Staph Super Bug - The Brain & Smoking - Mouthwash Safety - - Jackson, MS

Medical Matters 01/25/07

Staph Super Bug - The Brain & Smoking - Mouthwash Safety

Stephanie Bell Flynt

Staph Super Bug

The super bug MRSA is a growing problem. Experts call it the largest bacterial epidemic in the world, resistant to most antibiotics, and potentially fatal. MRSA is a bacteria that exists anywhere and everywhere. it used to be found mostly in hospitals, where patients immune systems may be compromised, but now it's made its way into the community. Locker rooms, showers and pools are fertile breading grounds. The CDC estimates more than 125,000 people are hospitalized each year for mrsa infections. It begins as a simple skin infection and can lead to flesh eating disease, lung problems and tissue damage.

Smoking & The Brain

Doctors studied stroke patients who were chain smokers and found that when a part of the brain called the insula was damaged, the patient suddenly became a non-smoker. The researchers believe the insula stores learned behavior, and if suppressed, it could help people break some bad habits.

Mouthwash Safety

Can your quest for fresh breath be harmful to your dental work? Not according to a study from the Academy of General Dentistry. Researchers put mouthwash to the test against silver and mercury fillings, and crowns and fillers. They found mouthwash did not have a negative effects on the surfaces.

Mammogram Decrease

In 2000, just over 76% of women reported getting a mammogram in the past two years. In 2005, that number dropped to about 74%. That raises concern that breast cancer incidence could go up. Experts say the decrease could be for a number of reasons, including facility shortages and lack of access to healthcare.     

Online Health

The internet has become the latest tool for people wanting to know more about certain health problems by networking with others with the same conditions. High tech healthcare is on the rise because of two main reasons: in general people are taking more of an interest in their health, and the internet has grown more interactive.


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