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The Lighthouse Medical Briefing is a daily report of medical events and conditions from around the world that affect the United States and our personal family emergency planning.

 

This report will include information about Influenza trends, disease outbreaks, and research into what the diseases are and how to adjust our personal family preparedness plans in order to combat these threats.

 

USAEBN Lighthouse will monitor these incidents and report any significant changes to you on our Lighthouse Briefing Room, and our digital broadcasting network / social media outlets.

During any type of disaster, relief organizations like the Red Cross and FEMA will not be able to get to you for a few days, so it is up to the individual to prepare for his family during times of crises. The need to educate the public on the basic of Disaster Preparedness is critical. It is not up to the government alone to provide this information, but local communities and business must step up to the plate and help educate the local populace. USAEBN is a civilian based disaster readiness group, doing our part to enhance preparedness, by utilizing social media, digital broadcasting and online training in order to assist you in preparing you, your family and your community for the next disaster.

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b771e57b 936a 47f5 83d6 c273b7d460d9 large16x9 1280x960 60719C00ANUHPA mild, contagious viral infection common in young children — is characterized by sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is most commonly caused by a coxsackievirus.
There's no specific treatment for hand-foot-and-mouth disease. Frequent hand-washing and avoiding close contact with people who are infected with hand-foot-and-mouth disease may help reduce your child's risk of infection.
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease, or HFMD, is a contagious illness caused by different viruses. It is common in infants and children younger than 5 years old, because they do not yet have immunity also known as (protection) to the viruses that cause HFMD. However, older children and adults can also get HFMD. In the United States it is more common for people to get HFMD during spring, summer, and fall.

HFMD is usually not serious, and nearly all people recover in 7 to 10 days without medical treatment. Rarely, an infected person can develop viral meningitis and may need to be hospitalized for a few days. Other even more rare complications can include polio-like paralysis, or encephalitis, other wise known as (brain inflammation) which can be fatal.

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'Nightmare Bacteria' Require Old and New Weapons.

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"Superbug" bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics have the potential to create a nightmare scenario for modern medicine, but experts are hopeful that doctors will be able to slow the spread of these scary infections, by both traditional means and new innovations.

Recently, a Los Angeles hospital announced that more than 100 patients treated there had potentially been exposed to CRE, or carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, bacteria that are resistant to many antibiotics. The bacteria appear to have contaminated a piece of medical equipment used at the facility called an endoscope, which is a flexible tube that doctors use to view the digestive tract. Seven patients at the hospital were infected with CRE after they underwent an endoscopy with the device.

Endoscopies are generally considered to be low-risk procedures, but two of the patients died from their infections, the hospital said.

As antibiotic-resistant bacteria like CRE become more common, they threaten the safety of modern medicine, because they can make routine procedures more risky, experts told Live Science.

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biosafety level is a set of biocontainment precautions required to isolate dangerous biological agents in an enclosed laboratory facility. The levels of containment range from the lowest biosafety level 1 (BSL-1) to the highest at level 4 (BSL-4). In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have specified these levels. In the European Union, the same biosafety levels are defined in a directive. In Canada the four levels are known as Containment Levels. Facilities with these designations are also sometimes given as P1 through P4 (for Pathogen or Protection level), as in the term "P3 laboratory".

 

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Back in December 2016, Six people in Colorado became infected with a "nightmare" superbug that until now, has mostly been limited to people in hospitals, according to a new report. The new cases suggest the superbug may have spread outside of health care facilities.

 

The superbug is known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, a family of bacteria that are difficult to treat because they are resistant to powerful antibiotics. So far, nearly all cases of CRE infections have been seen in people who stay at a health care facilities, or who have been treated with certain medical procedures or devices, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

But the six people in the new report had not stayed in a health care facility for at least a year before they contracted the infection. They had not recently undergone surgery or dialysis, either, and hadn't received any invasive devices, such as having a catheter or feeding tube inserted — all of which can be risk factors for CRE infections, the report said.

 

Thus, the six cases appear to be "community-associated" CRE infections, meaning the patients may have picked up these bacteria from somewhere in their everyday lives, outside of a health care setting.

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bananaPotassium, yes, bananas. A fruit I do not like to eat because I was traumatized when I was young.  Yes as an adult I know bananas are not moldy big spider legs, but I still have a problem eating them.

 

Until recently I didn't care for the fruit, and I did not eat it, then when I was on deployment, the nightly wake up call, from not just one, but sometimes both my legs in painful "charley horses". I knew I had to revisit the old banana problem.

 

You see I was suffering from exhausting physical labor and my body was doing the best it could to keep up, but I began to suffer. Because I have avoided bananas for over 30 years, I began to research for other avenues to ingest potassium.

 

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In this Medical Dispatch, I want to talk a little about Influenza, also known as the Flu. The flu and the common cold is the most infectious virus out there, infecting millions every year.

So we need to know more about it. What are the symptoms, treatments and when to seek medical advice from our doctors.