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Improperly used disinfectant wipes spread bacteria in hospitals PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 June 2008 15:18

Improperly used wipes spread bacteriaAccording to a recent study performed by British researchers, disinfectant wipes typically used in hospitals may actually spread superbugs like MRSA rather than kill the dangerous infections.

While the wipes eliminated some bacteria, a study showed they did not kill them all and could transfer the germs to other surfaces according to Gareth Williams, a microbiologist at Cardiff University.



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Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2008 15:46
 
Bacteria may contribute to SIDS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 May 2008 20:02

The most heartbreaking occurrence for any parent is the sudden, inexplicable loss of a child.  With over 2,000 deaths each year of apparently healthy babies in the U.S. due to sudden infant death syndrome, SIDS ranks as the one of the major causes of death of children under 1.  A recent medical journal article in The Lancet discovered E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus in almost half of the infants that had a sudden, unexpected death.



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Last Updated on Friday, 30 May 2008 10:33
 
A new superbug competes with MRSA for dubious top honors PDF Print E-mail

Clostridium difficileThe steady hum of the florescent lights did nothing to dim the chirps and beeps of the array of equipment surrounding the seemingly immense bed.  A small, fragile figure appears to sleep peacefully despite the battle being waged inside her 84 year old body.  The doctor asks Samantha to step out into the hall for a moment, a concerned look on her face.  "I'm afraid your mother has contracted C. diff," the doctor says with as much empathy as she can muster after another horrendous shift.  Samantha's face quickly reflects a state of puzzlement, "What in the world is C. diff, my mom is just here because of a broken hip."  The doctor quickly explains that C. diff is a type of bacteria that is attacking her mom from the inside.  "We are doing everything we can, but I am sorry to tell you that your mother doesn't have much time."



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First cases of West Nile Virus reported in U.S. in 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 May 2008 08:53

Many of us welcome the warming temperatures and emerging spring blooms with a new found innocence.  The pleasant cacophony of colors breaks through the winter doldrums as many of us embrace the outdoors.  Familiar sights and sounds rush forward to greet us, the chirping of birds, the staccato of the wood pecker and yes, the annoying buzz of the mosquito. 

Unfortunately, mosquitoes can require more than a new swatter, they are more frequently bringing along the West Nile Virus (WNV).  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have already reported four cases of the virus this year.  Last year, over 3600 cases were reported resulting in over 120 fatalities.  With WNV season in its infancy, please take time to educate yourself on this growing risk.



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Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2008 11:42
 
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