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Dr. Oz: Superbug MRSA, attention deficit disorder and ADHD drug issues

Dr. Oz: Superbug MRSA and Lisa Ling's ADD and ADHD
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Dr. Mehmet Oz spotlighted the deadly "superbug" MRSA and discussed Lisa Ling's attention deficit disorder diagnosis on the July 28 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.

The superbug MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) is a bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics and can cause potentially deadly infections. While MRSA is usually found in gym locker rooms, nursing homes and hospitals, there have been more cases of these bugs showing up in people's homes.

The bug is spread by skin-to-skin contact or by sharing household supplies such as towels or razors. Athletes who share locker rooms or people living in close quarters such as prisons or military barracks are especially at risk.

Dr. Oz said if you have a wound that refuses to heal, a MRSA infection could be to blame. The World Health Organization recently declared MRSA a major public health threat, and warned that the number of MRSA-related deaths could increase by fifty percent within the next six years.

A new study shows that one in 50 people could unknowingly be carrying MRSA, which can trigger a flesh-eating infection that may require amputation of the arms, legs, or other infected body parts.

Dr. Oz said you could contract MRSA after coming into contact with someone who was exposed to the superbug during a hospital visit and then unknowingly spread it at a gym or at school.

Amazingly, MRSA can survive for up to three months on phones, doorknobs and remote controls. While antibiotics were initially effective at killing these bugs, they eventually became resistant and are now harder to kill than ever.

Dr. Oz suggested the following steps to protect yourself: clean high-traffic areas in your home with bleach, don't share personal items such as razors or towels, and keep your wounds clean and covered.

Michael Phelps and Channing Tatum have ADHD

On a separate segment, Dr. Oz's guest was TV journalist Lisa Ling, who was recently diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) at the age of 40.

While most people with ADD are usually diagnosed during childhood, Ling decided to get herself tested recently after feeling overwhelmed by her restlessness and impulsivity.

Lisa said she always felt something was wrong when she was unable to focus on anything as a child. Ling said girls are usually diagnosed with ADD, while ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is more common among boys. There are many celebrities who have gone public with their ADHD, including Channing Tatum, Justin Theroux, Michael Phelps and Adam Levine.

Channing took ADHD drugs as a child, but the medication made him suicidal as he built up a tolerance for the medication and they became progressively less effective.

"For a time, it would work well, then it worked less and my pain was more," Tatum recalled. "I would go through wild bouts of depression, horrible comedowns. I understand why kids kill themselves. You feel terrible. You feel soul-less. I’d never do it to my child.”

While some media reports have dismissed ADD as "not a real disease," the extreme inability to focus, sit still or concentrate have been linked to severe depression and low self-esteem in sufferers, who are often unable to hold down a job or a relationship.

Dr. Oz said the three major symptoms of ADHD include the following: uncontrollable restlessness, impulsivity. and chronic distractibility. While most people with ADD and ADHD treat their disorders with medication, Ling said drug therapy is a controversial topic, as some medical experts believe meditation and mindfulness are better treatments.

Lisa said she always feels restless, so she makes a special effort to quiet her mind every day. Ling said her ADD diagnosis made her realize she is not alone, and shared her story publicly to help others who are suffering from the same disorder.

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