Patient Story: Jamel Sawyer: A Young Man Fights MRSA

Patient Story: Jamel Sawyer: A Young Man Fights MRSA

Jamel Sawyer is one of a growing number of Americans to suffer from a deadly infection called MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). One of the most notorious multidrug-resistant superbugs, MRSA is responsible for an estimated 19,000 deaths and 360,000 hospitalizations each year in this country. Fortunately, Jamel survived the infection, but the disease left him paralyzed below the waist.

Jamel's story illustrates the twin dangers presented by emerging multidrug-resistant bacterial infections and the waning effectiveness and availability of drugs to treat them.

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Learn the Basics of Broadband from Our Limited Series

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How does broadband internet reach our homes, phones, and tablets? What kind of infrastructure connects us all together? What are the major barriers to broadband access for American communities?

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What Is Antibiotic Resistance—and How Can We Fight It?

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” are a major threat to modern medicine. But how does resistance work, and what can we do to slow the spread? Read personal stories, expert accounts, and more for the answers to those questions in our four-week email series: Slowing Superbugs.

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Your state's stats are more accessible than ever with our new and improved Fiscal 50 interactive:

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Welcome to the new Fiscal 50

Key changes include:

  • State pages that help you keep track of trends in your home state and provide national and regional context.
  • Interactive indicator pages with highly customizable and shareable data visualizations.
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