Superbug succeeds by blowing up defender cells, scientists learn

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    Nov 12, 2007 2:14 AM GMT
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    Researchers figure out why deadly staph bug is turning up more in healthy people

    "Community-associated" strain blamed for cases in schools, prisons, cruise ships

    Experts say this strain secretes more of a chemical that destroys defending cells

    Scientists hope the discovery will lead to better treatments for staph infections
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    Nov 12, 2007 9:11 PM GMT
    Another good article, Caslon!!
    One thing the article did not mention is that the spread of MRSA's is due to the unnecessary taking of antibiotics, for example, when someone has a flu or a cold. They are both caused by a different virus. Virus are not killed or affected at all by antibiotics. Unfortunately, the antibiotics kill off the normal flora and allow pathogens to take their place and mutate which is where we got this methicillin (SP?) resistant Staph. aureus in the first place.
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    Nov 13, 2007 2:59 AM GMT
    yup yup.
    and it's not only MRSA people need to worry about. Staph infections in general are reaching epidemic proportions. MRSA has been dubbed the "new killer", even before the super-strand came about.

    I had MRSA a couple months ago--and it's fucking intense.
    that's when I was informed that my doctor's office has someone in the office with staph at least 4 out of 5 business days. Which apparently isn't uncommon.
    I was lucky enough to not have to be hospitalized, OR to have gotten the super-strand.

    Staph is some serious shit. A close friend of mine almost had her arm amputated because of it.

    I really suggest that if you get even the tiniest cut, LATHER it up with antibiotic ointment.
    Mine started as just an ingrown hair- and yes, I shower every day. But, apparently that's not enough anymore.
    Let me be the first to tell you that I will NEVER shave my legs again.