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Antibiotic Resistant

Hospitals are a health risk all by themselves, just being a patient carries a about a 10% risk of infection, and about .5% risk of death. That’s independent of what you’re there for, those numbers are much, much higher if you’re in the ICU, elderly, or having surgery. And they’re probably underreported. It’s known that […]

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Superbug Cascade

October 5, 2016

Antibiotic resistant bacteria, or superbugs, are taking over. While they’ve been around for a long time, existing antibiotics are becoming useless at an increasing pace. The newest issue? A variant of MRSA (LA-MRSA) is circulating in Europe. While it’s not unexpected, what’s important to note is that it’s being distributed by animal products. Raw meat, […]

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“Complications related to…” is a neat little phrase put on death certificates that can be horribly misleading. Most people understand that with even a mild disease, one thing can lead to another until you’ve got some pretty serious complications (TV dramas about doctors have been around for decades, I’m sure you’ve seen at least one)—and […]

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The outbreak of the bacteria ElizabethKingia in Wisconsin has brought some very ugly things about our healthcare system to the front. Like, people with weakened immune systems aren’t getting enough support, especially if they’re hospitalized. Some of that is also highlighted in the struggle against persistent Lyme Disease: it’s a double edged sword of being […]

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Antibiotic resistance is here, and not just prevention, but alternative treatments are going to become increasingly important while we search for new lines of antibiotics. What kind of steps can you take? Hand washing is big—it can prevent a lot of infections before they start. And taking more care of yourself will become increasingly important, […]

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