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NEWS: US GAINING GROUND IN FIGHT AGAINST HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED INFECTIONS


US Gaining Ground in Fight against Hospital-Acquired Infections

The risk of contracting a hospital-acquired infection is dropping in the US, and that is good news, but the statistics are still far from comforting. According to theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in every 25 patients in the US will pick up an infection at a hospital or similar medical facility. This means that over the course of a year, about 600,000 patients come down with a nosocomial, or hospital-acquired, infection. Of them, about 74,000 end up battling more than one. Still, this is significantly down from the 1970s, when an estimated 2.1 million patients a year would develop a hospital-acquired infection, and even from the 1990s, when this number was about 1.7 million. More… Discuss

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it Is Official: NO SUCH THING AS MERMAIDS, SAYS US GOVERNMENT


No Such Thing As Mermaids, Says US Government

In a move reminiscent of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s website post on preparing for a zombie apocalypse, the National Ocean Service, an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has elected to publish a declaration regarding the existence—or, more specifically, the nonexistence—ofmermaids. Following a TV program on mermaids that many viewers may have mistaken for a documentary, employees at the agency found themselves fielding an unusual number of inquiries regarding the mythical creatures. The agency therefore elected to publicly address the issue on its website, declaring that there is no evidence that “aquatic humanoids” exist. More…Discuss