Spore-forming Bacteria and Illegal Drug Use

From the year 2000 in the United Kingdom, infections caused by spore-forming bacteria have been associated with an increase in illness and death among people who inject drugs. To assess geographic and temporal trends in these illnesses (tetanus, botulism, Clostridium novyi infection and anthrax), rates were compared across Scotland and England during the period between 2000 and 2009. Overall, 295 infections were reported – 4.01 per thousand persons who injected drugs in Scotland and 1.45 per thousand in England.
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CONCLUSIONS: In a large community-based sample in middle to early old age, bipolar disorder and depression were associated with lower visuospatial memory performance, in part potentially due to psychotropic medication use. Mood disorders and their treatments will have increasing importance for population cognitive health as the proportion of older adults continues to grow. DECLARATION OF INTEREST: I.J.D. is a UK Biobank participant. J.P.P. is a member of the UK Biobank Steering Committee. PMID: 31412972 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: The British Journal of Psychiatry for Mental Science - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Br J Psychiatry Source Type: research
ConclusionsAlthough maternal Tdap and influenza vaccination coverage increased substantially from 2010 to 2017 among large, geographically diverse U.S. cohorts, coverage remained suboptimal, potentially putting newborns at risk of pertussis and influenza. Strategies to increase maternal vaccination coverage could target women identified to have a reduced likelihood of vaccination: those who are younger, black, residing in rural areas, with multiple gestation, and a prepregnancy inpatient admission.
Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
ConclusionThere is some evidence that long-term treatment with interferon beta reduces the risk of EDSS 6.0 and SPMS compared to no treatment or placebo. More work is needed on the effect of second generation DMT and the relative effect of DMT on health outcomes.
Source: Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Seniors need transportation alternatives more than ever, but many are intimidated by ride-hailing apps.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Car Services and Livery Cabs Mobile Applications Elderly Smartphones Driverless and Semiautonomous Vehicles Transit Systems Disabilities Medicare AARP Boston Medical Center Brookdale Senior Living Inc Lyft Inc Pew Research Center Source Type: news
Authors: Guo S, Zhou L, Wang R, Lv Z, Xu H, Han B, Korantzopoulos P, Hu F, Liu T Abstract The present study reports on a family with two members affected by Danon disease but having different phenotypes. The clinical manifestations of Danon disease include cardiomyopathy, skeletal myopathy and different degrees of intellectual disability that varies greatly among patients. The present case study reports on two siblings, an older sister and a younger brother, with Danon disease from an affected pedigree, presenting with distinctly different phenotypes. The sister was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy at the age ...
Source: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine - Category: General Medicine Tags: Exp Ther Med Source Type: research
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Although global incidences of Diphtheria, Pertussis and Tetanus declined dramatically during the second half of the twentieth century, relatively high rates for these diseases continue to be reported from India.  India accounted for 17.7% of the total World’s population in 2018, but reported 46% of global Tetanus, 53% of global Diphtheria (and only 10.2% of global Pertussis) that year.  Similarly, 68% of the population of Southeast Asia (SEA) live in India, while that country accounted for 85% of Diphtheria, 75% of Pertussis and 90% of tetanus for SEA in 2018. [1-4]   Trends for these data are cha...
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By STEVEN MERAHN, MD In 1807, in an effort to spite the British and French for shipping interference (and forced recruitment of American citizens into military service), the United States Congress passed an Embargo Act, effectively shutting down trade with these two countries. Britain and France quickly found other trading partners; the US, then limited in our capacity to sell products outside our borders, was left with a devastated economy and a gaping hole in our face. It took only weeks before Congress passed a loophole; they repealed the act within 15 months of its passing. It was a great lesson in unintended co...
Source: The Health Care Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Health Policy Politics Uncategorized Health care debate Health Care Reform Steven Merahn universal healthcare Source Type: blogs
OBJECTIVE: To examine risk factors associated with falls among homebound community-dwelling older adults, a vulnerable population often possessing functional disabilities and chronic conditions. DESIGN AND SAMPLE: The study was a cross-sectional study util...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news
BACKGROUND: Alcohol use is a major risk factor in premature death and disability, especially among youth. Evidence-based policies to prevent and control the detrimental effect of alcohol use have been recommended. In countries with weak alcohol control pol...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news
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