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Deadly nationwide flu outbreak shows no sign of easing

Deadly nationwide flu outbreak shows no sign of easing

Health
A nationwide flu outbreak is showing no sign of easing up as at least four more deaths have been reported in the past few days, including three children. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta said 14,676 people have been hospitalized with influenza since the flu season began in October, double the number from all of last year and the highest ever recorded. In New York City, health officials confirmed Tuesday that two children had died. One was identified as 8-year-old Amely Baez of Queens, who died Monday shortly after she was rushed to a hospital with flu symptoms, health officials said. Dr. Mary Bassett, the New York City health commissioner, said 6.5 percent of all patients seen at hospitals in the city in the past few days were for flu-related symptoms. "That's the highe...
New antifungal drug combats deadly microscopic yeast

New antifungal drug combats deadly microscopic yeast

Health
Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered a novel drug compound capable of combating drug-resistant yeast strains.Microscopic yeast are a menace in hospitals. The fungi can grow in the nooks and crannies of medical equipment and hospital surfaces and can cause infections in patients with weakened immune systems. For some, an infection can prove fatal.Candida auris is one of the most problematic species, as it has developed resistance to multiple antifungal drugs.Current antifungals attack yeast by puncturing the cell membranes or by blocking sterol production. The new drug works by blocking vital proteins from attaching to the yeast cell wall. In doing so, the antifungal compound disrupts the yeast's growth process and prevents the formation of drug-resistant fungal communities.The compo...
USS John McCain crew rated it 'below average' before deadly collision

USS John McCain crew rated it 'below average' before deadly collision

Business
Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Crewmembers serving aboard the USS John S. McCain were overworked, unprepared and unhappy in the year leading up to its collision with a merchant vessel in the Pacific that killed 10 Navy sailors, according to a report obtained by UPI.In a 163-page report detailing the results of a mandatory climate survey aboard the Navy destroyer, its 142 crew members rated 17 of 18 major categories "below service average." The survey, conducted July 21, 2016 -- 13 months before the Aug. 21, 2017 crash -- included questions on exhaustion, job satisfaction, organizational effectiveness and leadership prowess.Meanwhile, a Government Accountability Office report requested by Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., shows the McCain -- and the USS Fitzgerald, which was also involved in a deadly crash in ...
Marine Corps to ground all aircraft after recent deadly incidents

Marine Corps to ground all aircraft after recent deadly incidents

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Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marine Corps announced today that it will undergo a 24-hour stand down of all its aircraft within the next two weeks in response to several incidents as part of an operational reset.Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller has ordered the pause so aviation units can review safety regulations."The intent is for flying squadrons to review selected incidents which occurred enterprise-wide and study historical examples of completed investigations in order to bring awareness and best practices to the fleet," the Marine Corps said in a press release.The Marine Corps says that active operations will not be affected, and that commanders will have discretion over when to do the pause over the next two weeks.The aim is for commanders and flying squadrons to review selecte...
Survivor of deadly California crash blames social media

Survivor of deadly California crash blames social media

Technology
A 14-year-old survivor of a deadly car crash in California that was livestreamed on Instagram said she isn't mad at anyone and doesn't blame the driver. Instead, Manuela Seja blamed social media, which she said has taken over people's lives and is only going to become more prevalent, television station KSEE in Fresno (http://bit.ly/2v2bYRB) reported Monday. "Honestly, I'm not mad at anybody and I don't blame anybody," Seja, who suffered a leg injury, said during an interview with the station. "It's all affected by social media. That's what life is now. And it's going to advance more and more. That what it's going to be about." Authorities say Obdulia Sanchez, 18, was driving the car Friday when it veered onto the shoulder of a road about 75 miles (120.7 kilometers) northwest of Fresno. Sh...