From the category archives:

CRKP

It’s been a rough flu season. This year’s flu shot barely took the edge off it, and travel really succeeded at spreading it around. The good news is that in general, flu season is winding down. The bad news is that those who are older (65+) are still ending up hospitalized, struggling with what has […]

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In Washington, 32 people have been identified as having received a MRSA infection through contaminated medical scopes. The scopes had been cleaned according to manufacturer directions and federal standards—as I’m sure many are in hospitals across the country. In response to the outbreak, Virginia Mason Medical Center is now cleaning scopes more rigorously. They’re not […]

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New Line Of Antibiotics?

January 9, 2015

Just as we teeter over the edge into a post-antibiotic world, scientists have made a concrete discovery: a new line of bacteria growth. Previously, labs have only succeeded in cultivating about 1% of bacteria. But researchers at the Northeastern University of Boston, MA, have developed what could be described as a subterranean petri dish: it […]

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You may already know that doctors over-prescribe antibiotics, and that sinusitis, which is mostly caused by viral infections, is the leading disease for which they’re over-prescribed. Add Bronchitis to the list of diseases that don’t deserve antibiotics. If you can rule out Pneumonia, which is a bacteria, as a cause, then prescribing antibiotics will only […]

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MRSA and Klebsiella pneumoniae (the pneumonia superbug-CRKP) have become so common that hospitals no longer see it necessary to report it—even to the staff who work there. In Maryland, it recently came out that the National Institute of Health in Bethesda had a superbug outbreak last year—and had a very hard time containing it (although […]

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