MRSA is an acronym for methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus. This means that it is a strain of the staphylococcus virus that has become resistant to methicillin – a medication often used to treat it thus meaning that the condition is very hard to combat. It is highly prevalent in hospitals due to the fact that they have such high concentrations of people in the same room, who have open wounds and low immune systems.
In research presented at a recent meeting of the American Heart Association in Los Angeles, Danish scientists presented their findings from a 35-year study that sought to determine whether visible signs of aging were a better predictor of heart disease risk than the presence of physical symptoms that could only be detected with scientific tests. When asked to explain why she and her fellow scientists were examining these things, senior study author Anne-Tybjaerg-Hansen said, “The visible signs of aging reflect physiologic or biological age, not chronological age, and are independent of chronological age.” The scientists’ working hypothesis was that indications of premature aging might reveal more about a patient’s heart risk than had previously been assumed.