A form of Staph Infection resistant to common antibiotics is popping up everywhere from gyms—to pediatric wards, and a company in California may have developed a critical weapon to fight MRSA.
It’s called Methicillin—Resistant Staphylococcus Auereas; it's a big word--for a big problem in hospitals. A study in the journal of the American Medical Association found more than 94,000 people were diagnosed with MRSA in 2005, and it was linked to more than 18,000 deaths.
This technology may help. Cepheid in Sunnyvale developed a way to identify the exact strain of MRSA in just an hour, instead of waiting the usual three or four days.
CEO, Cepheid, John Bishop said, "You can get the results immediately and that will help them get the most appropriate antibiotic."
That means patients get effective treatment fast.
The rapid test also means hospitals learn right away when a patient may be infectious, and put them in isolation, preventing them from spreading MRSA to others.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.