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MRSA – Article 1 – Introduction.

MRSA Infections – MRSA Symptoms – MRSA Prevention  Treatment Information for MRSA or Staph Infection.

CA-MRSA – Community Acquired MRSA is now on the increase.

Prevention, however, is better than cure.

Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention Information for MRSA (Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infection and Staph Infection is now available through this Section of the Illuminati Silver Website, which has been written by someone who has, over the past 10 years, had success in the treatment of over 2,200 cases.

On this site, we shall give you the medical information required to understand the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacterium. Our information on MRSA and associated pathogens, along with suggested treatment information provided should enable you to defeat this bacterium, where antibiotics sometimes fail.

This site provides guidance and information protocols for light to severe and life-threatening infections. The author has an unblemished MRSA – VRSA – LRSA – MRSE and Osteomyelitis eradication record that spans several years. Has your doctor told you that your MRSA condition is incurable? He/she may be wrong. Do not suffer because antibiotics are failing – there are non-toxic eradication courses available with no or few side-effects available.

MRSA – Understand the enemy and you can win the war…

What is MRSA?

Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a common type of staph bacterium which lives on the skin and in the nasal passages of around 30% of the population. Mostly, this staph aureus bacterium does no harm and does not pose a problem with infection or require a cure. But, like many bacterium, Staphylococcus aureus has the ability to pose a serious infection problem, if you are feeling run down, ill, injured or if you have undergone any form of surgery. It can cause a very serious staph infection, if it enters the body, such as through open wounds, or instruments placed in the body, or by cross-contamination from another patient, nursing staff or specialist. Without the proper medical treatment and medical information, this can lead to death or be difficult to cure.

MRSA and Staph.aureus infections are most commonly transmitted from person to person by touch. It is also possible to acquire MRSA infection from dust containing contaminated skin particles or from objects in the environment, or from surfaces that may be contaminated with the MRSA bacterium.

An antibiotic called Methicillin was used for the treatment and cure of infections caused by staph bacterium. The term ‘Methicillin resistant’ means that this type of antibiotic can no longer kill 100% of the staph bacterium and another antibiotic needs to be used, if available. If Methicillin can no longer be used for the treatment and cure ofStaphylococcus aureus infection, it is medically referred to as MRSA.

The Causation of MRSA

Antibiotics have been in use for many years as a successful treatment and cure for staph infections. However, these antibiotics have been overused, misused and over prescribed as a cure for staph aureus infection for many years. It is fairly common for people to not complete a course of antibiotics, or not use as prescribed. If this happens, it is probable that not 100% of the bacterium that caused the staph infection will have been killed. Surviving staph bacterium develop a resistance to this antibiotic and multiply. As more and more antibiotics are prescribed, the number of staph bacterium that are able to resist those antibiotics become more numerous. The biggest problem with the use of antibiotics, is that they are non-focused. Therefore, they do not discriminate between good and bad bacterium, otherwise known as ‘Flora’ which can be found in the large intestines and form a large part of the body’s immune system. Without this immune system protection, ‘superbugs‘ are free to develop.

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Chemo-brain IS real: Scientists discover how cancer treatments damage white matter to cause mental fog

  • More than half of cancer patients treated with chemo experience brain fog 
  • ‘Chemo-brain’ is a recognized phenomenon, but poorly understood
  • Stanford University researchers found that chemo affects three types of cells in the white matter 
  • They also discovered that a drug that may block and reverse these effects 

Scientists have finally begun to work out what exactly ‘chemo-brain’ is – and may have found a way to reverse the brain fog cancer treatment cause, a new study reveals. 

More than half of patients that receive chemotherapy report experiencing a cognitive fog for months and sometimes years after undergoing the intensive cancer treatment, but doctors haven’t really understood what causes this. 

A team of Stanford University scientists, however, have identified chemo’s effects on three different types of brain cells. 

They think that chemo causes a sort of arrested development for some brain cells and blocks the activity of cells that help ensure our brain cells are well-fed with nutrients because the drug triggers an overly-active immune response. 

In their experiments on mice, a drug to quell those immune cells helped to reverse chemo’s cognitive effects, giving the team hope that a treatment could be on the horizon.  

More than half of cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy experience 'brain-fog.' A new study reveals how the drug affects three types of brain cells - and a potential way to reverse it

 

More than half of cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy experience ‘brain-fog.’ A new study reveals how the drug affects three types of brain cells – and a potential way to reverse it

The advent of chemotherapy was a revolution in the treatment of cancer.

Around the time of World War II, the US military’s tests of mustard gas led to the discovery that compound based on mustard gas could combat some cancers. 

Soon thereafter, the predecessor to the now commonly-used methotrexate was discovered. 

Tumors grow when a DNA mutation allows cells to divide and multiply out of control. But methotrexate’s predecessor blocked that DNA from replicating, so it blocked cancer growth, too. 

Chemo’s roots in poisons and warfare are telling. Any chemotherapy is toxic to us – it’s just most toxic to carcinogenic cells.   

And our body responds accordingly. chemo often makes patients nauseous, unable to eat, makes them achy and tired and makes their hair fall out. 

Most worryingly to many cancer patients, chemo often comes with a decline in cognitive function that can last far longer than the treatments – or even the cancers, in some cases – themselves do. 

Chemo-brain was once dismissed as a wive’s tale. 

Even the world-renowned Mayo Clinic still calls the term ‘misleading’ and says that it is ‘unlikely that chemotherapy is the sole cause of concentration and memory problems in cancer survivors. 

We are at last beginning to understand what role it does play, however. 

The Stanford researchers focused on the neuron-supporting brain cells in the white matter. 

Three particular types seemed implicated in chem-brain: oligodendrocytes, astrocytes and microglia. 

Oligondendrocytes produce myelin, the coating that protects neurons. If these sheaths are damaged incomplete or missing, signals sent between brain cells are liable to interference. Like a radio, the signals might not come through clearly – or at all. 

Astrocytes lay important supporting roles for neurons, making sure that they are running smoothly and getting sufficient nutrition. 

And microglia are the brain’s own personal immune system. 

The researchers gave some mice with cancer chemotherapy, and left the others untreated.   

In the brains of those who had had chemotherapy, the myelin-producing cells never reached maturity, so they couldn’t produce sufficient myelin to protect the neurons. 

As a result, the mice moved more slowly, and had a harder time recalling elements of an environment that should  have been familiar to them. 

Even when they were injected with cells that would become oligondendrocytes from healthy mice, the cells got stuck in a state of arrested development in the chemo-treated mice’s brains, suggesting it was something about the toxicity of the brain environment that was interfering with this process. 

On the other hand, chemo seemed to supercharge the brain’s immune cells. The microglia were ‘persistently activated’ for at least six months after chemo was administered. 

They were on the defensive, behaving as if there was an infection or other pathogen to fight off, which likely meant prioritizing defensive action over other functions like nutrition. 

Indeed, the overactivity in the microglia interfered with the astrocytes, and the neurons struggled to get enough nutrition, which could be an additional cause of brain-fog. 

Remarkably, the Stanford researchers discovered that they could use a drug that attacked the microglia to restore the balance between them and the nutrient-feeding cells – reversing the cognitive effects of the chemo. 

‘The biology of this disease really underscores how important intercellular crosstalk is,’ lead study author and Stanford neurologist Dr Michelle Monje said. 

‘In addition to existing symptomatic therapies – which many patients don’t know about – we are now homing in on potential interventions to promote normalization of the disorders induced by cancer drugs. 

‘There’s real hope that we can intervene, induce regeneration and prevent damage in the brain.’   

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Antibacterial Efficacy of Gold and Silver Nanoparticles

A wide variety of nanotechnological devices for the treatment of infectious diseases have been developed, including microemulsions, vaccines, and metallic- inorganic-lipid- and polymeric-based nanoparticles.

Metallic NPs such as silver (AgNP) and gold (AuNP) show unique and considerably distinct physical, chemical, and biological properties due to their high surface-to-volume ratio, with which surfaces can be modified with ligands containing functional groups, providing an electrostatic or steric stabilization.

Attached below is a 10 page 2017 Research Article published by Hindawi Journal of Nanomaterials on this subject of nanoparticle technology.

It is rather technical but it concludes:

“Currently, an intense investigation in nanotechnology and its applications in infectious or contagious diseases has led to the development of antimicrobial formulations from nanoparticles that act as an effective bactericidal agent. In this study, it was demonstrated that an increase in the antibacterial activity against Gram-negative bacteria appears when silver nanoparticles are capped with the UBI antimicrobial peptide, probably due to the multimeric or polyvalent arrangement of ligands distributed on the nanoparticle surface. Additional studies are required to understand the structure of multivalent nanoparticles and stabilization mechanisms not yet elucidated”.

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minded that a friend in her 50s had a Radical Mastectomy last week, having chosen to have a Lumpectomy &sSeveral Scrapes previously to avoid a Mastectomy we can but hope the delay she brought on herself does not prove fatal!

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That another friend is sheduled to have some 12″ of bowel, the Ascending Colon, removed to remove several sites of early stage cancer later today, and will be returning sometime later to have various less ominous polyps removed from the Colon – he can with some justification be more optimistic having discovered the problem early from the national bi-annual bowel screening & a resultant Colonoscopy.

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Also another friend just 50, 10 days ago had her Ovaries and part of her Fallopian Tubes + her Uterus removed, due to pre-cancerous Cysts

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There’s a lot of it about!

Looking out for the symptoms & not just detecting it early but dealing with it as soon as possible, prefferably in its early stages, offers the best chances of survival!

How to Check if You Have a Lump on Your Breast

Follow this step-by-step guide to perform a breast self-examination.

Breast cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer among women, and every year the number of deaths from it increases.

So what’s a gal to do? The best bet is to learn how to perform a breast self-exam accurately and trust your instincts if you think something isn’t right. The self-exam may identify an undetected lump, while a screening can highlight previously undetected issues.

Research on the best way to detect breast cancer early varies. But the low-tech breast self-exam, if performed accurately, can aid in the detection of breast cancer, as do routine mammograms.

Breast self-exam steps

Doctors recommend performing a monthly breast self-exam about five days after your period starts so that your breasts won’t be tender.

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1. Take a good look.

Standing in front of the mirror, scan your breasts for any changes in size, color or shape. Hold your arms by your side, then raise them up and do the same scan.

Make an appointment with your doctor if you notice any of the following:
• Rash or swelling
• Bloody discharge coming from the nipples
• Odd dimples, puckering or bulging underneath the skin
• A nipple that has changed position or become retracted
• Lump or a hard nodule
• Veins on one breast that are larger than the other

2. Do a touch test lying down.

Lying down, use your right hand to examine your left breast. Your breast should be as flat as possible on your chest.

Keeping the pads of your fingers together and flat, move in a circular motion in small intervals around the breast, working from top to bottom and from side to side.

Your self-exam should cover the area from your collarbone to the top of your sternum and from your armpit to the middle of your chest. Be intentional and work slowly so that you check the entire breast.

Vary the pressure so that you feel through the various layers of tissue. Use light pressure for the outer layer of tissue, medium pressure for the middle layer and firm pressure to feel the deep tissue.

Then repeat the entire process, using your left hand on your right breast.

3. Do a touch test standing up.

Using the same technique, examine both of your breasts while standing. Some women find this step easier to do in the shower when the skin is wet and easier to manipulate.

It should go without saying that if you find a lump during your self-test, tell your doctor. But don’t panic — a mammogram should tell you more.

“The most important piece of advice for women is to get your screening mammograms,” said Maria Nelson, MD, assistant professor of clinical surgery at Keck School of Medicine of USC and a breast surgeon at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center of Keck Medicine of USC.

If you or your doctor suspects that you have symptoms of breast cancer, a biopsy will be performed to determine whether there is a malignancy and what further action should be taken.

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By Heidi Tyline King

As one of the eight original National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at Keck Medicine of USC is one of the preeminent academic medical institutions in the country. If you are in the Los Angeles area, make an appointment by calling (800) USC-CARE (800-872-2273) or visiting Cancer.KeckMedicine.org/request-an-appointment.

 

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NHS heart test is a ‘poorly executed gimmick’ that will frighten millions, warns health advisor

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Dr Ben Goldacre suggested the test would needlessly frighten millions of healthy people 

government health ­adviser has criticised an NHS calculator which ­predicts when people will have a heart attack or stroke, saying the science behind it is “ridiculous”.

Dr Ben Goldacre, who has just been appointed by the health secretary as chairman of the new Health Tech ­Advisory Board, suggested the test would needlessly frighten millions of healthy people.

He said the online quiz, offered by Public Health England (PHE) and the NHS website, was a “poorly executed gimmick” which would heap pressure on GPs  by instructing everyone over the age of 30 to ­demand cholesterol checks.

PHE says almost two million people have completed the quiz, which found that four in five had a “heart age” older than their actual age, meaning they are at risk of a stroke or heart attack.

However, Dr Goldacre is among a number of doctors questioning the accuracy of their methods. The online tool asks individuals aged 30 and over a series of questions, including age, weight, family history of heart disease and readings of blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

 

However, if readings are unknown, the calculator provides estimates based on the national average. This typically adds between one and five years to the biological age.

Critics said those using the calculator are likely to be healthier than those that do not, meaning the “worried well” would be rushing to book GP ­appointments, on the basis of flawed science.

And a number of patients trying the quiz this week were bemused when given advice to lose weight, or to cut blood pressure levels, only to find that revising the figures to “ideal” levels made no difference to their estimates.

 

Dr Goldacre, director of the ­Evidence-Based Medicine DataLab at Oxford University, has just been appointed by health secretary Matt Hancock to lead a new advisory board which will highlight the best ways to use technology and data in health.

“This test is ridiculous,” he said. “There are 8.7 million people in the UK in their 30s. This PHE ‘heart age’ tool seems to be incorrectly telling them ALL to go to their GP to get their cholesterol checked.

“If only one in 100 do so, that’s 87,000 pointless GP consultations,” he tweeted just hours before his appointment as Mr Hancock’s adviser was announced, later describing the plans as “just silly”.

Earlier this week, Mr Hancock heaped praise on the quiz, tweeting a video of him trying the test as PHE published its latest findings. He said: “Today I used the terrific NHS Heart Age tool from @PHE_UK to find out how old my heart is. Says my heart is 40 – a month older than me. Must do more exercise!” 

 

Prof Jamie Waterall, national lead for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at PHE, said: “The heart age test is a simple way of helping people think about their heart health.

“It does not ­create any extra demand on GP services and there is no evidence to suggest this will happen. What we have seen is a big increase in people ­accessing lifestyle information, which is fantastic.”

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: Rachael Bland, BBC presenter and cancer blogger, dies aged 40

“Our beautiful, courageous Rachael died peacefully this morning surrounded by her close family”

Rachael Bland, BBC presenter and cancer blogger, dies two days after bidding ‘au revoir’ to friends

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Rachael Bland, BBC presenter and cancer blogger, dies two days after bidding ‘au revoir’ to friends

BBC news presenter Rachael Bland has died aged 40 just two days after bidding “au revoir” to her friends, revealing she only had days left to live having been diagnosed with cancer in 2016.

The journalist who had been at the BBC for more than 15 years, has been widely praised for the You Me and The Big C podcast following her breast cancer treatment. 

Her family confirmed that she had died this morning shortly after 3am, and Bland’s husband Steve told the BBC “Rachael’s death has left a huge hole in our perfect little family that we’ll never be able to fill.

“She was an incredibly talented broadcaster as well as a wonderful and much-loved daughter, sister, aunt, niece, wife and, most importantly to her, a mother to her precious little Freddie.

“We all take such huge comfort and pride from the amazing and tireless work she has done since her diagnosis to reduce the stigma around cancer and prove that it is possible to live life to the fullest even when facing huge challenges on a daily basis. At the end, even though her body was at its weakest, her voice was at its strongest and most powerful.

“Rachael was and will always be an incredible inspiration to everyone she met. To us, she was perfect in every way and we will miss her more than words can say.

“We just ask that everyone respects our family’s privacy as we try and come to terms with losing our beautiful girl.”

A post on Bland’s official Twitter account said: “Our beautiful, courageous Rachael died peacefully this morning surrounded by her close family. We are crushed but she would want me to thank everyone who took an interest in her  story or sent messages of support. You’ll never know how much they meant to her.  Steve and Freddie”. 

Her friend and colleague Tony Livesey said: “5Live’s lost one of its brightest spirits. I’m going into cliche territory now so she’ll be pressing an alarm somewhere, but she was beautiful inside and out. She was such a lovely person.

“Rachael Bland – presenter, friend to most of us, inspiration to all. Radio 5 Live is broadcasting with a broken heart. We’ve lost one of our brightest talents.”

In a statement on the social media site on Monday afternoon, she wrote: “In the words of the legendary Frank S – I’m afraid the time has come my friends. And suddenly. I’m told I’ve only got days.

“It’s very surreal. Thank you so much for all the support I’ve received. Debs and Lozz will continue with the You Me and The Big C podcast. Au revoir my friends.”

Writing in The Telegraph last month, she told how the cancer had spread around multiple lymph nodes in her upper body, into her skin and liver.

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She said: “We still had some hope of holding back the tide for a while, but no one survives metastatic breast cancer long term.

“I’ve not asked how long I have left, because I don’t want a number in my head that I’m counting down to. It’s only ever a best guesstimate – but I’ve got less than a year.”

Colleagues responded with messages of support for the popular presenter, with Juliette Ferrington writing: “Oh my goodness Rachael, sending you a bomb of love, strength and peace. In absolute awe of your courage, determination and willingness to fight every single day. Lots of love,” signing off her tweet with two kisses. 

BBC’s cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew, whose own wife Emma was given the all clear after her breast cancer diagnosis, tweeted his thoughts. 

He said: “And then reality suddenly bites and perspective gained. This is awful. No words, other than love to you and Steve (husband).”

Bland’s Radio 5 colleague Richard Bacon also offered support on Twitter, writing: “Days. Devastating. Rachael I know saying I’m thinking of you (and our magnificent time together on air, especially all that late night fun) doesn’t change anything.

“But I am and I’m so very sorry. Your podcast has helped change the way people talk about all this. You’re wonderful.”

Comedian Justin Moorhouse, a regular panelist on BBC shows including 5Live’s Fighting Talk, simply wrote: “All the love in the world.”

And fellow BBC journalist Jennie Gow wrote: “You have been such an inspiration both before and now and with everything you have done… forever more.”

Mark Chapman, one of the BBC’s leading sports radio anchors, said: “Oh Rachael. I am so very sorry. What you have done has been amazing and helped so many. Sending so much love to you, Steve and Freddie (son, three).”

Writing for The Telegraph on August 11, she said: “I’m not scared of dying. I only fear for those I leave behind. For my darling Freddie, who’ll be three next month, for Steve and our families.

“Even now, knowing the ‘no options left’ conversation is coming, I can’t crumble and fall to pieces. 

“I have to suppress a lot of the darkest thoughts about Freddie growing up without his mummy around. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the precious times we have left together.”

Dozens of well-wishers thanked Ms Bland for both her podcast which she hosts alongside Lauren Mahon and Deborah James and her blog, Big C Little Me

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Rachael Bland with husband Steve and son Freddie Credit: Matthew Pover

Financial journalist Steph McGovern was among those singing her praises, and wrote: “Rachael, I am so gutted for you and your family.

“The podcast has clearly helped so many people and you did it with such style, humour and bloody brilliance. Thank you for everything you have done.”

Others to offer their support were singer Ronan Keating, BBC’s Chris Warburton and Chris Mason,  Olympian Greg Rutherford and a host of listeners going through their own cancer treatment.

You Me and The Big C co-host Deborah James simply wrote: “No words right now – just heartbreak.”

 

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Steam treatment for big prostates approved on NHS

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The NHS can start offering a new steam treatment for benign prostate enlargement, says the regulator, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

The procedure is minimally invasive and can be done under local anaesthetic without an overnight hospital stay.

It involves passing a small probe up the urethra to inject a puff of steam into the troublesome area.

The steam kills off some of the enlarged tissue to ease symptoms.

The dead cells are reabsorbed by the body.

An enlarged prostate is common – affecting one in three men over the age of 50 – and forces the urethra (urine tube) to narrow, causing a variety of problems, including difficulty emptying the bladder.

Drugs or an operation can help but NICE says men should now be offered another treatment option.

The steam treatment, called Rezum, is an alternative to invasive surgery and is said to have fewer side-effects, such as impotence and incontinence.

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Patients may have to take antibiotics and have a urinary catheter for some days after the procedure. Some activities, including sexual intercourse, should be avoided for up to one month.

It is the latest of several minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

What is BPH?

  • It is the medical term for an enlarged prostate gland – the gland located in the pelvis between the penis and the bladder
  • It is not a cancer and it isn’t usually a serious threat to health
  • The cause is unclear but it is more common in older men
  • Symptoms may be mild and not need treatment but for others they can be troublesome

Prof Richard Hindley, a consultant urologist at Hampshire Hospitals, has been providing the treatment to some of his patients, with “very good results”.

“The treatment involves a tiny water droplet being heated to 103C and then injected via the urethra into the prostate,” he said.

“It can be performed quickly, with each procedure taking less than 20 minutes.

“The number of injections required is titrated according to the size of the gland.”

Prof Kevin Harris from NICE, said: “Approving this procedure gives men the chance to talk to their clinician about which is right for them.”

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