Lawmakers Want Dedicated Task Force In Dental Clinic Probe
DAYTON, Ohio — Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Mike Turner on Thursday urged the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to establish a dedicated task force to investigate issues surrounding misconduct at the Dayton VA Medical Center.
The urging came after two patients tested positive for hepatitis B due to improper infection control practices at the center’s dental clinic. (read more)
It’s World Health Day: WHO Says The World is Losing Battle to Superbug
Here’s some great news to mark World Health Day: a new report shows that a gene that causes bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics has been found throughout the water supply in New Delhi. The implications for the rest of the world are massive—and are already being seen in Europe, where the same gene, New Delhi or NDM-1 superbug, has been found in patients. European health experts are saying that the battle with antibiotic-resistant infections has reached a critical point, and even the strongest and newest drugs are no longer able to fight them. (read more)
World Health Day Focuses on Antibiotic Resistance
April 7 marks 2011’s World Health Day, with a focus on antibiotic resistance.
When the first antibiotics were introduced in the 1940s, they were hailed as “wonder drugs”, the miracles of modern medicine. And rightly so. Widespread infections that killed many millions of people every year could now be cured. Major diseases, like syphilis, gonorrhoea, leprosy, and tuberculosis, lost much of their sting. The risk of death from something so common as strep throat or a child’s scratched knee virtually vanished. (read more)