(Roughly) Daily

First, do no harm…

MRSA infection is caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria — often called “staph.” MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It’s a strain of staph that’s resistant to the broad-spectrum antibiotics commonly used to treat it. MRSA can be fatal.

Most MRSA infections occur in hospitals or other health care settings, such as nursing homes and dialysis centers.

from The Mayo Clinic

The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that there were 94,360 cases of MRSA in the US in 2005, resulting in 18,650 deaths… which compares to 17,011 deaths from AIDS in the same period.

As we increase our apple intake from one to two apples a day, we might recall that it was on this date in 30 CE (as traditionally given) that John the Baptist was beheaded.

Caravaggio’s “The Beheading of John the Baptist”

(And according to the Alexandrian calendar, which survives in the Coptic and Ethiopian Churches, this is New Year’s Eve!)

Written by (Roughly) Daily

August 29, 2008 at 1:01 am

Posted in Uncategorized

%d bloggers like this: