Allergy and Skin

Parallels between E. coli O157 and Flesh-Eating Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Parallels between E. coli O157 and Flesh-Eating Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

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The Nation is currently experiencing two major health scares due to toxic bacteria. One derives from E. coli O157 contaminated lettuce and has caused severe diarrhea in several hundred individuals. The other epidemic is caused by toxic methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). It presents as a rapidly progressing skin abscess accompanied by significant tissue destruction or “flesh-eating.” Both epidemics could have been prevented through a more diligent and responsive Public Health Service. The time to act was when the mutant bacteria causing these respective illnesses were first identified in 1983 and 1992, respectively. At least in the case of toxic MRSA, it is not too late to mount a vigorous nationwide eradication program. Such a program will be facilitated by the availability of a simple environmental testing procedure for the presence of MRSA. The testing can also determine effectiveness of the MRSA eradication methods being employed. This article provides a brief historical account of the genesis of both types of bacteria, and outlines a community-based approach being promoted by the Institute of Progressive Medicine that is aimed at the eradication of MRSA. Information is also provided on the Staph Identification Plate for MRSA.

FDA Needs To Ban Accutane

FDA Needs To Ban Accutane

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Unfortunately hundreds of parents already know that Accutane can cause some teenagers to commit suicide, but new evidence of a link between the acne drug and depression in the journal, Neuropsychopharmacology, will hopefully put an end to the years of claims by Hoffman-LaRoche that its drug is not responsible for the suicides.

Scientists from Bath University, with the University of Texas in Austin, reveal in the journal, Neuropsychopharmacology that experiments conducted on mice show that Accutane makes the rodents behave in ways recognized as depression.

Isotretinoin is a synthetic retinoid used as an oral treatment for severe nodular acne that has been linked with depression and suicide in patients. Isotretinoin is also sold under the brand names of Accutane, Roaccutane, Amnesteem, Claravis and Sotret.

New Cream May Help Prevent Skin Cancer By Providing a Suntan – People That Burn Can Tan First

New Cream May Help Prevent Skin Cancer By Providing a Suntan – People That Burn Can Tan First

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Scientists believe that they have developed a suntan lotion that may help prevent skin cancer by switching on the tanning machinery in the skin cells. Researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children's Hospital Boston have rewritten science's understanding of the process of skin tanning.

Although the cream has not yet been tested in humans, it has shown promise in mice. The studies senior author, David E. Fisher, MD, PhD said "The study involved using a small molecule to essentially mimic the process that occurs when skin cells are struck by ultraviolet light from the sun.”

The Common Allergy May Be Linked to Difficulty Sleeping – Rhinitis May Be Associated With Sleep Apnea and Snoring

The Common Allergy May Be Linked to Difficulty Sleeping – Rhinitis May Be Associated With Sleep Apnea and Snoring

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Researchers say that patients with allergic rhinitis have more difficulty sleeping and more sleep disorders than those without allergies. Allergic rhinitis affects about 20 to 50 percent of the population and occurs when pollen or other allergens irritate and inflame the nasal passages.

Allergies could be a contributing factor to sleep apnea, snoring and other sleep breathing problems. Sleep apnea is a commonly undiagnosed problem that has been linked to high blood pressure, stroke and heart failure in previous studies. There are non-surgical and non-drug treatments for snoring and sleep apnea.

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