September 17, 2013

Sets Threat Levels

1 CDC Takes Aim at Drug Resistant Bugs

For the first time, the CDC is categorizing antibiotic-resistant bacteria by threat level to enlighten the public and to help stop the incidence of antibiotic-resistant infections. The organization estimates that 2 million people get antibiotic-resistant infections each year and at least 23,000 people die from them because current medicines no longer treat their infections. The CDC is using the labels “urgent,” “serious” and “concerning.” In the urgent category are CRE, C-Diff and Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The agency will also track infections to know when a bacteria is becoming resistant and asks the public to do their part by practicing good hand hygiene, safe food handling and, most important according to CDC director Thomas Frieden, to take antibiotics only when they are really necessary.

More at CNN.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Antibiotic Resistant Infections on the Rise

Tags: Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, C-Diff, CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CRE, Hand Washing, Thomas Frieden, Neisseria Gonorrhoeae, Food Handling

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For Terminally Ill Who Choose It

2 Stephen Hawking Backs Assisted Suicide

Stephen Hawking, British cosmologist and one of the world’s leading scientists, has come out in favor of assisted suicide for people who are terminally ill, but only if the patient makes that choice. Hawking, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at age 21 and told he had 2 to 3 years to live is now 71 and wheelchair-bound. He recalled how he was put on life support after a bout of pneumonia and his wife was given the option of turning off the machine. That was not his choice. "I think those who have a terminal illness and are in great pain should have the right to choose to end their lives, and those who help them should be free from prosecution," he told the BBC. Assisted suicide is illegal in Britain. Hawking made the statement ahead of a release of a documentary about his life.

More at NBCNews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Germany Legalizes Assisted Suicide

Tags: Assisted Suicide, Stephen Hawking, Terminal Illness, Motor Neurone Disease

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Tap Is Danger in Nose

3 Brain Amoeba in U.S. Tap Water for First Time

Residents of St. Bernard Parish have to contend with the deadly brain amoeba Naegleria fowleri in their drinking water, which is sourced from the Mississippi River. This marks the first time that the parasite has been found in a U.S. drinking water supply system, reports NBC News. St. Bernard Parish is located southeast of New Orleans. The head of water safety for the CDC, Dr. Michael Beach, has said that they've never before discovered the parasite colonizing within a treated water supply. The problem is the result of low chlorine levels. Since stomach acids kill the amoeba, it only poses a threat if it gets into the nose where it can attach to a nerve that carries smell signals to the brain. The CDC advises parents in the area to avoid using the water for pools and water slides.

More at NBC News | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Doubts on Cell Phone Link to Brain Cancer

Tags: Deadly Brain Amoeba, Brain Amoeba Invades Tap Water, Naegleria Fowleri Parasite, St. Bernard Parish Contaminated Tap Water, Unsafe Tap Water

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