Doctors want to get the word out about a condition that kills more people than many types of cancers. More people are dying from severe Sepsis in the United States and experts say it's only going to get worse. A study by Emory University found sepsis has increased in both adults and children by as much as 329% in 20 years! Sepsis develops from infections associated with trauma, surgery, burns or cancer and is the leading cause of death in icu's. Experts say a big part of the problem is the overuse of antibiotics which creastes drug-resistant germs, making the disease difficult to fight.
Researchers are testing a drug that may help cancer patients cut down on their Chemotherapy. The compound called MLN-518 is being testing in patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) whose cancers have come back and don't respond to conventional Chemotherapy. MLN-518 works by targeting a gene that researchers say malfunctions and grows out of control. Studies in the lab show MLN-518 helps short circuit that gene and stop the process. If human studies confirm the lab results, the pill might someday be added to the treatment regimen for AML and could help patients cut down on thir amount of Chemotherapy.
A new product is making it eaiser for parents to treat cuts and scrapes. Q-Tips treat and go combines a cotton swab with an antibiotic ointment all in one. To treat the wound parents or caregivers simply rub the swab on the wound, helping to reduce the risk of infection. A box of 15 is available for under $5. Look for it on store shelves soon.