National study updates the status of infectious diseases
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease found that some strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a drug-resistant bacterium, may be able to lure and destroy immune cells.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease found that some strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a drug-resistant bacterium, may be able to lure and destroy immune cells. The study hopes to discover the reason MRSA infections contracted outside of the hospital are spreading easier and harder to fight.
MRSA secretes a compound called phenol-soluble modulin into a person’s immune system. The compound attracts neutrophils immune cells, key elements in the clearing of bacterial infections, and then through a process called lysis, it destroys them.
Commonly found in hospitals, the symptoms of S. aureus usually only cause pimples or boils and MRSA is treatable with a few antibiotics. However, the report indicates that a community-associated MRSA strand, which can cause severe infections that can result in necrotizing fasciitis or death, has been increasingly affecting otherwise healthy adults outside of healthcare settings.
Far more common in the United States than previously thought, MRSA was the cause of 94,000 hospitalizations and almost 19,000 deaths in the 2005.
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Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.