From the monthly archives:

February 2013

Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) is a superbug with a mortality rate of almost 50%, and enough cases have surfaced in the last year that the CDC is reminding doctors of the guidelines for handling CRE in an effort to contain it (treating doctors, nearby patients, etc. are all at risk of catching it). CRE is resistant […]

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There’s been lots of research done on the effects of too little sleep. It can shorten your lifespan, impair your cognitive abilities, and weaken your immune system. Now, some of the mechanisms behind those effects, and effects not yet clearly documented, have been found: getting too little sleep affects your DNA, increasing the activity of […]

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Antibiotics are overprescribed for many common illnesses. While sinus infections are the number one disease that antibiotics are overprescribed for (most sinus infections are caused by viruses, which aren’t killed by antibiotics), ear infections, especially in children, also tend to be overprescribed antibiotics. It’s understandable—ear infections hurt, especially middle ear infections, and no one wants […]

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Tuberculosis Outbreak In LA

February 25, 2013

Tuberculosis, a very deadly, highly contagious disease that was briefly made a non-issue by antibiotics, has now infected thousands of people on the west coast. Centering in LA, a local strain of tuberculosis went from a few isolated cases to infecting thousands in skid row. While TB tends to start by infecting the homeless, who […]

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Flu Vaccine Fails

February 22, 2013

The CDC has released statistics on this year’s flu shot. The good news is that the rush put on it (it was produced in a much smaller window than flu vaccines usually are) worked, and it matches the strains in circulation this year pretty well. The bad news is it’s not working as well as […]

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