common household item, along with a number of other types of bacteria, including listeria. It ’s a “breeding ground” for killer superbugs, warn scientists. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Drug resistance: 'Trojan horse' compound kills bacteria from within
Researchers have found a way to 'trick' bacteria into eating a compound that is similar to iron and destroys the microbes from the inside. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: MRSA / Drug Resistance Source Type: news

Hospital privacy curtains may harbour MRSA and other dangerous bugs
Research led by the University of Manitoba, Canada, took bacterial swabs of curtains at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg and found they all harboured MRSA at some point over 21 days. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The risk of MRSA and C difficile in people with documented'penicillin allergy '
This Medicines Evidence Commentary discusses UK large population-based cohort study that found people with a documented'penicillin allergy'had increased risk of MRSA and C.diff, highlighting importance of ensuring only'true'penicillin allergies are documented, in line with NICE guideline on drug allergy. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Interventions for the eradication of meticillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in people with cystic fibrosis
This review concluded that whilst early eradication of respiratory MRSA in cystic fibrosis with oral trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole combined with rifampicin is possible, the evidence is of low quality to justify use. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The therapeutic potential of cherry mahogany in treating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
(Natural News) Côte d’Ivoire researchers tested cherry mahogany (Tieghemella heckelii) for its antibacterial activity against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). They reported that extracts from the stem bark of the African medicinal plant were able to inhibit the growth of different strains of the drug-resistant pathogenic microbe. The study was supported by the Institut Pasteur Côte d’Ivoire. Its findings were... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dog owners face a higher risk of E. coli, salmonella and MRSA
Experts at Hartpury University have now warned the evidence is 'clear' to show dog water bowls can pose a risk of infection to humans, as well as pooches. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Innovative bed-side test for viruses may reduce antibiotic use
Test may also reduce hospital admissions, study shows Related items fromOnMedica New test for MRSA speedier than gold-standard Diagnosis targets unethical says GP Poor diabetes education leading to health complications Major trauma centres have saved an extra 1,600 Resources wasted on low-risk blood pressure patients (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs including MRSA jump from cows to humans
Researchers from the University of Helsinki believe antibiotic-resistant superbugs may have started in cows before undergoing genetic changes that allowed them to infect humans. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Antibiotic resistance: 8,000 new drug combinations are effective
A new study shows that, contrary to general belief in the medical community, a combination of four or more antibiotics can effectively kill bacteria. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: MRSA / Drug Resistance Source Type: news

The pseudokinase MLKL activates PAD4-dependent NET formation in necroptotic neutrophils
Neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) formation can generate short-term, functional anucleate cytoplasts and trigger loss of cell viability. We demonstrated that the necroptotic cell death effector mixed lineage kinase domain–like (MLKL) translocated from the cytoplasm to the plasma membrane and stimulated downstream NADPH oxidase–independent ROS production, loss of cytoplasmic granules, breakdown of the nuclear membrane, chromatin decondensation, histone hypercitrullination, and extrusion of bacteriostatic NETs. This process was coordinated by receptor-interacting protein kinase-1 (RIPK1), which activated the ca...
Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment - September 4, 2018 Category: Science Authors: DCruz, A. A., Speir, M., Bliss-Moreau, M., Dietrich, S., Wang, S., Chen, A. A., Gavillet, M., Al-Obeidi, A., Lawlor, K. E., Vince, J. E., Kelliher, M. A., Hakem, R., Pasparakis, M., Williams, D. A., Ericsson, M., Croker, B. A. Tags: STKE Research Articles Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What to know about MRSA in children
MRSA is a potentially serious bacterial infection. Children and toddlers can pick up MRSA from other kids, usually when the bacteria enter a cut or scrape. In this article, learn how to identify a MRSA infection in a child, what to do next, and how to prevent the infection from spreading. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics / Children's Health Source Type: news

Researchers: Coriander oil is a safe and effective way to treat MRSA superbug infections
(Natural News) Food-borne diseases are a common public health concern, and with the prevalence of drug-resistant bacteria, or the so-called “superbugs,” the need for viable solutions is only growing bigger. But nature once again offers an effective solution in the form of coriander oil. Coriander oil is known to be toxic to various strains of pathogenic... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bearded men pose greater hygiene risk than dogs in MRI
Patients should not feel unduly concerned if a dog was the previous visitor...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: CT scanner found as source of puzzling hospital infection Video from ECR 2017: Dr. Christiane Nyhsen on ultrasound cross-infection Is infection lurking on your ultrasound probe? Survey: MRI centers lack infection control 11 steps for preventing MRSA infections in MRIComments: 8/3/2018 2:19:46 AMPhilip Ward   These researchers obviously haven’t met my dog!   I still find it hard to believe their findings -- assuming that bearded men don’t roll in fox poo, as my dog ...
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - August 3, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Hospital E faecium Grow Tolerant to Handwash Alcohols Hospital E faecium Grow Tolerant to Handwash Alcohols
MRSA was well-controlled by hand hygiene, whereas infections with vancomycin-resistant enterococci increased, a study found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news