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  • One-Quarter of Nursing Home Residents are Colonized with Drug-Resistant Bacteria
    The significant presence of multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria (MDR-GNB), such as E. coli, among nursing home residents demonstrates the need for heightened infection prevention and control measures in nursing homes, according to a meta-analysis published in the May ...More
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  • Microbes Evolved to Colonize Different Parts of the Human Body
    As the human species evolved over the last six million years, our resident microbes did the same, adapting to vastly different conditions on our skin and in our mouths, noses, genitalia and guts. A team of Duke University scientists has tracked how this microbial evolution ...More
    March 20, 2017 Posted in News
  • Salicylic Acid Promotes Nasal Mucosa Colonization
    Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) can colonize the upper respiratory tract of around one quarter of the human population. As an opportunistic bacteria S. aureus usually does not harm its host. If the host is healthy and the bacteria obtain sufficient nutrients, the bacteria ...More
    February 3, 2017 Posted in News
  • Hospital Clones of MRSA are Carried by Medical Students Even Before Healthcare Exposure
    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains are prevalent in healthcare and the community, and few studies have examined MRSA carriage among medical students. The aim of this study by Orlin, et al. (2017) is to examine Staphylococcus aureus (SA) ...More
    January 24, 2017 Posted in News
  • Researchers Study Pseudomonas aeruginosa Colonization and Infection in the ICU
    Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) surveillance may improve empiric antimicrobial therapy, since colonizing strains frequently cause infections. This colonization may be endogenous or exogenous, and the source determines infection control measures. Cohen, et al. ...More
    January 11, 2017 Posted in News
  • Investigators Find High Rate of Nasal MRSA Carriage Among HCWs
    Nasal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus among hospital personnel is a common cause of hospital acquired infections. Emergence of drug resistant strains especially methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) is a serious problem in hospital environment. Therefore, the aim of this ...More
    January 6, 2017 Posted in News
  • Staph Uses Nitric Oxide Enzyme to Colonize Noses
    Staph bacteria colonize nasal passages through a newly discovered function for a primeval biochemical mechanism. The interior of the nose is a prime dwelling place for some forms of staph. More than one-third of the population has a chronic presence of Staphylococcus aureus ...More
    November 28, 2016 Posted in News
  • Researchers Investigate the Prevalence of Colonization Among ICU Patients
    A prospective study was performed by Zhang, et al. (2016) to investigate the prevalence of colonization among ICU patients and to examine whether asymptomatic carriers were the source of subsequent C. difficile infection (CDI) and acquisition of toxigenic C. difficile. ...More
    August 9, 2016 Posted in News
  • Efficacy of the Decolonization of MRSA Carriers in Clinical Practice
    Nasal and extra nasal carriage of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) is a pre-existing condition that often leads to invasive MRSA infection, as MRSA colonization is associated with a high risk of acquiring MRSA infection during hospital stays. Decolonization may reduce ...More
    January 25, 2016 Posted in News
  • MRSA Colonization Common in Groin and Rectal Areas
    Colonization of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) allows people in the community to unknowingly harbor and spread this life-threatening bacteria. The inside of the front of the nose is where this bacteria is most predominant, but new research shows nearly ...More
    August 13, 2014 Posted in News
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