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Monday, January 26, 2009
Stronger than dirtThe Yankees are sanitizing their new home with some sort of specialized disinfectant coating in order to prevent staph infections. Infectious disease expert Paul Sax, M.D. wonders if they'd be better off simply scrubbing the place down with some Comet. Then again, these are the Yankees, so if they're going to solve a problem, you can bet your life that they'll do so in the most unnecessarily expensive way possible. While they're burning money, they might as well give all of their players a curative galvanic belt too.
By the way, Dr. Sax is not just a Harvard Medical School professor and the Clinical Director of the HIV Program and Division of Infectious Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He's also a ShysterBall reader going back to the old Bull Magazine days. But before you say anything, if you think that I'm offering up this little tidbit simply to make me seem smart and special by showing off how brainy and accomplished my readership is, well, you're 100% correct about that.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 7:30am
Well, I guess I’m here to counter balance the Doc and bring you back to average.
Posted 01/26 at 08:38 AM
Jason @ IIATMS said...
Can someone slather some of that stuff on ARod after being around Madonna a bunch?
Posted 01/26 at 09:22 AM
The Common Man said...
“While they’re burning money, they might as well give all of their players a curative galvanic belt too.”
This brings back memories. Growing up, I took a lot of dates to the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices (http://www.museumofquackery.com), in Minneapolis. And, you know, it worked far more often than it should have. I miss that place.
Posted 01/26 at 09:45 AM
Ride those coattails - ride them for as long as you can.
Posted 01/26 at 10:01 AM
Sal Baxamusa said...
As I said over at Primer:
From what I can tell, CSG uses a quaternary amine as their anti-microbial agent. Quaternary amines kill microbes by disrupting the cell membrane. It’s thought that this mechanism does not promote mutation of resistant bugs because the cell membrane doesn’t evolve on the time scale of action. In fact, plants present a similar chemical as an anti-microbial agent on their surfaces.
You can read more about it in Trends in Biotechnology, volume 23, issue 7, page 343 (2005). (doi:10.1016/j.tibtech.2005.05.004).
I was hoping to start a super-nerd thread over at Primer, but it never materialized. But that’s just my day job getting in the way of reading baseball blogs.
Back to the RSS feed…
Posted 01/26 at 11:18 AM
So those NFL teams with bunches of staph infections never heard of Comet?
You claim its the most unnecessarily expensive way possible but there is no mention of cost in either link.
I wonder what the cost of using Comet on every surface that is being coated 81 times a year compares to the coating cost.
Posted 01/28 at 02:26 AM