Unusual Case of Newborn with Salmonella Revealed with Rapid Diagnostics

by the bioMérieux Connection Editors A 4-week-old infant was admitted to pediatric ICU at the Lifespan Academic Medical Center in Providence, RI. The baby had a high fever, light sensitivity, tenderness in the neck and head, and was irritable and lethargic, with nausea and no appetite. It was difficult to awaken the child from sleep. …

Dangers of Multi-Drug Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii in Children

By the bioMérieux Connection Editors In May of this year, the publication of a new study, titled, “Acinetobacter baumannii Resistance Trends in Children in the United States, 1999–2012,” in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, led to a burst of media coverage that no doubt left many young parents uneasy, to say the …

As Public STEM Literacy Declines, So Does the Number of Simple Stories in Science

By the bioMérieux Connection Editors While the public rarely notices remarkable medical innovations, why did the overworked and skeptical U.S. healthcare media give wall-to-wall coverage to a theoretical sepsis cure involving vitamin C in a study with fewer than 100 patients?  It took nearly a decade for forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu to finally get the …