Binning microbial genomes using deep learning

By |2018-12-13T14:35:47+00:00December 13th, 2018|

Abstract Identification and reconstruction of microbial species from metagenomics wide genome sequencing data is an important and challenging task. Current existing approaches rely on gene or contig co-abundance information across multiple samples and k-mer composition information in the sequences. Here we use recent advances in deep learning to develop an algorithm that uses variational autoencoders [...]

Ebola count in DRC hits 500 in growing outbreak

By |2018-12-13T14:35:41+00:00December 13th, 2018|

The world’s second-largest Ebola outbreak hit another milestone today, as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) recorded 2 new cases, raising outbreak totals to 500, including 289 deaths. Of the four new deaths recorded today, two are community deaths in Beni and Mabalako, which took place outside a hospital or Ebola treatment center, raising [...]

McDonald’s sets timeline to cut antibiotics in beef supply

By |2018-12-13T14:35:35+00:00December 13th, 2018|

Editor’s note: This story was updated later on Dec 11 with comments from Paul Plummer, DVM. McDonald’s today announced a new policy to reduce the use of medically important antibiotics in its beef supply chain. The company says it will partner with supplying beef producers in the United States and nine other countries—Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, [...]

Klebsiella pneumoniae causing urinary tract infections in companion animals and humans: population structure, antimicrobial resistance and virulence genes

By |2018-12-13T14:35:29+00:00December 13th, 2018|

Abstract Objectives To characterize the population structure, antimicrobial resistance and virulence genes of Klebsiella spp. isolated from dogs, cats and humans with urinary tract infections (UTIs). Methods Klebsiella spp. from companion animals (n = 27) and humans (n = 77) with UTI were tested by the disc diffusion method against 29 antimicrobials. Resistant/intermediate isolates were tested by PCR for 16 resistance genes. [...]

Wheat oral immunotherapy helps young patients with wheat allergy

By |2018-12-12T14:37:31+00:00December 12th, 2018|

Low-dose vital wheat gluten oral immunotherapy induced desensitization after 1 year of treatment in patients with wheat allergy, according to findings recently published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. “Wheat is one of the most common food allergens in children. The only current ‘treatment’ for them is to avoid foods with wheat, which is [...]

Almanac: London’s killer smog

By |2018-12-12T14:26:37+00:00December 12th, 2018|

On December 9, 1952 – 66 years ago today – a mixture of smoke and fog that killed thousands finally lifted over London. A thick cold fog had settled over the city four days earlier, trapping dirty smoke from the coal fires most residents relied on for warmth. The dangerous smog turned day into night, [...]

Bad Air Warnings in London And Paris Peak With Fish And Chips

By |2018-12-12T14:26:32+00:00December 12th, 2018|

It’s no surprise the London Underground is polluted, but outside the Parisian Louvre museum? You’d be forgiven for thinking the adjacent Andre Le Notre-designed Tuileries gardens would’ve made the air more breathable. A device by startup Plume Labs kills that assumption. The 4-inch tall gadget — named Flow — sends real-time air quality readings to a smartphone [...]

Guidelines of care for the management of primary cutaneous melanoma

By |2018-12-12T14:26:27+00:00December 12th, 2018|

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) strives to produce clinical guidelines that reflect the best available evidence supplemented with the judgment of expert clinicians. Significant efforts are taken to minimize the potential for conflicts of interest to influence guideline content. The management of conflict of interest for this guideline complies with the Council of Medical Specialty [...]

Feds Order More Weekend Inspections Of Nursing Homes To Catch Understaffing

By |2018-12-12T14:26:20+00:00December 12th, 2018|

The federal government announced plans Friday to crack down on nursing homes with abnormally low weekend staffing by requiring more surprise inspections be done on Saturdays and Sundays. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it will identify nursing homes for which payroll records indicate low weekend staffing or that they operate without [...]

South Sudan set to vaccinate targeted healthcare and frontline workers operating in high risk states against Ebola

By |2018-12-12T14:26:11+00:00December 12th, 2018|

Juba 8 December, 2018 – The Ministry of Health of the Republic of South Sudan with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), DFID, GAVI vaccine alliance and other partners, is set to vaccinate targeted healthcare and frontline workers operating in high risk states bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) against Ebola virus disease (EVD) [...]