New drug could stop deadly superbug, save tens of thousands of lives

Vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE) is among the leading causes of hospital-acquired infections in the United States. An estimated 20,000 people in the U.S. become infected with it each year, and nearly 10% of people who get it die from it. These superbugs typically develop from infections in the intestinal tract, where the bacteria become resistant to […]

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Sleep apnea linked with higher spine fracture risk among women

Emerging evidence suggests that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may negatively affect bone health. Results from a new study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research now indicate that women with history of OSA may face a higher risk of spine, or vertebral, fractures. Using information from the Nurses’ Health Study, investigators examined data […]

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Young adults with raised blood pressure may have increased risk of later heart problems

Young adults with raised blood pressure (hypertension) might have a slightly increased risk of cardiovascular events such as coronary heart disease and stroke in later life, finds a study published by The BMJ today. But the researchers stress that the absolute risk is low, and because the evidence for blood pressure lowering treatment in young […]

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Researchers anticipate rise of some mosquito-borne diseases

All mosquitoes are not created equal. Different species of the flying pest thrive at various temperature ranges and transmit different diseases. From this starting point, a Stanford-led paper for the first time predicts how, when and where in Sub-Saharan Africa malaria will ebb and other mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue fever, will rise dramatically. The […]

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