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Baby's Meningitis Case Highlights Growing Danger of Antibiotic Resistance

Baby`s Meningitis Case Highlights Growing Danger of Antibiotic ResistanceFRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotic-resistant bacteria affected the treatment of meningitis at a major children's hospital in Washington, D.C. This single case at Children's National Hospital raises concerns about drug resistance in the common bacterium that caused the infection, and researchers say it could change lab and clinical procedures around the world. Normally, when doctors first suspect meningitis in children, they usually give the broad-spectrum antibiotic ceftriaxone, which acts against a wider range of disease-causing bacteria. When the meningitis organism is identified through lab tests, penicillin or ampicillin are used, the researchers explained. People who have had close contact with the patients are also given ciprofloxacin as a precaution. In...

Simple Test Shows Which Face Masks Are Best

7 August 2020
Simple Test Shows Which Face Masks Are BestFRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to face masks, not all are equally effective, a new study finds. Duke University researchers developed a way of testing various types of masks to see which did the best job of stopping droplets coming from people's mouths, preventing spread of the new coronavirus. They relied on a makeshift apparatus consisting of a box, a laser, a lens and a cellphone camera. "We confirmed that when people speak, small droplets get expelled, so disease can be spread by talking, without coughing or sneezing," said Martin Fischer, a chemist and physicist at the Durham, N.C., campus. "We could also see that some face coverings performed much better than others in blocking expelled particles." What masks do the best job? That would be N95 masks...

As in Adults, Minority Kids Hit Hardest by COVID-19

7 August 2020
As in Adults, Minority Kids Hit Hardest by COVID-19FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. minorities have been particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, and a new study suggests kids are no exception. Researchers found that at one community testing site, nearly half of Hispanic children and teens were positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The same was true of 30% of Black kids. The rate among white kids hovered around 7%. At this point, racial disparities in the U.S. pandemic are well-documented -- at least among adults. "But those adults also live with children," said lead researcher Dr. Monika Goyal. Her team's findings -- published online Aug. 5 in Pediatrics -- offer a glimpse at how the pandemic is disproportionately affecting kids and teens, as well. What the study cannot discern is why,...

AHA News: Program Helps New Immigrants Blend Into Their...

7 August 2020
AHA News: Program Helps New Immigrants Blend Into Their CommunitiesFRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- Social justice warrior Geralde Gabeau has worked for over two decades advocating for and developing public health initiatives for immigrants, especially for women and children. But while working on her doctorate degree in strategic leadership several years ago, Gabeau learned something that moved her in a new direction and, in turn, is impacting the lives of thousands of immigrants in the Boston area. "I came across some articles on immigrant integration and how long it takes for a new immigrant to integrate into the U.S.," she said. "So that really pushed me to research more and realize that it can take five to 10 years for an immigrant to fully integrate and that time means a lot of challenges for families, a lot of...

Beware of Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol

7 August 2020
Beware of Hand Sanitizers Containing MethanolFRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The American Association of Poison Control Centers has issued a warning on hand sanitizers that contain methanol (methyl alcohol). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has already warned that some hand sanitizers are contaminated with methanol. Methanol is very toxic and can make you "blind drunk" because of its ability to damage the optic nerve, poison experts say. Depending on the concentration of methanol and the amount swallowed, patients can experience nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Other symptoms can include headache, dizziness, drowsiness and slurred speech, the poison control center said in a news release. These contaminated products have various concentrations of methanol, which means that some may be very toxic and...

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