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Our work at the MRSA Research Center has been highlighted in a number of publications and media reports.

Media Contact: Media representatives interested in interviews with MRSA Research Center staff, please contact Robert Daum, 773-702-6176 or


"Mercy, Mercy, MRSA." Science Life.

Blog post by John Easton
University of Chicago Medicine.  Pritzker School of Medicine.  July 19, 2012.


SUPERBUG: The Fatal Menace of MRSA

By Maryn McKenna
Free Press/Simon & Schuster March 2010
To order this book, visit


RESISTANCE (an antibiotic documentary)

Watch a promotional clip on a documentary about antibiotic resistance directed and produced by Michael Graziano, uji films, llc (5:08 minutes)

NBC Nightly News video

featuring Supermom Diana Goodpasture (2:15 minutes)

Fix Food – Fix Antibiotics – Meat Without Drugs

Watch A FixFood Video Directed and Produced by Robert Kenner (Director and Producer of Food, Inc.)


MRSA Menace

Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC)
Toronto, Canada

A report about a cluster of community-associated MRSA cases suddenly appearing in Calgary, Alberta, in 2004. This was a warning that a new superbug was spreading across Canada, following a pattern in the United States. Aired on the nightly news program, "The National," March 5, 2005

Eve Savory, Medical Reporter
Marijka Hurko, Producer

Controlling The Superbug

60 Minutes
Produced by Karen M. Sughrue
Leslie Stahl reports

Inside MRSA Staph Infection

CBS Early Show
Tracy Smith reports

MRSA - Die verschwiegene Seuche
("MRSA - The secret epidemic")

Broadcaster: French/German Channel ARTE
Producer: MedienKontor, Berlin
Producer: Matthias Heeder

Length: 60-70 minutes within a theme evening ("Crime Scene Hospital") of 180 minutes (FAQ session, approximately 10 minutes) April 20, 2010 8:15pm and April 30, 2010 10:05pm


Jennifer Spitz fights drugs in school lunches: Chat Room. Fox 32 News Chicago. April 23, 2013. (7:08 minutes)

The Dr. Oz Show

Dr. Robert Daum appeared on The Dr. Oz Show focusing on MRSA, aired November 11, 2009. Link to this video clip will be made available once permission is secured to do so.


Allison Aubrey and Eliza Barclay

Antibiotic-Resistant Bugs Turn Up Again In Turkey Meat. National Public Radio (NPR).
May 1, 2013. (3:46 minutes)

Fresh Air with Terry Gross

"MRSA: The Drug-Resistant 'Superbug' That Won't Die"
March 23, 2010
National Public Radio (NPR)

Eight Forty Eight

"Drug-Resistant Superbug Spreads Outside Hospitals"
March 9, 2010
Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ 91.5 FM


Estabrook B. " Antibiotics in Your Food: What's Causing the Rise in Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Our Food Supply and Why You Should Buy Antibiotic-Free Food. Eating Well. May/June 2013.

Eng M. "Antibiotics in livestock raising concerns up the food chain." Chicago Tribune. May 31, 2013.

Yang J. "Superbugs: Why we should fear them." April 29, 2013.

Herbert L. "Overused antibiotics are becoming ineffective." The Register-Guard. April 28, 2013.

Newland J. "Help stop the 'super-bug' invasion." The Kansas City Star. April 23, 2013.

"Does your food contain dangerous “superbugs?” April 2013.

Philpott T. "The Meat Industry Now Consumes Four-Fifths of All Antibiotics." Mother Jones. February 8, 2013

Sample I.  Antibiotic-resistant diseases pose 'apocalyptic' threat, top expert says.  The Guardian.  January 23, 2013.

Svoboda E. Pig Farms Breed Resistant StaphDiscover Magazine.  December 11, 2012.

MRSA strikes more hospital patients, study finds.”  MyHealthNewsDaily.  August 13, 2012.

McKenna M.  Investigation: Drug resistance, chicken and 8 million UTIs. Wired. July 11, 2012.

McKenna M. Vaccine development: Man vs MRSA. Nature. February 1, 2012.

McKenna M. News break: FDA estimates US livestock get 29 million pounds of antibiotics per year. Wired. December 9, 2010.

Callahan P, Tsouderos T. Chronic Lyme disease: A dubious diagnosis. There's little good evidence that chronic Lyme disease exists. Yet doctors are treating it with drugs that put patients and the public at risk. Chicago Tribune. December 8, 2010.

Trine Tsouderos. Arsenal of antibiotics not being restocked. Dispute over rules for approving new drugs stalls production even as concern rises over deadly resistant bacteria. Chicago Tribune. August 8, 2010. Front page.

Brooke E. O'Neill. "Immune system: A community vaccination program gives kids their best shot." University of Chicago Magazine. Mar-Apr, 2010.

Juliana Goodwin. "Nixa wrestler Trever Collins survives staph scare." News-Leader. Springfield, Missouri. January 25, 2010.

"When drugs stop working--Norway's answer. Misuse of medicines has caused mutations in once curable diseases like tuberculosis and malaria." AP. CBS News Tech. Oslo, Norway. December 23, 2009.

Louise Lerner. "Argonne, University of Chicago scientists chase deadly MRSA bacteria with new models." The University of Chicago. December 8, 2009.

Katherine Randall. "A Secret and Silent Killer." Columbia College, Chicago, IL. Graduate school coursework, 2009.

Lydialyle Gibson. "Chief of staph. Pediatrician Robert Daum battles deadly resistant bacteria." University of Chicago Magazine. Sep-Oct 2009.

Crystal Phend. "ICAAC: MRSA Found on Beaches in Washington." MedPage Today. September 14, 2009.

Judith Graham. "A family battles MRSA after losing a child." The Chicago Tribune. July 19, 2009.

Bruce Japsen. "Money hampers vaccines. Low sales reduce financial incentive for drugmakers." The Chicago Tribune. April 29, 2009.

Gary Taubes. "The Deadly Bug Stalking Athletes." Men's Journal. April 17, 2009.

Bonnie Azab Powell. "Straight to the Superbug Supersource: Q&A with Maryn McKenna about MRSA in People—and Pigs." The Ethicurean. April 14, 2009.

Louise Lerner. "MRSA bacteria escape from jails to cause Staph infections among local children." Chicago Maroon News. April 7, 2009. Science section. Page 2.

Kevin Krause. "Researchers hope Dallas inmates can help unlock MRSA mystery." The Dallas Morning News. February 24, 2009. Pages 1A and 6A.

Maryn McKenna. "Germophobia. It's viral, destructive and oozing into every crevice of our lives. You may have already been infected." Self. February 2009.

Maryn McKenna. "A New Strain of Drug-Resistant Staph Infection Found in U.S. Pigs." Scientific American. January 23, 2009.

Dr. Ranit Mishori. "A Deadly Bug Invades Our Towns." Parade Magazine. December 7, 2008.

Maryn McKenna. "Bacterial Coinfections Boosting Child Flu Deaths." CIDRAP (Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy) News. October 7, 2008.

Jilly Jackson. "The Truth About Staph." Health magazine. March 2008.

Maryn McKenna. "The Many Faces of MRSA: Community-Acquired Infection Knows No Bounds." Annals of Emergency Medicine 51(3):285-288. March 2008.

"New Virulent MRSA Strains Spreading Through Community." SEEDLINGS. News from the University of Chicago Department of Pediatrics. The University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital. Spring 2008 issue. Front page.

Jeremy Manier. "How staph became a drug resistant threat." The Chicago Tribune. November 4, 2007.

Kelly Virella. "Is overcrowded Cook County Jail responsible for the rise of a potentially deadly infection on the outside?" Chicago Reader. October 11, 2007.

Maryn McKenna. "MRSA: The Bug Drugs Can’t Cure." Self. February 2007.

Brian Dakss. ‘Superbugs' Could ‘Dwarf' AIDS, Flu. CBS The Early Show. June 22, 2006.

Robert Langreth and Matthew Herper. "Germ Warfare." Forbes. On The Cover/Top Stories. June 19, 2006.

Christine Gorman. "Surviving the New Killer Bug." TIME. June 18, 2006.

Mary Ann Childers. "Minor Cuts Could Lead To Deadly Infections." May 17, 2006. CBS. WBBM-TV.

Marilyn Chase. "Silent Epidemic. Defying Treatment, A New, Virulent Bug Sparks Health Fears." The Wall Street Journal. January 20, 2006. Page A1.

Alicia Chang. "Study: ‘Superbug' Germ Kills 3 in Chicago." The Chicago Tribune. September 21, 2005.