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High bacteria levels in meat at U.S. stores: report

Meat found on grocery store shelves often contains high levels of bacteria, with more than half of the bacteria resistant to multiple types of antibiotics, a study released on Friday said. Full story

Drug resistance not a risk in acne treatment: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who are prescribed certain antibiotics for acne - even those who take them for months at a time - are unlikely to develop bacteria resistant to those drugs, according to a new study. Full story

Merck suspends study on Staph infection vaccine

Merck & Co. and Intercell AG said Monday that they suspended patient enrollment in a late-stage clinical trial of a potential vaccine for Staphylococcus aureus infections, even though the drug met key goals. Full story

Gene sleuthing tracks spread of superbug

Genetic sleuthing suggests hospital outbreaks of drug-resistant staph bacteria do not always spread from one patient to another but that numerous people bring in the deadly germ. Full story

Sen. Byrd's condition a guarded secret

91-year-old Robert Byrd remained hospitalized Tuesday, receiving treatment for a staph infection that has extended his stay at an undisclosed facility to nearly three weeks. Full story

Experts: Staph germs becoming harder to treat

Drug-resistant staph bacteria picked up in ordinary community settings are increasingly acquiring “superbug” powers and causing far more serious illnesses than before. Full story

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