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Japanese woman died from tick-borne illness after cat bite, health ministry says

By |2018-12-14T14:57:32+00:00December 14th, 2018|

A woman in western Japan died from a tick-borne disease last year after being bitten by a stray cat, the health ministry said. The case is believed to be the world’s first human infection of the illness without a direct bite from a tick. The ministry said Monday that the woman in her 50s was [...]

Ebola outbreak grows as DRC issues alerts in Goma

By |2018-12-14T14:47:54+00:00December 14th, 2018|

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) health ministry today in its daily Ebola update reported 5 new cases and 9 new deaths and added that 100 suspected cases are under investigation. Outbreak totals now stand at 505 cases, including 298 deaths. The new cases include two in Katwa and one each in Komanda, Musienene, [...]

Study supports shorter antibiotic treatment for bacteremia

By |2018-12-14T14:47:19+00:00December 14th, 2018|

Results from a randomized controlled trial of patients with bloodstream infections indicate that treatment with a 7-day course of antibiotics is non-inferior to a 14-day course, a finding that could have important implications for antibiotic stewardship. The findings, published yesterday in Clinical Infectious Diseases, are significant because shortening antibiotic therapy is seen as an important tool for [...]

Developing a next-generation whooping cough vaccine

By |2018-12-14T14:46:30+00:00December 14th, 2018|

Tulane University researchers are using nanoparticles from bacteria to develop a more effective and longer lasting vaccine against pertussis. The National Institutes of Health awarded microbiologist Lisa Morici and immunologist James McLachlan a contract for up to $8.5 million over five years for the project. Their vaccine uses outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) from bacteria to [...]

Family Dinners Improve Teens’ Eating Habits No Matter How Well Family Functions, New U of G Study Finds

By |2018-12-13T14:47:21+00:00December 13th, 2018|

A new U of G study has revealed teenagers and young adults who sit down for family dinners – regardless of how well the family unit manages daily routines, communicates and connects emotionally – are more likely to have healthier eating habits than if they graze or fend for themselves at suppertime. “Gathering around the [...]

How to Kick the Sugar Habit

By |2018-12-13T14:47:10+00:00December 13th, 2018|

One of the most common complaints I hear from clients is that they just can’t control their sweet tooth. Though many of us want to lower our sugar intake, it’s hard to conquer those sugary cravings. From dealing with my own sweet cravings, as well as those of my clients, I’ve devised a strategy for reducing the urge to [...]

COPD increases cardiac mortality in patients presenting with ventricular tachyarrhythmias and aborted cardiac arrest

By |2018-12-13T14:36:29+00:00December 13th, 2018|

Highlights COPD increases mortality in patients with ventricular tachyarrhythmias and SCA. COPD was associated with the primary endpoint of long-term all-cause mortality. Results showed consistency in multivariable regression and propensity score matching. COPD was associated with secondary endpoints such as cardiac death at 24 h. Abstract Objectives The study sought to assess the prognostic impact of [...]