Posts tagged: antibiotic

The Rise of Superbugs- MRSA In The News

Welcome to a world where drugs don’t work – MSNBC March 31st, 2011

When Alexander Fleming discovered in 1928 the first antibiotic, penicillin, we believed that we had the tools necessary to beat bacteria. We understood that bacteria could develop resistance to antibiotics, but were quick to assume that scientists were always one step ahead of the game. Today, this is no longer the case. As this MSNBC article points out, antibiotic resistant superbugs have become a global problem, and we may be heading towards a pre-antibiotic era of medication where we will be unable to treat simple infections.

How did we get to this point? For many years now, we have been living in an era of antibiotic dependence. Considered “wonder drugs,” antibiotics are too often prescribed inappropriately by doctors, or are being used far more widely than for the treatment of sick patients. According to the US FDA, 29 million pounds of antibiotics are given to food-producing animals every year, accounting for ~ 80% of all antibiotics sold in the US. The more that people are exposed to these antibiotics, the higher the likelihood of them developing resistance and rendering these medications ineffective. Read more »

MRSAid™ FOR NASAL DECOLONIZATION

Staphylococcus aureus, especially Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), infections can be severe and even fatal.  Each year, thousands of patients acquire Staph infections annually while in hospital resulting in enormous suffering, amputations and loss of life. Studies throughout North America and the UK have demonstrated that patients who are carrying or are colonized with Staphylococcus aureus are at risk of self-infecting. Studies also have demonstrated that eliminating nasal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus significantly reduces the number of Staph infections and therefore must be considered a necessary strategy for the overall reduction of healthcare-associated infections.1,2

The nose, armpits, hand and groin are the major hotspots for MRSA colonization

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