90 per cent of Candida auris infections are resistant to at least one antifungal drug. Pixabay A dangerous, emerging fungus that is resistant to antifungal drugs is becoming an increasing health concern around the world. The fungus, called Candida auris, is constantly evolving its defences to survive modern medicines, and has also proven to be deadly. According to The New York Times, Candida auris is a fungus that can cause life-threatening infections when it enters a person’s bloodstream. Here’s what we know about the super fungus: 90 per cent of infections are resistant to one antifungal drug The most worrying characteristic about Candida auris is its resistance to major antifungal drugs, which are typically used to treat such infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US, 90 per cent of Candida auris infections are resistant to at least one such antifungal drug, while 30 per cent are resistant to two or more major drugs. The … [Read more...] about A deadly drug resistant ‘super fungus’ is spreading globally – here’s what we know so far
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Seventh in an occasional series on breaking the grip of addiction. During the last six years of her short life, Emma Franchek spent at least half her days in one type of treatment or another, seeking care for addiction and mental illness. Psych wards, detoxes, rehabs, sober houses — none gave Emma lasting help. But she kept trying, until her 4-foot-11 frame, a dancer’s delicate body, was found in a squalid restaurant bathroom in Boston. She had fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and sedatives in her blood. Emma was 24. Related Links Where to seek help How treatment falls short, and what is being done about it More from the Road to Recovery series Her father, Jim Franchek, wrote in her 2016 obituary that Emma died “after a long struggle with addiction.” Emma did everything she could, he wrote, “but, in the end, the disease was too powerful.”Now, as he looks back at her experiences, Jim sometimes wonders whether the disease really was too … [Read more...] about Road to Recovery: Drugs took their children, but not their hope that others might be saved
EL PASO, Texas — Is Beto O’Rourke the progressive icon who, during his Senate run against Ted Cruz, talked about legalizing marijuana and impeaching Donald Trump? Or is he the centrist Texan who, during his first run for the House, raised the possibility of making Social Security less generous for future retirees? It might be the biggest question lingering over O’Rourke as he prepares for a likely run for the Democratic presidential nomination: Just what does he believe, actually? Story Continued Below O’Rourke seems unwilling to place himself on his party’s conventional political spectrum. At the final town hall of his congressional career, the last of more than 100 such gatherings he held, O’Rourke was greeted in December at a local high school by cheerleaders, a mariachi band and supporters wearing T-shirts reading “Beto for President.” In response to a question from POLITICO after the event, O’Rourke would not—or could … [Read more...] about Just What Does Beto Believe?
It wasn’t pretty, but that didn’t matter when the red-and-blue confetti flew inside the Mercedes-Benz Dome. In a 13-3 win Sunday over the Los Angeles, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and the New England Patriots captured their sixth Super Bowl title in less than two decades. The game featured only one touchdown, 14 punts, and a “surreal” MVP trophy for Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. Here’s how sports columnists across the country reacted to the team’s latest, if un-flashy, victory. The Boston Globe‘s Dan Shaughnessy writes that opposing fans and teams alike “can only be envious” of this run of success. This one will not go into the vault as an instant classic. It was a punt-filled, rock fight that will be best remembered for New England’s staunch defense and a Rams offense that set records for futility. … Fortunately for the Patriots, there are no style points in these wins. Everyone knows that this was not one of … [Read more...] about What columnists across the country are saying about the Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl title
President Donald Trump rung in Day 30 of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, as well as the two-year anniversary of his tenure in the Oval Office, with a mammoth 40 posts to his Twitter feed over the course of Sunday. The president’s day on his favored social media platform began as most do — with some boasting about the state of the American economy, accompanied by lamentations over its perceived lack of coverage by members of the news media. Through the day, he would cover a variety of topics, even landing in the world of sports late in the evening.Story Continued Below “Always heard that as President, ‘it’s all about the economy!’ Well, we have one of the best economies in the history of our Country,” Trump wrote online at 7:40 a.m. “Big GDP, lowest unemployment, companies coming back to the U.S. in BIG numbers, great new trade deals happening, & more. But LITTLE media mention!” Nineteen minutes later appeared a … [Read more...] about Trump tweets 40 times on Day 30 of shutdown