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skepttv:

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Linked to Seagulls in Miami Beach

Extended spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL’s) are enzymes that enable bacteria to resist multiple antibiotics. In the past few years ESBL-producing enteric bacteria (such as E. coli) have become an increasingly common cause of community acquired infections worldwide. The source of these organisms in the community still remains unclear; however, recent reports link wild animals and water reservoirs to their spread. Researchers will present research showing 8 percent of the enteric bacteria isolated from Miami Beach seagulls were positive for ESBL production suggesting these birds play a role in disseminating these bacteria in the environment.

Participant:
Patrice Nordmann, MD, Hosp. de Bicetre, Le Kremlin Bicetre, France

doctorswithoutborders:

In a somber, yet bold, reportage, photographer Franco Pagetti reveals the daily struggle to survive in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivus province. In the forbidding bush and teeming, fetid displaced persons camps, food is scarce and the people are on edge, ready to run at a moment’s notice.

This is one of 195 million stories of malnutrition. Sign the petition to help us rewrite the story.

peacecorps:

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robertreich:

Perry and Romney can duke it out over who created the most jobs, but governors have as much influence over job growth in their states as roosters do over sunrises.

States don’t have their own monetary policies so they can’t lower interest rates to spur job growth. They can’t spur demand through…

‎Wouldn’t it be great if just once the players thanked the laws of physics instead of god?
Neil Tyson DeGrasse (via scinerd)

ilyagerner:

But hey, at least he died a free man, not burdened by the socialistic terrors of government-subsidized medicine. U-S-A, amirite?

Besides the obvious need for universal healthcare, there are a couple other more immediately correctable system failures here.

- did the provider prescribe an affordable antibiotic?

- did the provider ask if he could afford his meds?

Too many healthcare providers don’t know how much the medications they prescribe cost. They live in a world of insurance where a co-pay will get you the most expensive antibiotics. Or, because it was just another toothache in a busy ER shift, they didn’t take the time to ask the right questions.

Too close to home. Our own 8000 acre wildfire which almost had us evacuated. Thanks to the volunteer firefighters from 28 communities we were safe.
Something to remember - these fires are not only burning houses and buildings, they are completely destroying pastureland already ravaged by drought. Farmers and ranchers who were barely hanging on with a small herd will now have to start over or leave the business entirely.

Too close to home. Our own 8000 acre wildfire which almost had us evacuated. Thanks to the volunteer firefighters from 28 communities we were safe.

Something to remember - these fires are not only burning houses and buildings, they are completely destroying pastureland already ravaged by drought. Farmers and ranchers who were barely hanging on with a small herd will now have to start over or leave the business entirely.

The ground is so dry, because of the drought, that one welding spark or a cigarette tossed could easily ignite a fire.
Jesse Moore, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Fort Worth, Texas • Commenting on how easy it is to start wildfire. Texas is seeing one of the worst fire seasons on record, including the devastating fires earlier this year in April. The fires started on Tuesday; as of Wednesday night, the wildfires have damaged 39 homes and buildings over 6,200 acres of land. These wildfires are also threatening cities in Oklahoma. Authorities have asked local residents to evacuate, so stay safe, guys. source (viafollow)