Hot Tea and Coffee May Lower MRSA Risk

From Medscape

Pauline Anderson
July 12, 2011 — New research shows that people who drink hot tea or coffee are about half as likely to have methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in their nasal passages as those who abstain, raising the prospect of a safe, inexpensive, and easily accessible way to decrease MRSA.

“In an effort to both prevent and treat MRSA, researchers have examined the antimicrobial effects of several commonly consumed plants and plant extracts,” write the authors, led by Eric M. Matheson, MD, from the Department of Family Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston. “What remains unclear is whether tea and coffee have systemic antimicrobial activity when consumed orally as beverages.”

The study was published in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

“It is too early to recommend changes in hot tea and coffee drinking habits, added Dr. Glatt. “Information like this needs to be taken with a tremendous amount of thought. You don’t want to suddenly recommend anything based on this, although it certainly merits further study.”

Ann Fam Med. 2011;9:299-304. Full text


Originally posted 2011-07-20 10:00:00.

Tim Colling
Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to and to as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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