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Neonatal Sepsis: New Approach Could Save Thousands of Lives

Sepsis is a major cause of preventable death among newborn children in tropical countries. Now the antibiotic ceftriaxone, which has been available only as an injectable, can be administered through rectal delivery. This method could annually save the lives of several hundred thousand newborns with sepsis. The research is published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

Influenza: Fighting off the Resistant and Sensitive Strains

Another flu season is here, which means another chance for viruses to mutate. Already, most influenza A viruses contain a mutation that confers resistance against one class of antiviral medications, and the bugs are steadily gaining resistance against another class. Scientists report in ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters a series of experiments designed to develop new medications that could potentially fight off the resistant and sensitive types of influenza A.

LA Typhus Outbreaks: Debates Over Homelessness, Housing

A man hospitalized for dehydration a few months ago at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center started suffering from severe fever, and doctors were not sure why. The patient was homeless, to clue to doctors that he might have typhus. Every year people contract flea-borne typhus in Southern California, mostly in Los Angeles County. Doctors did a blood test. "We felt it, and it and behold-typhus," County-USC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brad Spellberg said.

Solutions to Dangers of Everyday Concussions Revealed

A bump to the head from slipping on the stairs, falling off to skateboard, or running into an open cupboard door has long been seen as a temporary injury, something resolved with a little rest. But a growing body of research suggests that, for some people, even concussions that seem to have serious, long-lasting consequences, including an increased risk of Parkinson's disease and dementia.