How ‘superbug’ E. coli clones take over human gut

A ‘superbug’ clone of E. coli has evolved to prevent itself from becoming so dominant that it could potentially wipe out the bacteria from existence, scientists led by the University of Birmingham have discovered. The researchers investigated how and why a clone of E. coli called ST131 — dubbed a ‘superbug’ because it is resistant

Potential treatment for NEC in preemies: Scientists discover how to prevent disease in an animal model, offer a new direction toward treatment strategy

Cutting-edge discovery in the lab of Catherine Hunter, MD, from Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago offers a new direction toward treatment of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) — a devastating intestinal emergency that occurs in up to 10 percent of premature infants. NEC is a leading cause

People with happy spouses may live longer

Research suggests that having a happy spouse leads to a longer marriage, and now study results show that it’s associated with a longer life, too. The study was published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “The data show that spousal life satisfaction was associated with mortality, regardless of individuals’ socioeconomic

Wildfires: Data access in times of disaster

When it comes to responding to disasters like the wildfires that ravage California in the US every year, caring for displaced patients is hard enough, especially in the last two years that have brought record loss of life, destruction and chaos. It gets even worse when clinicians lack access to patient data. In California, however,

Everything you need to know about Lyme disease

(HealthDay)—With growing concern about mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika, it’s easy to let down your guard when it comes to ticks. But Lyme disease is still a danger, especially in the Northeast and upper Midwest. In fact, it has affected people in almost every state. Lyme disease is spread through the bite of an infected

Peppa Pig’s Mandy Mouse, in wheelchair, welcomed by parents

“Mandy just wheels in and joins the gang. It has to be that simple in everyday life. I don't think it's necessary to sugarcoat everything for children.” Earlier this month, the hugely popular Peppa Pig cartoon show added a fresh member to its diverse bank of animal characters. After elephants, rabbits, ponies and, of course, pigs, the

Why Earth Day Matters for Kids

Show them Help clean up litter. Take recyclable materials to a recycling center (for more info on recycle do’s and don’ts, visit Waste Management’s website). Compost at home. Turn out lights when not in use. Don’t waste water. Reduce fuel emissions by walking whenever possible. Program the thermostat to be more energy-efficient. Reuse and repurpose

Stoners Weigh Less Than Everyone Else, Says New Study

Stoners are known for eating frozen pizza rolls and other questionable snacks when they get high. Naturally, you’d think all those empty calories could cause weight problems, but a new study says that isn’t the case. People who regularly smoke weed are less likely to be overweight or obese compared to those who abstain, according

Artificial intelligence can diagnose PTSD by analyzing voices

A specially designed computer program can help diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans by analyzing their voices, a new study finds. Published online April 22 in the journal Depression and Anxiety, the study found that an artificial intelligence tool can distinguish—with 89 percent accuracy—between the voices of those with or without PTSD. “Our findings

New York outbreaks drive US measles count up to 626

Outbreaks in New York state continue to drive up the number of U.S. measles cases, which are approaching levels not seen in 25 years. Health officials say 71 more cases were reported last week, with 68 of them from New York. That brings this years total to 626. That is already the most since 2014,

How to deal with post-bank holiday anxiety

‘It might be social, it might be that you just love your work, it might be that you have your routine back. Connect to what it is you are looking forward to and focus on the fact that you get to do that again – turn the anxiety into excitement.’ But if you don’t love