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Breaks May Help You Learn Better

September 2, 2019/0/0/

Back-to-school season is here, and you know what that means: long study sessions, furiously flying flashcards and endless rounds of quizzing your partners and having them quiz you. Before too long you’ll want a break. That just might be what you need.  A 2019 study suggests that taking breaks can help the information you’ve just […]

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MCR Genes: Bacteria’s Secret Weapons

July 29, 2019/0/0/

When infection rages and other antibiotics prove ineffective, healthcare providers may turn to colistin as their weapon of last resort. But disease-causing microbes are rapidly unraveling the secrets of colistin, and the drug may not be an effective fallback for long.  Researchers at Cornell University have found a ninth variation of a gene that confers […]

infectious disease, Medical news

Another tick bite, ugh.

June 26, 2019/0/0/

Another tick bite, ugh. My medical response experience has been stellar here in CT, no complaints. But not everyone is so lucky. I’ve been bitten by ticks 4 times in the last two years (I live in New Haven, not far from Lyme, CT, where Lyme disease took its name.) One of them was a […]

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Flying insects in hospitals carry superbug germs

June 24, 2019/0/0/

British researchers trapped more than 20,000 flying insects at seven hospitals and found that 9 out of 10 carried potentially harmful levels of infectious bacteria such as E. coli, salmonella and staphylococcus. More than 50 percent of the bacteria were antibiotic resistant.  Read the full story…

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Immunocompromised patient in study dies after fecal transplant due to acquired ESBL E. coli.

June 17, 2019/0/0/

Immunocompromised patient in study dies after fecal transplant due to acquired ESBL E. coli.

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A Scientists’s Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug

June 17, 2019/0/0/

Tom Patterson almost lost his life to Acinetobacter baumannii, a carbapenem-resistant pathogen that tops the WHO’s list of deadliest superbugs. But his wife, epidemiologist Steffanie Strathdee, developed a treatment that saved him. Now it’s saving others. Learn how.

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Vaccines: How Bad is the Risk?

May 20, 2019/0/0/

Another impressive educational video from the folks at Kurzgesagt. They do amazing work. “Vaccines are one of our best tools to prevent dangerous diseases, but they come with side effects. So would it be safer not to vaccinate? This video has been supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.”

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Healing Blade: Defenders of Soma Finalist in the 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards

April 9, 2018/0/0/

Nerdcore Medical’s infectious disease card game, Healing Blade: Defenders of Soma, was listed as a finalist in the 2018 Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards, in the health category. There were nearly 1,400 submissions in 12 categories.  The Healing Blade card game idea was conceived of by Drs. Arun Mathews and Francis Kong, as a […]

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In Which a Study is Stymied

November 3, 2017/0/0/

Another cartoon by David Malki! “You on the Bronze Age diet?”

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In Which the Species is Bettered

November 2, 2017/0/0/

Been reading Watermark cartoons lately, by David Malki! Occasionally he dips into medical concepts, such as… life expectancy. Small pox, anyone?

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