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Why 'nightmare bacteria' is on the rise
CNN
VideoBriefThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has sent out a warning to hospitals about a new antibiotic-resistant bacteria, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE. While this strain of bacteria is not new, it has become more common in the last 10 years or so and has now become prevalent enough to warrant a higher level of concern.
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CDC: Be on alert for new coronavirus
MedPage Today
The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus hCoV-EMC has risen, but none has been reported in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. Still, the agency is urging doctors with patients who have an unexplained respiratory illness and recent travel to the Arabian peninsula or neighboring countries to report the cases to the CDC.
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Former employee: Compounding pharmacy 'got greedy'
WCVB-TV
VideoBrief Former employees of a Framingham compounding pharmacy at the center of a national meningitis outbreak are claiming the New England Compounding Center brazenly broke the rules. For the first time in the six months since the fungal meningitis outbreak, those who worked inside the compounding pharmacy are speaking out.
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Study: Bee venom kills HIV
U.S. News & World Report
Scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that melittin, a toxin found in bee venom, physically destroys the HIV virus, a breakthrough that could potentially lead to drugs that are immune to HIV resistance. The toxin rips holes in the virus' outer layer, destroying it, but the particles aren't large enough to damage body cells.
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MRSA data show increased risk for children during summer
Medscape Medical News
Recent data on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus demonstrate seasonal variations that may put children at increased risk during the summer and seniors at greater risk during the winter, according to a study published online in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Citing earlier research, the authors note that MRSA-related hospitalizations doubled in the U.S. between 1999 and 2005, but that this increase was fueled primarily by MRSA acquired in community settings, rather than in hospitals or other healthcare settings, as had been the case before that time.
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Bacteria reportedly found in buried Antarctic lake
LiveScience via Fox News
A new type of microbe has been found at a lake buried under Antarctica's thick ice, according to news reports. The find may unveil clues of the surrounding environment in the lake, according to scientists. The bacteria, said to be only 86 percent similar to other types known to exist on Earth, was discovered in a water sample taken from Lake Vostok, which sits under more than 2 miles of Antarctic ice.
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Breast cancer technique to be tested on human breast tissue for 1st time
Science and Technology Facilities Council via Medical Xpress
A technique that could take away the anxious wait by patients for breast cancer results by removing the need for a needle biopsy is to have its performance evaluated for the first time, on breast tissue and lymph nodes. The method originally invented at Science and Technology Facilities Council's Central Laser Facility has already been proven as a viable option for detecting abnormalities picked up by mammograms but has not yet been tested on human breast tissue ex vivo.
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6 months after fungal meningitis outbreak, patients still get infections
NBC News
Nearly six months after the start of a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak blamed on tainted pain shots, patients who originally tested clear are showing up sick, raising worries that the incubation period for illness may be longer than anyone thought.
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CDC: Be on alert for new coronavirus
MedPage Today
The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus hCoV-EMC has risen, but none has been reported in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. Still, the agency is urging doctors with patients who have an unexplained respiratory illness and recent travel to the Arabian peninsula or neighboring countries to report the cases to the CDC.

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Advanced breast cancer in young American women: On the rise?
Medscape Medical News
In the past 30 years, there has been a small but significant increase in the incidence of advanced breast cancer in American women 25 to 39 years of age, according to a study published in JAMA. During the same period, there was no increase in advanced disease in older women, according to the researchers.

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Sequester: Medical researchers should panic, medical providers shouldn't
The Washington Post
It is not hard to find sequester panic in Washington these days. Legislators are panicked. The president is panicked. So, how panicked should various health care sectors be right now? It all depends on their role in the health care industry.

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Study provides new clues to how flu virus spreads
Infection Control Today
People may more likely be exposed to the flu through airborne virus than previously thought, according to new research from the University of Maryland School of Public Health. The study also found that when flu patients wear a surgical mask, the release of virus in even the smallest airborne droplets can be significantly reduced.
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Everything illuminated: New method to light up pieces of cancer puzzle
Wired
Doctors have gotten better at diagnosing cancer, but they still struggle to pick the right weapon for a patient to fight cancer's aggressive behavior. "Cancer is very complicated and very different from patient to patient," says Michael Gerdes, cancer researcher at GE Global Research in New York. "We really have not done an adequate job matching patients to therapies." But new breakthroughs in molecular diagnostics are starting to change the picture.
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How cells optimize the functioning of their power plants
University of Geneva via PhysOrg
Mitochondria, which are probably derived from distant bacterial ancestors incorporated into our cells, have their own DNA. However, we know little about how these organelles, which convert oxygen and consumed nutrients into energy, regulate the expression of their own genes.
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4 awesome infection-prevention videos
FierceHealthCare
Hospitals are increasingly using social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to engage and market to patients. But savvy hospitals know that internal marketing and employee relations are just as important — especially when it comes to infection control. Recent data shows progress in reducing healthcare-associated infections, yet hospitals still struggle to get staff to comply with even seemingly simple precautions, such as hand-washing. YouTube to the rescue.
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