#Sex #Superbug, antibiotic-resistant #Gonorrhea, is not ‘worse than #AIDS,’ – experts say

Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea is a serious public health issue, but comparing the illness to AIDS, as a recent article did, is misleading, experts say.

A recent CNBC article with the headline “Sex Superbug Could Be ‘Worse Than AIDS’” quoted Alan Christianson, a naturopathic doctor, as saying that an antibiotic-resistant strain of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea “might be a lot worse than AIDS in the short run because the bacteria is more aggressive and will affect more people quickly.”

However, some experts called the comparison hyperbolic.

“I disagree with the general comparison,” said Dr. Bruce Hirsch, an attending physician in infectious diseases at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y.

“The rate of complications from gonorrhea in terms of systemic problems is so much lower than the rate of complications from untreated AIDS infection,” Hirsch said.

The CNBC article says that this particular strain of gonorrhea “might put someone into septic shock and death in a matter of days.” But Hirsch said that the rate of life-threatening complications, such as sepsis, from gonorrhea, is about 1 percent, while the rate of death from untreated AIDS is 98 percent.

“At this point in time, AIDS is a fatal infection,” while gonorrhea patients very rarely die from the condition, said Dr. Carlos del Rio, chair of the Global Health Department at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. However, both experts stressed that antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea was a very serious problem. “There really is no reason to compare it to anything else,” del Rio said.

Gonorrhea is becoming increasingly resistant to the antibiotics doctors have to treat it. Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that there is just one drug left that can be used as a first-line treatment for the disease. The drug, ceftriaxone (an antibiotic delivered by injection) is recommended to be used along with other antibiotics, such as such as azithromycin or doxycycline, for seven days.

So far, the United States has not seen any cases of gonorrhea that were completely resistant to antibiotics, the CDC said.

In 2011, there were more than 300,000 cases of gonorrhea reported to the CDC. Gonorrhea is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhea and is spread through sexual activity. People with gonorrhea often show no symptoms (men are more likely to have symptoms than women). In some cases, the disease can cause serious complications, including infertility and chronic pelvic pain in women, and in men, epididymitis, a painful inflammation of the ducts attached to the testicles if left untreated, according to the CDC.

If gonorrhea becomes resistant to all antibiotics, “then we’re going to be in the same situations that were we in the 1800s,” Hirsch said.

The CDC says urgent action is needed to stop the spread of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, including the identification and study of new antibiotics treatments.

Proper use of condoms can reduce the risk of getting gonorrhea. The best way to prevent the disease is not to have sex, or to be in a monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested for the disease and is known not to be infected, the CDC says.

Pass it on: Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea is a serious problem, but experts disagree with the comparison of the illness to AIDS.

Read more: HuffPost

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‘It was very painful’: Woman with #maggots in #vagina speaks

The report of a lady who had maggots removed from her vagina by doctors went viral yesterday.

The story which spread was that the lady had unprotected sex and caught an STD called the ‘sex superbug’ which had caused the growth of live maggots in her vagina which had to be removed.

Another story has emerged which says lady in the video was infected with maggots after childbirth at a government hospital in India .

The infection was as a result of gross medical negligence of the doctors and nurses who performed the delivery after the gauze used to stop bleeding after delivery was left inside the woman by doctors.

The victim, 22-year-old, Reshma Kumar (name changed), 10 days after giving birth to a baby at a government hospital, found flesh eating maggots crawling down her legs.Alarmed at her shocking physical state, Reshma’s husband, Shamlal (name changed), immediately took her to a hospital in Hadapsar.

After examining her, the doctor revealed that a large wad of gauze, used to stop bleeding, had been left inside her vagina after giving birth.And the gauze caused a serious infection, resulting in maggot infestation.

According to Times of India:

The gauze should be removed immediately after the bleeding stops.It is a fact that gauze invariably gets infected if it is kept for a long time,since it is a foreign body, said Dr Manda Ghorpade,head of the gynecology department in Sane Guruji Arogya Kendra in Hadapsar,where Reshma was treated.

Residents of Mundhwa,Reshma and Shamlal ,who works as a cleaner at a housekeeping company,hail from Bhadrak district in Orissa and moved to Pune two years ago.

“It was very painful.Initially,we thought it was normal to feel sore,but when I saw maggots,we were alarmed and went to the doctor straight away.

The reason we did not file a complaint of medical negligence is because we are from a different state and I don’t even know any language other than Oriya.My husband does not have enough time and resources to fight the case, said Reshma”.

Any delay would have made the wound even worse and there were high chances of her contracting septicemia.

We immediately removed the gauze swab and put turpentine for clear the wound of maggots,and later applied ointments.We put her on antibiotics,so that the infection gets healed quickly.
It was so painful,that she was not even allowing us to touch her, added Dr Ghorpade.

Dr Shubhada Deoskar, a city based gynecologist,was shocked at the medical negligence on display.It is sad that such a thing has happened.

Such a mistake is totally unacceptable.

Gauze pack is one of the methods used to stop bleeding after delivery.Whenever such a pack is used,we always make a note that it has to be removed after certain period of time.When we go on the rounds,the first question we ask the resident doctors is whether the pack is removed, she said.
 
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‘Happily SINGLE’ – The Benefits Of Not Having A #Boyfriend

Being boyfriend-less may seem quite sad when all your friends are out on romantic dates, but the single life certainly doesn’t have to be seen in a negative light.

When it comes to being single, society can sometimes treat you as though you have some sort of disease. In films and books, single women are often portrayed as helpless and hapless, but the reality is that Bridget Jones isn’t necessarily representative of single ladies.

Being boyfriend-less may seem slightly miserable when all your friends are being whisked out for romantic meals or vacations, but the single life certainly doesn’t have to be seen in a negative light. There are plenty of reasons why many women are quite happily single.

1. Enjoy a wilder social life

Many single women continue to enjoy a wild social life long after their other friends have settled down with boyfriends or husbands. When you have no boyfriend, you are free to do what you want, when you want, with whom you want, allowing you absolute freedom. You have no responsibility to spend time with friends or family members that you don’t really like. You have no need to attend dull business networking events in support of your boyfriend’s career. Instead, you can simply enjoy the company of your friends, happy in the knowledge that whatever you do, it’s your choice.

2. You can look and feel better

Research published in the journal ‘Obesity’ and cited on the Fitbie Web site indicates that being single may actually be better for your body. Couples’ habits, such as curling up in front of the sofa and eating large meals together, are much more likely to lead to unwanted weight gain. If you are a single woman, you stand a much better chance of sticking to an exercise routine. You won’t need to cook large, unwanted meals just for the sake of your boyfriend or husband, either. According to Fitbie, cohabiting increases the risk of female obesity by 63 percent.

3. Every penny you earn is yours

Single women don’t have to justify what they spend to anyone. If you want to go out and buy that gorgeous pair of Jimmy Choos you saw over the weekend, there’s nobody to stop you (bank manager aside). Being attached to somebody else inevitably brings with it financial responsibilities and commitments, which can often wear very thin. If you’re really good with your cash, why should you let a man interfere and mess it all up for you anyway?

4. You don’t need to apologize for your career

Successful career women often find that their husbands or boyfriends feel jealous or threatened. This can create a lot of friction that doesn’t exist if you are single. Single career women don’t need to worry about their partners or about having children and can focus on being successful at something that they love doing. Many successful career women argue that they wouldn’t have achieved their aims if they had been involved in a relationship, which brings with it distractions and commitments that can easily get in the way.

5. Single life can make it easier to find ‘the right one’

Happily single women have an easier time finding true love. Women who are fixated on finding and being with somebody frequently fall into bad relationships with the wrong person and often start to lose self-esteem. Happily single women are generally much more confident, much more independent, and therefore, ironically, much more attractive. Pursuing your own interests and being truly happy in what you do are great ways to develop just the right mindset to meet people.

Being a single, boyfriend-less woman doesn’t have to be seen in a negative light. Countless single women love their lives just the way they are and have plenty of life lessons that wives and girlfriends could learn from.

by Philip Lop

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The List of all the Box Office Movies Coming Out February 2014

Feb 7:
– Vampire Academy
– The LEGO Movie
– The Monument’s Men
– Welcome to the Jungle
– Nurse 3D
– A Fantastic Fear of Everything,
– Cavemen
– The Last of the Unjust

Feb 12: Robocop

Feb 14:
– Endless Love
– Winter’s Tale
– About Last Night
– Adult World
– Three Days To Kill
– Date and Switch
– Girl On a Bicycle
– Jimmy P.

Feb 19: Child’s Pose

Feb 21:
– Pompeii
– Welcome To Yesterday
– The Wind Rises
– Barefoot In Secret

Feb 28
– The Son of God
– Non-Stop
– Stalingrad
– The Wind Rises
– The Lunchbox
– Repentance

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Check out Some Pictures and insight from the set of #CaptainAmerica 2: ‘The Winter Soldier’

Heavy is the arm that wields the shield. Chris Evans knows this all too well, having starred as super-soldier Steve Roger in two Marvel Studios movies now: 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” and 2012’s “Marvel’s The Avengers.” That number jumps to three with April’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” directed by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo, and co-starring Marvel veterans Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and more. The “Captain America” sequel takes place in the modern day, a far cry from the 1940s-set “First Avenger.” But some time has passed since the events of “The Avengers,” giving Cap an opportunity to acclimate to his surroundings — something he’s able to do thanks to his employment at the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, better known as S.H.I.E.L.D.

“This movie, it’s about him not just trying to acclimate to the modern world, but I think it’s always been Cap’s goal to do what’s right and to be of service and to help where he can,” Evans said during a conversation with reporters on the “Winter Soldier” set.

“He likes to serve. He likes to take orders. He’s like a hunting dog: he needs a task.” But with his nose buried so firmly in his work, Cap doesn’t have much in the way of a social life — a fact that’s pointed out to him by his partner, Black Widow, of all people. “Natasha kind of gives him a hard time about that,” said Evans, “about getting into dating, just finding a social life, finding yourself outside of your work.” It’s hard for Cap to find much of a life outside of his heroic responsibilities, especially when an old friend from the past resurfaces as a new enemy: Bucky Barnes, now known as the deadly Winter Soldier. When Bucky and Cap reunite, it’s not a joyous affair, certainly not at first. “[Bucky] is one of Steve’s biggest sources of guilt,” said Evans.

“The fact that out of his whole crew of commandoes, these guys he convinced to come to battle with him, this is the one guy that didn’t make it back, the one guy that was always there for him. And then to find out that he did make it, and was subject to some of the things he was subject to? That’s a lot for Steve to process, and he takes full responsibility for it.” Bucky’s return isn’t the only stressor in Steve’s life. He also has to wonder about his own employers at S.H.I.E.L.D., and how much he can trust them. Seeds of doubt were planted as far back as “The Avengers,” and arguably even as far back as the ending of “The First Avenger.” “Cap comes from a time when there was a little more trust and a little less access,” said Evans. “I can go on the Internet and learn how to make a bomb. You couldn’t do that in the ’40s, so you didn’t have to worry about it. But now you do. So where’s the line? It’s a tricky conversation or me right now, and I was born in this era. I can’t imagine coming from a different place, swallowing the pill, and wondering where society has gone.” While Cap wrestles with his place in the world, Evans is much more confident in his position within the Marvel Universe, and his ownership of Cap as a character.

“It’s nice to come into your own,” he said. “I think with the first movie, I’d see myself in the suit and be like, ‘Who’s that idiot in the suit?’ It’s starting to feel more like real, or home, or something. You do start caring a little bit more, and you do run into these kids and they do have this impact. It’s a very nice thing. It’s a responsibility now, and I don’t want ot make it sound like it’s going to my head or anything — you just start caring more about making sure [the movie] is good quality stuff.” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” hits theaters on April 4, 2014.

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Is #Rogue Back In the New #X-Men: “Days Of Future Past’ After All?”

Anna Paquin’s Rogue is not in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” — or so we thought. After filming her role as the powers-absorbing mutant for Bryan Singer’s first “X-Men” film in over ten years, Paquin’s Rogue was ultimately cut from the final edit of “Days of Future Past,” announced last month.

That’s why it was so surprising to see Rogue still standing on one of Empire Magazine’s new covers for “Days of Future Past.” If Rogue was out of the mix, why was she still featured as part of the film’s marketing campaign?
Well, the very obvious and pragmatic reason for Rogue’s inclusion on an Empire cover, is that it helps the magazine achieve its grand total of 25 covers. But it appears there’s more to the story than that cynical answer.

Speaking with Empire, writer Simon Kinberg acknowledged that Rogue’s “one real sequence in the movie” has indeed been cut. (“We felt like it was taking tension out of the main story drive,” he said.) But Singer added an enigmatic comment that could put some hope in Rogue fans’ hearts. “It does not mean that we won’t see her in the film,” he said. Okay, back up, back up — Rogue’s scene is not in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” but we might still see her in the film? What could that possibly mean? It certainly seems that whatever the case, Rogue’s involvement in the movie will be minimal at best. Don’t expect anything more than a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo. In fact, here’s an idea: What if Singer’s new “X-Men” movie recreates the iconic “Days of Future Past” comic book cover, and Rogue is listed there as one of the “slain” mutants? Even if Rogue is only seen as an image on a poster, that qualifies her as “in the film” by Singer’s standards, I think.

We’ll see for sure when “Days of Future Past” finally arrives. At the very least, it seems likely that the deleted Rogue scene will appear on the “Days of Future Past” home video release, whenever it arrives. “I hope to make the sequence available on the DVD as she was quite wonderful in it,” said Singer. “She is an important part of the X-Men family.” “X-Men: Days of Future Past” opens on May 23.

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There’s another #Marvel Super Hero sequel coming (Find out which one)!

‘Thor 3’ Confirmed: Marvel Sets Writers For ‘Dark World’ Sequel

Stand down, Captain America. You’re not the only Marvel superhero with a new movie on the horizon. Just days after learning that “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” would likely spawn a sequel with brothers Joe and Anthony Russo returning as directors, comes word that Marvel Studios officially has a “Thor” sequel in development. This time, the news comes straight from Marvel’s head honcho Kevin Feige himself, who revealed that the studio’s senior vice president of production Craig Kyle will be co-writing the third “Thor” movie alongside fellow writer Christopher Yost.

“I am proud of Craig and have enjoyed working with him over these past years,” Feige said in a statement. “His creative instincts have helped shape ‘Thor’ and ‘Thor: The Dark World’ at every level of the filmmaking process.

The entire team at Marvel is very happy to continue collaborating with Craig as he continues as a screenwriter working with Christopher on the forthcoming chapter of Thor’s adventure.” Don’t let Kyle’s recent history as a senior vice president fool you: the man has a comics background, as Kyle and Yost have famously collaborated on a number of comic books including “X-Force” and “New X-Men.” But more importantly, if Feige trusts the man, you should trust the man. Marvel has proven that they know what they’re doing with their films, and there’s no reason to doubt them now. Most importantly, of course, is the official word that “Thor 3” exists.

Not that anyone didn’t expect it to happen, but the fact that Marvel commented on the news means it’s further along in the process than perhaps even the recently buzzed “Captain America 3.” Where “Thor 3,” and “Captain America 3” for that matter, fit on Marvel’s Phase Three timeline is anybody’s guess — but for right now, at least, we know the movie’s coming. As for what “Thor 3” might focus on? Again, it’s all rumor and hearsay for now, but HitFix.com floats out the possibility of “Loki in the guise of Odin” attempting to bring about the end of the world. Could we be looking at “Thor: Ragnarok” as a possible title? As always, your guess is as good as ours. In the meantime, we’ll see Thor again as soon as 2015, when “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” arrives.

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