ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
Spot light on Dani Antman New Lionheart teacher
Taking the Mystery Out of Hypnotherapy
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Beware of Dog Bites
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
Put Your Best Foot Forward Next Year
Exercise Key Player in Knee Replacement Recovery
CANCER
Gene Screen May Predict Colon Cancer's Return
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
Poor Women Seem to Be Skipping Breast Cancer Drugs
CAREGIVING
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
Babies Born in High Pollen Months at Wheezing Risk
Caregiving May Lengthen Life
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
DIABETES
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
DIET, NUTRITION
Low-Fat Diet Does Little to Alter Cholesterol Levels
Eating More Soy May Be Good For Your Lung Function
Blueberry Drink Protects Mice From Obesity, Diabetes
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Vitamin D Deficit May Trigger MS Risk Gene
Cats Can Trigger Eczema in Some Infants
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Disease, Cognitive Decline Linked in Study
Omega-3 Foods May Lower Eye Disease Risk
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
FITNESS
Football Can Shrink Players
Be Healthy, Spend Less
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
New Options Offered for Sleep Apnea
Man Dies of Brain Inflammation Caused by Deer Tick Virus
Life Expectancy in U.S. Hits New High
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fatty Fish May Cut Heart Failure Risk in Men
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
Omega-6 Fatty Acids Can Be Good for You
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Treat Kids to a Safe Halloween
Don't Leave Your Kids In The Car !
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
MENTAL HEALTH
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
Musicians' Brains Tuned to Emotions in Sound
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
SENIORS
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
Life Expectancy in U.S. Hits New High
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
How Much Fish to Eat While Pregnant?
Simple Carbs Pose Heart Risk for Women
Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth
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Are Hospital Mobile Phones Dialing Up Superbugs?

FRIDAY, March 6 (HealthDay News) -- A new culprit has emerged in the spread of the tough-to-kill "superbug" bacteria and other infections in hospitals -- mobile phone headsets.

Turkish researchers testing the phones of doctors and nurses working in hospitals found that 95 percent were contaminated with bacteria including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which can cause serious staph infections and is resistant to certain common antibiotics.

The team from the Faculty of Medicine at the Ondokuz Mayis University also found that only 10 percent of the staff regularly cleaned their phones.

"Our results suggest cross-contamination of bacteria between the hands of health care workers and their mobile phones. These mobile phones could act as a reservoir of infection which may facilitate patient-to-patient transmission of bacteria in a hospital setting," the authors wrote in their study, published online in the Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials.

To combat the spread of disease and infections through contaminated hand-held electronic devices, the authors recommended proactive strategies to disinfect and decontaminate the devices and the practice of improved hand hygiene.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about MRSA.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: BioMed Central, news release, March 5, 2009

Last Updated: March 06, 2009

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