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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

6/17/13 Health News: What does "natural" mean on food labels? ♦ Single Dose of Antibiotic Effective in Quelling MRSA ♦ Ebola Smashes Human Cells ♦ Ultraviolet Cleaning Reduces Superbugs

What does "natural" really mean on food labels?
Many consumers believe that "natural" products are better and healthier than others, but are often confused about what the label actually means. Now Consumer Reports is launching a campaign to ban the term, claiming it confuses and misleads shoppers. In a new survey of 1,000 people by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, nearly 60 percent of people said they … (continue reading)
Single Dose of Antibiotic Found Effective in Quelling MRSA

A single infusion of an antibiotic can clear serious bacterial skin infections — including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA — just as effectively as the 10-day regimen now used to treat patients, researchers reported. Many patients do not finish the complicated treatment for these infections, which requires two infusions of antibiotics daily, often in a hospital. Continue Reading
How Ebola Smashes Into Human Cells
Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have discovered how the deadly Ebola virus punches its way into the cytoplasm of cells. The finding identifies an important target for blocking the infection process of this incurable disease that many fear may be used for bioterror. After the virus is engulfed by the cell, it is contained within a vesicle where it can do no harm. But Ebola quickly escapes the vesicle, and now scientists understand how. Continue Reading
Ultraviolet Cleaning Reduces Hospital Superbugs

Healthcare-associated vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (CD), and other multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) were decreased among patients after adding ultraviolet environmental disinfection (UVD) to the cleaning regimen, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control,Continue Reading

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