Daily Archives: May 4, 2015

‘Use Your Brain to Think For Yourself,’ Reject Career Politicians

“Dr. Ben Carson rolled out his White House bid in front of a fired up capacity crowd at the Detroit Music Hall for the Performing Arts. Carson is competing against an unfriendly news cycle—with a terrorist attack in Texas, race issues in Baltimore, the announcements of two other Republican candidates for president and the release of the bombshell book Clinton Cash this week—but he dazzled as he made his first official steps onto the political stage.” click here

Environmental Sources of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria

Falkinham JO 3rd. Environmental Sources of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria. Clinics in chest medicine. 2015 Mar;36(1):35-41. doi: 10.1016/j.ccm.2014.10.003.

Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) include over 150 species. The source for human infection is the environment. NTM are normal inhabitants of soil and drinking water. NTM grow and persist in many buildings. They are not contaminants of drinking water, but members of the natural drinking water microbial population. Infection occurs because humans share the same habitats. Because the ecology, antibiotic susceptibility, and virulence of individual species differs, identifying NTM isolates to species is important. Treatment requires multiple antibiotics. NTM patients are innately sensitive to NTM infection, resulting in reinfection. Knowledge of the sources of NTM can reduce exposure to environmental NTM.