#drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
#Drug-resistant super bacteria
#transferable between cows and humans
A new strain of drug-resistant Staph has been discovered
And it seems to be transferable between people and cows:
A new form of drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been found in dairy cows and humans in the U.K. and Denmark, providing more evidence that animals could be passing this superbug on to people—not just the other way around.
[…] Even as hospital-acquired MRSA cases have been declining in many countries, including the U.S., cases picked up outside health care settings are on the rise. Some of these cases are likely transmitted from people who have been in contact with a medical setting and then passed MRSA along through a chain of others through a sneeze or skin contact.
And the new findings indicate to Smith “that there’s probably more movement of Staph aureus between people and animals than we’ve realized.”
[…] Could this strain also be lurking in the U.S.? “I would guess that it is,” Smith says. “If we turn over some rocks, I would guess that we would find it.” In Denmark, samples from each case of MRSA are collected, providing researchers with a comprehensive view of the disease landscape, but in the U.S. testing is more sporadic.
The new find highlights the need for more widespread testing and a detective hunt to find out where and when this strain emerged, Smith says. And the revelation that dairy herds can carry MRSA also underscores the importance of proper hygiene and animal care, Holmes noted. Full story…
And the very serious GOP wants to cut funding to the USDA and the FDA. The invisible hand will take care of the need for testing — certainly corporate farms and dairy and meat processing plants don’t need MORE regulations when they’re testing as often as sporadically.
This situation actually would be like a Circle of Win for the GOP:
- Sporadic testing + funding cuts to regulatory agencies = even LESS testing and regulation
- Therefore, more people may contract the new Staph infection + many without medical insurance = deaths
- Dead people who couldn’t afford medical care probably weren’t working anyway, so + less federal / state spending on UI benefits and food stamps = more money for extending tax cuts to the corporate farms and processing plants!
- oh, and JOBS! Somehow.
Arizona E. Coli death and five other U.S. cases caused by European strain →
#50 deaths in europe
#centers for disease control
#Egyptian fenugreek seeds
#Shiga toxin-producing E. coli 0104:H4
#six cases in u.s.
Stay away from organic Egyptian fenugreek seeds / sprouts in Europe (or stay away from anyone who hasn’t):
The death of an Arizona man and five other U.S. cases of severe E. coli infection were caused by the deadly food poisoning outbreak that has ravaged Europe, federal health officials confirmed Friday.
The death of the man, who had recently visited Germany, is the first U.S. fatality connected to the outbreak that has killed 50 in Europe, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[…] Overall, six cases of confirmed infection with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli 0104:H4 have been confirmed, the CDC said. They include five people who recently traveled to Germany. Another victim likely became ill from close contact with a traveler.
The cause has been tentatively linked to a large shipment of organic Egyptian fenugreek seeds that was distributed to dozens of companies in at least 12 European countries, the European Food Safety Authority said on Tuesday.
Authorities say that sprouts grown from the seed, often used in salads, were responsible for two major outbreaks of a rare strain of E. coli bacteria, known as O104:H4.
Full quote: “I listened to Michele Bachmann talk about the HPV vaccine and suffered some slight mental retardation.” — thefrogman (well done!)
There ought to be a warning label.
Kristen Schaal shows off Michele Bachmann’s I’ve Got My Eye On Your Vagina brand condoms on The Daily Show. (via)
Andrew Sullivan: They’re offering her $11K over her vaccine nonsense:
University of Minnesota bioethicist Steve Miles is now offering $1,000 if the woman Bachmann described comes forward with medical proof that her daughter was left mentally disabled because of the vaccination. Art Caplan, director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics and Miles’ former boss at the U, went further — offering $10,000 if the woman’s claim is verified. “These types of messages in this climate have the capacity to do enormous public health harm,” Miles said of why he made the offer. “It’s an extremely serious claim and it deserves to be analyzed.” Miles and Caplan said they are prepared to pay should the medical records be released.
Think Progress: Director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics Art Caplan raised the stakes by putting an additional $10,000 on the line:
If she can produce a case in one week starting today verified by three medical experts that she and I pick of a woman who became ‘retarded’ (her words) due to HPV vaccine I will donate that [$10,000] to a charity of her choice. She must donate 10k to a charity I pick if she fails to do so.
Crooks & Liars: Bachmann has an imaginary friend. The Iowa Straw Poll winner has a made-up crying mother straw man. I think Bachmann actually meant to say “autism” and instead said mental retardation (not the same thing). There’s been an autism-is-caused-by-vaccines myth for a decade. The “doctor” who did that debunked and bogus study has since lost his license. While last year 10 infants in California have since lost their lives in a whooping cough epidemic as a result of his “work.”
"The virus emerges in the trachea of its host, provoking a cough that fills the air with particles ready to infect the next host."
Meanwhile in the U.S. — Colorado is not well, apparently (above)
INFLUENZA UPDATE: H5N1 and H1N1
Bird flu researchers suspend study of deadlier mutations - Researchers studying a potentially deadlier, airborne version of the H5N1 influenza virus, or bird flu, have voluntarily suspended their research for 60 days, according to a letter published in the journals Nature and Science on Friday.
China Reports 2nd H5N1 Bird Flu Death in Month - Both of the deaths in China were notable because neither victim reported any contact with birds in the month preceding his illness. The virus is known to spread through contact with infected birds, eggs or bird feces, but experts said a pandemic could occur were it to mutate into a form that was more easily spread.
Swine flu death toll hits nine in Mexico as cases almost double - Nine people have died from an outbreak of swine flu in Mexico, with the number of cases almost doubling in a week. Health officials have identified 573 cases of A (H1N1), up from 333 instances on Thursday. The strain represents 90 per cent of influenza cases in the country, the health ministry said in a statement yesterday. Authorities brushed aside suggestions of a new health emergency.
That’s an increase of 240 cases in four days!
"ST. LOUIS (AP) - A crude new method of making methamphetamine poses a risk even to Americans who never get anywhere near the drug: It is filling hospitals with thousands of uninsured burn patients requiring millions of dollars in advanced treatment - a burden so costly that it’s contributing to the closure of some burn units. So-called shake-and-bake meth is produced by combining raw, unstable ingredients in a 2-liter soda bottle. But if the person mixing the noxious brew makes the slightest error, such as removing the cap too soon or accidentally perforating the plastic, the concoction can explode, searing flesh and causing permanent disfigurement, blindness or even death."
#shake & bake method
Contraception: America’s #1 problem →
#not just catholics
#war on women
The Republican Party has officially named “contraception” as the newest evil-doer. Birth control will now join Iraq, Iran, and North Korea in George W. Bush’s “Axis of Evil.”
The GOP’s war on contraception - Not satisfied with President Obama’s new religious accommodation,Republicans will move forward with legislation by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) that permits ANY employer to deny birth control coverage in their health insurance plans, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Sunday. “If we end up having to try to overcome the President’s opposition by legislation, of course I’d be happy to support it, and intend to support it,” McConnell said. “We’ll be voting on that in the Senate and you can anticipate that that would happen as soon as possible.”
John Cole - ATTN: Moderate Republicans- at this point, you are out of excuses. No more BS about trying to take the party back. No more crap about your principles or how you are an old school conservative or just don’t feel comfortable with Democrats. You vote Republican, you vote for the maniacs. No more bullshit excuses to help you sleep at night. You vote for them, you are one of them. Period.
Charles Johnson - Just amazing. In the space of a few months the Republican Party has gone from opposing abortion to opposing birth control — even though the vast majority of Americans use contraception of some kind. They’re not even trying to use the “religious exception” excuse any more. It’s a flat out war on contraception.
Amanda Peterson Beadle - Ryan and his Republican colleagues are arguing against a policy that a majority of Catholic voters support and that major Catholic organizations favor, including the Catholic Health Association, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and Catholic Charities USA. The Rev. John Jenkins, president of the Catholic-affiliated University of Notre Dame, supported President Obama’s compromise, calling it a “a welcome step toward recognizing the freedom of religious institutions to abide by the principles that define their respective missions.” As Republicans stand with the conservative Catholic bishops in opposition to allowing women to receive contraception at no cost, they are embracing an increasingly extreme anti-contraception position, with which even many Catholics disagree.
Bob Cesca - McConnell is lying through his teeth. This has nothing – absolutely nothing – to do with religious freedom. You may have been able to get away with making that argument before the compromise, but this doesn’t hold up to even minute scrutiny. The Republicans can’t win on national security, they can’t win on the economy, and they no scandals to impeach over. The culture war is all they have. And by the way, can anyone show me the passage in the bible which reads “and thee shalt not provide birth control to thy neighbor.” Was that in the Ten Commandments and I missed it? Where’s Mel Brooks when you need him?
"The flu season may finally be picking up steam after the slowest start in nearly three decades, a new government report suggests. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports an uptick in the number of samples testing positive for the virus — 10.5 percent in the first week of February versus 7.6 percent the week before. That suggests that the flu season is just off to a late start, CDC researchers say. Interestingly, it’s only the second time in 29 years that the percentage of respiratory samples testing positive remained under 10 percent through January."
#flu season 2012
Did the US Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Cheney's New Heart? Yes. | BuzzFlash.org →
Richard A. Stitt writes:
Be well, Mr. Cheney. Just think how much more fortunate you are that if you had not been covered in total by the U.S. taxpayers you might well have exceeded your $2 million maximum cap 30 years ago. You no doubt don’t have to worry about that doughnut hole prescription drug cost that seniors must face while barely surviving on a meager Social Security check. Be well, Mr. Cheney, knowing that all those sick days you spent in Walter Reed and at George Washington University hospitals recovering with your transplanted heart, you could be one of those struggling seniors or young American workers who are living paycheck to paycheck, wondering how they can feed their families. And they can only pray that they never become as sick as you have been because they would never in their wildest dreams have expected to get a modicum of the wonderful health care that you have received. Sooner rather than later, possibly by June this year, Republicans will have much to cheer about if the Affordable Health Care Act is struck down by the rats/corporate/insurance company-friendly court. Just remember this: When Dick Cheney emerges from the Intensive Care Unit of Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia he will be a nightmarish testimony and reminder to Republican/Tea Partyers that his outstanding U.S. taxpayer-paid-for health care is destroying their freedoms and liberties.
It’s just what we suspected all along: homophobia is likely repressed homosexual attraction →
#deal with it
#who could have predicted?
This should surprise absolutely no one:
Study: Homophobic people likely repressing homosexual attraction – A research team from the University of Rochester, the University of Essex, England, and the University of California in Santa Barbara found that “[h]omophobia is more pronounced in individuals with an unacknowledged attraction to the same sex and who grew up with authoritarian parents who forbade such desires.” “Individuals who identify as straight but in psychological tests show a strong attraction to the same sex may be threatened by gays and lesbians because homosexuals remind them of similar tendencies within themselves,” the study’s lead author, Netta Weinstein, explained.
Also, too, people who say homosexuality is a choice. I don’t recall choosing to be heterosexual. Or people who think others can be influenced by or changed into homosexuals, somehow, by seeing gay couples or being ‘exposed’ to ‘the lifestyle.’
Most of us can see that people who are so threatened by gays and marriage equality and homosexuality in general might actually be afraid of their own feelings and reactions.