October 17, 2010

Public Health Crisis

1 Antibiotic-Resistant Infections on the Rise

Infectious disease doctor Brad Spellberg told Katie Couric in a recent interview that drug-resistant infections are on the rise and pose a serious public health risk. Many of these “superbugs” start out as bacteria and because of their drug resistance, may evolve into deadly killers. An example of this is E.coli that causes most urinary tract infections. "We're at a point where we may have to start admitting tens of thousands of women with simple urinary tract infections to the hospital,” said Spellberg, “because E.coli that causes most urinary tract infections is becoming resistant.” Health officials say drug resistance is due, in part, to the overuse of antibiotics and a recent study found that more than 60% of antibiotics were unnecessarily prescribed.

More at CBSNews.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: New Gene Creates Drug Resistant Infections

Tags: E. Coli, Infectious Diseases, Public Health Concern, Superbugs, Urinary Tract Infection, Drug Resistant Infections, Katie Couric, Dr. Brad Spellberg

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Hold the Glass

2 Frozen Veggies May Contain Glass

Kids would be correct to shun these veggies from Pictsweet, sold at Kroger and Wal-Mart in the Southeast. CNN reports that the company, based in Bells, Tenn., has recalled some varieties of frozen vegetables because they may be contaminated with glass fragments. The voluntary recall includes Kroger 12-ounce Green Peas, Kroger 12-ounce Peas and Carrots, Great Value 12-ounce Steamable Sweet Peas and Great Value 12-ounce Steamable Mixed Vegetables. While there have been no reports of injuries, consumers shouldn't eat these recalled store-brand products. For more information, customers may call Pictsweet at 1-800-367-7412 (extension 417).

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Food Safety, Frozen Vegetables Recalled, Food Recall, Glass in Peas, Peas Recalled for Glass, Great Value Recall, Kroger Brand Recall, Food Recalls, Pictsweet, Steamable Mixed Vegetables

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Predicting the Future

3 Future Genetic Tests May Predict Early Menopause

New research findings could help create a genetic test that would predict early menopause, say researchers. The test could be used to help women make more informed family planning decisions. Study findings from the University of Exeter Peninsula Medical School and the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) reveal that four genes affect the risk for early menopause. In combination, those four genes have a large impact on fertility. These first findings from the Breakthrough Generations study were published in Human Molecular Genetics. The study will continue, following 100,000 women in the UK for 40 years to determine how lifestyle, genes and environmental factors may contribute to early menopause.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Early Menopause, Breakthrough Generations Study, Causes of Early Menopause, Research on Early Menopause, University of Exeter Peninsula Medical School, Institute of Cancer Research, Predict Early Menopause

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4 Eight HPV Strains Cause Over 90 Percent of Cancers

Scientists have linked 8 human papillomavirus (HPV) strains to over 90 percent of the cases of cervical cancer. This information is the result of examining 60 years worth of data that involved 10,575 cases of cervical cancer in 38 countries. In descending order of frequency, strains 16, 18, 45, 33, 31, 52, 58, and 35 have been linked to that majority of cases of cervical cancer. GlaxoSmithKline and Merck developed vaccines that protect against strains 16 and 18, with some cross-protection against 31 and 45. The vaccines are expensive and as result and in most cases are only available in wealthy countries, many of which have started immunization programs. Scientists believe the results of this study should prompt development of vaccines that offer protection against the remaining strains.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: HPV Infection and Skin Cancer Risk Explored

Tags: GlaxoSmithKline, HPV, Cervical Cancer, Human Papilloma Virus, Merck & Co., HPV Vaccine

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