Monday, November 23, 2015

American Council on Science and Health

For Some O-Rs, Swinging Doors Raise Infection Risk
Operating rooms are often thought of as sterile, germ-free environments — but even they aren't immune from infection. In some O-Rs, this appears to be the case. According to an unique study, increased comings and goings through the surgical theater contributes to an increased infection risk for patients. 

The 50+ year silicone breast implant fiasco never goes away. Long after the matter should have been put to bed, another study comes out, saying the same thing: no evidence of any harm. American Council trustee, author, and retired plastic surgeon Dr. Jack Fisher speaks out. Again. 

Proton pump inhibitors are the third most common doctor-recommended medication in the U.S., with over 19 million prescriptions written annually. A recent study says that routine use in a hospital setting can lead to an increase in mortality from pneumonia and C. diff infection, a deadly gut bacteria. 

Some new, alarming information from the World Health Organization shows that we need a better understanding of how to correct the problem of antibiotic-resistant infections in humans. A large, multi-country survey revealed widespread confusion of how antibiotics should be used. 

A capsule containing feces to cure C. diff? (Yeah, we know what you're thinking.) But the thing is, It probably works.

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