MRSA as a weapon

From Neatorama:

It seems everyone is familiar with the dangers of drug-resistant staph infections and well aware of just how scary they are. As it turns out, they are so terrifying that a woman recently robbed a convienance store using the staph infection on her arm as a weapon.

When a worker confronted her, prosecutors said Slusher showed her Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus-infected arm to the attendant, told him to stay away and then left the store.

Kids’ CT scans increase fivefold

From CNN:

The number of children getting computed tomography, or CT scans when visiting an emergency room increased fivefold over a 14-year period according to a new study in the journal Radiology.

The study analyzed data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey between 1995 and 2008 and looked at more than 7,300 emergency room visits a year. Researchers say during that time ER visits that included at CT exam increased from approximately 330,000 to 1.65 million visits.