nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Friday, November 9, 2007

For the MRSA-minded

CDC says good hygiene may reduce staph infections.

In continuing coverage from previous briefings, the AP (11/8, Neergaard) reported, "Drug-resistant staph infections that have made headlines in recent weeks come from what the nation's top doctor calls 'the cockroach of bacteria' -- a bad germ that can lurk in lots of places, but not one that should trigger panic." According to Julie Gerberding, M.D., head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "It takes close contact -- things like sharing towels and razors, or rolling on the wrestling mat or football field with open scrapes, or not bandaging cuts -- to become infected with...MRSA outside of a hospital." She testified at a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that "[s]oap and water is the cheapest intervention we have, and it's one of the most effective." Therefore, MRSA can be prevented if people practice "common-sense hygiene."

Doc D: It always takes a while for common sense to emerge. I love the term “cockroach of bacteria.”

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