Million Dollar Athletes Get Infections too!!

The spread of infection has been a topic of concern on many people’s mind, lately. Do you think about infections in the sense that bacteria and viruses can harm you? Mindith Rahmat wrote an article that is very eye-opening. “MRSA Infections: Prevent Transmission in Your Gym”. Rahmat states that methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and carbapenem-resistant[…]

Did you know bacteria can talk to each other?

The thought of superbugs scares most of us to death. Now we must think about that two may work together. And antibiotics may encourage the partnership. Researchers say we should think about bacteria as members of an antibiotic-resistant ecosystem in healthcare environments. They don’t act or respond by themselves any more. In a study of[…]

Staph is not just a Healthcare Issue

I got a call from my friend Mark on Friday afternoon.  He was very concerned about a place on this back of his leg.  I asked him to send me a picture to see if I was concerned it was staph.  I sent it to Tracy, a nurse practitioner friend, to validate.  Yes, it looked[…]

MRSA in the Community… Where is it coming from?

MRSA was once only found in patients in the healthcare setting. Over the last 20 years, it has shown up in the community. People are getting MRSA with no exposure to a healthcare system. As the number of overall MRSA cases increased, so did the prevalence of community acquired MRSA cases without an identifiable risk.[…]

Can Staph Infections be Prevented in Contact Sports?

Dr. Robert Dimeff, director of primary care sports at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, says contact sports raise the potential for staph infections. The skin gets broken by a hit or a scratch and the bacteria gets in which leads to an infection. It has been reported that there have been outbreaks from wrestling[…]

Just Wash Your Hands!!

Infectious disease death trends In the US is illustrated in a recent article written by Heather Punke.  In the last 25 years, infectious diseases are responsible for 5.4% of all deaths.  I found a couple of her key points interesting. Clostridium difficile death used to be non-existent but mortality exploded reaching a plateau of 2.4/100,000[…]

Is Mold Hysteria for Real?

Indoor mold is a strong concern for many people due to the recent flooding in several states.  Mold growth is imminent if steps aren’t taken to prevent it.  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes: Mold is not usually a problem unless it grows inside.  The best way to control mold is to control moisture.[…]

Infection Prevention Tips for Million Dollar Athletes: And Everyone Else!

The CDC has specific guidelines for athletic facilities to reduce the chance of MRSA infection and promote proper hygiene.  Along with personal hygiene, cleaning commonly touched surfaces and areas that come into direct contact with skin, sweat, or blood is imperative.  Any shared equipment that comes into direct skin contact should be disinfected after each use.[…]

NBA’s New Arms Race: Atlanta Hawks’ $50M Facility to Merge Sports, Science

According to an article in USA Today, the Atlanta Hawks now practice in a gym that is outdated with no-frills and is lacking amenities and the high-tech advantages that other professional basketball teams enjoy. This is about to come to an end. The Hawks have partnered with Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center and P3 (Peak[…]

Do We Really Know What is Killing People in Hospitals?

In a recent article published by Reuters, the evidence mounts that drug resistant infections pose a big threat in healthcare.  To add to the crisis, they found that the healthcare industry often hides the problem.  The article cited case after case of patients that have died as a result of a drug resistant bacterial infection[…]