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Mixed results for hospital acquired infections in England

London - The number of cases of hospital acquired infection in English hospitals has slowed down, meaning fewer people are contracting pathogens like MRSA from the clinical setting. However, rates of C. diff are up.

Hospital bacteria traced back to farm animals

Edinburgh - Some types of hospital superbugs, notably MRSA, isolated from U.K. hospitals, have been linked back to bacteria detected in farm animals. Several of the isolates are antibiotic resistant.

Researchers discover key antibiotic power of honey bee bacteria

Lund - A budding discovery courtesy of research teams at Lund University in Sweeden may open the door to defeating deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Primary European MRSA strain originated in Africa

Copenhagen - The primary type of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infecting people in Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa, is derived from a single sub-Saharan ancestor, according to a new study.

MRSA control measures in hospitals are not working

MRSA "superbug" control measures "lack evidence" that they are effective at reducing hospital acquired infections. This is according to a new report published in The Lancet.

Method to track infections in pigs

The latest genetic sequencing technologies have been utilized to develop new methods to identify genes which are important for the survival of bacterial infections in pigs. This is seen as an important step for reducing infection in livestock.

Two new antibiotics developed

Reversing the long period where no new antibiotics have been developed, two new drugs could be available within a matter of months.

One in 25 patients infected in U.S. hospitals

New federal data has revealed that one in 25 U.S. hospital patients has caught an infection while residing in the hospital.

MRSA no longer just a hospital disease

In recent years the stealth-like bacteria MRSA, sometimes simply called “staph,” has expanded from people to animals: ranging from pigs and other farm animals to family pets.

MRSA dominates with the help of skin bacteria

There could be an explanation for how the most common strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) rapidly rose to prominence. MRSA is a common cause of hospital acquired infections.

MRSA survives by stealing genes of other bacteria

A common and pathogenic strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) survives by stealing genetic information from other bacteria.

How staph infection attacks the immune system

Scientists have discovered how the staph pathogen — S. aureus — has the ability to hijack a primary human immune defense mechanism and use it to destroy white blood cells.

A new MRSA treatment in development

A novel approach to treat and eliminate methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been proposed by a research team.

NFL and MRSA infections, curse of the locker room?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Johnthan Banks has been sidelined with an MRSA infection. He isn't the first player this season to contract the 'locker room' infection.

Pig-manure fertilizer linked to human MRSA infections

People living near pig farms or agricultural fields fertilized with pig manure are more likely to become infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria, new research suggests.

Human MRSA originated from cattle

The MRSA strain of bacteria that causes skin and soft tissue infections in humans, and is linked to serious hospital acquired infections, originally came from cattle.

Farm workers carry high numbers of antibiotic resistant bacteria

Farm workers who work on farms where high levels of antibiotics are used in farm animals carry a high proportion of antibiotic resistant bacteria compared with farms that are antibiotic-free.

Diabetic pregnant mothers are at a greater risk from MRSA

Pregnant women with diabetes are more than three times as likely as mothers without diabetes to become infected with MRSA, according to a review of various medical research papers.

Outpatients at risk from antibiotic resistant microbes

A new study indicates that the problems of antibiotic resistant bacteria faced by outpatients may be as similar to the risks faced by hospitalized patients.

Potentially deadly MRSA strain ST398 found in British milk supply

A potentially deadly MRSA strain ST398 has been identified in seven samples of bulk milk from five different farms in England.

HIV drug may be effective against MRSA

Researchers have found that a current HIV drug called maraviroc could be a potential therapy for Staphylococcus aureus, a pathogen linked to hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations each year as well as being a common hospital ‘superbug’.

Antibiotic use may aid the spread of MRSA in hospitals

New research suggests that the use of a commonly prescribed antibiotic is likely to be a major contributor to the spread of infection in hospitals by the 'superbug' MRSA.

Review: 'Defeating the Superbugs' Special

One of the major health problems faced by mankind in the 21st Century is the rise of so-called superbugs. This programme tells the viewer what most of us already know.

Superbugs in city hospitals moving to suburban hospitals

New evidence indicates that hospital superbugs, like MRSA, more commonly found in big cities are being transferred to smaller community hospitals in the suburbs.

Reduction in ‘superbugs’ in UK hospitals

In 2005 a campaign was launched to reduce the level of so-termed ‘superbugs’ in UK hospitals. The campaign focused upon hand hygiene. A new report indicates that the initiative has been a success.

Would you like your pork chop with a side of MRSA?

You might think that paying premium prices for organic meat means you're getting the best quality money can buy. But there may be a downside to buying antibiotic- and pesticide-free meats: deadly bacteria.

Mom gets banned from McDonald's after battling against bacteria

Chandler - An Arizona mother recently woke up to a hand-delivered letter from an attorney which said it bans her from entering eight McDonald's in three towns in and surrounding the Phoenix area.

Norway is beating 'Superbugs'

For the past 25 years Norway has been fighting a killer staph infection, similar to most of the world. Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has killed tens of thousands worldwide. The difference is, Norway has been winning the fight with a simple tool.

Cinnamon oil seen as beneficial against hard-to-kill bacteria

With drug- resistant bacterial infections on the rise in hospitals around the world, cinnamon oil is proving to be an effective agent in killing the otherwise hard-to-eliminate species.

Researchers Find Staph Clings To Beach Goers

When you go for a pleasant swim at your local American beach you may be coming out of the water with a killer. There is a 37 percent risk of leaving the beach with a staph bacteria including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.
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This 2005 scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicted numerous clumps of methicillin-resistant Staph...
This 2005 scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicted numerous clumps of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, commonly referred to by the acronym, MRSA; Magnified 9560x.
CDC/Janice Haney Carr
95 year old patient while under MRSA droplet isolation
95 year old patient while under MRSA droplet isolation