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New Antibiotic: Fighting Deadly Drug Resistant Bacteria

Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a potentially deadly infection in the large intestine most common in people who need to take antibiotics for a long period of time, particularly in Australia's ageing population. But when doses of a new antibiotic called Ramizol were given to hamsters infected with a lethal dose of the bacteria, a significant proportion of hamsters survived the infection. The research was recently published in journal Scientific Reports.

With Local Data: Building A Digital Bridge to Health

Real-time data from health facilities is critical for policy planning and resource allocation. Knowledge is power and the future will belong to those who collect and use data wisely to drive decision-making. Health systems now have the opportunity to be learning systems if they act on local data and adapt based on locally-identified needs and challenges.

Real-time data from health facilities, including complete and high-quality records on the causes of death, is critical for health policy planning and allocation of resources. A special drive is needed to ensure complete birth and death registration. In the absence of real data, one is forced to use modeling and other methods of estimation, which have their own limitations.

In Eastern Congo: The Ebola Outbreak Moves Toward Major Cities

At least 680 people have been infected with the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history, with 414 deaths so far, and the first Ebola outbreak in an active war zone. But it could get worse: Health officials this week are concerned that Ebola appears to be spreading in the direction of Goma, a major population center in DRC.

So far, the outbreak has not affected DRC’s biggest cities. But Ebola in Kayina “raises the alarm” for Ebola reaching Goma, Peter Salama, the head of the new Health Emergencies Program at the World Health Organization, told Vox.

Endocrine Disruptors Interfere With Thyroid Functions

Endocrine disruptors (EDs) are a class of chemicals used to produce materials commonly found in everyday life, such as some plastics, tin cans, electrical and household appliances, cosmetics, pesticides, etc. EDs are, however, not without danger: these molecules interfere with the endocrine system, disrupting the physiological production and the target effects of hormones

New California Governor Takes Healthcare Reform by the Horns

California's new governor, Gavin Newsom, has hit the ground running with a package of healthcare reform proposals that have national implications. In conjunction with recent initiatives in other states and cities including New York City to move toward universal health coverage, Newsom's program gives additional impetus to the nationwide movement to guarantee healthcare for all, partly by building on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).