DRC ends March with ongoing surge of Ebola cases

By |2019-04-03T19:43:25+00:00April 3rd, 2019|

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) closed out March—its toughest month so far in the ongoing Ebola outbreak—with an ongoing spate of cases over the weekend: 23 in eight locations. As the outbreak turned the page to a new month today, the World Health Organization's (WHO's) online Ebola dashboard puts the outbreak total at [...]

Their baby died during his nap. Then medical bureaucrats deepened the parents’ anguish

By |2019-04-02T23:12:12+00:00April 2nd, 2019|

MEDFORD, Mass. — The parents were allowed to hold their baby until the medical examiner’s van arrived. Then, they’d have to hand his body over. So Holly and Eric High did what they could to say goodbye. They huddled in an alcove of the emergency room, cradling James in their arms, kissing him, rubbing his [...]

Darden Restaurants Announces Animal Welfare Policy Founded On Improvements In Welfare Outcomes

By |2019-04-02T23:05:56+00:00April 2nd, 2019|

Company also updates progress on animal welfare commitments and establishes new commitment to purchase chicken raised without medically important antibiotics by 2023 ORLANDO, Fla., March 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) today announced an animal welfare policy that encourages higher welfare outcomes for farm animals in its supply chain. As part of the policy, Darden [...]

Increased prevalence of Escherichia coli strains from food carrying blaNDM and mcr-1-bearing plasmids that structurally resemble those of clinical strains, China, 2015 to 2017

By |2019-04-02T22:54:20+00:00April 2nd, 2019|

Antimicrobial resistance poses an increasing risk to human and animal health worldwide. In particular, carbapenem resistance mediated by serine β-lactamases and metallo-β-lactamases (MBLs), such as the OXA enzymes produced by Acinetobacter baumannii and Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC-1) and New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase (NDM-1) produced by Enterobacteriaceae, is associated with a high mortality rate among hospitalised patients [1,2]. NDM-1, a type [...]

Long US flu season extends but shows signs of decline

By |2019-04-02T22:42:30+00:00April 2nd, 2019|

The flu season in the United States has now reached 18 straight weeks above baseline levels but shows signs of easing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in its weekly FluView update. Partly because of increased activity of the H3N2 strain, however, the CDC issued a Health Alert Network (HAN) advisory [...]

DRC Ebola total grows by 15; new antiviral clears hurdle

By |2019-04-02T22:36:41+00:00April 2nd, 2019|

An ongoing surge of Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) saw another double-digit rise today, with 15 new cases, the health ministry said in its daily update. In other developments, a US research team announced yesterday it has received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to use animal models in its [...]

INF Treatment Lowers Risk for Diabetes and Mortality in HIV/HCV Coinfection

By |2019-04-02T22:09:58+00:00April 2nd, 2019|

Sustained virologic response to the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in patients co-infected with HCV and HIV is associated with a lowered risk for diabetes and mortality, and patients treated with interferon (INF) who do not achieve sustained virologic response, show a reduced mortality risk compared with nontreated patients, according to a study published in the European [...]

Bacteria Appear to Be Traveling Huge Distances Through an Unknown Airborne Mechanism

By |2019-03-31T21:58:16+00:00March 31st, 2019|

We know that bacteria are incredibly stubborn microorganisms, and new research suggests they're also capable of travelling thousands of miles through the air. As you can imagine, this finding has implications for the spread of antibiotic resistance.   Credit: CDC Read more...