USC 1, Staph Infections 0

I’ve written here before about MRSA, aka antibiotic resistant staph. So makes sense to link to this curious story from the LA Times about the USC football team taking on staph infections and winning. Seems the squad suffered through up to 19 cases of staph infections in 2002 and 2003, resulting in two hospitalizations (and […]

Published by: tgoetz on October 2nd, 2007 | Filed under Infection
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The Magic Bullet for Hospital-Borne Infections? Q-Tips.

A counter-intuitive story in Friday’s NYTimes about hospitals that are successfully fighting drug-resistant infections. At the Pittsburgh VA Hospital, cases of drug-resistant infection have dropped 78 percent since 2001, when they instituted certain disease prevention measures.
Those measures, tellingly, are not dousing the hospital in more antibiotic solutions, but rather the simple act of swabbing […]

Published by: tgoetz on July 26th, 2007 | Filed under Pathogens, Infection
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The Perils of Hospital Borne Infection

Much in the news about methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. Seems this dangerous bug - which can cause fatal infections, and which loves the highly conducive atmosphere of a hospital - is 10 times more prevalent in hospitals than previously thought. The risk here is that these bacteria are hovering all over the place in […]

Published by: tgoetz on June 26th, 2007 | Filed under Disease, Pathogens