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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

2/14/15 Health News: Superbug challenges health care system--Antibiotics give rise to harmful bacteria--Vitamin D deficiency linked diabetes--Interventions lower diabetes risk in women

Superbug presents challenge to health care systems. The Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte reported a total of 18 cases of the carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) bacteria in 2015, which included one death from the superbug. Health officials have stated that the bacteria, which is spread through contaminated equipment and human contact, is now in 42 States in the U.S. Source: Continue Reading
Antibiotics give rise to new communities of harmful bacteria  Most people have taken an antibiotic to treat a bacterial infection. Now researchers reveal that the way we often think about antibiotics -- as straightforward killing machines -- needs to be revised. Continue Reading
Wisdom teeth stem cells can transform into cells that could treat corneal scarring Stem Cells from the dental pulp of wisdom teeth can be coaxed to become cells of the eye's cornea and could one day be used to repair corneal scarring due to infection or injur. The findings indicate they also could become a new source of corneal transplant tissue made from the patient's own cells Continue Reading
Vitamin D deficiency linked more closely to diabetes than obesity  People who have low levels of vitamin D are more likely to have diabetes, regardless of how much they weigh, according to a new study. The skin naturally produces this vitamin after exposure to sunlight. People also absorb smaller amounts of the vitamin through foods, such as milk fortified with vitamin D. More than 1 billion people worldwide are estimated to have deficient levels of vitamin D due to limited sunshine exposure Continue Reading

Interventions lower diabetes risk in women who had gestational diabetes  Women with a history of gestational diabetes face a heightened risk of developing Type 2 diabetes for years after giving birth, but intensive lifestyle intervention or a medication regimen can have a protective effect in this population, according to a new study Continue Reading

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