Why resistance to antibiotics is fast becoming a big killer

Is antibiotic resistance a threat to surgical outcome? A retrospective study by AIIMSon 100 infants who underwent heart surgeries at the institute from June 2015 to June 2016 suggests so. Cardiac surgeons have found that 16 children developed hospital-acquired infection, which led to longer hospital stay and need for ICU support than those who didn’t. Also, of those who acquired infection, three died due to sepsis. Dr Shiv Kumar Choudhary, additional professor of cardiac surgery at AIIMS, said Klebsiella was the most common cause of hospital-acquired infection. It is a…

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LA’s ‘Grim Sleeper’ serial killer sentenced to death

A former rubbish collector convicted of the “Grim Sleeper” serial murders in Los Angeles has been given the death sentence. Lonnie David Franklin Jr killed nine women and a 15-year-old girl between 1985 and 2007, before dumping their bodies, often in alleyways. The sentence against the 63-year-old was decided by a jury. Franklin was convicted last month. He will be formally sentenced at a later hearing. Prosecutors said Franklin stalked vulnerable young black women before shooting or strangling them. He began by targeting drug addicts during LA’s crack cocaine epidemic….

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