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Are we to expect more infections in the future?

Will reducing antibiotic use lead to more infections? By Tim Sandle     May 18, 2016 in Health London A consensus is developing around restricting the use of antibiotics and antimicrobials. However, what is the impact on human health if the use of these pharmaceutical compounds is curtailed?   This question about a future state where…

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Infection control is a must at the gym

Equipment at the gym can be a lot dirtier than other everyday items. Exercise bikes had an average of 39 times more bacteria than a cafeteria tray. Treadmills contained about 74 times more germs than a public bathroom sink. And this finding will have you running for the hand sanitizer: Free weights were found to…

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Infectious Disease and drug-resistant bacteria

Penicillin changed everything. Infections that had previously killed were suddenly quickly curable. Yet as Maryn McKenna shares in this sobering talk, we’ve squandered the advantages afforded us by that and later antibiotics. Drug-resistant bacteria mean we’re entering a post-antibiotic world — and it won’t be pretty. There are, however, things we can do … if…

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MRSA closes Community College

The Center for Disease Control and the Pennsylvania Department of Health recommended measures to thoroughly disinfect the Field House and stop the potential spread of the skin infection. MRSA outbreak info here

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Measles and whooping cough outbreaks

In an analysis published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., epidemiologists scoured reports of measles and pertussis outbreaks to glean what role vaccination refusal and hesitance played. They also considered the effect of waning immunity among those who were vaccinated Complete article here

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MRSA and athletics

One of the most common resistant germs we encounter today is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, fondly known as MRSA. Once only encountered in hospitals, MRSA has been spreading outside hospital walls, resulting in more and more folks in the general community becoming infected in the last decade. And athletes should know, as they have been at…

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MRSA, an on-going threat

“Eighty-five to 90 percent of the cases are related to sports — related to that type of environment. It is not required to be reported to the health department unless it becomes an outbreak,” Read the entire article here

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Transmission of deadly C. diff infection – Yale research study

A Yale-led study estimates transmission rates inside and outside of hospitals, providing insight into different sources of the infection and how it might be better controlled. Previous studies found that less than half of C. diff infections in hospitalized patients could be attributed to spread from other infected patients. “It’s traditionally been thought of as…

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Norovirus Outbreak

The virus, which causes diarrhea, vomiting and stomach cramps in people of all ages, spread rapidly to several students at the Boynton Beach elementary school, on Lawrence Road north of Gateway Boulevard. Read more here

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Fast spreading Enterovirus a concern

Patrons of a 24 Hour Fitness in Santa Clarita expressed their concerns Monday night about allegations that the gym had recently been the site of an outbreak of the highly contagious virus. Learn more here

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