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Germs of thrones – spontaneous decolonization of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) in Western Europe: is this myth or reality?

By |2018-08-15T13:45:30+00:00August 15th, 2018|

Background In France, Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) are considered as Extensively Drug-Resistant (XDR) bacteria. Their management requires reinforcement of hospital’s hygiene policies, and currently there is few consistent data concerning the spontaneous decolonization in XDR colonized patients. Our aim is to study the natural history of decolonization of XDR carriers over time [...]

Next generation pollen monitoring and dissemination

By |2018-08-15T13:37:45+00:00August 15th, 2018|

Abstract Although pollen allergy is the most frequent allergic disease in countries with a western life style (1), knowing “the enemy” i.e. the current pollen exposure, is still a neglected scientific topic. This is remarkable, as pollen levels predict allergy symptoms in allergic individuals (2). In addition, higher pollen exposure results in more allergic sensitizations [...]

Toxic Chemicals and Home Performance with Arlene Blum

By |2018-08-15T13:26:13+00:00August 15th, 2018|

Arlene Blum is a famous mountain climber AND biophysical chemist, and it turns out they're basically the same job. At the Green Science Policy Institute in Berkeley, CA, she sat down with Corbett and Grace to talk about Six Classes of harmful chemicals, how to recognize when you're being duped by lazy industrial processes and [...]

Flavonoids: The secret to health benefits of drinking black and green tea?

By |2018-08-15T13:02:27+00:00August 15th, 2018|

Plant chemicals known as flavonoids may explain why tea drinkers seem less likely to have cardiovascular disease. Black or green, hot or iced, tea is gaining in popularity. Many cities and shopping malls feature specialty tea shops, and bottled teas vie for space on store shelves. The tea market continues to grow year after year. [...]

Exercise and dieting tied to reduced disability in obese older adults

By |2018-08-14T03:33:08+00:00August 14th, 2018|

(Reuters Health) - Obese older adults who increase their exercise may have less fatigue and disability, but they may see an even bigger improvement if they also cut back on calories, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers randomly assigned 180 obese adults, ages 65 to 79, to do aerobic exercise, either by itself or combined with [...]

Don’t Let Asthma Stop You From Hitting the Gym

By |2018-08-14T03:27:18+00:00August 14th, 2018|

Getting in shape can pay dividends throughout your life. For people with asthma and allergies, asthma triggers can make the path to a healthy lifestyle more challenging (but just as rewarding). Common asthma triggers such as allergens and smoking are everywhere. Pollutants — both outside and inside the home — can be a problem for people [...]

Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center researchers using big data to predict immunotherapy responses

By |2018-08-14T03:22:22+00:00August 14th, 2018|

In the age of Big Data, cancer researchers are discovering new ways to monitor the effectiveness of immunotherapy treatments. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapydeveloped a new way to use bioinformatics as a gathering tool to determine how a patient's immune system responds to immunotherapy and recognizes its own tumor. The study [...]

Health Benefits of Cardamom

By |2018-08-14T03:18:17+00:00August 14th, 2018|

Once prized in the East Indies for its medicinal benefits, cardamom is now typically used as a spice to add flavor to foods. Each 2-tablespoon serving contains just 36 calories but imparts rich flavor -- a bonus when you're counting calories and want to avoid bland "diet" foods. To top it off, cardamom offers a [...]