Bowling Green college basketball player hit in handshake line after win; Memphis player charged by campus police, school says

CNN — Bowling Green State University basketball player Elissa Brett was punched by University of Memphis player Jamirah Shutes as the two crossed the traditional post-game handshake line following Bowling Green’s 73-60 victory in the Women’s National Invitation (WNIT) postseason tournament on Thursday. Video of the incident shows the confrontation, with Shutes reaching out to … Read more

US alleges suspected Russian spy who allegedly used false identity to enter US, collecting information from US citizens

CNN — The Justice Department on Friday announced charges against a Russian who allegedly entered the United States under a false identity and gathered information from American citizens about Russia’s then-impending invasion of Ukraine. Sergey Vladimirovich Cherkasov, a 37-year-old Russian intelligence agency agent, operated for years under the alias Victor Muller Ferreira, prosecutors said. Cherkasov … Read more

Four California sea otters died from an unusual strain of a parasite that could pose a risk to humans

CNN — Four sea otters in California have died from a rare strain of the Toxoplasma gondii parasite that scientists say may pose a risk to human health. Researchers called the find a “complete surprise” because this strain of T. gondii had never been reported in any aquatic animal or off the coast of California. … Read more

US tuberculosis cases are approaching pre-pandemic levels, data from the CDC shows

CNN — Tuberculosis cases reported in the United States appear to be returning to pre-Covid-19 levels, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The incidence of tuberculosis or TB in the U.S. rose slightly last year after a substantial 20.2% drop in 2020 and a 9.8% increase in … Read more

Foodborne bacteria can cause more than half a million UTIs each year in the US, research shows

CNN — Bacteria from meat could be responsible for more than half a million urinary tract infections in the United States each year, according to a new study. E. coli is an often harmless bacteria that is “part of the normal bacterial environment in the gut of humans and animals,” said Dr. Craig Comiter, a … Read more

Vulnerable Americans lingered on the question of another round of Covid-19 boosters this spring

CNN — US officials are considering whether to give people at high risk of severe Covid-19 the chance to receive another bivalent booster, according to a source familiar with the deliberations who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to share the details of ongoing discussions. While most Americans have been happy … Read more

Candida auris, an emerging fungal threat, spreading at an alarming rate in US healthcare facilities, says CDC

CNN — Clinical cases of Candida auris, an emerging fungus considered an urgent threat, will nearly double by 2021, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There was also a threefold increase in the number of cases resistant to echinocandins, the first-line treatment for Candida auris infections. The study, … Read more

UBS buys Credit Suisse to end the banking crisis

London CNN — Switzerland’s largest bank, UBS, has agreed to buy its ailing rival Credit Suisse in an emergency bailout deal to defuse financial market panic sparked by the failure of two US banks earlier this month. “UBS today announced the acquisition of Credit Suisse,” the Swiss National Bank said in a statement. It said … Read more

Bacteria in recalled eye drops linked to cases of vision loss, surgical removal of eyeballs

CNN — A rare strain of bacteria found in recalled eye drops has been linked to dozens of infections, as well as cases of vision loss, surgical removal of eyeballs and one death. Global Pharma Healthcare’s Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops, distributed by EzriCare and Delsam Pharma, were first recalled in early February. In an … Read more