Health

8:37am

Mon February 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

Experimental Tuberculosis Vaccine Fails To Protect Infants

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 4:03 pm

Nurse Christel Petersen inoculates a child in the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative study in 2011.
Rodger Bosch AFP/Getty Images

Researchers are disappointed in the results of a long-awaited study of the leading candidate vaccine against tuberculosis, one of humankind's most elusive scourges.

But, pointing to more than a dozen other TB vaccines in the pipeline, they say they're not discouraged.

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5:00am

Mon February 4, 2013
Health

Confronting Challenges And Fairness In Minority Health

Dr. Carolyn Chen, a physician at Clinica Family Health Services in Adams County, Colo., examines six-month-old Isaac Cabanas-Saucedo as his mother, Sandra Saucedo, holds him
Joe Mahoney The iNews Network

Among the hurdles to attacking disparities in health between ethnic and racial minorities and whites is the confounding reality that some inequities have so far defied explanation and the differing views on what constitutes “fairness.”

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1:31am

Mon February 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

Shortage Of Brain Tissue Hinders Autism Research

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 6:39 am

Jonathan Mitchell is autistic and wants to donate his brain to science when he dies.
David Gilkey NPR

Research on autism is being hobbled by a shortage of brain tissue.

The brain tissue comes from people with autism who have died, and it has allowed researchers to make key discoveries about how the disorder affects brain development.

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4:43pm

Sun February 3, 2013
Health

Home Care Aides Await Decision On New Labor Rules

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 2:11 pm

Home health care aides are waiting to find out if they will be entitled to receive minimum wage. A decades-old amendment in labor law means that the workers, approximately 2.5 million people, do not always receive minimum wage or overtime.

The Obama administration has yet to formally approve revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act that would change that classification.

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1:26pm

Sun February 3, 2013
Health

Got A Superbug? Bring In The Robots

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 4:16 pm

Disinfecting robots at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore spray rooms with toxic doses of hydrogen peroxide to kill dangerous drug-resistant bacteria.
Rebecca Hersher/NPR

Drug-resistant bacteria are a growing problem at hospitals across the country. The bacteria, such as Staphylococcus and Clostridium difficile, are difficult to prevent and impossible to treat.

"The problem is expanding, and it's going up and up and up," explains Dr. Trish Perl of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. "We're running out of antibiotics to treat, and so the challenge is can we prevent?"

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