The WHO introduces the dirty dozen, colon cancer on the rise in young Americans, and bringing back cryopreserved organs.
(Science, 2/27/17, Gretchen Vogel)
The World Health Organization (WHO) for the first time has issued a list of the top 12 superbugs. The WHO says its new list is an attempt to get drug companies and public research labs to make it a priority to collaborate on new treatments for the bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health. The highest priority is three families of multidrug resistant bacteria, including E. coli, that often prove fatal in hospitals and nursing homes.
(NPR, 2/28/2017, Richard Harris)
Colon cancer in the United States is declining at a rapid pace. However, there has been a steady increase of colon cancer among people younger than 50. But what’s driving that is hard to say. Obesity is more common among younger than it used to be, so perhaps it’s partly to blame.
Or it may not be obesity itself; it could be that poor diet and lack of exercise, which contribute to obesity, are also influencing colon cancer rates.
(STAT News, 3/1/2017, Andrew Joseph)
What if donated organs that don’t immediately find recipients could be stored and shipped? The technology of cryopreservation has advanced to the point where researchers can lock animal organs into a glass-like state — it’s getting them warm and usable again that’s the problem. Researchers announced this week that they had devised a technology that could re-warm larger pieces of tissues without major damage, paving the way for future studies that could demonstrate whether the method could be used to one day store organs for transplant.
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