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  1. Quest for new antibiotics gets first major funding from global partnership
    Entities in the United States and Great Britain are investing up to $48 million in projects to develop new antibiotics for combating “nightmare bacteria” proven resistant to all currently available drugs.   The Washington Post 
  2. Going Under the Knife, With Eyes and Ears Wide Open
    Awake surgery may not be for all patients – or surgeons – but it is an option being offered and chosen more and more. Consider the pros and cons of this ultimate form of patient engagement.  The New York Times 
  3. Scientists Have Turned Spinach Into Beating Human Heart Tissue
    A research team, led by scientists from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, have used a spinach leaf to construct living heart tissue. Watch the video, which demonstrates how the plant’s tiny vein structure can actually pump blood through the tissue, here. Science Alert 
  4. Howard University Hospital shows symptoms of a severe crisis
    Read the compelling stories of patients who have suffered the unimaginable in a once proud Washington D.C. institution now plagued with financial struggles, empty beds, and fed-up physicians and administrators.  The Washington Post
  5. A Norfolk doctor found a treatment for sepsis. Now he’s trying to get the ICU world to listen.
    Dr. Paul Marik, chief of pulmonary and critical care at Eastern Virginia Medical School, is seeking funding for a comprehensive study of a seemingly miraculous sepsis treatment consisting of IV infusions of a combination of Vitamin C, hydrocortisone and thiamine.  The Virginian-Pilot