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Morning Break: Where’s the Bird Flu? Bugs as Medicine; NYC Nurses Take to Streets

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Months after the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak, officials still haven’t found the source. (AP)

Whatever happened to the H5N1 bird flu threat? (STAT)

Scientists are looking into “microorganisms living in or on insects that produce antimicrobial compounds, some of which may hold the key to developing new antibiotic drugs.” (NPR)

Measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases “keep you healthy and fight cancer.” That’s what the wife of Donald Trump’s communications director said on Twitter. Really.

Kristen Langlois, DO, writes about losing her attending to suicide in KevinMD.

Merck goes all in on pembrolizumab (Keytruda) for prostate cancer. (Reuters)

Nearly 800 nurses in the Western Australia health system reported being sexual assaulted at work in the first half of 2018. (WAtoday)

Ahead of standing trial in March for federal conspiracy, Honolulu’s former deputy city prosecutor faces a new indictment against her and her physician brother for illegally selling opioids. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

According to a new survey by Accenture, Millennials and GenZers aren’t big fans of the current state of healthcare.

“If Stephen King could write an infectious disease novel, he would write about prions like this.” That’s what a Minnesota health official told the Twin Cities Pioneer Press about chronic wasting disease, the prion disease affecting deer and elk. (Actually, King did write one, but it was about influenza.)

A company supplying talc for Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder filed for bankruptcy. (Reuters)

Thousands of nurses in New York City protested inadequate staffing leading to worse patient care in area hospitals. (News12)

One-third of high school seniors in Colorado in 2017 reported vaping. (New England Journal of Medicine)

A Florida man peddling a $2,000 cure for diabetes and other dubious treatments was arrested for practicing medicine without a license. (Tampa Bay Times)

An Iowa jury said the state should pay $120,000 to a transgender nurse who had been barred from using the male restroom at work, a women’s prison. (Iowa City Press-Citizen)

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2019-02-14T09:30:00-0500




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