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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Fashion’s False Promise of Resistance

I like clothes as much as the next person/woman. I make no claims of having transcended the desire for the material, and plead guilty to having ended an evening or ten browsing the “We Made Too Much” section of a certain athleisure company’s website. But I’m getting weary of the myth that people’s/women’s shopping habits are the path of most Resistance. This latest wave of merch-as-politics may have started with the Nasty Woman shirts, but now extends to banal, vaguely empowering expressions of all kinds. As Laura Craik writes at…

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How Sunscreens Are Tested for SPF, Water Resistance aUVA Protection

            Testing, testing! The 2016 Skin Cancer Foundation Journal You stand in the drugstore, scanning the product information on 20 or 30 brands of sunscreen. SPF, broad spectrum – it all sounds very official, but how do manufacturers prove their products work to the required standard? In the latest edition of its annual journal, the Skin Cancer Foundation spells out exactly which tests the Food and Drug Administration requires of sunscreen manufacturers. Here’s the abbreviated version: Sun protection factor (SPF): This is a gauge of…

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