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      March 6, 2013Health

      CDC's "Resistance Nightmare:" A View from the Trenches

      Great posts have been written about the “end of antibiotics” and superbugs in a variety of flavors.Yesterday, the CDC⁠ issued an alarming warning about Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae, aka CRE...
      October 2, 2008Health

      Warning: If antibiotics won't work, don't take them

      Government disease trackers alarmed by the rise of "superbugs" resistant to antibiotics are urging consumers to stop using the drugs to treat ailments (read: viruses) that won't respond to them...
      December 31, 2008Health

      New study says preventive antibiotics may stave off deaths

      Giving antibiotics to patients in hospital intensive care units (ICUs) to prevent—rather than fight—bacterial infections may reduce the number of patient deaths, Dutch scientists report today in The New England Journal of Medicine ...
      September 21, 2011Evolution

      Superbugs Now Tracked Globally in Interactive Maps

      Bacteria easily elude human detection—even those that can make us sick—quietly spreading from person to person, country to country. A recent global spike in bugs that are resistant to common antibiotics, however, has caused many scientists and policymakers to pay closer attention to when and where these infections are occurring.A new collection of updated interactive world maps reveal the prevalence of many of these so-called superbugs, including the prevalence of the relatively common MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ) as well as newly concerning gram-negative E...
      October 23, 2014Health

      Why Ebola is a Wake Up for Infection Control

      Just as the CDC’s and other experts’ thoughts on Ebola and infection control have evolved with experience, mine have taken a slight twist as well.
      January 14, 2009Health

      Can a simple checklist prevent surgical errors?

      A new study has found that hospitals could cut surgery complications by about 30 percent and resulting deaths by 40 percent if doctors and nurses follow a checklist of safety rules before, during and after performing surgery...
      April 9, 2008

      Bacteria That Snack on Antibiotics

      A new study has turned up hundreds of bacterial strains that are not only antibiotic-resistant—they literally eat the life-saving drugs for breakfast.
      November 17, 2013Molecules to Medicine

      Will Antibiotics Be There When You Need Them? Get Smart

      Just in time for “Get Smart about Antibiotics Week,” I had a refreshing experience recently, working in a different rural hospital. Over that week, I didn’t see one patient with “superbugs” other than the occasional MRSA...
      September 14, 2009Health

      Staph makes a splash: Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found at public beaches

      Bathers, beware. A trip to the beach could yield more than a damaging sunburn. According to a recent study, all nine sampled beaches in Washington State contained strains of the virulent methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria—or related methicillin-resistant coagulase-negative Staphylococci —in the sand or water...
      August 27, 2013Molecules to Medicine

      Where’s the Real Danger from Infection This Summer?

      Naegleria fowleri is a summertime villain, scary and sensational, the “Brain-eating Amoeba.” Even the name is villainous. It is an amoeba that lives in fresh water, especially warm water, and is a cause of brain infections, almost always resulting in death...
      July 28, 2014Health

      The Hunt for Antibiotic-Resistance Hotspots

      When patients take too many unnecessary antibiotics it inches us ever closer to a world where essential drugs are no longer effective. More than two million people in the United States develop antibiotic resistant infection each year and some 23,000 of them die as a result...
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