Germs Gaining Resistance to Hand Gels in Hospitals

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Potentially dangerous bacteria already resistant to antibiotics are now developing resistance to common alcohol-based hand gels, a new study reports. A bacteria called Enterococcus faecium is a leading cause of hospital-acquired infections, and it’s been shrugging off antibiotics at an increasing rate, said senior researcher Timothy Stinear. He…

U.S. Murder, Suicide Rates Climbing Again

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — After a period of steady decline, homicides and suicides are on the rise again in America, new statistics show. Experts believe the opioid addiction crisis may be at least partly to blame. Researchers tracked data from a national injury-reporting database and found that, especially between 2014 and 2016,…

Wait Times for Obesity Surgery Are Growing

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People who want to have weight-loss surgery are facing much longer wait times now than a decade ago, a new study finds. Among weight-loss surgery patients in Michigan, the typical wait time almost doubled between 2006 and 2016 — from 86 days, to 159 days, researchers reported. Delays…

To Boost Colon Cancer Screening, Use the Mail

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Colon cancer is treatable if caught early. And sending screening tests in the mail might boost timely detection, a new study suggests. University of North Carolina (UNC) researchers found that Medicaid patients were more likely to get screened if they received stool-testing kits by mail instead of just…