Epidemics In America

Epidemics In America
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It is possible a game changing antibiotic has been found that is extracted from a marine microorganism found off the coast of California. The discovery was made by a team from Scripps Lab in San Diego.

This antibiotic substance appears to have the ability to attack MRSA and Anthrax. And

“A completely new and unusual antibiotic compound has been extracted from a marine microorganism found in sediments off the coast of California. The discovery of genuinely novel antibiotics is rare, and experts say resistance to the drugs poses a grave threat to human health. US scientists say the new compound, called anthracimycin, seems to be effective against MRSA and anthrax.

The unique chemical structure of the compound could lead to a new class of antibiotic medicines.”

Source: BBC

The BBC tells the story of an amazing Polio survivor who has spent his entire life living in the hospital.

Meet Paulo Machado.

The Brazilian’s first memories are of exploring the hospital he has lived in for 45 years by wheelchair.
“I explored up and down the corridors, going into the rooms of other children that were here – that is how I discovered my ‘universe’,” he says.
“For me, playing football or with normal toys wasn’t an option, so it was more about using my imagination.”

And yet Paulo has trained as a computer animator and has made a life for himself within the walls of the hospital and outside too through his creativity.

This is truly an amazing story.

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Every 14 Seconds a young adult is infected with HIV.

A person between the ages of 15 and 24 around the world is infected with the HIV every 14 seconds. Or, about 4 cases every minute, per global statistics. More than thirteen million children today are orphans because of AIDS.
Globally, there are more than 50 million people living with HIV today, up from 40 million in year 2001, and mostly among young people (15-49). This does not include those who have died from AIDS and the undiagnosed cases (where the persons may not even know they have HIV) estimated to be about 90,000.

While HiV as an epidemic continues to rise a realistic solution to AIDS still has not been found. Prevention continues to the be care for HIV/AIDS and while a cocktail of drugs has helped in most cases access to those drugs is difficult or impossible to those who need it most.

The Civil War In Syria is causing a massive public health crisis according to the EU Commissioner. The possible reappearance of Polio has scared the health community and makes this long civil war something even more dangerous.

If indeed Polio has resurfaced it could be deadly and goes to show the real need for the protection of doctors and public health professionals through Syria.

“The lawless conflict in Syria is rekindling dangers — from disease to forms of political violence — that have been dormant for decades, Kristalina Georgieva, the European Union’s Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid, and Crisis Response, told FP on Monday. “We have spent, as humanity, decades to eradicate polio,” she said in a conversation at FP’s office, “only to see it again now because of this negligence to simple, basic rules of war — even in a war there are rules to be followed.”

According to the World Health Organization, polio was eradicated in Syria in 1995. But the disease has returned during the country’s civil war. “To get polio, that was eradicated, to return,” Georgieva said, “this is not only a danger for the Syrians, and it is criminal for the children of this country, but it is a danger for Lebanon and Jordan and Turkey and Egypt and the rest of the world because the refugees will bring it out. We have already gotten reports that cases of polio are being registered among the refugee population.” Other diseases — including measles, typhoid, cholera, tuberculosis, and leishmaniasis, informally called the “Aleppo boil” — have also proliferated in the absence of professional medical care.

“In the city of Aleppo, before this war started, there were 5,000 doctors,” Georgieva told FP. “Now there are six, if that. Some of them are killed, many of them just run for their lives.” UNICEF has had to curtail its vaccination efforts and medical aid workers have been targeted by both sides in contested areas. “Over the last years, we have seen more humanitarians being killed, kidnapped, shot at, wounded than U.N. peacekeepers. It’s more dangerous than being a blue helmet,” she said. “We have 6.8 million people who need help, and of those 2.7 rarely, and some of them never, get it because the world has turned a blind eye to the blatant violation of international humanitarian law…. What we need is a recognition that protection for the medical profession in the conflict is crucial.”‘