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Reduction of Healthcare-Associated Infections by Exceeding High Compliance with Hand Hygiene Practices

By |2019-09-22T15:59:16+00:00September 22nd, 2019|

Abstract Improving hand hygiene from high to very high compliance has not been documented to decrease healthcare-associated infections. We conducted longitudinal analyses during 2013–2015 in an 853-bed hospital and observed a significantly increased hand hygiene compliance rate (p<0.001) and a significantly decreased healthcare-associated infection rate (p = 0.0066). The association between hand hygiene and infection [...]


By |2019-09-22T15:55:45+00:00September 22nd, 2019|

India has just banned a ‘last-hope’ drug misused in livestock, and the WHO has launched a campaign against drug-resistant bacteria. But Israel isn’t doing very much. India’s health ministry has banned the use of a “last hope” antibiotic known as colistin in farm animals to help stop the growing spread of drug-resistant “superbugs,” a threat [...]

Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with E-Cigarette Use, or Vaping

By |2019-09-22T15:47:52+00:00September 22nd, 2019|

Posted September 19, 2019 at 12:00pm ET CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of lung injury associated with e-cigarette product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) use. Key Facts about E-Cigarette Use, or Vaping Electronic cigarettes – [...]

How Can I Find Relief From the Dryness in My Eyes + Mouth Caused by Sjögren’s?

By |2019-09-22T15:42:31+00:00September 22nd, 2019|

The short answer from a rheumatologist Q: I have Sjögren’s syndrome, and I have dryness in my eyes and mouth. Is there anything I can do about this? A: Sjögren’s syndrome is a chronic autoimmune disease. In autoimmune diseases, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue with an inflammatory response. In Sjögren’s syndrome, the inflammation mostly [...]

Antibiotics, High-Fat, High-Sugar Diets and Microbial Oxalate Metabolism

By |2019-09-22T15:35:41+00:00September 22nd, 2019|

Could these be the culprits in the increasing incidence of kidney stones? The associations between urinary stone disease (USD), oxalate and the microbiome are well known. Microbial oxalate metabolism in the gastrointestinal tract involves a diverse, functional microbial network that includes multiple species of oxalate-degrading bacteria, along with other functional groups of bacteria that include acetogenic [...]

The U.S. could lose its measles-elimination status soon. Here’s why that matters.

By |2019-09-22T15:28:15+00:00September 22nd, 2019|

Officially, the U.S. eliminated measles 19 years ago. While there was the occasional case, brought in by a traveller that could be spread to a few nearby people, outbreaks of the infectious disease have usually been relatively limited. That is, until this year. Credit: iStock, andriano_cz Read more at Global News...

Can You Boost Your Metabolism for Weight Loss?

By |2019-09-22T15:24:32+00:00September 22nd, 2019|

And four ways to change your weight set point Your friend seems to eat and drink everything in sight — but always stays slim. You, on the other hand, diligently count calories but can’t get rid of those extra 10 pounds. What gives? Endocrinologist and obesity specialist Marcio Griebeler, MD, says the answer is (unfortunately) a [...]

Impact of Outdoor Air Pollution on Indoor Air Quality in Low-Income Homes during Wildfire Seasons

By |2019-09-22T15:19:21+00:00September 22nd, 2019|

Abstract   Indoor and outdoor number concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), black carbon (BC), carbon monoxide (CO), and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) were monitored continuously for two to seven days in 28 low-income homes in Denver, Colorado, during the 2016 and 2017 wildfire seasons. In the absence of indoor sources, all outdoor pollutant concentrations were [...]

Embarrassing Vaginal Odor? It Could Be Bacterial Vaginosis

By |2019-09-22T15:05:15+00:00September 22nd, 2019|

This common infection is an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina It’s one of those topics that’s so taboo, you might be too embarrassed to talk to your doctor about it. But chances are, your gynecologist can help!  So don’t put off mentioning any unusual vaginal odor that’s got you feeling self-conscious or keeping you from [...]

What works best for ensuring treatment adherence. Lessons from a social support program for people treated for tuberculosis in Ukraine

By |2019-09-22T14:57:50+00:00September 22nd, 2019|

Abstract Background Worldwide, TB is one of the top 10 causes of death and the leading cause from a single infectious agent. Ukraine is one of 30 countries with the highest burden of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Global literature shows that social support (SS) is important in improving TB treatment adherence, reducing lost to follow up rates [...]