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Drug-resistant gonorrhea a growing U.S. threat: CDC

Drug resistant gonorrhea spreadingGonorrhea appears to be developing resistance to the two antibiotics that constitute the last available treatment option for the sexually transmitted bacteria, U.S. health officials announced Wednesday.

Gonorrhea samples taken last spring from seven patients in Honolulu showed resistance to azithromycin at dramatically higher levels than typically seen in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported at its STD Prevention Conference in Atlanta.


Another Mosquito-Borne Virus Moves North From the Amazon

new mosquito borne virus- Zika, dengue, chikungunya: As if there weren't enough mosquito-borne viruses to worry about, researchers say another has been spotted for the first time in Haiti.

Blood test results revealed that an 8-year-old boy living in a rural area of the Caribbean country has contracted Mayaro virus. The infection was diagnosed after the boy developed a fever and belly pain, the researchers said.


Study: 40 percent of children exposed to secondhand smoke

40 percent of children exposed to second hand smokeEven with drastic decreases in the number of Americans who smoke, four out of ten children are still exposed to secondhand smoke, at least partially because it remains prevalent in public spaces and apartment buildings, according to a study published in the journal Circulation.

More than two-thirds of black children, more than one-third of white children and just under one-third of Hispanic children are exposed to secondhand smoke, researchers report in the American Heart Association-sponsored study.


Fourth case of drug-resistant E. coli found in Connecticut child

Drug resistant e-coliA two-year-old child in Connecticut has been found to have an antibiotic-resistant strain of E. coli -- the fourth to be found in the United States.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control announced Friday that the E. coli strain, called mcr-1, was found in a two-year-old girl who'd traveled to the Caribbean, and researchers said they expect to see more cases of the drug-resistant bug pop up in the United States.


Scientists find toxic air pollution particles in human brains

airpollutants found in human brainsResearchers found particles in air pollution may pose more of a health threat than previously thought after discovering metallic particles in the brains of people who live in Mexico City and Manchester, England.

Strongly magnetic, and toxic, magnetite particles linked to the development of neurodegenerative diseases were detected in the brain tissue of 37 people, researchers at the University of Lancaster report in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Popular herbal supplement will be classified like LSD

Herbal supplement reclassifiedHeroin, marijuana, LSD, and ... kratom? The latter is a plant native to southeast Asia, and it's about to join the others on the most restrictive drug classification list in the US. The DEA said this week that kratom—specifically its active ingredients, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine — will become a Schedule 1 drug, reports STAT News.

The agency can take such action for two years if it deems a drug to be a public threat. At low dosages, kratom tends to behave like a stimulant, but at higher doses it is reported to behave much like opioids and dull pain, reports CNN. Because kratom has long been considered an herbal supplement — and it's a popular one at that — FDA efforts to curb its use and regulate its contents have been restricted.


Florida GOP ready to retreat from Planned Parenthood fight

Planned ParenthoodSeveral House Republicans in Florida say they’re willing to concede defeat in their party’s months-long battle over Planned Parenthood if that’s what it takes to pass a $1.1 billion funding package for the Zika virus.

With Zika spreading rapidly in south Florida, even some of the most conservative members of Congress say GOP leaders should strike a deal with Democrats to get emergency money to their home state.


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