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Fourth case of drug-resistant E. coli found in Connecticut child

Drug resistant e-coliA two-year-old child in Connecticut has been found to have an antibiotic-resistant strain of E. coli -- the fourth to be found in the United States.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control announced Friday that the E. coli strain, called mcr-1, was found in a two-year-old girl who'd traveled to the Caribbean, and researchers said they expect to see more cases of the drug-resistant bug pop up in the United States.


Scientists find toxic air pollution particles in human brains

airpollutants found in human brainsResearchers found particles in air pollution may pose more of a health threat than previously thought after discovering metallic particles in the brains of people who live in Mexico City and Manchester, England.

Strongly magnetic, and toxic, magnetite particles linked to the development of neurodegenerative diseases were detected in the brain tissue of 37 people, researchers at the University of Lancaster report in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Popular herbal supplement will be classified like LSD

Herbal supplement reclassifiedHeroin, marijuana, LSD, and ... kratom? The latter is a plant native to southeast Asia, and it's about to join the others on the most restrictive drug classification list in the US. The DEA said this week that kratom—specifically its active ingredients, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine — will become a Schedule 1 drug, reports STAT News.

The agency can take such action for two years if it deems a drug to be a public threat. At low dosages, kratom tends to behave like a stimulant, but at higher doses it is reported to behave much like opioids and dull pain, reports CNN. Because kratom has long been considered an herbal supplement — and it's a popular one at that — FDA efforts to curb its use and regulate its contents have been restricted.


Florida GOP ready to retreat from Planned Parenthood fight

Planned ParenthoodSeveral House Republicans in Florida say they’re willing to concede defeat in their party’s months-long battle over Planned Parenthood if that’s what it takes to pass a $1.1 billion funding package for the Zika virus.

With Zika spreading rapidly in south Florida, even some of the most conservative members of Congress say GOP leaders should strike a deal with Democrats to get emergency money to their home state.


FDA bans antiseptic chemicals from soaps

FDA bans antiseptic soapsThe federal government Friday banned more than a dozen chemicals long-used in antibacterial soaps, saying manufacturers failed to show they are safe and kill germs.

“We have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, the Food and Drug Administration’ drug center director, in a statement.


Florida finds first local mosquitoes with Zika virus

Zika mosquitoFlorida officials on Thursday said they have trapped the first mosquitoes that tested positive for the Zika virus in the Miami area, further confirming reports of local U.S. transmission of the illness that can cause severe birth defects.

Three mosquito samples tested positive from a small area in Miami Beach where increased trapping and intensified mosquito control measures are being implemented, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said.


W. Virginia recovering addicts wage legal battle over prescription use

W Va. addicts wage legal battleWilbert Hatcher admits he broke the law.

In the depths of a decade-long addiction to prescription opioid painkillers, the father of two fed his craving by buying blackmarket pills on the streets of his small West Virginia town. He finally shook the addiction three years ago. But now Hatcher, 50, an assistant manager at Walmart, is at the heart of a groundbreaking legal battle with the medical industry over whether he is a criminal or a victim.

“I’m a well-rounded, educated individual who thinks that I don’t have an addictive personality. But when you go to the doctor and they’re pushing the drugs, and they feed and feed the addiction,” he said. “What is it going to take before we as a nation accept that we are the victims for the most part and the doctor, the pharmacist and pharmacies are the perpetrators feeding off the lives of others?”


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