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MRSA deaths on the rise
Infections due to MRSA seem to be an increasing cause of death in England and Wales, concludes a study in this week's BMJ. (2002-12-12)

MRSA: From a nosocomial pathogen to an omnipresent source of infection
In German hospitals, each year 132,000 patients contract infection with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). For more than a decade, different countries have reported an increasing incidence of MRSA infections in the general population ( (2011-11-29)

Single cell amoeba increases MRSA numbers 1000- fold
Scientists in the UK have found that a type of amoeba acts as an incubator for MRSA bacteria. As amoebae are often found in healthcare environments this discovery has implications for the infection control strategies adopted by hospitals. (2006-03-31)

MRSA declines are sustained in veterans hospitals nationwide
Five years after implementing a national initiative to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) rates in Veterans Affairs medical centers, MRSA cases have continued to decline, according to a study in the Nov. issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. (2013-10-29)

A quarter of hospital MRSA bacteraemia occurs in new arrivals
One in four cases of MRSA blood stream infection in hospital occur in patients who have just arrived from the community. These patients tend to be older and have been in hospital before. (2005-09-08)

Livestock-associated MRSAfound among MRSA from humans
The survey results show more frequent detections and geographical dispersion of LA-MRSA in humans in the EU/EEA since 2007, and highlight the public health and veterinary importance of LA-MRSA as a 'One Health' issue. The ECDC advocates for periodic systematic surveys or integrated multi-sectorial surveillance to facilitate control measures. (2017-11-03)

MRSA infection rates drop in Veterans Affairs long-term care facilities
Four years after implementing a national initiative to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) rates in Veterans Affairs long-term care facilities, MRSA infections have declined significantly, according to a study in the January issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. (2014-01-06)

Do measures to control MRSA work?
Proof that MRSA control policies in hospitals work is poor, show researchers in this week's BMJ. (2004-09-02)

Handwashing more important than isolation in controlling MRSA superbug infection
Regular handwashing by hospital staff and visitors did more to prevent the spread of the MRSA superbug than isolating infected patients. The rates of cross infection with MRSA when patients were not moved to single rooms or nursed in separate MRSA bays were compared to the periods when patients were moved. There was no evidence of increased transmission of infection when patients were not moved. (2009-03-30)

How can we combat MRSA?
The attitude towards MRSA in the United Kingdom is a case of shutting the gate after the horse has bolted, argues a doctor in a letter to this week's BMJ. (2004-10-21)

Compounds restore antibiotics' efficacy against MRSA
Antibiotics rendered useless by the notorious methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, (MRSA) may get a second life, thanks to compounds that can restore the bug's susceptibility to antibiotics, according to a new study in mice. (2016-03-09)

Overcrowding and understaffing in hospitals increases levels of MRSA infections
A review article authored by a University of Queensland academic has found overcrowding and understaffing in hospitals are two key factors in the transmission of MRSA infections worldwide. (2008-06-24)

Detection of MRSA in cystic fibrosis patients associated with shorter survival
Patients with cystic fibrosis who have Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) detected in their respiratory tract have worse survival compared to CF patients without MRSA, according to a study in the June 16 issue of JAMA. (2010-06-15)

New methods to identify MRSA in pigs
It is important to keep the number of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections at a low level. In a PhD project at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, the latest technologies within whole genome sequencing were exploited to develop new methods to identify genes which are important for the survival of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in pigs. (2014-08-05)

Genome sleuthing tracks the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria
esearchers tracked the spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) during a one-year period in the East of England, and observed evidence for transmission of the bacteria in the community resulting from clinically unrecognized episodes. (2017-10-25)

Lower social class linked to increased risk of postoperative MRSA infection
Results of a UK study in this week's issue of The Lancet suggest that people from the poorest socioeconomic backgrounds could be up to seven times more likely to get postoperative infection with meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) than people from affluent social groups. (2004-02-26)

Pre-pregnancy diabetes increases risk of MRSA among new mothers
Pregnant women with diabetes are more than three times as likely as mothers without diabetes to become infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus before hospital discharge, according to a study in the July issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. (2013-07-01)

Henry Ford Hospital study: A MRSA strain linked to high death rates
A strain of MRSA that causes bloodstream infections is five times more lethal than other strains and has shown to have some resistance to the potent antibiotic drug vancomycin used to treat MRSA, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study. The study found that 50 percent of the patients infected with the strain died within 30 days compared to 11 percent of patients infected with other MRSA strains. (2009-10-31)

Copious community-associated MRSA in nursing homes
More than one quarter of residents of 26 nursing homes in Orange County, California carry community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which spread more easily, and may cause more severe infection than MRSA traditionally associated with healthcare facilities, according to a paper published in the November 2013 issue of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. (2013-10-24)

MRSA in Sweden: A quarter of cases infected abroad
A quarter of all people with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Sweden between 2000 and 2003 were infected abroad. A study published today in the open access journal 'BMC Infectious Diseases' reveals that the number of MRSA infections in Sweden nearly doubled between 2000 and 2003. The study also shows that 25 percent of all cases came from abroad. (2006-02-20)

1 in 4 nursing home residents carry MRSA
MRSA is a major problem in nursing homes with one in four residents carrying the bacteria, a study by Queen's University Belfast and Antrim Area Hospital has found. (2009-06-04)

Impact of MRSA nasal colonization on surgical site infections after gastrointestinal surgery
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus (MRSA) nasal colonization is associated with longer hospital stays and an increase in surgical site infections (SSI) in patients undergoing major gastrointestinal surgery, according to a new study from Scott and White Memorial Hospital, Temple, Texas. (2012-05-20)

Inhibiting MRSA's ability to degrade RNA slows the spread of the bacteria
Scientists have demonstrated that stopping the ability of methicillin-resistant Staphylcoccus aureus (MRSA) to degrade RNA can inhibit its spread, both in the laboratory and in infected mice. The team of researchers is led by Paul Dunman of the University of Rochester Medical Center and includes scientists from three other laboratories. These results are reported February 10 in the open access journal PLoS Pathogens. (2011-02-10)

Superbug spreads from big city hospitals to regional health centers, study suggests
Hospitals in large cities act as breeding grounds for the superbug MRSA prior to it spreading to smaller hospitals, a study suggests. Researchers found evidence that shows for the first time how the superbug spreads between different hospitals throughout the country. (2012-05-14)

Drug-resistant bacteria patterns in intensive care units changing nationally
A dangerous drug-resistant bacterium is becoming more prevalent in many intensive care units, according to an article in the Feb. 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online (2006-01-05)

Community MRSA is re-emergence of 1950's pandemic
An early type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that caused a global epidemic of infections in the 1950s has re-emerged as one of the community-acquired MRSA 'superbugs', according to a study published in the Lancet tomorrow (Saturday 2 April 2005). (2005-04-01)

Where MRSA colonizes on the human body
When methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) is carried in the nares, it is a risk factor for an invasive infection, including a surgical site infection. Some studies have found that the heavier the carriage of MRSA in the nose, the greater the risk of transmission to others and the greater risk of infection to the patient. A new study from Rhode Island Hospital now sheds light on both the quantity of MRSA at different body sites and the relationship between the quantities. (2011-01-05)

Targeted cleaning of hand-touch surfaces could reduce MRSA transmission in hospitals
Targeting hand-touch surfaces in hospitals that are likely to be contaminated by meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, rather than a focus on removing visible dirt, is a feasible short-term strategy for tackling the transmission of MRSA, according to a review in the Lancet Infectious Diseases to be published online, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007. Further, this additional cleaning would be easier to implement than improvements in hand-hygiene compliance. (2007-10-30)

MRSA risk doubled in critically ill patients with glucose in their airways
Critically ill patients with glucose in their airways seem to be at double the risk of picking up serious hospital acquired infections, including MRSA, suggests research in Thorax. The authors base their findings on a study of 98 critically ill patients in intensive care who required mechanical help with their breathing for more than 48 hours. The patients were drawn from medical and surgical specialties. (2005-08-31)

OU team develops new antibiotic to fight MRSA
A University of Oklahoma team of chemists has developed a new antibiotic formulation to fight the sometimes deadly staph infection caused by methicillin-resistant S. aureus or MRSA and other antibiotic-resistant infectious bacteria. The new drug to treat MRSA combines traditional Food and Drug Administration-approved antibiotics, such as methicillin, with the polymer BPEI. (2016-05-18)

MRSA may accompany hospital patients into home health settings
Infection with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) appears relatively common among patients discharged from the hospital into home health care, according to a report in the August 10-24 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. In addition, about one-fifth of infected patients may transmit the organism to other people in their households. (2009-08-10)

MRSA in the community: A new threat to children's health?
Although hospital superbugs like MRSA -- methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus -- are now a widespread and recognised problem, new MRSA strains that have emerged and are spreading amongst the wider public in the USA may pose a bigger threat, according to Exeter researchers speaking today (Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007) at the Federation of Infection Societies Conference 2007 at the University of Cardiff, UK, which runs Nov. 28-30, 2007. (2007-11-27)

Some antibiotic resistance threat in hospitals could yield to hand washing
Johns Hopkins researchers report potentially life-threatening hospital infections with bacteria resistant to the antibiotic methicillin can occur even if patients havent been treated with that drug. But, they add, these infections can be stopped with one of medicines oldest and most powerful antibacterial treatments: hand washing. (2004-10-30)

Community MRSA is re-emergence of 1950s pandemic, study suggests
An early type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that caused a global epidemic of infections in the 1950s has re-emerged as one of the community-acquired MRSA 'superbugs', according to a study published in The Lancet tomorrow (Saturday 2 April 2005). (2005-03-31)

Concerns about MRSA for expectant mothers may be unfounded
The need to swab the noses of pregnant women and newborns for the presence of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) may be unfounded, according to a Vanderbilt study now available online and published in the May issue of Pediatrics. (2012-04-19)

Superbug MRSA identified in US wastewater treatment plants
A team led by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health has found that the (2012-11-05)

MRSA carriage rates vary widely in nursing homes, study finds
A study published in the January 2011 issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology finds that a high percentage of nursing home residents carry Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and suggests that some nursing homes could be doing more to prevent the spread of the bacteria, which can lead to hard-to-treat infections. (2010-12-01)

New method to treat antibiotic resistant MRSA: Bacteriophages
BYU senior molecular biology major Jacob Hatch knows MRSA as the infection that took his dad's leg. Now Hatch is exacting revenge on the bacteria. Researching alongside assistant professor of microbiology and molecular biology (and brother-in-law) Bradford Berges, Hatch is unlocking the power of a new MRSA-killer: bacteriophage. (2015-09-14)

Linezolid improves survival rate in patients with hospital-acquired pneumonia
A study comparing two drugs regularly used to treat a common type of drug-resistant hospital-acquired pneumonia found that patients taking linezolid were twice as likely to survive as those taking vancomycin. The study was presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference in Seattle. (2003-05-19)

New superbug surpasses MRSA infection rates in community hospitals
While prevention methods appear to be helping to lower hospital infection rates from MRSA, a deadly antibiotic-resistant bacterium, a new superbug is on the rise, according to research from the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network. (2010-03-22)

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