Citizen complaint of the day: Goofus and Gallant get on Storrow Drive

A fed-up citizen complains:

Every day at rush hour, the good drivers wait in the right lane to go onto Storrow. The bad drivers go in the middle lane right until the bridge then try and merge into the right lane. This causes so must traffic, causing the traffic from one end of the museum to the other to take 25 minutes. Please spend some time thinking how to resolve. Signage is clear, people are just being greedy drivers. Perhaps cones dividing the right lane from the center so they can not merge so late? Sincerely, a good driver who just wants to get home without becoming a bad driver.

The city has marked the case closed because those are DCR roads, not city thoroughfares.

Possible revenue theft at MBTA parking lots could run into millions

CommonWealth Magazine reports the MBTA has forwarded its files on what initially seemed to be minor revenue discrepancies at T parking lots operated by LAZ to the state Attorney General's office now that it's "blossomed into losses at multiple lots that some estimate could run into the millions of dollars."

Using spores of harmless bacteria to fight a deadly germ proves difficile, Cambridge company learns

Xconomy reports the stock price for Cambridge-based Seres Therapeutics is dropping like a rock on news that its novel attempt to treat an increasingly antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria didn't seem to work much better than a placebo.

Rather than developing a drug to directly kill Clostridium difficile, the company is working on a "microbiome" approach in which patients are administered spores of other, harmless bacteria that should colonize the patient's digestive tract and keep C. difficile from taking hold. It's a roughly similar idea to fecal transplants, which are now often used with patients whose normal digestive bacteria have been killed by antibiotics given for other conditions.

But the company reported this morning, testing with 89 patients failed to show much of an improvement over a placebo.

Newborn giraffe rushed to hospital

Zoo New England reports a giraffe calf born Sunday was transported to Tuft's Cummings Veterinary Medical Center in Grafton.

The calf was born between 11:30 p.m. and midnight on Sunday, July 24. Typically, newborn calves stand within an hour of birth. However, this calf was having difficulty getting up and standing and was not able to nurse from her mother, Jana. Zoo New England’s staff provided supportive care including intravenous fluids and dextrose and also began administering antibiotics to prevent infection.

If a ruminant (even-toed hoofed mammals that include giraffes) does not nurse within the first 8 - 12 hours, it does not absorb the antibodies and protein-rich nutrients in the colostrum. It is important for newborns to take in colostrum soon after birth, as it is vital for strengthening the immune system to ward off infections.

Zoo workers tried several times Monday to get to get the calf to stand and nurse; when that didn't work, they decided to transport her to Tuft's large-animal hospital:

“We felt that she needed the more specialized care that Tufts can provide as they have experience caring for newborn giraffes in similar situations,” said Dr. Eric Baitchman, Zoo New England Director of Animal Health and Conservation Medicine. “We are guardedly optimistic with her prognosis, but at this point there are a number of unknowns and we, along with the Tufts staff, are continuing to monitor her very closely.”

The calf is receiving antibiotics, a continuous IV drip of fluids with dextrose, a plasma transfusion, and continuous monitoring and nursing care.

Jana, 15, meanwhile, is being kept out of public sight as she recovers. Zoo officials said she is eating and seems to be OK, but workers are prepared to hand-feed the calf should the reintroduction of mother and baby not go well. Jana has birthed several other calves successfully, zoo officials add.

Pages