This Baby Infection Test Is Ready For Long PantsPetti Fong
Scientists at Stanford University have developed a test for the early detection of sepsis, a bacterial infection of the blood. In newborns, sepsis can be lethal in as little as six hours. Since there has been no way to detect sepsis until it becomes serious, hospitals routinely administer antibiotics to hundreds of thousands of infants--even though only 10% of those treated actually have blood infections. Treating the other 90% is unwise, medically, and costs $800 million per year.
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