March 29, 2011
MRSA Infections May Vary by Season
methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, infections
occur more often in the summer and fall, and this seasonal increase
is more common in children than adults, a new study reports.
Better Cleaning in ICUs Lowers MRSA Infection
Enhanced cleaning of
hospital intensive care units reduces the risk of
methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection for
patients placed in a room previously occupied by someone with MRSA,
a new study finds.
Less Stress, Better Sleep May Help You Lose
If you're looking to lose
those extra pounds, you should probably add reducing stress and
getting the right amount of sleep to the list, say researchers from
Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research in Portland.
Just-Approved Defibrillators Limit Unnecessary
Medtronic says its new line of Protecta devices has been approved
by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The devices incorporate
"Smart Shock" technology that recognizes when irregular heartbeats
are life-threatening and delivers therapeutic shocks "only when
appropriate," Medtronic said in a news release.
Some Type 1 Diabetics Seem Shielded Against
While complications from
type 1 diabetes are common, they aren't inevitable. New research
suggests that some people with the disease apparently have an
inherent protection against serious complications, such as eye,
kidney and heart disease.