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North Korea battling post-flood cholera as Kim Jong Un avoids visit

SEOUL, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A cholera epidemic is growing in North Korea after "catastrophic" floods swept though the country's northeast.<p>But Kim Jong Un …

North Korea

'Nightmare Bacteria' Superbug Found for First Time in U.S

A drug-resistant “superbug” that doctors have been dreading has shown up in the U.S. for the first time, researchers reported Thursday.<p>The bacteria has genetic changes that make it resistant to a last-ditch antibiotic called colistin and while it had been seen in Europe and China, no one in the …

State found lapses in infection control at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai

After "super bug" outbreaks last year involving a hard-to-clean medical scope, state health inspectors descended on two of Los Angeles' largest hospitals and found numerous safety violations that appeared to put far more patients at risk.<p>At UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, the state declared an …

Public Health

Millions of GM mosquitoes to fight Zika virus in Caymans

Biotech company Oxitec hopes to repeat a technique used in Brazil to reduce the population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes<p>The British biotech company Oxitec and the Cayman Islands government announced plans on Thursday to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the fight against a …

Public Health

Florida has nearly 400 death-row inmates. Will the state overturn all of their death sentences?

Florida has hundreds of inmates on its death row and is among the states most persistent with capital punishment. But a group of former Florida Supreme Court justices, elected officials, prosecutors and a federal judge said this week that the state needs to overturn every one of those death …

Medical errors may be third leading cause of death in the U.S.

<b>(CNN) —</b> You've heard those hospital horror stories where the surgeon removes the wrong body part or operates on the wrong patient or accidentally leaves medical equipment in the person they were operating on.<p>Even scarier, perhaps, is a new study in the latest edition of BMJ suggesting most medical …

Medicine

'Flu trap' could stop spread of infection, scientists say

Researchers from the University of Manchester have developed a new way of trapping the flu virus, to prevent its spread, they say<p>A "flu trap" that captures viruses could help prevent the spread of infection, scientists claim.<p>Researchers at the University of Manchester have developed a fabric …