“What makes this trial even more ground-breaking is that the children in the home group were never even admitted to hospital,” said co-senior author Penelope Bryant, PhD. Dr. Bryant is an associate professor and head of the RCH Hospital-in-the-Home program.
“While skin infections are not a reason to cancel your gym membership, it is important to follow a few simple steps to avoid germs while you are at the gym,” said Dr. Brian Burke Adams, professor and chair of dermatology at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio.
Conventional germicidal UV light, with a wavelength of 254 nm, is also effective at killing bacteria, but it cannot be used in health care settings around people because it can harm the skin and eyes. Far-UVC light is safe for people because even though it is deadly for bacteria, it cannot penetrate the outer layer of dead skin.
A design of the hybrid photosensitizers has been patented by Dr, Zhang and his team. It can be formulated into a spray or gel form. Once the spray is developed, medical professionals can put it on any surface and then illuminate it with blue or red light to clean away MRSA and other bacteria that may be present.
Researchers have discovered new insights into how staph bacteria elude the immune system, knowledge that could guide research into new avenues of therapy for the prevention of drug-resistant infections.
Once-daily IV daptomycin, dosed by age, appears to be safe and effective in children for treating complicated skin and skin structure infections (cSSSI) caused by gram-positive pathogens, according to findings published online ahead of print in Pediatrics (Feb. 13, 2...
In vivo trials have shown that far-band, 207 nm ultraviolet (UV)-C light is as effective at killing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in wounds as conventional antibacterial UV light while at the same time not harming the surrounding skin tissue.
The findings were published online ahead of print in PLOS One (June 8, 2016).