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Cigarette Smoke Makes MRSA Superbug More Drug-Resistant

Cigarette smoke can cause MRSA bacterial strains to become more resistant to antibiotics, new research from the University of Bath indicates. Furthermore, cigarette smoke exposure can make some strains of Staphylococcus aureus – a microbe present in 30-60% of the global population and responsible for many diseases, some fatal — more invasive and persistent, although […]

Patient Empowerment Tool Improves Physician Hand Hygiene

Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) contribute to significant rates of illness and mortality, with an estimated five to ten percent of patients admitted to acute care hospitals in the United States acquiring an HAI. Most HAIs are preventable, and the single most effective measure to reduce HAIs is hand hygiene. Armed with new tools, patients and […]

Medicine From Chestnut Leaves Stops Staph Infection

Ingredients in the leaves of a European chestnut tree have the power to disarm dangerous staph bacteria without boosting its drug resistance. A new study shows that the extract, rich in ursene and oleanene derivatives, blocks Staphlococcus aureus virulence and pathogenesis without detectable resistance. The discovery holds potential for new ways to both treat and […]

Chestnut Leaf Extract Shuts Down Deadly Staph Bacteria

European chestnut tree leaves contain ingredients with the ability to disarm dangerous staph bacteria without boosting its drug resistance, scientists have revealed. The use of chestnut leaves in traditional folk remedies spurred the research, led by Cassandra Quave, an ethnobotanist at Emory University. The chestnut leaf extract is rich in ursene and oleanene derivatives, and […]

The 5 Warning Signs of Staph Infection Should be Known by All Parents

Warning Signs of Staph InfectionDid you know that at this moment, about 25 percent of the population is carrying around staph bacteria on their skin? Staphylococcus, is a type of bacteria responsible for boils, impetigo, cellulitis, and also styes on the eye, and it is fairly common.

Even though it’s so common, most people don’t know how to tell when they’re getting an infection until it really starts to bother them, and for children this is especially important. Read on to find out why.

Staph can be transmitted by way of contaminated objects, and also by skin-to-skin contact. Individuals who suffer from burns or eczema are more likely to contract a Staph infection.