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C. diff: What’s Raising the Infection Risk in Pediatric Inpatients?

By |2019-03-18T12:33:15+00:00March 18th, 2019|

Two types of medications appear to be culprits Prior exposure to antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors are associated with an increased risk of acquiring Clostridioides (formerly Clostridium) difficile infection (CDI) among hospitalized children, according to new Cleveland Clinic research. Credit: Jennifer Oosthuizen CDC Read more...

Phenolic Compounds from Humulus lupulus as Natural Antimicrobial Products: New Weapons in the Fight against Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Leishmania mexicana and Trypanosoma brucei Strains

By |2019-03-18T12:27:56+00:00March 18th, 2019|

Abstract New anti-infective agents are urgently needed to fight microbial resistance. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains are particularly responsible for complicated pathologies that are difficult to treat due to their virulence and the formation of persistent biofilms forming a complex protecting shell. Parasitic infections caused by Trypanosoma brucei and Leishmania mexicanaare also of global concern, because of the mortality due [...]

Blue light has a dark side

By |2019-03-18T12:20:51+00:00March 18th, 2019|

What is blue light? The effect blue light has on your sleep and more. Although it is environmentally friendly, blue light can affect your sleep and potentially cause disease. Until the advent of artificial lighting, the sun was the major source of lighting, and people spent their evenings in (relative) darkness. Now, in much of [...]

Air purification is catching on – but it may be doing more harm than good

By |2019-03-18T12:01:22+00:00March 18th, 2019|

Alastair Lewis, science director at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of York, writes about how in spite of some clever marketing, air pollution filters may not be the golden bullet for poor air quality. I recently found myself in the surreal world of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas discussing the next [...]

The genetics of regeneration

By |2019-03-18T11:57:01+00:00March 18th, 2019|

Study uncovers genes that control process of whole-body regeneration When it comes to regeneration, some animals are capable of amazing feats. If you cut off a salamander’s leg, it will grow back. When threatened, some geckos drop their tails to distract their predator, only to regrow them later. Other animals take the process even further. [...]

E-Cigarettes Can Churn Out High Levels Of Formaldehyde

By |2019-03-18T11:50:16+00:00March 18th, 2019|

Vapor produced by electronic cigarettes can contain a surprisingly high concentration of formaldehyde — a known carcinogen — researchers reported Wednesday. The findings, described in a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine,intensify concern about the safety of electronic cigarettes, which have become increasingly popular. Read more at NPR...  

Managing acute asthma in clinical settings

By |2019-03-18T11:44:38+00:00March 18th, 2019|

Overview Wheezing infants younger than 12 months old should not be treated for acute asthma. Acute wheezing in this age group is most commonly due to acute viral bronchiolitis. Go to: Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative (PREDICT) Australasian bronchiolitis guidelines Advice should be obtained from a paediatric respiratory physician or paediatrician before administering short-acting beta2 [...]

No, Secondhand Vaping Isn’t Harmless

By |2019-03-18T11:39:26+00:00March 18th, 2019|

Sure, it’s not as bad as cigarette smoke, but what do we actually know about the byproduct of vaping? Even though the e-cigarette industry is incredibly lucrative one, there’s a lot we really don’t know about vaping. But because there’s some evidence to suggest it’s marginally better for you than smoking tobacco, many people will do it [...]