May 17, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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Phage therapy to prevent cholera infections – and possibly those caused by other deadly bacteria

Viruses attack and infect a bacterium. Design_Cells/Shutterstock.com In the latest of a string of high-profile cases in the U.S., a cocktail of bacteria-killing viruses successfully treated a cystic fibrosis patient suffering from a deadly infection caused by a pathogen that was resistant to multiple forms of antibiotics. Curing infections is

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May 17, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
  • Comments Off on Viruses to stop cholera infections – the viral enemy of deadly bacteria could be humanity’s friend

Viruses to stop cholera infections – the viral enemy of deadly bacteria could be humanity’s friend

Viruses attack and infect a bacterium. Design_Cells/Shutterstock.com In the latest of a string of high-profile cases in the U.S., a cocktail of bacteria-killing viruses successfully treated a cystic fibrosis patient suffering from a deadly infection caused by a pathogen that was resistant to multiple forms of antibiotics. Curing infections is

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May 17, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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The US could have ended up with a British-style health care system: Here is why it didn’t

The role of government in the U.S. health care system has been contentious long before the recent emergence of Medicare-For-All proposals among Democratic presidential candidates. Advocates of so-called free-market health care have long described government intervention as “un-American” and “socialist.” Their arguments can perhaps be best summarize in the phrase

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May 16, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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Doris Day was a sunny actress and a domestic violence survivor; are there lessons?

Doris Day pictured in 1965. AP File/AP Photo Hollywood legend Doris Day died May 13, 2019 at age 97 at her home in Carmel Valley, California. The beautiful, blonde singer turned actress was viewed by many as America’s wholesome girl next door. In the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s, Day was

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May 15, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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US fertility keeps dropping – but that’s not a reason to panic

In 2018, the national birth rate hit a 32-year low. Pixel-Shot/shutterstock.com The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on May 15 that the number of births in the U.S. is down 2% – “the lowest number of births in 32 years.” These reports were met with surprise and alarm.

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May 15, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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How traumatic injury has become a health care crisis

Doctors care for a trauma patient. While survival rates for trauma victims have improved, if you live to leave the hospital, you’re still at risk of dying. MonkeyBusinessImages/Shutterstock.com Traumatic injury, or sudden physical injury requiring immediate medical attention, is an epidemic in the United States. It affects individuals of all

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