ebola species found in bats ahead of any potential outbreak

scientists have, for the first time, discovered a new ebola species before detection in a sick human being or animal. the discovery of bombali virus adds further support for bats as hosts of ebolaviruses. bombali virus was detected in free-tailed bats in sierra leone (little free-tailed (chaerephon pumilus) and angolan free-tailed (mops condylurus). the bats were found roosting inside houses, indicating the potential for human transmission. however, … Continue reading ebola species found in bats ahead of any potential outbreak

partial oral versus intravenous antibiotic treatment of endocarditis

patients with infective endocarditis on the left side of the heart are typically treated with intravenous antibiotic agents for up to 6 weeks. whether a shift from intravenous to oral antibiotics once the patient is in stable condition would result in efficacy and safety similar to those with continued intravenous treatment is unknown. a recent study from denmark, published in the new england journal of … Continue reading partial oral versus intravenous antibiotic treatment of endocarditis

why mister rogers is the role model we need right now

the unconventional children’s television pioneer celebrated dignity and kindness in the age of mass media by stephanie van hook kids have it really hard right now. many adults have forgotten that a world where children are safe and cared for with dignity is not a utopian vision, but a necessity. take Ben, for example, who happened to be sitting in my office recently. I told … Continue reading why mister rogers is the role model we need right now

bicycle and pedestrian safety in massachusetts

check out the massachusetts bill regarding bike and pedestrian safety linked here. the bill is presumably going to be refiled for the 2019-2020 legislative session. advocacy is being lead by the  massachusetts bicycle coalition. what do you think? how can we make the bill even stronger? i’d propose traffic cameras and speed bumps be a prominent component of the new bill. please leave a reply below. Continue reading bicycle and pedestrian safety in massachusetts

international day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons is september 26

“there are many paths to a nuclear-weapons-free world. i appeal to all states to intensify their efforts to contribute to the shared vision in their own ways.” secretary-general antónio guterres the international day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons is september 26. i hope you will join us in this important work. please leave a reply below. Continue reading international day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons is september 26

officials report 12 cases, including 1 death, in legionnaires’ disease outbreak at hampton beach

a few thoughts about the apparent legionnaires outbreak at hampton beach, new hampshire: legionnaires’ disease is a noncontangious type of bacterial pneumonia pontiac fever is a several day-long, nonpneumonic, febrile, influenza-like illness associated with exposure to Legionella spp. legionella are constituted of more than 58 known species, and are ubiquitous in the aqueous environment (i.e. lakes, streams, coastal oceans) and probably moist soils warm water … Continue reading officials report 12 cases, including 1 death, in legionnaires’ disease outbreak at hampton beach