When All Else Failed For One Patient, A Bacteria-Hunting Virus Was Brought In To Do The Job
The creative approach led to a miraculous turnaround for Tom Patterson.
San Diego Union-Times:
How Viruses Beat A Superbug — And Saved A Man After Nine Months Of Near-Certain Death
In the end, it was viruses, not an antibiotic, that saved Tom Patterson’s life after a superbug infection he suffered in Egypt left him hallucinating, comatose and near death for months. (Sisson, 4/26)
In other public health news —
UC Riverside Gets Grant To Study Pacific Islander Mental Health
A UC Riverside researcher has received one of the first grants from the National Institute of Mental Health designed to learn more about the mental health needs of Pacific Islanders... They are the third fastest-growing racial group in L.A. County, but Andrew Subica, an assistant professor of social medicine and population health in the UC Riverside School of Medicine, says the community’s mental health needs remain unclear. (Plevin, 4/25)