May 12, 2011

Time to Panic?

1 Bedbugs Carrying MRSA Found

Bedbugs are a nuisance, sure - and infestations in major cities have many people’s skin crawling. But now scientists have found bedbugs carrying MRSA, the antibiotic resistant staph bacteria, on three hospital patients in Vancouver, Canada. While bedbugs haven’t been known to carry - or transmit - disease, researchers, in a report published in the Centers for Disease Control journal Emerging Infectious Disease, write that the possibility, while small, exists. They say that scratching a bedbug bite could abrade the skin and allow the bacteria to invade it and cause disease. Researchers hasten to add that there is no definitive evidence linking bedbugs to the transmission of disease.

More at LATimes.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: NYC Most Bedbug-Infested US City

Tags: Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, Bed Bugs, Bedbugs, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Infectious Disease, MRSA, Staph Infection, Do Bedbugs Transmit Disease

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Obesity Linked with C-Sections

2 C-Section Birth Could Make You Fat

Young adults who were born by Cesarean section are more likely to be obese compared with young adults born vaginally, find Brazilian researchers who studied more than 2,000 people. MSNBC reports that the research linked being born via C-section with a 58 percent increased risk of adult obesity. The research, conducted on 23- to 25-year-olds, showed that 15 percent of participants who were born by C-section were obese, compared with just 10 percent of people born vaginally. Even after accounting for factors like income, heavier birth weight and education levels, young adults born by C-section were still at increased risk of obesity. However, researchers caution that the study doesn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship between C-sections and obesity.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Inducing Labor Increases Risk of C-Section

Tags: Causes Obesity, Dangers Cesarean Section, Risks C SeCtion, Obese Young Adults, Cesarean Section Risks, Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul, Heavier Birth Weight

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Low Vitamin D = Low Hemoglobin

3 Anemia in Children Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency

A study involving over 9,400 kids from 2 to 18 years old found that children with anemia due to a low number of hemoglobin-containing (HgB) red blood cells that carry oxygen is associated with vitamin D deficiency. HgB levels under 20 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) increased the risk of anemia in kids by 50 percent compared to children with higher levels. As vitamin D levels went up by 1 ng/ml decreased the chance of anemia by three percent. Racial variations were apparent with only one percent of white children being anemic versus nine percent of black children implying vitamin D deficiency is a major factor in anemia in black kids. Overall average vitamin D levels in black kids was 18 ng/ml compared to 27 ng/ml in white kids. The factors that account for this disparity are unknown.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Study Links Teen Obesity and Low Vitamin D Levels, Study Shows Vitamin D Lowers RSV Risk in Newborns

Tags: Anemia, Vitamin D, Vitamin D Deficiency, Childhood Anemia, Low Vitamin D Levels and Anemia, Anemia Risk Factors, Problems Associated with Vitamin D Deficiency

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