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Mutant, drug-resistant stomach bug is spreading in the U.S., CDC warns

Drug resistant stomach bugRecent outbreaks of an unpleasant intestinal illness in Massachusetts, California and Pennsylvania are due to a drug-resistant version of a bacteria that causes travelers' diarrhea, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned this week.

Since May 2014, Shigella sonnei bacteria that have shown resistance to the antibiotic ciprofloxacin have sickened 243 people across 32 states and Puerto Rico, the federal agency said. "Research by the CDC found that the drug-resistant illness was being repeatedly introduced as ill travelers returned and was then infecting other people in a series of outbreaks around the country," the CDC explained.

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New Report Debunks 'Myth' That GMOs are Key to Feeding the World

GMO reportThe biotechnology industry "myth" that feeding billions of people necessitates genetically engineered agriculture has been debunked by a new report out Tuesday by the nonprofit health organization Environmental Working Group.

The report, Feeding the World Without GMOs (pdf), argues that investment in genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, has failed to expand global food security. It advocates more traditional methods "shown to actually increase food supplies and reduce the environmental impact of production."

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Experimental cancer drug shrinks tumors by half: study

new cancer drugResearchers were able to shrink tumors in mice 30 to 50% with an experimental anti-cancer drug.

And after just 10 days of treatment with a chemical compound known as BHPI, 48 out of 52 tumors stopped growing altogether.

The compound creates an environment that’s toxic to cancer cells, according to study leader David Shapiro of the University of Illinois

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Doctors With Cancer Push California To Allow Aid In Dying

Doctors with cancerDan Swangard knows what death looks like.

As a physician, he has seen patients die in hospitals, hooked to morphine drips and overcome with anxiety. He has watched death drag on for weeks or months as terrified relatives stand by helplessly.

Recently, however, his thoughts about how seriously ill people die have become personal. Swangard was diagnosed in 2013 with a rare form of metastatic cancer.

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1,000-year-old onion and garlic eye remedy kills MRSA

onion garlic cureA 1,000-year-old treatment for eye infections could hold the key to killing antibiotic-resistant superbugs, experts have said.

Scientists recreated a 9th Century Anglo-Saxon remedy using onion, garlic and part of a cow's stomach.  They were "astonished" to find it almost completely wiped out staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as MRSA.

Their findings will be presented at a national microbiology conference.

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Gynecologist Calls Abortion Reversal Bill 'Downright Offensive'

Doug ducey, arizona governorThe Arizona State Legislature passed a bill on Wednesday that requires doctors to tell women seeking abortions about an experimental "abortion reversal" procedure that has not been tested or studied by the mainstream medical community.

New York City-based OB-GYN Kathleen Morrell, an abortion provider and reproductive justice advocate with Physicians for Reproductive Health, said the bill is "downright offensive" to doctors, because it implies that doctors are not already counseling patients about their decision to have an abortion and practicing evidence-based medicine. She said she always counsels women before they decide to have an abortion, and when a woman seems unsure, she advises her to wait a week before having the procedure.

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Georgia Governor to sign bill legalizing marijuana derivative

Georgia marijuana billGeorgia's Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign a bill legalizing a marijuana derivative after the state House resoundingly passed the measure.

Deal is expected to sign the legislation, dubbed Haleigh's Hope Act, on Friday. The bill passed the House 160-1, putting to rest a two-year struggle by medical marijuana supporters.

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