Archive | May, 2007

Barnum was right!

May 31, 2007

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On Web MD today is an expose of the use of ‘colon cleaners’ which are sold in $billions usually to those with poor education, as a substitute for expensive medical care (particularly on the radio on Sunday mornings) or those sucked in to the vitamin/additive field. As P.T. Barnum is supposed to have said “A […]

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Stop TB Partnership delivers treatments for 10 million people in six years

May 30, 2007

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The WHO’s ‘Stop TB Partnership’ announced today that its drug supply arm, the Global Drug Facility, has provided anti-TB drug treatments for 10 million people to 78 countries in the past six years. “This is an important milestone, because getting anti-TB drugs to people who need them and making sure they complete their treatment is […]

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Only 100% smoke-free environments adequately protect from dangers of second-hand smoke

May 30, 2007

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On World Tobacco Day the WHO emphasizes the need for countries to make all indoor public places and workplaces 100% smoke-free with the release of its new policy recommendations on protection from exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke. “The evidence is clear, there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke,” said the WHO […]

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XDR-TB in the U.S.

May 30, 2007

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Unsurprisingly XDR-TB has finally made its way into the US by means of an air flight. The infected individual had travelled through Europe recently. The main issue is that he spent a number of hours in an evironment where the cabin air was recirculated. The CDC and other health authorities are tracking down potential contacts […]

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Politicians and reform

May 30, 2007

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Today, Sednator Obama has weighed in on medical care access. Like most politicians he seems to think the only way to improve access is to increase taxes. Our politicians fail to review the history of health care access in all the other developed countries, where universal care is the norm, at lower cost, and better […]

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MRSA and poor neighborhoods

May 29, 2007

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A fascinating study in this week’s Archives of Internal Medicine [Arch Intern Med. 2007;167:1026-1033] identifies an increase of Community Acquired MRSA (a different clonal entity from hospital acquired MRSA) from 24.0 cases per 100 000 people in 2000 to 164.2 cases per 100 000 people in 2005 (relative risk, 6.84 [2005 vs 2000]). This infection […]

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Increase in Acanthamoeba keratitis

May 28, 2007

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Reported by Promed today after study by CDC is an increase in Acanthamoeba keratitis_ (AK). This condition can casue blindess and is associated with contact lens wearers exhibiting risky behaviors such as improperly storing, handling, or disinfecting their lenses (e.g., by using tap water or homemade solutions for cleaning); swim, use hot tubs, or shower […]

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Leading the fight against food poisoning

May 28, 2007

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From the University of Nottinham (U.K.) researchers intend to develop bacteriophage-based treatments for the control of Campylobacter. Bacteriophages — the term literally means ‘bacterium-eater’ — are naturally occurring agents that target and destroy bacteria with a high degree of efficiency, and do so selectively and specifically, without affecting beneficial bacteria or gut cells. The term […]

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HIV in breastmilk killed by flash-heating

May 28, 2007

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A simple method of flash-heating breast milk infected with HIV successfully inactivated the free-floating virus, according to a new study led by researchers at the Berkeley and Davis campuses of the University of California. The findings, to appear in the July 1 print issue of the Journal of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, but now […]

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Curb the pocket money, curb the problem drinking

May 28, 2007

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Professor Mark Bellis, Director of Liverpool’s John Moore University’s Centre for Public Health and colleagues found youths who receive more than £10 a week in spending money and who buy alcohol for themselves are more likely to become ‘problem drinkers’, a survey of over 10,000 teenagers reveals. The authors highlight a number of potential interventions […]

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