Brandon Davis's Brother Wins Battle With Deadly Staph Superbug, If Not Bulge

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See the fat guy? That's Jason "Gummi Bear" Davis, brother of Brandon Davis, and I'm posting this picture to welcome him back into the realm of the healthy. See, Jason was photographed yesterday by an agency Jezebel doesn't subscribe to sucking a lollipop, looking in good spirits and good health after an autumn spent fighting a scary antibiotic-resistant staph infection, otherwise known as MRSA, that he maybe caught at the hospital trying to get surgery on his fatness, but no matter it's over and that's why we celebrating him now. You see, it has, if anything, been a prescription drug-addled year for celebrities. Paris has openly discussed her Adderall, Britney's toted around Provigil, Lindsay maybe tried out Vivitrol and Al Gore III sped through Southern California with a small pharmacy's worth of prescription-strength uppers, downers, seratonin-reuptake inhibitors and more downers in his glove compartment. But sadly, it's unclear whether any of them worked; Paris never got much of an attention span, Britney still slept through her court-appointed drug tests and no prescription drug seemed capable of restoring the joy of life to Anna Nicole. Not so for Gummi Bear and his premium antibiotic, Zyvox!

It may have cost $4,000 a pop but Gummi Bear and his Pfizer-manufactured antibiotic took on the superbug and apparently won. And celebrity justice prevails again... until the staph bacteria smartens up and learns to resist all the pricey new drugs, that is! Anyway, I'm doing this post because I"m trying to write a story on superbugs and staph infections and how there's really not much in the pipelines of the major pharmaceutical companies, but not enough money or potential payoff at the little biotech firms to go through the gazillion dollar process of testing new antibiotics, so the world might be kind of screwed, and speaking of screwed, I keep meaning to write this story but I have this damn day job. Oh! And drink Kombucha. Love!

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@SqueakyGasket: MRSA can be heinous. My 9 year old got it this summer after a long weekend at the river. It started out with a few spots that looked like flea bites one morning, and 4 hours later there were 30 lesions. Took her to the dr that afternoon; he misdiagnosed it as a strep infection and gave her a regular antibiotic. By the next morning she had 80 lesions. Took her right back in and got a right diagnosis, an injection and a couple of freaky-strong antibiotics. There were at least 130 lesions all over her torso, legs and arms before the drugs started getting it under control. She still has scars. It was scary as hell. MRSA is nothing to mess with... and this was in a healthy, active kid with a good immune system. It just caught her on a busy summer weekend when she might have been running on too little sleep.