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  • Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

    03/13/2017 9:20:44 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 74 replies ^ | December 8, 2016
    One of the fundamental ways scientists measure the well-being of a nation is tracking the rate at which its citizens die and how long they can be expected to live. So the news out of the federal government Thursday is disturbing: The overall U.S. death rate has increased for the first time in a decade, according to an analysis of the latest data. And that led to a drop in overall life expectancy for the first time since 1993 Most notably, the overall death rate for Americans increased because mortality from heart disease and stroke increased after declining for years....
  • China’s Seafood Is Seriously Plagued by Superbugs

    12/16/2016 2:32:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | December 15, 2016 | Clint Rainey
    The food supply has already shown itself to be alarmingly adept at vectoring superbugs into the human body, but a new report suggests maybe China really wants to see if it can push this to the next level. While the rest of the world finally understands antibiotics in meat are causing an epidemic of multidrug-resistant bacteria, China’s aquaculture industry apparently remains a place that, to quote Bloomberg’s story, “exposes the fish to almost the same doses of medicine the livestock get,” plus whatever drug cocktail gets tossed into the water to fight aquatic disease. This industry currently accounts for about...
  • Antibiotic resistant E.coli found in a quarter of supermarket-bought chicken [UK]

    09/04/2016 8:43:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5 September 2016 • 12:41AM | (Telegraph Reporters)
    A quarter of supermarket chicken contains antibiotic-resistant E.coli, according to Cambridge University research. The bug can cause stomach pain and kidney failure, and in severe cases can lead to death. The study found that superbug strains of E.coli were present in 22 of 92 chicken pieces. The meat was purchased from seven major British supermarkets and included different cuts from whole chickens to packs of drumsticks, legs, thighs and diced breast. The bug was found in samples from all of the supermarkets. …
  • Surge in the number of cases of terrifying hospital superbug after NHS relaxes hygiene rules (UK)

    09/27/2015 2:50:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 02:22 EST, 27 September 2015 | Stephen Adams
    The number of cases of a terrifying superbug in NHS hospitals has surged after the Government ignored warnings—and relaxed the rules on fighting infections. Hundreds more patients fell ill with deadly Clostridium difficile—known as C.diff—between April 2014 and March 2015 than in the previous year. The increase, from 13,361 to 14,165, came immediately after the system for fining hospitals with too many cases was dramatically weakened. …
  • Infected and undocumented: Thousands of Canadians dying from hospital-acquired bugs ( Canada)

    01/19/2015 6:01:48 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    National Post ^ | January 19, 2015 | Tom Blackwell
    Ms. Smith’s tragic demise was more dramatic than many cases of hospital-acquired infection (HAI). Necrotizing fasciitis is a frightening, but rare, complication. Still, about 8,000 Canadians a year die from bugs they contract in facilities meant to make them better, while many more see their hospital stay prolonged by such illness. Yet after years of well-intentioned work and millions of dollars spent on combatting the scourge, the details and extent of the problem remain murky. No national statistics, for instance, document the number of surgical-wound infections like Ms. Smith’s, one of the most common types of hospital-acquired pathogens. A federal...
  • First new antibiotic in 30 years discovered in major breakthrough

    01/08/2015 8:10:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01/08/2015 | Sarah Knapton,
    The first new antibiotic to be discovered in nearly 30 years has been hailed as a ‘paradigm shift’ in the fight against the growing resistance to drugs. Teixobactin has been found to treat many common bacterial infections such as tuberculosis, septicaemia and C. diff, and could be available within five years. But more importantly it could pave the way for a new generation of antibiotics because of the way it was discovered. Scientists have always believed that the soil was teeming with new and potent antibiotics because bacteria have developed novel ways to fight off other microbes. But 99 per...
  • 'Ingenious' Antibiotic Discovery 'Challenges Long-Held Scientific Beliefs'

    01/07/2015 9:10:36 PM PST · by blam · 19 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 1-7-2015 | Lauren F Friedman and Reuters
    Lauren F Friedman and Reuters January 7, 2015Scientists have discovered a new antibiotic, teixobactin, that can kill serious infections in mice without encountering any detectable resistance, offering a potential new way to get ahead of dangerous evolving superbugs. The new antibiotic was discovered in a sample of soil. The research is "ingenious," Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, told The New York Times. Researchers said the antibiotic, which has yet to be tested in humans, could one day be used to treat drug-resistant infections caused by the superbug MSRA, as well as tuberculosis, which normally requires...

    05/12/2014 5:58:23 PM PDT · by DannyTN · 2 replies
    WND ^ | 5/11/2014 | GREG COROMBOS
    ... The good news, according to Goldberg, is that this isn’t a hard threat to combat, but he said there are unnecessary hurdles blocking an effective response and putting lives in danger. “We need to take the chains off companies that would otherwise develop antibiotics but aren’t because it’s too expensive or too complicated to do so,” said Goldberg, who then elaborated on the federally imposed hurdles facing drug makers. ... So what needs to happen to relax federal restraints on drug makers? ...
  • Potential for human superbugs in cow manure: study

    04/22/2014 5:37:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 4/22/14 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - Cow manure, commonly used to fertilize vegetable crops, contains a high number of genes that can fuel resistance to antibiotics, a US study out Tuesday found. These genes come from the cows' gut bacteria, and while none have yet been found in superbugs that are infecting humans, researchers said the potential is real. The research was done by scientists at Yale University, who sampled manure from a handful of dairy cows at a farm in Connecticut. In those samples, they found 80 unique antibiotic resistance genes. About three quarters were unfamiliar. Genetic sequencing showed they were only...
  • ‘Superbug’ bacteria widespread in U.S. chicken: consumer group

    12/21/2013 1:04:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Dec 19, 2013 6:03am EST | Charles Abbott
    About half of the raw chicken breasts in a nationwide sampling carried antibiotic-resistant “superbug” bacteria, a U.S. consumer group said on Thursday, calling for stricter limits on use of the medicines on livestock. It could be more difficult to treat people if they became ill after eating chicken with the antibiotic-resistant bacteria, said Consumer Reports, which describes itself as the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. […] Consumers should cook poultry to 165 degrees F (73.8°C) to kill bacteria and take steps, such as using a separate cutting board for raw meat, to avoid cross-contamination of other foods, Consumer Reports said....
  • Most chicken sold in stores is contaminated, Consumer Reports says

    12/19/2013 12:04:43 PM PST · by chessplayer · 151 replies
    A report released Thursday indicates that just about all chicken sold in U.S. stores contains harmful bacteria, and nearly half are tainted with a so-called superbug that's resistant to antibiotics. The Consumer Reports study, its most comprehensive to date on poultry, tested raw chicken breasts purchased at retail outlets nationwide for six bacteria, then checked for antibiotic resistance. The results showed nearly half of the samples were contaminated with at least one bacterium resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics, what's known as a superbug. Slightly more than 10 percent were tainted with two superbugs. That finding is cause...
  • Germs Carried by Wounded Syrians ‘Endangering Israelis’

    11/26/2013 5:47:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 11/26/2013, 11:03 AM | Gil Ronen
    About one third of the wounded Syrians who received treatment in recent months in hospitals in northern Israel carry an abnormally high number of bacteria, some of which are either uncommon or unknown in Israel. Some of these bacteria are resistant to all effective antibiotic treatments, reports Israel Hayom, based on statements by senior medical sources in the Health Ministry Directorate and internal documents. The Syrians are being treated for injuries suffered in the civil war that has been raging in their country for the past three years. …
  • A New Weapon in the Fight against Superbugs

    11/05/2013 7:26:41 AM PST · by null and void · 2 replies
    Scientific Computing ^ | Fri, 11/01/2013 - 9:14am | American Institute of Physics
    The ever-increasing threat from "superbugs" — strains of pathogenic bacteria that are impervious to the antibiotics that subdued their predecessor generations — has forced the medical community to look for bactericidal weapons outside the realm of traditional drugs. One promising candidate is the antimicrobial peptide (AMP), one of Mother Nature's lesser-known defenses against infections, that kills a pathogen by creating, then expanding, nanometer-sized pores in the cell membrane until it bursts. However, before this phenomenon can be exploited as a medical therapy, researchers need a better understanding of how AMPs and membranes interact at the molecular level. Using a novel...
  • 'We've reached the end of antibiotics': Top CDC expert declares

    10/26/2013 10:13:54 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 133 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 26 October 2013 | SNEJANA FARBEROV
    A high-ranking official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared in an interview with PBS that the age of antibiotics has come to an end. 'For a long time, there have been newspaper stories and covers of magazines that talked about "The end of antibiotics, question mark?"' said Dr Arjun Srinivasan. 'Well, now I would say you can change the title to "The end of antibiotics, period.”' The associate director of the CDC sat down with Frontline over the summer for a lengthy interview about the growing problem of antibacterial resistance. Srinivasan, who is also featured in...
  • Bank of England’s plastic bank notes will be a “breeding ground” for superbugs, say researchers

    09/15/2013 10:00:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 09:01 EST, 14 September 2013 | Mia De Graaf
    Wipe-clean plastic bank notes earmarked to replace paper cash are a “breeding ground” for superbugs, scientists claim. More durable than the cotton currently used for £5-£50 notes, polymer provides a welcome home for diseases such as E.coli and the MRSA superbug. The findings completely contradict Bank of England claims that hygiene lies at the core of their proposal. In a bombshell study on currency and bacteria, Turkish and Dutch scientists lathered seven currencies with bacteria including the euro, US dollar, Croatian kuna, and Romania’s polymer leu. While the euro proved the cleanest, with no sign of passing bacteria, polymer leu...
  • How to Stop the Rise of Superbugs

    06/03/2013 7:35:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 40 replies
    The American ^ | June 3, 2013 | Waldemar Ingdahl
    The rise of 'superbugs' is causing tens of thousands of deaths a year in the United States alone. A problem as complex as antibiotic resistance will require several solutions. Increasing antibiotic resistance is of great concern — the health of millions is dependent on our ability to defeat the threat of infectious diseases. The World Health Organization estimates that multi-drug resistance accounts for more than 150,000 deaths each year from tuberculosis alone.Without effective antibiotics in health care, humanity would be thrown back to the time when urinary tract infections and pneumonia were lethal. Infant and maternal mortality would rise and...
  • Hospitals see surge of superbug-fighting products

    04/29/2013 7:03:19 AM PDT · by bgill · 6 replies
    AP ^ | April 29, 2013 | Mike Stobbe
    In U.S. hospitals, an estimated 1 in 20 patients pick up infections they didn't have when they arrived, some caused by dangerous 'superbugs' that are hard to treat... Machines that resemble "Star Wars" robots and emit ultraviolet light or hydrogen peroxide vapors. Germ-resistant copper bed rails, call buttons and IV poles. Antimicrobial linens, curtains and wall paint. While these products can help get a room clean, their true impact is still debatable. There is no widely-accepted evidence that these inventions have prevented infections or deaths.
  • Vitamin B3 May Help Kill Superbugs

    10/07/2012 11:17:41 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 43 replies
    Medical News Today (MNT) ^ | August 25, 2012 | Catharine Paddock, PhD
    Nicotinamide, commonly known as vitamin B3, may help the innate immune system kill antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria, the so-called "superbugs". In lab work done with mice and human blood, researchers found high doses of the vitamin increased the ability of immune cells to kill the bacteria by 1,000 times.The discovery opens the door to a new arsenal of tools for dealing with antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, such as those caused by methicillin-resistant S. aureus or MRSA, that have killed thousands of people around the world. They are increasing in hospitals and nursing homes, and also rising in prisons, among athletes, people in...
  • Finally, a smoking gun connecting livestock antibiotics and superbugs

    02/25/2012 9:48:16 AM PST · by JerseyHighlander · 19 replies
    Grist ^ | 24 Feb 2012 7:41 AM | Tom Laskawy
    How does the livestock industry talk about antibiotics? Well, it depends on who’s doing the talking, but they all say some version of the same thing. Take the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association; they say there is “no conclusive scientific evidence indicating the judicious use of antibiotics in cattle herds leads to antimicrobial resistance in humans [MRSA].” Or Ron Phillips of the Animal Health Institute (a drug-industry front group). In an interview on Grist last year, he said that before you can draw any conclusions: … You have to look at specific bug/drug combinations and figure out what are the potential...
  • Gonorrhea Could Join Growing List of Untreatable Diseases

    02/08/2012 9:11:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Scientific American ^ | February 8, 2012 | Christine Gorman
    The arms race between humanity and disease-causing bacteria is drawing to a close—and the bacteria are winning. The latest evidence: gonorrhea is becoming resistant to all standard antibiotic treatment. Gonorrhea is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the world—with about 600,000 cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year. A few years ago, investigators started seeing cases of infection that did not easily respond to treatment with a group of drugs called cephalosporins, which are currently the last line of defense against this particular infection. Now, the number of drug-resistant cases has grown so much in the U.S....
  • Manuka honey 'could help fight superbugs'

    04/13/2011 8:45:05 AM PDT · by decimon · 32 replies
    BBC ^ | April 12, 2011 | Michelle Roberts
    Manuka honey could be used to combat some of the most hard-to-treat infections that are resistant to powerful antibiotics, scientists say.Lab experiments show it can clear bacteria found in festering wounds and contaminated hospital surfaces. It works by breaking down the defences bacteria use against antibiotics, making it useful in treating superbug infections such as MRSA. > "It could be applied topically to wounds and used in combination with antibiotics to treat resistant infections." But she warned people not to try the same at home with honey bought from the supermarket. "Not only is it messy, it wouldn't be advisable....
  • New drug-resistant superbugs found in 3 states....

    09/13/2010 4:39:56 PM PDT · by TaraP · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Sept 13th, 2010
    BOSTON – An infectious-disease nightmare is unfolding: Bacteria that have been made resistant to nearly all antibiotics by an alarming new gene have sickened people in three states and are popping up all over the world, health officials reported Monday. The U.S. cases and two others in Canada all involve people who had recently received medical care in India, where the problem is widespread. A British medical journal revealed the risk last month in an article describing dozens of cases in Britain in people who had gone to India for medical procedures. How many deaths the gene may have caused...
  • Solution to killer superbug found in Norway (MRSA)

    12/30/2009 3:43:21 PM PST · by decimon · 37 replies · 1,596+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 30, 2009 | MARTHA MENDOZA and MARGIE MASON
    OSLO, Norway – Aker University Hospital is a dingy place to heal. The floors are streaked and scratched. A light layer of dust coats the blood pressure monitors. A faint stench of urine and bleach wafts from a pile of soiled bedsheets dropped in a corner. Look closer, however, at a microscopic level, and this place is pristine. There is no sign of a dangerous and contagious staph infection that killed tens of thousands of patients in the most sophisticated hospitals of Europe, North America and Asia this year, soaring virtually unchecked. The reason: Norwegians stopped taking so many drugs.
  • Device spells doom for superbugs

    11/26/2009 10:12:01 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 17 replies · 968+ views
    BBC ^ | 11/26/09 | Jason Palmer
    Researchers have demonstrated a prototype device that can rid hands, feet, or even underarms of bacteria, including the hospital superbug MRSA.The device works by creating something called a plasma, which produces a cocktail of chemicals in air that kill bacteria but are harmless to skin. A related approach could see the use of plasmas to speed the healing of wounds. Writing in the New Journal of Physics, the authors say plasmas could help solve gum disease or even body odour.
  • Drug-resistant bacteria on increase in U.S.: study

    11/23/2009 10:47:31 PM PST · by UAConservative · 19 replies · 631+ views
    Reuters ^ | November 24, 2009 | Cynthia Osterman
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cases of a drug-resistant bacterial infection known as MRSA have risen by 90 percent since 1999, and they are increasingly being acquired outside hospitals, researchers reported on Tuesday. They found two new strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus -- MRSA for short -- were circulating in patients and they are different from the strains normally seen in hospitals. Ramanan Laxminarayan of Princeton University in New Jersey and colleagues studied data on lab tests from a national network of 300 microbiology laboratories in the United States for their study. "We found during 1999-2006 that the percentage of S. aureus...
  • How our hospitals unleashed a MRSA epidemic [Seattle]

    11/17/2008 6:34:06 PM PST · by Clint Williams · 45 replies · 1,722+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 11/16/8 | Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong
    MRSA, a drug-resistant germ, lurks in Washington hospitals, carried by patients and staff and fueled by inconsistent infection control. This stubborn germ is spreading here at an alarming rate, but no one has tracked these cases -- until now. Year after year, the number of victims climbed. But even as casualties mounted -- as the germ grew stronger and spread inside hospitals-- the toll remained hidden from the public, and hospitals ignored simple steps to control the threat. Over the past decade, the number of Washington hospital patients infected with a frightening, antibiotic-resistant germ called MRSA has skyrocketed from 141...
  • Protecting Yourself From Nasty Superbugs: Suggestions From Mayo Clinic

    06/23/2008 5:56:07 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 109+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 6-23-2008 | Mayo Clinic, via Newswise.
    Protecting Yourself From Nasty Superbugs: Suggestions From Mayo Clinic ScienceDaily (June 23, 2008) — Superbugs -- bacteria that are resistant to many commonly used antibiotics -- can seem scary. Antibiotic resistance means illnesses last longer, and the risk of complications and death increases. Many factors have contributed to the emergence of superbugs, including overuse and misuse of antibiotics. One superbug, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), has been a problem in health care settings for years. In this environment, the bacteria is spread from one patient to another via the hands of care providers or by contaminated equipment. Increasingly, MRSA is appearing...
  • Superbug deaths soar in England and Wales

    03/02/2008 3:47:49 PM PST · by BGHater · 27 replies · 108+ views
    Times Online ^ | 28 Feb 2008 | David Rose
    The number of deaths linked with hospital superbug Clostridium difficile has soared in England and Wales, figures from the Office for National Statistics show. Between 2005 and 2006 the number of death certificates which mentioned the infection rose by 72 per cent to 6,480. Elderly people were most at risk from the bacteria, which caused more than 55,000 infections in NHS hospitals last year. It is thought that some of the increase may be due to more complete reporting on death certificates, but there has been a fiftyfold increase in C. difficile infections since 1990. Deaths citing C. difficile as...
  • Actor Roy Scheider dies at 75

    02/10/2008 7:24:47 PM PST · by the scotsman · 103 replies · 543+ views
    UPI ^ | 10th February 2008 | UPI
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Actor Roy Scheider, the star of such films as "Jaws" and "All That Jazz," died Sunday at 75 in Little Rock, Ark., his wife told The New York Times. Scheider, who lived in Sag Harbor, N.Y., died of complications from a staph infection, Brenda Scheider told the newspaper. Scheider had suffered from multiple myeloma. Scheider came to prominence in such '70s films as "Klute" and "The French Connection" -- for which he earned an Oscar nomination as Buddy Russo, the partner of police Detective Popeye Doyle, played by Gene Hackman. Scheider may have...
  • Cholesterol drug strips staph of color, virulence

    02/15/2008 12:35:11 PM PST · by Dysart · 25 replies · 167+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 2-15-08 | Deena Beasley
    Potentially deadly staph bacteria may be easily defeated by the body's own immune system once stripped of their golden hue by a drug developed to lower cholesterol, according to new research.The findings offer a promising new direction in the fight against increasingly drug-resistant staph infections, according to the National Institutes of Health, which supported the research. An international team of researchers found that a "squalene synthase inhibitor," originally developed by Bristol Myers Squibb, blocks infections of Staphylococcus aureus, named for its "golden halo," in mice.Staph contains a carotenoid -- like beta carotene in carrots -- that acts like an antioxidant...
  • Homosexual Groups Invited to Work to Curb Spread of MRSA

    01/22/2008 10:50:08 AM PST · by Woodland · 26 replies · 270+ views
    ChristianNewsWire ^ | 01/22/08 | Concerned Women for America
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 /Christian Newswire/ -- Because Concerned Women for America (CWA) cares deeply for the health and well being of all Americans, CWA is sending letters inviting the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, GLAAD and Lambda Legal to put aside profound ideological differences with CWA — for the sake of the lives and health of their members — and to call for commonsense steps to help curb the spread of a potentially deadly strain of Staph infection. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA bacteria, is infecting men who have sex with men in major...
  • Honey Makes 'Comeback' as Natural Disease Fighter

    12/26/2007 1:04:55 PM PST · by decimon · 92 replies · 260+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 26, 2007 | Unknown
    Amid growing concern over drug-resistant superbugs and nonhealing wounds that endanger diabetes patients, nature's original antibiotic — honey — is making a comeback.< >He said the Medihoney dressing can also prevent the dangerous drug-resistant staph infection known as MRSA from infecting open wounds. "It's been used on wounds where nothing else will work," said biochemist Peter Molan, a professor at the University of Waikato in New Zealand who has researched honey and other natural antibiotics for 25 years.He's found manuka honey can kill the toughest bacteria even when diluted 10 times and recommends it especially for people with weak immune...
  • Hospital Superbugs Now In Nursing Homes And Community

    11/28/2007 3:09:21 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 64+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 11-28-2007 | Society for General Microbiology
    Hospital Superbugs Now In Nursing Homes And Community ScienceDaily (Nov. 28, 2007) — Hospital superbugs that can break down antibiotics are so widespread throughout Europe that doctors increasingly have to use the few remaining drugs that they reserve for emergencies. Now these hospital superbug strains have spread to nursing homes and into the community in Ireland, raising fears of wider antibiotic resistance, scientists heard 28 November 2007at the Federation of Infection Societies Conference 2007. Doctors collected 732 samples from 22 Irish hospitals over the last ten years and found that 61% of them, 448 samples, tested positive for bacteria that...
  • Superbug: What makes one bacterium so deadly

    11/17/2007 4:12:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 57 replies · 603+ views
    Science News ^ | Week of Nov. 17, 2007 | Sarah C. Williams
    Some of the most aggressive antibiotic-resistant staph infections gain their advantage with a molecule that punctures the immune cells trying to fight off the bacteria, scientists have discovered. Understanding the role of this molecule in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) could lead to new therapies for the notoriously hard-to-treat, and sometimes fatal, skin infection. Staph bacteria are ubiquitous but aren't dangerous unless they seep into an open wound. Even then, antibiotics will usually stop the infection. But some strains of staph that infect hospital patients with weakened immune systems have become resistant to all standard antibiotics, including methicillin. Now, a newer...
  • Cold War Weaponry To Tackle Superbugs (UK)

    10/28/2007 3:14:22 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 201+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-28-2007 | Gary Cleland
    Cold war weaponry to tackle superbugs By Gary Cleland Last Updated: 5:47pm GMT 28/10/2007 Technology developed to protect Britain from biological weapons is being redeployed into hospitals to help destroy superbugs. Among the first hospital trusts to install the air disinfection units will be Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, where at least 90 people died from the bug Clostridium difficile. The machines, first developed at the British defence establishment Porton Down in the 1960s, have been approved by an NHS ethics committee after trials at hospitals in Sunderland, Manchester and Carlisle. Tests showed the machines are capable of killing...
  • County shuts school system over 'superbug' (23 schools in KY)

    10/28/2007 2:04:36 PM PDT · by yorkie · 18 replies · 183+ views
    An eastern Kentucky school district with one confirmed case of antibiotic-resistant staph infection plans to shut down all 23 of its schools Monday, affecting about 10,300 students, to disinfect the facilities. The project will involve disinfecting classrooms, restrooms, cafeterias, hallways, locker rooms, buses and even external areas such as playgrounds and sports fields, said Roger Wagner, superintendent of Pike County schools. "We're not closing schools because there's been a large number of breakouts, but as a preventive measure," Wagner said. One Pike County student was diagnosed with in September with MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The bacterial strain can be...
  • Minerals from French Clay Cure Deadly Drug-Resistant Bacteria

    10/26/2007 12:48:52 PM PDT · by BGHater · 34 replies · 180+ views
    Associated Content ^ | 25 Oct 2007 | Tamara Hardison
    It has always been believed, but never proven that French clay can kill several varieties of bacteria that cause diseases. Today, a researcher at Arizona State University at Tempe is leading a study to show why certain minerals kill certain bacteria. French clay has been shown to kill Mycobacterium ulcerans, or M. Ulcerans, which is so epidemical in Africa. It also treats Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is responsible for deadly infections that are difficult to treat. Furthermore, it has been known for thousands of years that people have used clay for healing wounds, helping indigestion, and killing intestinal worms....
  • Bacteria tests reveal how MRSA strain can kill in 24 hours

    01/21/2007 12:20:09 PM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 63 replies · 2,224+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1/19/07 | Ian Sample
    Scientists have unravelled the workings of a deadly superbug that attacks healthy young people and can kill within 24 hours. PVL-producing MRSA, a highly-virulent strain of the drug-resistant superbug, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, has spread around the world and caused deaths in the UK, Europe, the US and Australia. PVL or panton-valentine leukocidin toxin destroys white blood cells and usually causes boils and other skin complaints. But if it infects open wounds it can cause necrotising pneumonia, a disease that rapidly destroys lung tissue and is lethal in 75% of cases. Thousands of infections have been recorded across the US, but...
  • TB-tainted man crosses border 76 times

    10/17/2007 3:35:25 PM PDT · by Dysart · 50 replies · 209+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10-17-07 | Sara A. Carter and Audrey Hudson
    A Mexican national infected with a highly contagious form of tuberculosis crossed the U.S. border 76 times and took multiple domestic flights in the last year, according to Customs and Border Protection interviews and documents obtained by The Washington Times. he Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency was warned by health officials on April 16 that the frequent traveler was infected, but it took the Homeland Security officials more than six weeks to issue a May 31 alert to warn its own border inspectors, according to Homeland Security sources who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution. Homeland...
  • Drug-Resistant Staph Germ's Toll Is Higher Than Thought

    10/17/2007 6:57:17 AM PDT · by zencat · 42 replies · 45+ views ^ | 10/17/2007 | Rob Stein
    A dangerous germ that has been spreading around the country causes more life-threatening infections than public health authorities had thought and is killing more people in the United States each year than the AIDS virus, federal health officials reported yesterday.
  • Nurses Did Not Wash Hands, Blamed for Deaths of 90 British Patients

    10/14/2007 1:17:11 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 65 replies · 115+ views
    Unclean and uncaring nurses in the U.K. are blamed may have spread superbugs that led the deaths of the patients they were charged with caring for. The nurses are accused of not washing their hands and of leaving patients lying in soiled beds. They were cited in an official report blaming mismanagement for the deaths of 90 people who contracted a bacterial infection in hospitals in southern England. The report into the spread of the highly contagious bacterium said nurses at three hospitals run by the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust were often too busy to wash their hands...
  • British hospitals blamed in 90 deaths

    10/12/2007 2:39:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies · 261+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Oct 12, 2007
    Nurses who didn't wash their hands and left patients lying in soiled beds were cited in an official report blaming mismanagement for the deaths of 90 people who contracted a bacterial infection in hospitals in southern England. "Significant failings" at all levels contributed to infections of more than 1,000 patients at three hospitals, the Healthcare Commission said Thursday. The patients were infected with Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, which can cause diarrhea, colitis and other intestinal problems, officials said. "The Healthcare Commission has passed the copy of the report to us and that is being reviewed," said a spokesman for...
  • UK: "Hospital food hygiene 'is poor'" [warning: icky bug picture]

    08/12/2007 5:53:07 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 20 replies · 669+ views ^ | Sunday, 12 August 2007 | staff writer
    Last Updated: Sunday, 12 August 2007, 10:10 GMT 11:10 UK Hospital food hygiene 'is poor' Cockroaches and vermin were foundin some hospital kitchens Almost half of hospital kitchens and canteens in England have poor hygiene standards, a dossier has suggested. The Liberal Democrats said inspection reports obtained under the Freedom of Information Act painted a "shocking picture" of hospital food hygiene. Vermin, cockroaches and the storage of medical and food items together were reported by some local authorities. The Food Standards Agency said it would expect any authority with hospital food hygiene problems to take action. 'Wrong temperatures'The Liberal Democrats...
  • Instant Steam Takes On Antibiotic Resistant 'Superbugs' Like MRSA

    08/01/2007 2:28:09 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 692+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 8-1-2007 | Society Of Chemical Industry
    Source: Society of Chemical Industry Date: August 1, 2007 Instant Steam Takes On Antibiotic Resistant 'Superbugs' Like MRSA Science Daily — A method for making instant steam, without the need for electricity, promises to be useful for tackling antibiotic resistant 'superbugs' like MRSA and C. difficile, as well as removing chewing gum from pavements and powering environmentally friendly cars, reports Nina Morgan in Chemistry & Industry, the magazine of the SCI. 'The value of instant steam lies in creating truly portable steam that can be generated intermittently on demand,' says Dave Wardle, business development director at Oxford Catalysts. The company...
  • Infant Dies Of Infection After Circumcision In Canada Hospital

    06/14/2007 5:32:35 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 89 replies · 1,761+ views ^ | 06/14/07 | Valerie Chang
    Ottawa, ON (AHN) - A medical journal has reported a case of a one-week-old infant who died from complications after being circumcised in an unidentified hospital in Ontario, Canada. In its April 2007 edition, Paediatrics and Child Health reported a case in which an infant, whose parents did not want him identified, was brought back to his family doctor by his parents 5 hours after he had been circumcised. At that time, his parents said he was "very irritable and had blue discoloration below the umbilicus when he cried." The baby's physicians sent the child home. The baby's parents took...
  • British Hospitals 'Among Worst For Superbugs'

    06/07/2007 7:12:58 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 461+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-8-2007 | Bruno Waterfield - Nick Fleming
    British hospitals 'among worst for superbugs' By Bruno Waterfield and Nic Fleming Last Updated: 2:22am BST 08/06/2007 British hospitals are among the worst in Europe for superbugs, according to figures published yesterday. Britain was found to be the fifth worst country for superbug resistance In a league table of 29 countries only Portugal, Malta, Cyprus and Romania have higher proportions of potentially deadly antibiotic-resistant hospital-acquired infections. Only some forms of superbugs are resistant to antibiotics - including those known as MRSA. They are part of the staphylococcus aureus family of bacteria that can live on the skin or in the...
  • Tangle of Conflicting Accounts in TB Patient’s Odyssey

    06/02/2007 1:51:54 PM PDT · by james500 · 26 replies · 790+ views
    NYTimes ^ | June 2, 2007 | JOHN SCHWARTZ
    As the Atlanta lawyer with a dangerous form of tuberculosis began treatment yesterday in Denver, the patient and government officials here and abroad provided sharply divergent accounts of his 12 days of world travel. The accounts seemed to agree only in the missed opportunities to head off what has become an international public health scandal. The patient, Andrew Speaker, has said that public health officials in Fulton County, Ga., told him a trip would not be risky. But those officials said that he had been clearly warned of the dangers. In interviews, public health officials at the county, state and...
  • Patient’s new in-law faces probe in TB scare

    06/03/2007 6:07:53 AM PDT · by JustaCowgirl · 31 replies · 2,186+ views
    Tulsa World (orig AP) ^ | 6/3/2007 | Colleen Slevin
    DENVER -- A federal microbiologist, the father-in-law of the man quarantined with a drug-resistant form of tuberculosis, will be investigated to see how he was involved in the case, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday. Andrew Speaker, the first person placed under federal quarantine since 1963, has said he, his doctors and the CDC all knew he had TB that was resistant to some drugs before he flew to Europe for his wedding and honeymoon last month. Robert Cooksey, whose specialty at the CDC is TB and other bacteria, and who attended his daughter's wedding, has said...
  • Traveller with drug-resistant TB purposely landed in Canada (Anonymous Liar Puts Hundreds at Risk)

    05/30/2007 10:35:22 AM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 135 replies · 3,587+ views
    cbcnews ^ | Last Updated: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 | 11:47 AM ET | ap
    'This is insane to me that I have an armed guard outside my door when I've co-operated with everything other than the whole solitary-confinement-in-Italy.'— Man with drug resistant TB says he returned to U.S. despite risks to get treatment A man with a form of tuberculosis so dangerous he is under the first U.S. government-ordered quarantine since 1963 told a newspaper he took one trans-Atlantic flight for his wedding and honeymoon and another because he feared for his life. Hundreds of health authorities around the world including Canada are now scrambling to track down passengers who were seated near the...
  • Alien Invasion: The Fungus That Came to Canada - VICTORIA, B.C.

    04/07/2007 6:30:18 PM PDT · by ricks_place · 23 replies · 1,030+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/7/07 | Doug Struck
    The mystery emerged slowly, its clues maddeningly diverse. Sally Lester, an animal pathologist at a British Columbia laboratory, slipped a slide under her microscope -- a tissue from a dog on Vancouver Island. Her lens focused on a tiny cell that looked like a boiled egg. It was late 1999. She had started seeing a lot of those. On the eastern side of the island, several dead porpoises washed ashore early the next year. Scientist Craig Stephen, who runs a research center on the island, slit one open. He found its lungs seized by pneumonia and its other organs swollen...