Honey and water mixture may be a powerful weapon against hospital infections and deadly superbugs

Sometimes it’s the simplest things that make all the difference for health, and researchers from the UK have confirmed just that with regards to urinary tract infections (UTI). A basic mixture of honey and water, they recently discovered, is a highly effective solution for preventing UTIs in hospital patients who are hooked up to catheter tubes, which often harbor dangerous bacteria.As reported by BBC News, a simple dilution of the bee nectar and clean water helps prevent potentially deadly bacteria from building up on the inner surfaces of catheter tube plastic. This flushing solution can essentially be pumped through the tubing at various intervals to block the oftentimes sticky and hard-to-remove layers of bacterial slime from affixing to the plastic’s inner surface, thus protecting…

Former Capital Football boss Heather Reid wins Facebook defamation case A soccer coach has been ordered to pay a former Capital Football boss more than $182,000 for defaming her on Facebook. Heather Reid took Stan Dukic to the ACT Supreme Court over nine posts Mr Dukic, a former Canberra FC coach, had published on the social media site. Legal win: Former Capital Football chief executive Heather Reid won the defamation case. Photo: Graham Tidy On Friday, Justice John Burns ruled in favour of Ms Reid, ordering Mr Dukic pay her $182,700. He also restrained Mr Dukic from publishing the posts again or publishing any imputations arising from the posts. The court had previously heard the posts said Ms Reid was incompetent, and cast doubt over her professional integrity, alleging she was out of touch and favoured the ...

No early win for Sanofi, Regeneron cholesterol drug in study Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals said on Thursday they would continue a large clinical outcomes study with their injectable cholesterol-lowering drug Praluent.There had been an option for the trial to be stopped early if it showed overwhelming efficacy at the interim stage but an independent data monitoring committee recommended it should continue.The trial involves more than 18,000 patients from 57 countries and is designed to demonstrate that Praluent reduces the risk of serious cardiovascular events, like heart attacks and strokes. Some investors had thought the drug might be so effective that the trial, called Odyssey Outcomes, would be halted at the interim point, although many analysts had viewed this as an outside chance. Praluent could still prove itself at the final stage, when more data will have...

Florida lifts Zika transmission zone in parts of Miami Beach - Florida officials removed part of Miami Beach from an active Zika transmission zone on Tuesday, saying more than 45 days had passed since the last local case of the mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to microcephaly, a rare birth defect.Popular areas in the southern part of the seaside tourist destination, however, remain in a designated zone of active Zika transmission. The area of active transmission in Miami Beach is now about 1.5 square miles (2.4 km). The newly cleared area covers about three square miles, Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement.State officials believe Zika is still being transmitted in another small area of Miami-Dade County, in addition to the remaining section of Miami Beach. Mosquitoes began spreading the virus this summer in...

Startup will 'DNA test' your poop to analyze your gut health A company called uBiome is launching a new service that will allow people to conduct genetic screenings of the bacteria found in their fecal matter, to help identify whether their gut flora are out of balance and making them ill.The service, known as SmartGut, consists of a two-minute test performed at home and then mailed off to a uBiome lab. The company performs the analysis, then sends the result to the patient's doctor, and also makes it available to the patient online."The SmartGut test is a transformation of the way we think about clinical microbiology," said Zachary Apte, co-founder and CTO of uBiome."It leverages the power of DNA sequencing to test for various microorganisms simultaneously and puts the power of microbial...

Police receive powers to compel offenders to hand over passwords New laws which will allow police to demand computer and phone passwords from certain offenders could violate fundamental rights, a civil liberties group argues. Police Minister Mark Ryan introduced a new bill on November 29 which would allow police to demand passwords and access codes for electronic devices from reportable offenders where there was a suspicion that an offence had occurred. The Queensland Council for Civil Liberties has questioned new laws which would give police more powers to demand access to computers. Photo: Erin Jonasson The law would cover reportable offenders who have been released from government detention or sentenced to a supervision order in the preceding three months, convicted of a prescribed internet offence or having been assessed as posing an increased risk of re-offending. Reportable ...

Pharma execs weigh in on possible changes under Trump The top executives at two of the largest U.S. drugmakers weighed in on Thursday for the first time on possible changes for the industry next year under U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.Since he was elected, Trump, who has said he wants to repeal Obamacare and reform Medicare and Medicaid, has not addressed the sharp drug price increases that dominated the Presidential campaign.Pharma companies are breathing a sigh of relief, but Trump could be more critical of drugmakers and their price increases than the industry expects, Allergan Inc Chief Executive Brent Saunders said on Thursday.Saunders, speaking at the annual Forbes Healthcare Summit in New York, predicted Trump could be a "more vicious tweeter" against the drug industry than his former Democratic rival Hillary...

Uber discount for Night Rider bus users in Canberra this festive season The ACT government has struck a deal with Uber which will see Night Rider bus users get $10 trip discounts for their 'last leg home' from the city this festival season. The rebranded and relaunched Night Rider bus will start picking up passengers this Friday, December 2 and operate from 11pm to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays until the New Year. The ACTION bus service Nightrider Photo: Graham Tidy Transport and City Services minister Meegan Fitzharris said the Australia-first partnership with the ride share service would make getting in and out of the city more cost effective. "Patrons will benefit from Uber promotional codes to get $10 off their ride home between 11pm and 2.30am," she said. The new service will run along Red and Blue ...