First new antibiotic in 30 years discovered in major breakthrough

First new antibiotic in 30 years discovered in major breakthrough By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor The discovery of Teixobactin could pave the way for a new generation of antibiotics because of the way it was discovered. The first new antibiotic to be discovered in nearly 30 years has been hailed as a ‘paradigm shift’ in the fight…

The Secret Lives of Doctors

The Secret Lives of Doctors STARLA FITCH, MD | PHYSICIAN | Recently, when my parents came for a visit, our conversations led me to realize something important: I have been a doctor for more than 20 years, and yet my parents have no idea what my daily life is like. It then occurred to me…

New CDC Report: Circumcision Benefits Outweigh Risks

In first federal guidelines on circumcision, the benefits are said to outweigh the risks. http://rt.com/usa/210863-cdc-circumcision-guidelines-comment/ ​The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that years’ of research and mounds of medical evidence suggests the benefits of male circumcision outweigh the risks. The CDC stopped short of fully advocating for circumcision in all circumstances this…

Ebola spreading rate compared to other diseases

Via Sploid by Jesus Diaz Many people are freaking out about ebola, but the fact is that there’s no reason to panic because it spreads too slowly. Way slower than other infectious diseases. The graphic above shows it clearly: While a measles patient can infect a maximum of 18 people on average, an ebola patient…