From SES to Soil: Neighbourhood Disadvantage and A Groundbreaking New Antibiotic

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Neighbourhood Disadvantage and 30-day Rehospitalization; Teixobactin – a Novel Antibiotic

Reena and Amol want you to understand the following:

1. Neighbourhood disadvantage was associated with an increased risk of readmission similar to the presence of chronic diseases like COPD.

2. Teixobactin is a new antibiotic with activity against gram positive organisms that was discovered using a new technique of growing soil-dwelling bacteria.

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The papers

AJ Kind et al. Neighbourhood socioeconomic disadvantage and 30-day rehospitalization: a retrospective cohort study. Ann. Intern Med. 2014 Dec 2;161(11):765-74. (PubMed).

LL Ling et al. A new antibiotic kills pathogens without detectable resistance. Nature. 2015 Jan 7 (ePub). (PubMed).

Additional links

HL Beforouz et al. Rethinking the Social History. N Engl J Med 2014; 371:1277-1279.

D Raza, G Block, S ter Kulie. Office Interventions for Poverty. Ontario Medical Review. Oct 2013.

Determining neighbourhood SES: HIPxChange – Area Deprivation Index calculator and toolkit.

Good stuff

Universal healthcare: the affordable dream. Amartya Sen, The Guardian. Jan 6, 2015.

What’s really to blame for ER congestion? Andre Picard, The Globe and Mail. Jan 6, 2015.


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