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Drugs from Bugs: Bioprospecting Insects to Fight Superbugs

By | 2018-04-20T10:27:43+00:00 April 20th, 2018|

Somewhat like looking down the barrel of a gun, antibiotic resistance is a looming threat to modern medicine. The rise of MRSA, super drug-resistantgonorrhea and other “nightmare” bacteria risk rendering our microscopic defenses useless. What to do when your last-last-last resort fails to kill these pathogens? Someday, perhaps sooner than later, we’re going to need new antibiotics, not to [...]

Indoor Radon Exposure in Italian Schools

By | 2018-04-20T10:20:19+00:00 April 20th, 2018|

Abstract Background: The aim of the study was to assess radon concentration in schoolrooms in a city located in the midwest of Italy. Methods: A two-phase environmental study was carried out in 19 school buildings of 16 primary, secondary, and tertiary schools. Results: Median (interquartile range—IQR) indoor radon concentration in schoolrooms was 91.6 (45.0–140.3) Bq/m3. [...]

Eight places where air pollution can ruin your trip

By | 2018-04-20T10:08:33+00:00 April 20th, 2018|

Air pollution does a lot more than cause canceled or postponed vacations — it kills millions of people worldwide every year, according to the World Health Organization. Some of the worst places for air pollution are also home to bucket list-worthy sights. But missing them might be the least of your problems if smog ramps [...]

Rep. Cole advocates sustained funding for biodefense and emergency health response

By | 2018-04-20T09:55:45+00:00 April 20th, 2018|

U.S. agencies need a more predictable and accessible source of funds to support a rapid response to public health emergencies, including outbreaks of disease and bioterror attacks, U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) said Wednesday. Cole addressed a panel of government officials testifying at a House Appropriations Committee hearing aimed at helping lawmakers craft a fiscal [...]

Hepatitis: Many European countries not ready to stop public health threat–Study

By | 2018-04-20T09:49:10+00:00 April 20th, 2018|

Many European countries lack a comprehensive policy to eliminate viral hepatitis as a major public health threat, according to a patient group-based survey implemented in 25 countries. The Hep-CORE study was coordinated by ISGlobal – an institution supported by the “la Caixa” Foundation – and led by the European Liver Patient’s Association. hepatitis C Image/CDC In 2016, [...]

WHO advisers halt Dengvaxia, for now

By | 2018-04-20T09:45:14+00:00 April 20th, 2018|

The World Health Organization's (WHO's) strategic group of experts on immunization (SAGE) announced today that Dengvaxia, the controversial dengue vaccine, should not be used until clinicians can confirm prior dengue infection at the time of administration. A point-of-care test would determine the recipient's dengue status, and only those who have previously had the virus would [...]

Study Links Disinfectant Chemicals to Thyroid Cancer

By | 2018-04-19T21:52:26+00:00 April 19th, 2018|

A new study has linked a class of chemicals commonly found in deodorizers, disinfectants and industrial sterilizers to a higher risk of health problems. The Yale University researchers who conducted the study reported that those who come into frequent contact with the chemicals, known as biocides, have a 65 percent higher risk for thyroid cancer. Hospital staff [...]

Unusually high percentage of E. coli victims hospitalized

By | 2018-04-19T21:40:40+00:00 April 19th, 2018|

CDC, FDA renew public warnings about chopped romaine lettuce as outbreak spreads to 16 states BY CORAL BEACH | APRIL 19, 2018An E. coli outbreak traced to chopped romaine lettuce has spread to another five states and public health officials are reporting a hospitalization rate of almost 60 percent, which is twice the usual rate. There are 53 [...]

Can More Coffee Lead to Less Liver Damage? Study Finds Link

By | 2018-04-19T21:38:06+00:00 April 19th, 2018|

Coffee alone, however, cannot reverse the lifestyle choices that result in cirrhosis If you’re looking for a reason to have that extra cup of coffee in the morning, there is good news. Drinking two more cups of coffee each day has been linked to a dramatically lowered odds of the liver damage caused by excessive alcohol, a recent [...]