How your pillow is an ideal breeding ground for undesirable pests and diseases

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Pillows are ideal breeding grounds for undesirables ranging from the superbugs MRSA and C.diff to flu, chicken pox and even leprosy.

a study has found that up to a third of the weight of your pillow could be made up of bugs, dead skin, dust mites and their feces.

 

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Nanotechnology Breakthrough for Antibiotics

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Nanostructures are introduced to traditional antibiotic drugs they make them much more effective.

Powerful new antibiotics are being developed that act like magnets to destroy bacteria and disease, according to a new study.  Researchers from IBM, the computer giant, say they are working on tiny particles known as nanostructures that are attracted to infected cells but do not destroy healthy ones.

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Cockroaches Could Be Used to Develop Treatments Against MRSA and E.coli

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Cockroaches contain powerful antibiotic molecules in their brains.

Cockroaches and locusts contain powerful antibiotic molecules in their brains that could be used to develop new treatments against MRSA and E-coli, scientists have discovered.  Scientists at Nottingham University found that the insects, which are widely reviled for their dirty image, could actually be more of a health benefit than a health risk.

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Powerful New Antibiotics from Frog Skin

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Antibiotics from frog skin could help fight superbugs.

Powerful new antibiotics developed from the skin of frogs could take the fight against superbugs to a higher level. Frog skin is known to have plenty of potent germ-fighting compounds because of the hostile surroundings they inhabit. But these substances are often poisonous to humans. Now a team at the United Arab Emirates University have thought up a way of altering the chemicals to remove their toxicity, the Telegraph reported.

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Gram-Negative Bacteria Unfazed by Antibiotics

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Gram-Negative bacteria becoming more immune to existing antibiotics 

A minor-league pitcher in his younger days, Richard Armbruster kept playing baseball recreationally into his 70s, until his right hip started bothering him. Last February he went to a St. Louis hospital for what was to be a routine hip replacement.

 

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Disinfectants May Be Fueling Growth of Superbugs

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Hospital superbugs such as C. difficile and MRSA cause dozens of deaths in hospitals each year

Disinfectants could be fueling the growth of superbugs by training them to be more resistant to antibiotics, a new study suggests.  Scientists found that exposing infectious bacteria to increasing amounts of disinfectant turned the bugs into hardy survivors.

 

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Super Honey Helps Fight Off MRSA

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Super honey to helf fight off superbugs

Honey lovers, you have a whole new reason to feel dedicated to the sweet sticky stuff. We know that honey has been used as an antibacterial for cuts and scrapes for ages. The high sugar content strips much-needed water from bacteria. But a certain type of honey may be more potent than usual, and help to fight off MRSA, a viscous strain of staph infection. Manuka honey, created from the plant native to Australia and New Zealand, seems to have super strength against it, and researchers think they’ve figured out that there’s a secret in the sauce.

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Pet Owners At Increased Risk Of Acquiring Fatal MRSA Infection

Pet Owners At Increased Risk Of Acquiring Fatal MRSA Infection

Pet bites can cause potentially fatal MRSA infection 

Pet owners are at an increased risk of getting infected with the potentially fatal MRSA infection through dogs and cats, say researchers.

Dr. Richard Oehler, of the University of South Florida, says that MRSA and skin infections in dogs and cats can be spread to humans through bites.

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