Posts Tagged ‘Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus’

Welcome Pot Smokers!

Friday, February 27th, 2009

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You gotta love Google. It always amazes me how people find this blog,
and it's a hoot to see some of the Google searches that result in
people clicking on a parenting blog. How about these:

°    "How to prep and smoke weed" (Sorry, Dude, but you ended up with my article for parents on kids and pot.)

°    "What do you do when your teenager is smoking pot?" (OK, I'm seeing a trend here. Maybe the first one was searched by a teen and the second one by his mom?)

°    "Idea gift teacher child always late pick up" (Always late pickup? So
you need a gift to say I'm sorry for all those late arrivals at
day-care pick-up time? I'm guessing the teacher would prefer you spend
the money on a watch. Teachers need to get home to their OWN families
at the end of the day, right?)

°    "Cell phone in washing machine"
(After I did a post on this when my son left his cell phone in his
pants pocket — and it got drenched — the post became my most-visited
ever. At least our family isn't alone!)

°    "Sick of video games" (Me too.)

°    Can my child get MRSA at school? (The number of searches that hit on the MRSA post here
on the blog is going up, up, up. Remember to tell your kid not to share
gym towels — and not to sit his naked butt on the bench in the locker
room. Now there's a dinner-time conversation starter!)

Keep those Google searches coming! I love having you stop by — however you get here.

MRSA: How to Protect Your Family

Friday, October 10th, 2008

PVL is expressed in Staphylococcus aureus (sho...If you are a regular reader of
this blog, you know I'm a journalist who often writes about kids'
health issues. But I rarely post an entire article as a blog post. I
think this one, however, is important enough to share in its

MRSA is in the news a lot right now, and while experts
say parents don't need to freak out, there are important things you can
do — and that you can teach your children to do — to help avoid these

If you’re like most parents, recent news reports about temporary
school closings, and even deaths, from so-called “superbugs” have
probably left you feeling a bit unnerved — and concerned about how to
keep your child safe, whether at daycare, school or the football locker
room. Here’s the info you need to protect your family.


Several decades ago, a new strain of staph bacteria showed up in
hospitals. It was resistant to the broad-spectrum antibiotics commonly
used to zap it, according to the Mayo Clinic. Named
methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), it was one of the
first germs to defeat all but the most powerful drugs.

About 30 percent of the population carries regular staph bacteria on
their skin or in their nose, according to Gregory Moran, M.D., a
professor of medicine at UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles and a
physician with the emergency-medicine and the infectious-diseases
departments at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. About 1 percent of the
population carries the MRSA bacteria, he says.