Scientists have a new theory about the origins of a dangerous, drug-resistant fungus that can strike the sickest patients in hospitals and other facilities that provide long-term care: global warming. The proposal, from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, was published Tuesday in the journal mBio. The fungus, a type of yeast called Candida auris, was discovered just 10 years ago in a Japanese patient with an ear infection. ("Auris" is Latin for "ear.") Since then, it has been diagnosed in patients around the world. But C. auris didn't spread like a virus would, radiating out from one location. Instead, it popped up simultaneously in different parts of the world, including India, South Africa and South America. "It was really mystifying that Candida auris appeared at the same time in three continents," said lead study author Dr. Arturo Casadevall, chair of the molecular microbiology and immunology department at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public … [Read more...] about Deadly fungal infections may increase with global warming
A BABY girl “born with three heads” has baffled doctors in India, according to reports. Family members are said to be "in shock" following the unusual birth last Thursday. The mum was admitted to a health centre in Uttar Pradesh's Etah district after suffering extreme pain in the build up to her labour. But relatives and doctors were stunned when she delivered a baby with three “heads”. The baby girl has two large protrusions formed from the back of her skull – rare birth defects that are known as encephaloceles. Medics said the mum had not experienced any complications during her pregnancy. She was later referred to the District Hospital in Etah as the health centre lacked advanced medical facilities. Doctors said that they would conduct a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan to determine the medical condition that caused the abnormality. "This is a very rare medical condition,” explained Rajesh Thakur, Chief Medical Superintendent, District … [Read more...] about Baby girl ‘born with THREE heads’ stuns doctors in India
AN entire city no longer has a single dentist free for new NHS patients. Thousands of people in Portsmouth won't be able to use surgeries when a chain of practices closes next month, according to the British Dental Association. The 20,000 NHS patients left without an option in the city will have to get to Gosport or Havant for treatment. One patient, who did not wish to be named, told The News: "I received a letter saying that I would be provided ongoing care at another surgery but when I contacted them I was told all they could do was put me on a waiting list and 20,000 patients were affected by the closures." NHS England has suggested the figure affected is closer to 9,000 but local sources have said it is much higher. The three practices to be closed are owned by Colosseum Dental Group, owned by an investment company in Switzerland. Stephen Morgan, Labour MP for Portsmouth South, said poorer members of the community would be worst-affected. Adding: "How will poorer families pay for … [Read more...] about Entire city no longer has a single NHS dentist free for patients
Those who eschew steak in favor of chicken because they think it's healthier may be able to put lean beef back on the menu. That's because new research, published Tuesday in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, is raising questions about poultry and cholesterol. The small study found that consuming high levels of red meat or white poultry resulted in higher blood cholesterol levels than consuming an equal amount of plant protein. The findings held even when diets contained high levels of saturated fat, which increased blood cholesterol to the same extent as all three protein sources. The key takeaway from the study, nutritionists say, is to watch out for saturated fat, no matter the protein source. And when it comes to poultry versus red meat, "it's easier to get higher amounts of saturated fat from some cuts of red meat," said Elizabeth Kitchin, assistant professor of nutrition sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham who wasn't involved with the research. Still, it … [Read more...] about When it comes to cholesterol, is chicken as bad as red meat?
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE May 28, 2019, 5:36 AM UTC By Linda Carroll Opioid prescriptions remain common for teens and young adults, a new study finds. From 2005 to 2015, nearly 15 percent of teens and young adults received an opioid prescription during an emergency room visit, according to the study, published Tuesday in the journal Pediatrics. That’s compared with 3 percent among those who were seen in an outpatient clinic. What’s more, ER visits for dental issues resulted in an opioid prescription nearly 60 percent of the time. “Adolescents and young adults are such a high-risk population for opioid misuse and future addiction,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Joel Hudgins, a clinical instructor at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. “We found the rates of opioid prescriptions were pretty high, at 15 … [Read more...] about Teens still commonly prescribed opioids, study finds