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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review December 25, 2013/ 22 Teves, 5774

U.S. Lacks Will to Fight Superbugs

By Betsy McCaughey



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Ronald Hale went to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Canada last month with a lung problem, but instead of being helped, he was killed by the superbug carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae. The germ, which had been brought into the hospital by a female patient initially treated outside Canada, put him into septic shock and caused organ failure. He died hours later. And as health officials vowed to stop CRE from gaining a foothold, Hale's death made headlines.

Canadians can look south to the U.S. to see the consequences of inaction. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CRE was first uncovered in North Carolina in 1999. By 2008, it had spread to 24 states and was "routinely" seen in certain New York and New Jersey hospitals. But hospitals kept quiet. Now it's in at least 43 states.

CRE infections could make going to hospitals in affected areas too perilous. National Institutes of Health reseachers report that up to half of patients who get CRE infections die from them. Cleveland Clinic researchers say the death rate is 72 percent for patients with CRE bloodstream infections. Few, if any, antibiotics work against this germ.

Two months ago at a press conference, CDC Director Thomas Frieden dubbed CRE the "nightmare bacteria," warning that "without urgent action now," superbugs like CRE will prevent patients from getting joint replacements, cancer therapy and other treatments. The risk of incurable infections will make these treatments too dangerous. Yet, where's the urgent action?

The CDC doesn't even have accurate data on how many CRE infections are occurring and where, because according to the director of the CDC's Office of Antimicrobial Resistance, Steven Solomon, the government agency has never reached out to state officials to make CRE a reportable disease. Only 12 states require hospitals to report cases. Astoundingly, New York State did not require reports until July 2013, despite CRE menacing some of its hospitals for a decade.

The CDC urges doctors to curb overuse of antibiotics — but that's a long-term strategy. It's like responding to Hurricane Sandy with talk about climate change but no plans for bulkheads and flood controls. The CDC's new 114 page report "Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013" makes only a single mention the need for more thorough cleaning in hospitals.

CRE travels from patient to patient through unclean hands, inadequately cleaned ventilators and other equipment, and even nurse uniforms and curtains. It can attack one patient, and then weeks later, attack another, who had no contact with the prior victim.



This is what happened at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Maryland in 2011. A 43-year-old woman known to have CRE was admitted from a New York City hospital. The NIH treated her, using CDC infection-control precautions, but three weeks later, a male cancer patient who had had no contact with her came down with CRE. Week after week, more and more patients contracted the infection introduced by the New York woman. Six of those patients ultimately died, one of whom was a 16-year-old boy.

To stop the outbreak, NIH investigators double-cleaned rooms with bleach and misted hydrogen peroxide in measures far beyond what the CDC recommends.

When CRE invaded Israel's hospitals in 2006, public health authorities launched a military-style campaign requiring reports from all hospitals, which were ordered to test patients and undergo rigorous cleaning efforts. This reduced CRE by 70 percent in one year. Israeli researchers just announced a drug that may protect patients exposed to CRE from becoming infected.

The problem in the U.S. is a lack of will. When the first superbug MRSA emerged in the 1970s, the U.S. equivocated, while Denmark and Holland adopted severe patient testing methods, which tamed the outbreaks. Health Watch USA researchers conclude that if the U.S. had acted with similar rigor, as many as 85 percent of these infections might have been prevented.

The result is needless deaths. Families USA estimates that 26,000 people a year die because they are uninsured, and so their care is delayed — a fact impelling the nation to act. But four times as many people die needlessly from hospital infections each year. Where is the outrage for these victims?

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Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York, founder of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths and the author of "Beating Obamacare." .

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Previously:

12/18/13: The 'Compassion Without Compulsion' Obamacare Fix

12/11/13: All I Want for Christmas Is My Freedom Back

12/04/13: Lying to the Sick

11/30/13: A Lie from Day One

10/23/13: Congress Cedes Control over Borrowing: a Dictator's Dream

10/16/13: Obamatude Ahead

10/09/13: Obama's Dangerous Claim to Executive Power

10/02/13: Big Brother Is Speaking

09/25/13: Dem Big Wigs' appalling ignorance about Constitution should be an American embarrassment

09/18/13: Sex and Subsidies in the Nation's Capital

09/11/13: Obama Wants Your Sexual History

09/04/13: Obama's Labor Day Lies

08/28/13: Speaker John Boehner's Mission: Defend the Constitution

08/14/13: The Rule Of Law Versus King Obama

08/07/13: Congress Exempts Itself From the Law

07/31/13: Defunding: the Framers' Remedy for Presidential Lawlessness

07/10/13: REVEALED: Corrupt Ploy to Boost Health Exchanges

07/03/13: Who Are Your Heroes?

06/27/13: Will you be shocked by what's really in immigration reform bill?

© 2013 Creators Syndicate

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