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Potential Hot Spot for Germs: Nurses' Scrubs

Study finds their pockets and sleeves are especially troublesome

(Newser) - A new study looking at how germs are spread at hospitals has identified a surprising potential culprit: nurses' scrubs. Specifically, their pockets and sleeves were the most likely spots to be contaminated, reports WebMD . Another potential hot spot: the bed railings of patients, according to a post about the research... More »

Cure for Deadly 'Superbug' May be Hiding in Our Noses

'Totally unexpected'

(Newser) - A team of German bacteriologists says our noses may contain more than boogers; there might also be a cure for the "hospital superbug" MRSA hiding up there, the Guardian reports. According to the Los Angeles Times , MRSA kills about 11,000 US patients every year and sickens another 80,... More »

Superbug Just Found in US Could Mean the End of Antibiotics

'Routine operations could become deadly; minor infections could become life-threatening'

(Newser) - The director of the CDC says we're close to living in a "post-antibiotic world" after an antibiotic-resistant superbug was discovered in the US for the first time last month, Reuters reports. “It basically shows us that the end of the road isn’t very far away for... More »

A Third of Antibiotic Prescriptions Are 'Inappropriate': CDC

And potentially dangerous, as they create drug-resistant bacteria

(Newser) - Scientists have been concerned for some time about "Phantom Menace"-type superbugs that aren't fazed by meds. The latest CDC data finds that 2 million people a year in the US are infected with bacteria resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 die directly from those infections.... More »

'Phantom Menace' Superbug Has Alarming Ability

Antibiotic resistance travels between bacteria

(Newser) - The latest strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria to give researchers sleepless nights aren't the most common—or even the most antibiotic-resistant—but they have an ability that could make them a serious danger to public health. They contain enzymes known as "OXA-48-like carbapenemases" that can break down antibiotics and... More »

Ancient Potion May Kill Modern Superbug

In study, old eye salve kills 90% of MRSA bacteria in mice

(Newser) - Could one of the world's oldest medical textbooks hold the secret to destroying today's antibiotic-resistant superbugs? A new study suggests it's possible, reports the BBC . After perusing remedies in a 9th- or 10th-century manuscript known as Bald's Leechbook in the British Library, researchers from Nottingham University... More »

Superbugs May Be in the Air: Study

Texas findings 'made me not want to breathe,' says researcher

(Newser) - Antibiotic-resistant bacteria now infect some 2 million Americans every year, the Texas Tribune reports, and experts have long been aware of the presence of so-called "superbugs" in tainted food and drink. New findings offer an even bleaker picture: We might be inhaling DNA from such bacteria, researcher Phil Smith... More »

California's Superbug Outbreak Just Got Worse

As it emerges that the scope in question was being sold without FDA approval

(Newser) - The superbug outbreak that killed two people and sickened five more isn't constrained to UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center. Another Los Angeles hospital is now reporting that four patients have been infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and the scope that Cedars-Sinai Medical Center believes exposed its patients to carbapenem-resistant... More »

McDonald's Chicken Will Soon Be Free of Human Antibiotics

Move could help fight drug-resistant superbugs

(Newser) - As experts warn of the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs," one culprit is the drugs used to treat farm animals . McDonald's is now taking a step to fix the issue: The restaurant chain's US operation will no longer use chicken that's been treated with human... More »

Powerful New Antibiotic Could Crush Superbugs

Soil find may be biggest breakthrough in 25 years

(Newser) - Are superbugs about to meet their match? There hasn't been a major new antibiotic discovered in 25 years, but researchers say a drug called teixobactin that has been extracted from dirt in Maine could be the biggest breakthrough in a generation, Fast Company reports. The experimental drug has so... More »

The Scary Implications of India's Wave of Baby Deaths

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria is out of control

(Newser) - India sees 800,000 newborns die each year, but 58,000 of those deaths were particularly noteworthy—and alarming—last year. Those infants died of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, according to a recent study cited by the New York Times , which reports the evidence is mounting that a sizable amount of... More »

Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Will Likely Spread: Researchers

Release more details on Australia strain, predict it will soon be 'widespread'

(Newser) - As the threat of antibiotic resistance grows, researchers have come upon a new strain of gonorrhea—and it doesn't respond to the typical treatments, LiveScience reports. The strain was revealed earlier this year , and now researchers are offering a clearer picture: A European woman traveling in Australia tested positive... More »

Battle Plan for War on Superbugs Revealed

But critics say White House effort doesn't address key problem

(Newser) - The Obama administration yesterday revealed a new national strategy to address antibiotic resistance, which kills 23,000 people a year . Some experts are heralding the fact that a president is finally responding to the issue, the New York Times reports. Others, however, say the strategy to improve how antibiotic use... More »

Ominous First: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Food

In a single squid in a Chinese market in Saskatoon

(Newser) - We're growing accustomed to hearing about antibiotic-resistant bacteria in our hospitals; now the CDC says it's entering our markets. In a report out yesterday, the agency revealed that Canadian researchers have, as part of a pilot study, discovered such bacteria in a single raw squid found in a... More »

It's Time to Quit Hand Sanitizer

Bill Saporito aims to end his addiction

(Newser) - Whether you're in an office building or on the subway, chances are a bottle of hand sanitizer is close by—and that used to suit Bill Saporito just fine. He underwent chemotherapy several years ago and had to avoid getting sick, and the resulting "germanoia" led to hand-sanitizer... More »

'Post-Antibiotic' Era a Deadlier Threat Than AIDS: WHO

Drug resistance already present all over the world: report

(Newser) - Drug resistance today poses a bigger danger worldwide than did AIDS in the 1980s, the World Health Organization says in a dire-sounding report out today: "Without urgent, coordinated action, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for... More »

Hospital-Stay Infections, Still Bad? Try 650K a Year

Infection rate is down, but 200 Americans still die daily

(Newser) - About 4% of US hospital patients acquire an infection while hospitalized, which added up to 648,000 people in 2011—75,000 of whom died, the Washington Post reports. The most common infections, according to a CDC survey : pneumonia (22%), surgical site injections (22%), and gastrointestinal infections (17%). Hospitals have... More »

Bacteria Risk: Unwashed Stethoscopes

Tools carry amount comparable to what's found on doctors' hands: study

(Newser) - A new study out of Geneva has a clear message for doctors: Time to be as careful about washing your stethoscope as you are about washing your hands. Researchers studied the amount of bacteria on stethoscopes' diaphragms—the piece that touches your skin—and the amount on doctors' hands, the... More »

97% of Chicken Covered in Bacteria: Consumer Reports

Study finds half of store-bought chicken contains fecal matter

(Newser) - Consumer Reports' latest report isn't for the weak of stomach: Some 97% of the 316 raw chicken breasts it purchased at US stores in July contained "worrisome amounts of bacteria." While it admits it's "unrealistic to expect uncooked chicken won't contain any potentially... More »

Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Kill 23K a Year—at Least

CDC report sets baseline for first time

(Newser) - With antibiotic resistance building, experts fear a day when everyday bacterial infections could once again be life-threatening—and a new federal study shows "we're getting closer and closer to the cliff," says a CDC rep. Already, two million people each year suffer from antibiotic-resistant infections, and 23,... More »

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