Large Candida auris outbreak linked to multi-use thermometers in UK intensive care unit [ESCMID/ScienceDaily, 21 Apr 2018]

Outbreaks of the fungal pathogen Candida auris in healthcare settings, particularly in intensive care units (ICUs), may be linked to multi-use patient equipment, such as thermometers, according to new research.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180421085739.htm

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Profile of suicide attempts and risk factors among psychiatric patients: A case-control study [PLoS ONE, 22 Feb 2018 — free full-text]

Background Suicidal behaviour remains challenging for clinicians to predict, with few established risk factors and warning signs among psychiatric patients. Aim We aimed to describe characteristics and identify risk factors for suicide attempts among patients with psychiatric disorders. Methods Multivariable logistic regression analysis, adjusted for clinically important confounders, was employed to determine risk factors for suicide attempts within a psychiatric patient population. Results The case (n = 146) and control groups (n = 104) did not differ significantly with regards to sociodemographic characteristics. The majority of the participants who had attempted suicide did so with high intent to die, and expected to die without medical intervention. The primary method of attempt was pharmaceutical overdose among the case participants (73.3%). Results showed impulsivity (odds ratio [OR] = 1.15, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.03?1.30) and borderline personality symptoms (OR = 1.07, 95% CI = 1.01?1.13) were significantly associated with attempted suicide. Conclusions Our findings indicate that known sociodemographic risk factors for suicide may not apply within psychiatric populations. Prevention strategies for suicidal behaviour in psychiatric patients may be effective, including limited access to means for suicide attempts (i.e. excess pharmaceutical drugs) and target screening for high-risk personality and impulsivity traits.

http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0192998

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Adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census is bad for public health

The U.S. Constitution calls on the government to conduct a head count of all persons in the country, not all citizens. Including this question is a misuse of the data process and an abuse of power.

https://www.statnews.com/2018/04/13/citizenship-question-2020-census-public-health/

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