New salmonella outbreak in chicken resists antibiotics

The salmonella outbreak linked to raw chicken from California involves multiple antibiotic-resistant strains and has a hospitalization rate of 42%, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

“That’s a high percentage,” said CDC spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds. “You would expect about 20% hospitalizations with salmonella Heidelberg.” More.

Womb cancer link to diet, exercise and possibly coffee

The risk of womb cancer can be reduced by exercise, diet and possibly drinking coffee, research suggests. Almost half of cases of womb cancer in the UK – about 3,700 a year – could be prevented through keeping slim and active, a review of data shows. More.

Sleep ‘boosts brain cell numbers’

Scientists believe they have discovered a new reason why we need to sleep – it replenishes a type of brain cell. More.

HPV Vaccination Might Help Reduce Risk Of Throat Cancers

A study of women in Costa Rica is raising hope that getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, or HPV, could lower the risk of throat cancers. The research doesn’t show that. It would take a much bigger and longer study to do that – if such a study could ethically be done at all. More.

Regular, Vigorous Exercise May Lower Stroke Risk

(HealthDay News) — Exercising enough to break a sweat most days might slightly reduce the risk of stroke in middle-aged and older people compared to those who are inactive, a new study suggests – Regular, Vigorous Exercise May Lower Stroke Risk


Test of malaria vaccine encouraging

A trial of an experimental malaria vaccine called PfSPZ gave protection to 12 of the 15 people who received it. But researchers caution that more work is needed. More.

Chocolate Could Improve Brain Blood Flow, Thinking Skills For Seniors: Study

For some people, indulging in a daily chocolate habit could be all it takes for a better-working brain.

A small new study conducted by Harvard researchers shows that drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day for 30 days was linked with improved blood flow to the brain and better scores on memory and thinking skill tests for elderly people with impaired blood flow.

Researchers noted that memory and thinking skills and brain blood flow are linked because of a concept called “neurovascular coupling.”  More on this happy news.

In NY but not CA, Program Compelling Outpatient Treatment for Mental Illness Is Working, Study Says

“[A] study has found that a controversial program that orders these patients to receive treatment when they are not hospitalized has had positive results. Patients were much less likely to end up back in psychiatric hospitals and were arrested less often. Use of outpatient treatment significantly increased, as did refills of medication. Costs to the mental health system and Medicaid of caring for these patients dropped by half or more.”

At Too Many Hospitals, a Revolving Door

“Given the inadequacies in care for discharged patients — a well-documented and common problem — is it any wonder that so many bounce back to hospitals after they’re sent home?” More.