Therapy dogs help ease stress in young patients with cancer, but can spread methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus MRSAputting vulnerable kids at risk for a serious infection. Cleaning the dogs with special antibacterial shampoo and wipes reduces MRSA carriage and helps keep the kids safe, suggests a first-of-its-kind study presented at IDWeek The therapy program in the study features specially trained dogs who visit with young patients receiving outpatient cancer treatment at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Children's Hospital.
But today, the acronym MRSA can strike fear in anyone who has seen news reports about this potentially life-threatening infection. Staphylococcus aureus is a common type of staph bacteria. This type of staph bacteria is the result of antibiotic overuse.
Objective: Toxic shock syndrome is a rare but life-threatening complication after plastic surgery procedures. Methods: We experienced 2 cases of toxic shock syndrome after expander-based breast reconstruction caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Results: The first patient took a severe clinical course due to the delayed diagnosis and treatment, and the second patient recovered rapidly after the early diagnosis and treatment based on our experience of the first case.
Breast cancer medication tamoxifen just might be key in fighting methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus MRSAone of the worst superbugs to ever surface on the face of the earth. Experts from the School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of California in San Diego found that tamoxifen boosts white blood cells and better arms them in killing bacteria in experiments. Treating mice with the drug also led to enhanced clearance of MRSA and reduced death.
Tamoxifen — a drug used to both prevent and treat breast cancer — may also have potential to boost the body's defense system against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections, according to a study published in the journal Nature Communications. The research team injected mice with a lethal dose of MRSA and found that those who had been treated with tamoxifen were five times less likely to have MRSA present in their fluids than the control mice that did not receive the drug. Additionally, 35 percent of the tamoxifen-treated mice survived for five days after being infected with MRSA, while none of the control mice survived more than one day.
The "superbug" MRSA has long been the scourge of hospitals. The second-leading cause of infections acquired during a stay, it can result in dangerous bloodstream infections, surgical site infections, and pneumonia. What makes MRSA especially scary is that it's resistant to all penicillin-like antibiotics like the common drugs methicillin, amoxicillin and oxacillin.
Rising number of staph infections leads hospitals and patients to put their guard up. Constance Roche lay in a double room after her mastectomy, a drain in her left breast to clear fluid buildup. Diagnosed with breast cancer, Roche went through surgery in December and expected to begin chemotherapy as soon as she healed. It was just one night, after all.
Many nursing mothers who have been hospitalized for breast abscesses are afflicted with the "superbug" methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, but according to new research by UT Southwestern Medical Center physicians, conservative treatment can deal with the problem. The study focused on hospitalized women with mastitis, and showed that MRSA was much more likely to be found in those who had both mastitis an inflammation of the milk glands and abscesses pockets of infection. George Wendel, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and senior author of the study, which appears in the September issue of the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.
The incidence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus MRSA carriers and infections continues to rise. Some specialties have demonstrated a reduction in infection through appropriate screening and treatment. We sought to investigate the incidence of preoperative colonization, postoperative conversion, and whether this had any impact on outcomes in patients undergoing post-mastectomy breast reconstruction BR.