COPD outcomes—treating the individual, not the condition

By |2019-11-18T15:49:36+00:00November 18th, 2019|

Support for people with COPD should be targeted so that individuals develop the skills they need to manage their condition, says Carol Liddle When I read research papers on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and its progression, I find it funny how every study assumes that we’ve had a continuous relationship with our primary and [...]

Ketogenic diet activates protective γδ T cell responses against influenza virus infection

By |2019-11-18T15:43:21+00:00November 18th, 2019|

Putting mice on a keto diet Our immune responses to infections are influenced by several extrinsic factors, including weather, social interactions, and diet. Here, Goldberg et al. report that feeding mice a high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet confers protection in the context of lethal influenza infection. By characterizing the immune response in the lungs, the authors identified that [...]

Investigation of Cell Phones as a Potential Source of Bacterial Contamination in the Operating Room

By |2019-11-18T15:37:12+00:00November 18th, 2019|

Abstract Background: Cell phone use has become common in areas of the hospital, including the operating room. The purpose of this study was to document the frequency of bacterial contamination on the cell phones of orthopaedic surgeons in the operating room and to determine whether a standardized disinfecting protocol decreased the rate of bacterial contamination [...]

Aspergillus Endangers Children at Hospital for Second Time This Year

By |2019-11-18T13:15:52+00:00November 18th, 2019|

The presence of the fungus Aspergillus has forced the closing of 11 operating rooms at Seattle Children’s Hospital, marking the second such closure in a year. All 14 of the hospital’s operating rooms will be closed later in the week, said hospital spokeswoman Kathryn Mueller. "On November 10, routine air test results revealed the presence of Aspergillus in the air in [...]

Legionella bacteria found at Armadale Hospital

By |2019-11-18T12:57:36+00:00November 18th, 2019|

Legionella bacteria has been found during routine testing of the water supply at Armadale Hospital.   The bacteria can cause Legionnaires’ disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia, if it is inhaled from water or soil. No patients have contracted Legionnaires’ disease because of the bacteria, which was believed to have been found in rooms of [...]

New licences boost safety for Queenslanders

By |2019-11-18T12:50:37+00:00November 18th, 2019|

Queensland hospitals, aged care homes and shopping centres will receive a boost to safety standards as the Palaszczuk Government updates Queensland’s mechanical services industry, which are set to take effect in the New Year. Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni said the Palaszczuk Government was continuing to provide confidence to Queensland’s built environment. [...]

Experts discuss food hygiene, allergens and STEC at Codex meeting

By |2019-11-17T15:02:24+00:00November 17th, 2019|

The Codex Committee on Food Hygiene met in Cleveland, Ohio earlier this month to talk about food allergen management, biological foodborne outbreaks and guidelines to control E. coli. Codex Alimentarius is a collection of standards, guidelines and codes of practice adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which was established by the World Health Organization (WHO) [...]

If we’re going to combat climate change, we need to tackle air pollution too

By |2019-11-17T14:56:06+00:00November 17th, 2019|

Some of the pollutants that harm our health also harm our climate. It is therefore surprising that our actions to tackle air pollution and the climate crisis are not more joined up. This December scientists, journalists and policymakers will gather in Madrid for the United Nations climate change conference. Much of the media coverage will [...]

Federal legislators call for USDA to name contaminated beef plants

By |2019-11-17T14:47:19+00:00November 17th, 2019|

Although a single supplier has not been identified, federal officials know of a number of specific beef plants that are contaminated with a strain of Salmonella behind a deadly outbreak. But, the USDA won’t name those companies. Seeking to force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reveal the information, two members of Congress wrote to [...]