Deer in 24 states infected with chronic wasting disease

By |2019-02-17T20:55:40+00:00February 17th, 2019|

(CNN)  Chronic wasting disease has been detected in wild deer, elk or moose in 24 states, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warning hunters to avoid handling or eating potentially infected meat. The disease affects the central nervous system and animals can show signs of drastic weight loss, lack of coordination and listlessness. It can [...]

The Fight Against Superbugs: 5 Priorities for 2019

By |2019-02-17T20:15:38+00:00February 17th, 2019|

Momentum must continue to improve antibiotic stewardship and spur discovery This article was updated on Feb. 15, 2019 to add detail on funding government efforts to combat antibiotic resistance.  First, the good news: 2018 saw encouraging advances in efforts to address the global public health threat of antibiotic resistance. The number of hospitals in the [...]

Space microbes aren’t so alien after all

By |2019-02-17T20:02:33+00:00February 17th, 2019|

Genetic evidence shows bacteria on the International Space Station are adapting to survive, not to harm Microbes stranded in the International Space Station (ISS) are just trying to survive, man. A new Northwestern University study has found that — despite its seemingly harsh conditions — the ISS is not causing bacteria to mutate into dangerous, [...]

Legionella bacteria: Cell block at Derry’s main police station closed because of discovery of potentially deadly bacteria

By |2019-02-17T19:56:46+00:00February 17th, 2019|

EXCLUSIVE The PSNI in Derry has admitted that the detention block at Strand Road police station has been closed since October last year after the detection of a strain of Legionella. Police have also stated that they are unaware whether anyone has been affected by the outbreak.   Legionella bacteria is the root cause of Legionnaire's [...]

Antibiotic resistance in the environment linked to fecal pollution

By |2019-02-17T19:45:48+00:00February 17th, 2019|

A new study indicates that fecal pollution can largely explain the increase in resistant bacteria often found in human-impacted environments. Increased levels of antibiotic resistant bacteria in the environment may have different causes. It could be a consequence of on-site selection from antibiotic residues in the environment, hence promoting the evolution of new forms of [...]

In space, NASA heard astronaut’s immune system scream

By |2019-02-17T19:17:06+00:00February 17th, 2019|

WASHINGTON — Nearly a year in space put astronaut Scott Kelly’s immune system on high alert and changed the activity of some of his genes compared to his Earth-bound identical twin, researchers said Friday. Scientists don’t know if the changes were good or bad but results from a unique NASA twins study are raising new [...]

The gut-brain connection

By |2019-02-17T19:04:22+00:00February 17th, 2019|

Pay attention to your gut-brain connection – it may contribute to your anxiety and digestion problems The gut-brain connection is no joke; it can link anxiety to stomach problems and vice versa. Have you ever had a "gut-wrenching" experience? Do certain situations make you "feel nauseous"? Have you ever felt "butterflies" in your stomach? We [...]

Ebola still claiming lives as DRC cases climb to 835

By |2019-02-17T18:51:12+00:00February 17th, 2019|

The pace of new Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) slowed slightly last week, though the outbreak's intensity is still moderate, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday in its weekly overview. Meanwhile, in a daily update today, the DRC's health ministry announced that the virus has likely infected six more [...]

THE OFFICE IS KILLING US: HOW WORKPLACE DESIGN HELPS COMBAT SEDENTARY BEHAVIOR

By |2019-02-17T18:43:43+00:00February 17th, 2019|

Given the amount of time spent in an office environment, it should be natural and logical for the workplace to promote healthier lifestyles. Attributes of spatial design can promote physical movement at work by encouraging walking behaviors and stand-up breaks throughout the day. It’s not all about yoga and fitness classes — simply having visibility [...]

Lassa Fever – Nigeria

By |2019-02-17T17:57:24+00:00February 17th, 2019|

From 1 January through 10 February 2019, 327 cases of Lassa fever (324 confirmed cases and three probable cases) with 72 deaths (case fatality ratio = 22%) have been reported across 20 states and the Federal Capital Territory, with the majority of cases being reported from Edo (108) and Ondo (103) states. Twelve cases have [...]

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