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Decolonization protocol can prevent dangerous infections among discharged hospital patients
Hospital patients who have methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) can prevent future MRSA infections by following a standard bathing protocol after discharge, according to research results published in the Feb. 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. (2019-02-14)

Potential magic bullet for MRSA treatment
Attaching an antimicrobial drug, which is activated by light, to a peptide that binds to bacteria and stops them making toxins, produced a (2009-03-31)

Know thy enemy: Kill MRSA with tailored chemistry
UConn medicinal chemists have developed experimental antibiotics that kill MRSA, a common and often deadly bacteria that causes skin, lung, and heart infections. The success is due to their strategy, which found a weakness and exploited it in a way the bacteria should have trouble countering, the researchers report in the December 22 issue of Cell Chemical Biology. (2016-12-22)

Drug-Resistant Infection Once Found Only In Hospitals Now Present In Community
Drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a predominantly hospital-acquired infection, has been identified in children outside of the hospital setting with no identified risk factors, according to a study by researchers at the University of Chicago Children's Hospital, published in the February 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. (1998-02-25)

Essential oils could help to stamp out MRSA
Essential oils usually used in aromatherapy have been found to kill the deadly MRSA bacteria according to research carried out at The University of Manchester. (2004-12-21)

Study outlines risk of treatment-resistant infection following facelift surgery
About one-half percent of patients undergoing facelift surgery at one outpatient surgical center between 2001 and 2007 developed methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections, according to a report in the March/April issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2008-03-17)

New study says two million Americans harbor drug-resistant superbug
New research estimates that about 2 million people carry a strain of drug-resistant bacteria in their noses. The research, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the first reliable nationwide estimate of colonization with Staphylococcus aureus, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It is published in the Jan. 15 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, now available online. (2005-12-21)

Press statement on new CDC MRSA study from SHEA president
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a decrease in catheter-associated bloodstream infections caused by both methicillin-resistant and methicillin-sensitive S. aureus. (2009-02-17)

Temple Emergency Medicine receives $1.8M to find best MRSA treatment
Temple's Department of Emergency Medicine will participate in a nationwide study to pinpoint the best treatment for community-acquired MRSA, an increasingly common, antibiotic-resistant infection. (2007-09-06)

Silver ion-coated medical devices could fight MRSA while creating new bone
The rise of MRSA infections is limiting the treatment options for physicians and surgeons. Now, an international team of researchers, led by Elizabeth Loboa, dean of the University of Missouri College of Engineering, has used silver ion-coated scaffolds, or biomaterials that are created to hold stem cells, which slow the spread of or kill MRSA while regenerating new bone. Scientists feel that the biodegradable and biocompatible scaffolds could be the first step in the fight against MRSA in patients. (2017-02-08)

Kent State researcher exposes MRSA risk at northeast Ohio beaches
Tara C. Smith, Ph.D., a professor of epidemiology in Kent State's College of Public Health, published the findings of a study her lab conducted in 2015 that shows a higher-than-expected prevalence of Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) at beaches around Lake Erie. (2017-12-14)

MRSA use amoeba to spread, new research shows
The MRSA 'superbug' evades many of the measures introduced to combat its spread by infecting a common single-celled organism found almost everywhere in hospital wards, according to new research published in the journal Environmental Microbiology. (2006-02-28)

New, virulent strain of MRSA poses renewed antibiotic resistance concerns
The often feared and sometimes deadly infections caused by MRSA -- methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus -- are now moving out of hospitals and emerging as an even more virulent strain in community settings and on athletic teams, and raising new concerns about antibiotic resistance. (2009-12-22)

Comparison of antibiotic treatments for cellulitis
Among patients with uncomplicated cellulitis, the use of an antibiotic regimen with activity against MRSA did not result in higher rates of clinical resolution compared to an antibiotic lacking MRSA activity; however, certain findings suggest further research may be needed to confirm these results, according to a study published by JAMA. (2017-05-23)

MRSA uses decoys to evade a last-resort antibiotic
The superbug MRSA uses decoys to evade a last-resort antibiotic, reveals new research. The findings, from scientists at Imperial College London, suggest potential new ways of tackling the bacteria, such as interfering with the decoys. (2016-10-24)

Universal screening for MRSA may be too costly
Universal MRSA screening and isolation of high-risk patients will help prevent MRSA infections but may be too economically burdensome for an individual hospital to adopt, researchers find. (2014-10-08)

US 'super bugs' invading South America, according to UT Medical School at Houston researchers
Two clones of highly antibiotic-resistant organism strains, which previously had only been identified in the United States, are now causing serious sickness and death in several Colombian cities including the capital Bogotá, say researchers at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. The study, done in collaboration with Universidad El Bosque in Bogota, is presented in a research letter published in the Nov. 13 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. (2008-11-12)

Study finds MRSA screening saves hospitals money
Screening patients in the intensive care unit for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus produces cost savings for the whole hospital, according to a study that used a statistical simulation model published in the February issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of APIC -- the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. (2011-01-27)

UNC study may lead to treatments that are effective against all MRSA strains
New research from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine has pinpointed a gene that causes the USA300 strain of MRSA infection to linger on the skin longer than other strains, allowing it to be passed more readily from one person to the next. (2013-01-31)

Body shaving and turf burns spread infection in college football team
Turf burns and cosmetic body shaving were responsible for the spread of a bacterial skin infection among players on a college football team, according to an article in the November 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online. (2004-11-04)

Exposure to pig farms and manure fertilizers associated with MRSA infections
For the first time researchers have found an association between living in proximity to high-density livestock production and community-acquired infections with MRSA. Their analysis concluded that approximately 11 percent of community-acquired MRSA and soft tissue infections in the study population could be attributed to crop fields fertilized with swine manure. The study is the first to examine the association between high-density livestock operations and manure-applied crop fields and MRSA infections in the community. (2013-09-16)

No high quality studies on reducing MRSA infection in nursing homes for elderly people
Nursing homes for older people provide environments where bacteria such as meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus are likely to thrive. Despite this, there are no high quality studies that look specifically at means of reducing the risk of transmission and infection in this setting. (2008-01-22)

Eight years of decreased MRSA health care-associated infections associated with Veterans Affairs Prevention Initiative
The Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Health Administration's campaign to limit healthcare facility-associated infections (HAIs) of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) continues to make significant progress, according to a study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). (2017-01-05)

Treatment for MRSA no longer more costly than for susceptible Staph aureus infections
A new study found that infections caused by one of the most common drug resistant bacteria in the US -- methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, known as MRSA -- are no more expensive to treat than MSSA, the methicillin-susceptible version of the same bacteria. These findings are contrary to earlier studies that have found that MRSA was much more expensive to treat than MSSA. (2018-05-10)

UK government unlikely to meet MRSA targets
The UK government is unlikely to meet its target of reducing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus rates by 50 percent by 2008, says an editorial in this week's edition of the Lancet. This is despite the recent announcement from the UK Health Protection Agency that the number of patients with MRSA has fallen by 6 percent since January this year. (2007-08-02)

Using MRSA's strength against it
MRSA evolved to become a deadly killer because it's wily and resilient. A new Michigan State University study, however, is figuring out how to turn one of its strengths against it. (2018-05-14)

MRSA strain gained dominance with help from skin bacteria
Scientists believe they have an explanation for how the most common strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) rapidly rose to prominence. Research published in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, suggests that the strain recently acquired a number of genes from common skin bacteria that allow it to grow and thrive on the skin where other strains of MRSA cannot. (2013-12-17)

High levels of MRSA bacteria in retail meat products
Retail pork products in the US have a higher prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (MRSA) than previously identified, according to new research by the University of Iowa College of Public Health and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. (2012-01-20)

MRSA eliminated by copper in live global broadcast
A live broadcast from the University of Southampton today highlighted the effectiveness of antimicrobial copper in preventing the spread of antibiotic-resistant organisms, such as MRSA, in hospitals. (2011-04-04)

Genetic mutation appears to protect some people from deadly MRSA
An inherited genetic tendency appears to increase the likelihood that a person can successfully fight off antibiotic-resistant staph infections, according to a study led by Duke Health researchers. (2019-09-16)

Meeting MRSA targets largely down to chance, says expert
Chance makes it impossible to assess reliably whether hospitals are meeting government targets to reduce MRSA infections, argues a statistics expert in this week's BMJ. (2005-10-27)

Encouraging signs for potential new antibiotic
A study published online today (Feb. 17, 2017) in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, reveals strong evidence that the first in a new class of antibiotic is as effective as an established antimicrobial agent in the fight against infections caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria. (2017-02-16)

Health care workers should be more aggressively screened
Health care workers should be more aggressively screened in combination with eradication treatments and other infection control measures to help bring down rates of MRSA infection in hospitals and other health care facilities with endemic MRSA. These are the conclusions of authors of a review in the May issue of the Lancet Infectious Diseases. (2008-04-14)

Researchers track evolution and spread of drug-resistant bacteria across hospitals and continents
Using high resolution genome sequencing, scientists have tracked a deadly strain of multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus as it traveled between South America, Europe and Southeast Asia. The new technique provides an unprecedented view of how MRSA evolved over decades and across entire continents, as well as on the short timescale of a few weeks within a hospital in Thailand. (2010-01-22)

Community-acquired staph pneumonia appears more common, including MRSA
Preliminary research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that community acquired pneumonia caused by the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium may be more common than originally suspected, including that caused by antibiotic resistant strains. (2008-03-19)

MRSA bugs linked to livestock are found in hospitals, study finds
Some methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bugs in UK hospitals can be traced back to a type of bacteria found in farm animals, a study suggests. (2014-11-03)

Living near livestock may increase risk of acquiring MRSA
New study finds that regional density of livestock is an important risk factor for nasal carriage of livestock-associated MRSA for persons with and without direct contact with livestock. (2012-10-10)

Immunization for MRSA on the horizon
Methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA) infections are resistant to antibiotics and can cause a myriad of problems -- bone erosion, or osteomyelitis, which shorten the effective life of an implant and greatly hinder replacement of that implant. MRSA can result in prolonged disability, amputation and even death. (2012-02-14)

Rate of community-onset MRSA infections appears to be on the decline
In analysis that included more than 9 million US Department of Defense nonactive and active duty personnel, the rates of both community-onset and hospital-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia decreased from 2005 to 2010, while the proportion of community-onset skin and soft tissue infections due to MRSA has more recently declined, according to a study in the July 4 issue of JAMA. (2012-07-03)

Expert advisory: VCU study finds simple prevention strategy reducing MRSA infections
High compliance with hand hygiene and focusing on other simple infection control measures on medical, surgical and neuroscience intensive care units resulted in reduced rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection by 95 percent in a nine-year study, according to research findings by Virginia Commonwealth University physicians presented during IDWeek 2012. (2012-10-24)

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