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Hospitals Profit More from Surgical Complications

When a privately insured patient experiences one or more complications -- such as blood clots, stroke, infection, septic shock, pneumonia or cardiac arrest -- hospitals' profit margins are 330% higher, the report found.


Emerging CF Pathogen Is Transmissible

"A bacterial species increasingly responsible for lung infections in cystic fibrosis patients can be transmitted from person to person, although probably not directly, researchers said."


Shower Heads and Lung Disease

Overall, the most common bacteria found in the shower heads were mycobacteria, mainly Mycobacteria gordonae and Mycobacteria avium. The latter can infect humans, mainly those who are immunocompromised (called an opportunistic infection), and those with HIV or AIDS are particularly at risk.


Mycobacterium avium complex includes Mycobacterium avium and Mycobacterium intracellulare, and other strains.

The Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Pulmonary Mycobacterium Avium Complex Disease Treatment
"Currently recommended multidrug treatment regimens for Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) lung disease yield limited cure rates."

Why Can't We Cure Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Lung Disease (yet)?
"New treatment regimens are needed and should preferably include agents to which no natural resistance exists."

Inactivation of Mycobacterium avium Complex by UV Irradiation
"Overall, the results of this study indicate that M. avium is quite resistant to UV (both LP and MP UV) disinfection in water. M. avium appears to be one of the rare microorganisms that are highly resistant to both chemical and UV disinfection in water treatment processes. It is plausible that water disinfection may select MAC over less resistant competitor microorganisms and thereby facilitate the colonization of MAC in water distribution systems, which could increase human exposure to MAC through drinking water."

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