Two schools shut in hepatitis A outbreak in Barry and Penarth

By |2019-05-26T13:20:18+00:00May 26th, 2019|

Pupils at Victoria Primary in Penarth and Palmerston Primary in barry have been offered vaccinations and the schools are being deep cleaned Two schools have shut and pupils offered vaccinations after a cluster of five cases of Hepatitis A were confirmed. The cases include pupils at Victoria Primary in Penarth and Palmerston Primary in Barry , which are both being deep [...]

We used radical ideas to beat Ebola in West Africa and need that approach again in DR Congo

By |2019-05-26T13:16:09+00:00May 26th, 2019|

The Ebola virus is again terrorizing an African nation. The current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues to spread after it first appeared 10 months ago. By mid-May, the number of cases was 1,847 (1759 confirmed and 88 probable). In total, there were 1,223 deaths (1135 confirmed and 88 probable) and 487 people survived. The deaths in [...]

Living Well With Crohn’s Disease: 6 Mistakes to Avoid

By |2019-05-26T13:12:41+00:00May 26th, 2019|

Making smart food choices isn’t enough If you have Crohn’s disease, you know that many foods can trigger a flare-up and leave you suffering with abdominal pain, diarrhea and fatigue. But there’s more to managing your condition than making smart food choices. Understanding what other behaviors can make your condition worse can empower you to adjust your lifestyle [...]

Closed ICUs may reduce rates of three hospital-acquired infections

By |2019-05-26T12:52:43+00:00May 26th, 2019|

Closed ICUs are associated with significantly reduced rates of catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line-associated bloodstream infections and ventilator-acquired pneumonia, researchers reported at the American Thoracic Society International Conference. Patients in closed ICUs are evaluated and admitted under an intensivist, and the ICU team handles any orders involving patient care, whereas patients in open ICUs [...]

How Bacteria Become Drug-Resistant While Exposed to Antibiotics

By |2019-05-26T12:45:51+00:00May 26th, 2019|

A membrane pump found in most bacteria helps E. coli acquire drug resistance from neighboring cells even while they’re exposed to antibiotics, a new study shows. Escherichia coli is capable of synthesizing drug-resistant proteins even in the presence of antibiotics designed to cripple cell growth. That’s the finding by a group of French researchers reporting today (May 23) [...]

African swine fever keeps spreading in Asia, threatening food security

By |2019-05-26T12:20:22+00:00May 26th, 2019|

SHANGHAI, CHINA—The spread of African swine fever (ASF) in Asia is taking a worrisome turn. First reported in northeastern China in August 2018, the highly contagious, often fatal pig disease quickly swept through the country, causing the death or culling of more than 1 million pigs. In recent weeks, it has jumped borders to Vietnam, [...]

Threats to health workers roil Ebola response amid new cases

By |2019-05-25T15:36:02+00:00May 25th, 2019|

Threats of death and more violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Ebola outbreak region kept the response on shaky security ground, with nurses threatening to strike if government officials don't take action and some health facilities closing as health workers flee the deteriorating conditions. In other developments, the outbreak total grew by [...]

3rd confirmed case of measles in Saint John region prompts rush immunization clinic at school

By |2019-05-25T15:24:52+00:00May 25th, 2019|

Public health offers MMR vaccine Friday to all students and staff at Kennebecasis Valley High School There is a second confirmed case of measles at Kennebecasis Valley High School in Quispamsis, bringing the total number of cases of the highly contagious respiratory disease in the Saint John region to three. Public health scrambled to offer the measles, mumps, [...]