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  • Two Mystery Illnesses Linked to 12 Child Deaths; 94 Paralysis Cases Since August

    12/15/2014 8:21:50 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | December 14, 2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    In the span of four months, at least 94 children in 33 U.S. states have developed a devastating form of paralysis with symptoms similar to polio. Some require a ventilator to breathe. And some of the greatest government health minds in the country say they have no idea what’s causing it. At the same time, during the past four months, at least 12 children have died after falling ill with a respiratory virus called Enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68). Again, federal health officials are at a loss to explain the origin of the epidemic. Are the mysterious outbreaks linked? The Centers for...
  • why we must suffer "progressives" (actually, they're communists)!

    09/07/2014 12:17:25 PM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 21 replies
    Vanity | 9/7/2014 | Dick Bachert
    I accidentally discovered why we have so-called "progressives" (actually, they're communists!) in our midst. In the interest of preserving and expanding my reputation as being something of a Renaissance Man, I periodically surf the Net and YouTube for new terms and subjects. As a member of my cat's "staff" (if you didn't know, dogs have owners and cats have staff), a few years ago, I investigated a strange little parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. It causes toxoplasmosis and scientists tell us that it affects up to half the population. Once infected, a human will live with it for his or her...
  • Health Care Summertime Blues

    08/01/2014 9:22:24 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/1/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    Readers of a certain age will remember the hit song referenced above from 1958, performed and co-written by the late rock legend Eddie Cochran. Like Eddie, “I’m gonna raise a fuss, I’m gonna raise a holler” about a two recent events in our wonderful world of health care. Johns Hopkins Ob-Gyn Scandal Among physicians, men who specialize in Obstetrics and Gynecology how long been viewed with some suspicion. This story, coming recently out of vaunted Johns Hopkins will do nothing to quell such thoughts. As reported by multiple media outlets, Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to pay $190 million to...
  • Flesh-eating bacteria killed Maine teenager after oral surgery

    06/20/2014 4:27:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | June 20, 2014 | Matt Byrne
    Benjamin LaMontagne, who died at his home in February four days after wisdom tooth extraction, was killed by a tissue infection of his gums, neck and jaw... after routine oral surgery, was killed by a rare, aggressive bacterial infection that caused swelling of his jaw and neck, according to the state Medical Examiner’s Office. The medical examiner’s report, released Thursday to the Portland Press Herald in response to a public records request, lists the cause of death as cervical necrotizing fasciitis, commonly called “flesh-eating bacteria.” The infection is caused by a powerful strain of streptococcus A, a group of pathogens...
  • Cranberries Stop Bacteria In Their Tracks

    11/27/2013 1:13:29 PM PST · by Dysart · 83 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | 11-27-13 | Sara Suchy
    For over a century cranberries have been more than a Thanksgiving staple; they've also been heralded for their reported ability to prevent and even treat urinary tract infections.But clinical research attempting to link cranberry consumption to a reduction in urinary tract infections remains somewhat inconsistent. A 2012 study by a team from Taiwan and the U.S., published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that consuming cranberries did seem to prevent urinary tract infections in certain populations, but qualified the findings with a strong word of caution against using the "folk remedy" as a treatment. Most research on the cranberry's...
  • Women are more vulnerable to infections

    07/26/2013 11:17:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 60 replies
    Nature News ^ | 26 July 2013 | Brendan Maher
    Public-health officials discount role of sex in people's response to flu and other infections. Sabra Klein came to the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction this week armed with a message that might seem obvious to scientists who obsess over sex: men and women are different. But it is a fact often overlooked by health researchers, says Klein, an immunologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. Her research on influenza viruses in mice, presented at the meeting in Montreal, Canada, helps explain why women are more susceptible to death and...
  • Majority of pools are contaminated by poop, CDC says

    05/17/2013 7:02:49 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 111 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/17/13 | Karen Rowan
    There's poop in public pools, according to a new report. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found genetic material from E. coli bacteria in 58 percent of public pools they tested during the summer of 2012. This shows that "swimmers frequently introduced fecal material into pools," which could spread germs to other people, the researchers wrote in their report. E. coli bacteria are normally found in the human gut and feces. They also found genetic material from bacteria called Pseudomonas aeruginosa, whichcan cause skin rashes and ear infections, in 59 percent of pools. The fecal material...
  • Circumcision Benefits Outweigh Risks, Doctors Say

    08/27/2012 7:29:51 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    AP ^ | August 27, 2012 () | LINDSEY TANNER
    The nation's most influential pediatricians group says the health benefits of circumcision in newborn boys outweigh any risks and insurance companies should pay for it. In its latest policy statement on circumcision, a procedure that has been declining nationwide, the American Academy of Pediatrics moves closer to an endorsement but says the decision should be up to parents. "It's not a verdict from on high," said policy co-author Dr. Andrew Freedman. "There's not a one-size-fits-all-answer." But from a medical standpoint, circumcision's benefits in reducing risk of disease outweigh its small risks, said Freedman, a pediatric urologist in Los Angeles. Recent...
  • NIH superbug outbreak highlights lack of new antibiotics

    08/25/2012 10:31:56 PM PDT · by null and void · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 24 | Brian Vastag
    As doctors battled a deadly, drug-resistant superbug at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center last year, they turned to an antibiotic of last resort. But colistin, is not a fancy new creation of modern biotechnology. It was discovered in a beaker of fermenting bacteria in Japan — in 1949. That doctors have resorted to such an old, dangerous drug — colistin causes kidney damage — highlights the lack of new antibiotics coming out of the pharmaceutical pipeline ... Experts point to three reasons pharmaceutical companies have pulled back from antibiotics ... There is not much money in it; inventing...
  • Dangerous TB spreading at alarming rate in Europe: WHO

    09/14/2011 1:10:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 14, 2011 | Kate Kelland
    Multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis (TB) are spreading at an alarming rate in Europe and will kill thousands unless health authorities halt the pandemic... "TB is an old disease that never went away, and now it is evolving with a vengeance," said Zsuzsanna Jakab, the WHO's Regional Director for Europe... TB is currently a worldwide pandemic that kills around 1.7 million people a year. The infection is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis and destroys patients' lung tissue, causing them to cough up the bacteria, which then spreads through the air and can be inhaled by others. Cases...
  • New HIV infections up 50percent in gay black men

    08/03/2011 3:48:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/3/11 | Julie Steenhuysen
    Chicago - The number of Americans newly infected with HIV remained stable between 2006 and 2009, but infections rose nearly 50 percent among young black gay and bisexual men, U.S. experts said on Wednesday. New data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal progress since the peak of the HIV epidemic in the 1980s. But the sharp increases in infection rates among young black men who have sex with men show there is much more work to do, they said.(Snip) While blacks represent 14 percent of the U.S. population, they accounted for 44 percent of new HIV
  • Needless, deadly peril at US hospitals

    04/16/2011 2:51:15 AM PDT · by Scanian · 37 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 15, 2011 | Betsy McCaughey
    Hospital infections kill more Americans each year than AIDS, car accidents and breast cancer combined -- and researchers are searching for solutions. This week, a study of 153 Veterans Affairs hospitals shows that doing a simple swab test to identify and isolate the few patients carrying infection-causing bacteria can save lives. It's called screening, but even more important is cleaning. Studies are rolling in that hospitals need to be cleaner. In fact, if you're visiting a friend or relative in the hospital, don't bring flowers or candy -- take gloves and a canister of bleach wipes. Hospitals do an inadequate...
  • High HIV Rates for Black Women Frighten Health Reporter

    10/22/2010 7:03:24 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 63 replies
    Henry Louis Gates' "The Root" ^ | 20 Oct | Tomika Anderson
    How a new report on HIV infection in the Big Apple scared a health reporter into getting tested and having a frank discussion with her "boo." By Tomika Anderson My longtime lover and I were driving through Harlem when we passed a billboard that made me want to slam on the brakes and pull the car over. On it were two women -- one black and one Latina -- their pretty, youthful faces in lights. But under their pictures was a statistic that sucker-punched me: 93.4 percent. As in, 93.4 of all new HIV cases among women in NYC occur...
  • (Scary to contemplate): Are you ready for a world without antibiotics?

    08/23/2010 12:17:34 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 111 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | 12 August 2010 | Sarah Boseley
    Just 65 years ago, David Livermore's paternal grandmother died following an operation to remove her appendix. It didn't go well, but it was not the surgery that killed her. She succumbed to a series of infections that the pre-penicillin world had no drugs to treat. Welcome to the future. The era of antibiotics is coming to a close. In just a couple of generations, what once appeared to be miracle medicines have been beaten into ineffectiveness by the bacteria they were designed to knock out. Once, scientists hailed the end of infectious diseases. Now, the post-antibiotic apocalypse is within sight....
  • Higher Vitamin D Levels Linked to Fewer Infections

    07/12/2010 5:27:45 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 48 replies · 4+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | July 10, 2010 | Dr. John Briffa
    Previously I have highlighted the benefits vitamin D has with regard to improving the immune response and helping keep infections such as flu at bay. It has been mooted that the upsurge in viral infections during the winter is connected with the generally lower vitamin D levels at this time. The traditional view is that winter infections are due to “indoor crowding.”However, research indicates that flu epidemics do not occur in the summer in crowded workplaces despite the presence of the flu virus around people who should be susceptible to infection. This is based on research by the Centers for...
  • Solution to killer superbug found in Norway (MRSA)

    12/30/2009 3:43:21 PM PST · by decimon · 37 replies · 1,596+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 30, 2009 | MARTHA MENDOZA and MARGIE MASON
    OSLO, Norway – Aker University Hospital is a dingy place to heal. The floors are streaked and scratched. A light layer of dust coats the blood pressure monitors. A faint stench of urine and bleach wafts from a pile of soiled bedsheets dropped in a corner. Look closer, however, at a microscopic level, and this place is pristine. There is no sign of a dangerous and contagious staph infection that killed tens of thousands of patients in the most sophisticated hospitals of Europe, North America and Asia this year, soaring virtually unchecked. The reason: Norwegians stopped taking so many drugs.
  • Scientists discover natural flu-fighting proteins

    12/17/2009 3:32:36 PM PST · by decimon · 12 replies · 719+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec 17, 2009 | Julie Steenhuysen
    CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. researchers have discovered antiviral proteins in cells that naturally fight off influenza infections, a finding that may lead to better ways to make vaccines and protect people against the flu. They said a family of genes act as cell sentries that guard cells from an invading influenza virus, the team reported on Thursday in the journal Cell. "This prevents the virus from even getting into the cell," said Stephen Elledge of Harvard Medical School and a Howard Hughes Investigator at Brigham & Women's Hospital. "It is out there fighting the flu all of the time," Elledge...
  • HHS Awards $17 Million in a New National Initiative to Fight Health Care-Associated Infections

    10/25/2009 4:51:11 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies · 451+ views
    HHS.gov ^ | Last revised October 23, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, October 23, 2009 HHS Awards $17 Million in a New National Initiative to Fight Health Care-Associated Infections HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the award of $17 million to fund projects to fight costly and dangerous health care-associated infections, or HAIs. “When patients go to the hospital, they expect to get better, not worse,” Secretary Sebelius said. “Eliminating infections is critical to making care safer for patients and to improving the overall quality and safety of the health care system. We know that it can be done,...
  • Eating Deer And Elk With Chronic Wasting Disease May Avoid Infection

    08/06/2009 7:39:27 PM PDT · by greatdefender · 331+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | 6 AUG 2009
    Data from an ongoing multi-year study suggest that people who consume deer and elk with chronic wasting disease (CWD) may be protected from infection by an inability of the CWD infectious agent to spread to people. The results to date show that 14 cynomolgus macaques exposed orally or intracerebrally to CWD remain healthy and symptom free after more than six years of observation, though the direct relevance to people is not definitive and remains under study. Cynomolgus macaques often are used as research models of human disease because they are very close genetically to humans and are susceptible to several...
  • How our hospitals unleashed a MRSA epidemic [Seattle]

    11/17/2008 6:34:06 PM PST · by Clint Williams · 45 replies · 1,722+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 11/16/8 | Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong
    MRSA, a drug-resistant germ, lurks in Washington hospitals, carried by patients and staff and fueled by inconsistent infection control. This stubborn germ is spreading here at an alarming rate, but no one has tracked these cases -- until now. Year after year, the number of victims climbed. But even as casualties mounted -- as the germ grew stronger and spread inside hospitals-- the toll remained hidden from the public, and hospitals ignored simple steps to control the threat. Over the past decade, the number of Washington hospital patients infected with a frightening, antibiotic-resistant germ called MRSA has skyrocketed from 141...
  • Microbes and Chronic Disease (Schizophrenia an infection?)

    02/03/2008 7:20:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 194+ views
    Scientific Blogging ^ | January 31, 2008
    In the US, most deaths are attributable to chronic afflictions, such as heart disease and cancer. Typically the medical community has attributed these diseases to accumulated damage, such as plaque formation in arteries or mutations in genes controlling cellular replication. This view is changing. Scientists are now beginning to recognize that many of these chronic illnesses are due to microbial infections. A recent report in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests that schizophrenia, a mental illness leading to errors in perception, is associated with the pathogen, Toxoplasma gondii. "Our findings reveal the strongest association we've seen yet between infection with...
  • U.S. Hospitals Plagued by Ten Times More MRSA Superbug Infections than Previously Thought

    01/18/2008 9:52:14 AM PST · by JOAT · 21 replies · 64+ views
    News Target.com ^ | 1-15-2008 | David Gutierrez
    (NewsTarget) Nearly five percent of patients in U.S. hospitals may have acquired a particular antibiotic resistant staph infection, according to a nationwide survey conducted by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Researchers surveyed a total of 1,200 hospitals and other health care facilities from all 50 states, and found 8,000 patients infected or colonized with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) -- or 46 out of every 1,000. This suggests that up to 1.2 million hospital patients across the country may be infected every year. Colonized patients are those who were found to be carrying the bacteria in...
  • Our Unsanitary Hospitals

    11/29/2007 6:23:44 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 15 replies · 78+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 29 November 2007 | BETSY MCCAUGHEY
    Restaurants in New York are inspected, without prior notice, once a year. In Los Angeles, inspections are done three times a year, and restaurants must display their grade near the front door. Why aren't hospitals held to the same rigorous standard? The consequences of inadequate hygiene are far deadlier in hospitals than in restaurants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 2,500 people die each year after picking up a food-borne illness in a restaurant or prepared food store. Forty times that number -- 100,000 people -- die each year, according to the CDC, from infections contracted in...
  • Drug-Resistant Staph Germ's Toll Is Higher Than Thought

    10/17/2007 6:57:17 AM PDT · by zencat · 42 replies · 45+ views
    WashingtonPost.com ^ | 10/17/2007 | Rob Stein
    A dangerous germ that has been spreading around the country causes more life-threatening infections than public health authorities had thought and is killing more people in the United States each year than the AIDS virus, federal health officials reported yesterday.
  • Superbug kills war hero who survived three years as a PoW (C. Diff ; U.K.)

    08/31/2007 10:01:23 PM PDT · by Stoat · 16 replies · 689+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 1, 2007
    Superbug kills war hero who survived three years as a PoWLast updated at 00:42am on 1st September 2007  The family of a distinguished war veteran have criticised the hospital where he was infected by a killer bug. Major Sam Weller - who survived three years as a prisoner of war - died after catching Clostridium Difficile following an operation on his hip. His relatives said he had been let down by the country he fought for. Major Weller, 88, had surgery at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital but he developed an infection and was given a course of antibiotics. Weeks later...
  • NJ Quiet on Hospital Sites of Dangerous Infections

    05/13/2007 8:29:41 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 3 replies · 210+ views
    1010wins ^ | Sunday, 13 May 2007 3:57PM
    TRENTON, N.J. -- Eleven times last year a dangerous infection broke out in a New Jersey hospital, and while the state health department's policy is to release to the public the names of pathogens and the counties where outbreak happened, it doesn't release the names of the hospitals, according to a published report. New Jersey is behind more than a dozen other states _ including neighboring New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, that have required hospitals to make infection rates public. That's in response to alarm over infections, especially those resistant to antibiotics. Hospital infections kill more than 100,000 Americans each...
  • Report: Los Angeles County jails lack enough doctors, nurses to meet inmates' basic needs

    12/24/2006 8:22:34 AM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 28 replies · 762+ views
    WFRV.COM ^ | 24 DECEMBER 2006 | AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Treatment errors and other breakdowns in medical care have contributed to the deaths of at least 14 inmates in the nation's largest county jail system since 1999, a newspaper reported Sunday. The jail system lacks enough doctors, nurses and other medical workers, resulting in long delays in treatment for conditions ranging from hernias to heart disease, an investigation by the Los Angeles Times found. Inmates have waited weeks for exams they were supposed to receive within 24 hours of making a request, the newspaper said. Officials acknowledge that 20 percent of inmates who ask to see...
  • Hotel-Room Surfaces Can Harbor Viruses

    10/15/2006 6:16:52 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 511+ views
    Science News ^ | 10-14-2006 | Nathan Seppa
    Hotel-room surfaces can harbor viruses Nathan Seppa From San Francisco, at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy Rhinovirus, which is responsible for roughly half of all common colds, survives on surfaces in hotel rooms for hours and can be transferred from there to people, a study shows. J. Owen Hendley, a pediatrician at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, and his colleagues obtained mucus samples from 15 people who had active rhinovirus infections. The scientists then invited each participant to spend a night in a hotel room. Each person was instructed to remain awake in...
  • CA: Infections close San Jose fountain (diarrhea induced by cryptosporidiosis)

    09/01/2006 10:22:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 493+ views
    SAN JOSE At least seven children suffered diarrhea after playing in a popular downtown fountain, and city health officials worry the water may have infected many more. The fountain at Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park has not flowed since late last week, when tests confirmed the presence of the microscopic parasite that causes cryptosporidiosis, a diarrhea-inducing virus. The health department continued investigating Thursday whether 13 more cases of cryptosporidiosis and 15 cases of salmonella in children since mid-July were linked to the tainted fountain. One child was hospitalized but has since recovered, said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, the county's public health...
  • Bellingham (WA) Boy Fighting Flesh-Eating Bacteria

    02/21/2006 12:15:43 PM PST · by Sopater · 142 replies · 2,467+ views
    KIRO TV Washington ^ | February 21, 2006 | KIRO TV
    POSTED: 12:01 am PST February 21, 2006 UPDATED: 9:25 am PST February 21, 2006 SEATTLE -- A 6-year-old Bellingham boy is fighting to survive a deadly infection that's killing the tissue in his face. Jake Finkbonner has necrotizing faciitis, a ravaging bacteria. Finkbonner was airlifted from Bellingham to Children's Hospital a week ago. He's had three surgeries so far to try to save his life. The problem started when the boy received a fat lip from a fall at a basketball game. Jake's father, Donny Finkbonner, said surgeons worked on his son the night he was brought to Children's Hospital...
  • Superbugs found in chicken survey

    08/16/2005 6:34:30 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 5 replies · 482+ views
    BBC ^ | 8/16/05
    Significant numbers of chickens on sale in UK shops are contaminated with superbugs, a scientific survey commissioned by BBC One's Real Story suggests.Of the British-grown chickens analysed, over half were contaminated with multi-drug resistant E.coli which is immune to the effects of three or more antibiotics. More than a third of the 147 samples, which included overseas and UK produced chicken, had E.coli germs resistant to the important antibiotic Trimethoprim which is used to treat bladder infections. The Health Protection Agency scientists testing the meat also found 12 chickens had antibiotic resistant Campylobacter. And VRE, or Vancomycin Resistant Enteroccci, were...
  • Hundreds of U.S. Troops in Iraq Infected with Potentially Deadly Drug Resistant Bacteria

    08/02/2005 3:48:31 AM PDT · by Flavius · 18 replies · 756+ views
    forbes ^ | Aug. 2, 2005 | na
    NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 2, 2005--Hundreds of U.S. soldiers have been infected with a potentially deadly drug resistant bacteria, Acinetobacter baumannii, that apparently originated in Iraqi soil, according to Forbes.com Medical & Science Writer Matthew Herper. Visit www.forbes.com for this exclusive report, "The Iraq Infection." According to Herper's report, "most of the victims are relatively young troops who were injured by the land mines, mortars and suicide bombs that have permeated the Iraq conflict." While no active duty soldiers have died from the infection, five deaths did occur among extremely sick patients who were in the same hospitals as the injured...
  • Disease conference leaves folks ailing (Norway)

    03/01/2005 12:11:38 PM PST · by franksolich · 5 replies · 289+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | March 1, 2005 | not specified
    Disease conference leaves folks ailingAround 30 people attended a conference on infectious diseases at the University of Oslo two weeks ago, and ended up getting infected themselves.The 32 of the 50 participants at the conference arranged by the university were plagued by vomiting and diarrhea after they ate food that had been catered in. All apparently suffered acute cases of food poisoning.The two-day conference had attracted participants from all over Europe, who likely won't soon forget their time in Oslo.The web site Journalen, published by Oslo journalism students, reported that the catering firm hired to provide the food was also...
  • Platelets Pose Infection Risk in Transfusions

    02/24/2005 8:17:29 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies · 258+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 25, 2005 | NA
    ATLANTA, Feb. 24 (Reuters) - Americans who receive blood platelet transfusions are probably at a higher risk of contracting potentially deadly bacterial infections than previously believed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report published Thursday. Doctors are often unaware of the threat, the agency reported, citing a survey of infectious-disease experts last year and a subsequent investigation into two transfusion-related deaths. Platelets are irregularly shaped, colorless bodies that are important for clotting. Unlike other blood products, they must be stored at room temperature, making them vulnerable hosts to bacteria found on human skin and in blood....
  • INFECTIONS ON THE RISE AT SOME CITY HOSPITALS

    01/23/2005 4:03:14 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 61 replies · 1,632+ views
    New York Post ^ | January 23, 2005 | SAM SMITH
    Your chances of contracting a nasty, antibiotic-resistant — and sometimes fatal — infection is higher at some area hospitals than others. MRSA, or methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, thrives in hospitals, where it builds up immunity to antibiotics and feeds on immuno-compromised patients, causing anything from reddening of the skin to death.
  • Essential Oils Can Be Used As a Natural Antibacterial & Prevent the Spread of MSRA Bacteria

    01/13/2005 4:48:49 PM PST · by Coleus · 18 replies · 4,207+ views
    Essential Oils Can Be Used As a Natural Antibacterial   It is estimated that infections such as MRSA (staph infection) kill 5,000 people each year. This is partly due to the fact that current treatments are only successful in around 50 percent of cases; such treatments can also cause skin irritation. However, researchers may have discovered a much more efficient, not to mention pleasant, way to treat staph infections: Essential oils (compounds found within aromatic plants). It seems that the use of these oils, typically used in aromatherapy, have been found to kill deadly MRSA bacteria within just two...
  • Doctors Must Wash Hands (U.S. hospitals have become an infection zone.)

    12/28/2004 10:42:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies · 1,928+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 12/29/2004 | Betsy McCaughey
    NEW YORK -- Bradley Moore of Washingtonville, New York, was taken to the hospital with a head injury. He managed to survive swelling and damage to his brain, but while he was in the hospital he contracted an infection. "It was the infection that killed him," Patricia Moore explained, after burying her son. "I am only one voice, one mother, but I know that hospitals can lower their infection rates by implementing simple practices such as handwashing. This problem has been ignored too long." Ignored? Kept secret is more like it. You've seen the advertisements imploring you to use this...
  • MRSA outbreak

    11/13/2004 9:15:45 PM PST · by neverdem · 28 replies · 2,110+ views
    U.S.News & World Report ^ | 11/12/04 | Helen Fields
    Infection spreads among Connecticut college football team Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections were once a worry only for people in hospitals. But in recent years, there have been more and more reports of MRSA being transmitted in the community. S. aureus, or staph, is a common bacterium, and many healthy people carry it around without ever knowing about it. It can cause skin infections, though, and MRSA is resistant to many of the antibiotics commonly used to treat staph infections. Researchers report an MRSA outbreak in a Connecticut college football team in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. 11/12/04: Birth asphyxia: Most...
  • New Evidence on Main Cause of Cerebral Palsy (Edwards will have to find a new gravy train)

    11/06/2004 11:56:52 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 38 replies · 4,720+ views
    New York Times ^ | 11/2/04 | NICHOLAS BAKALAR
    A new study undermines the long-held belief among obstetricians that oxygen deprivation, or hypoxia, is the main cause of cerebral palsy in premature infants. The study, published in the October issue of The American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, found that the brain injury that leads to cerebral palsy was much more commonly associated with infection than with hypoxia. The new findings, said Dr. Ernest Graham, an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Johns Hopkins and the lead author of the study, have important implications for both research and clinical practice. "This changes our thinking," Dr....
  • A Healthy Shark Attack

    08/20/2004 2:58:46 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 1 replies · 336+ views
    Technology Review ^ | 8/20/04 | Erika Jonietz
    New research into primitive protective proteins from the immune systems of sharks could lead to more versatile drugs to battle diseases such as cancer and dangerous bacterial infections and to robust diagnostic kits that could easily leave the lab, an area of intense research following the anthrax attacks of 2001. In a study published Thursday online by the journal Science, researchers at The Scripps Institute in La Jolla, CA, and the University of Maryland at Baltimore determined that the structure of the primitive antibody that marks a difference between the immune systems of sharks and mammals is unusually simple. Ian...
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections on the Rise in Britain

    07/27/2004 1:56:26 PM PDT · by jwalburg · 6 replies · 242+ views
    AP London ^ | Jul 27, 2004 | Emma Ross The Associated Press
    Rates of sexually transmitted infections in Britain rose again last year despite new programs aimed at reining in a decade of increases, health experts said Tuesday. The number of infections - 708,083 - was 4 percent higher than in 2002, but Britain's Health Protection Agency said the pace of the increase appears to be slowing. The statistics do not include HIV infections, which are tracked separately. Sexually transmitted diseases have been on the rise across Europe since the mid-1990s. Health experts partly blame complacency over condom use and casual sex as fear of HIV has eased. Such infections are not...
  • Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (human parasites, with some pictures)

    11/26/2003 7:38:18 AM PST · by alnitak · 24 replies · 14,334+ views
    The BBC ^ | Tuesday, 25 November, 2003, 12:54 GMT | BBC Story Monkey
    When Tanya Andrews returned from a recent family holiday in Costa Rica, she had no idea she had brought back a gruesome souvenir. A month later she developed an extremely painful lump on her head. At first, she thought she had an abscess, but then it wriggled. At the Hospital for Tropical Diseases they recognised the problem straight away - it was the living maggot larva of a botfly. While Tanya was enjoying her holiday a mosquito had delivered a tiny botfly egg onto the surface of her scalp. The egg hatched into a maggot and burrowed deep inside. Incredibly,...
  • Good medicine: How to lower the risk of post-surgical infections

    09/18/2003 10:02:27 AM PDT · by ChemistCat · 14 replies · 837+ views
    Deseretnews.com ^ | September 18, 2003 | Laura Landro
    Shortly after Patricia Henderson Shimm had her hip replaced, the surgical site became infected. It was the start of a three-year nightmare for the New York author and early-childhood educator. Her doctors gave her intravenous antibiotics and extracted the infected tissue. But eventually they had to remove the artificial joint itself, leaving Mrs. Shimm temporarily wheelchair-bound. After a second hip replacement followed by two years of excruciating pain, Mrs. Shimm only recently started walking without a cane. "They told me this is just one of those things that happens sometimes," she says. Largely because of mounting resistance to common antibiotics,...
  • Air Ionisers Wipe Out Hospital Infections

    01/03/2003 6:50:20 PM PST · by blam · 16 replies · 330+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 1-3-2003 | Natasha McDowell
    Air ionisers wipe out hospital infections 18:02 03 January 03 NewScientist.com news service Repeated airborne infections of the bacteria acinetobacter in an intensive care ward have been eliminated by the installation of a negative air ioniser. In the first such epidemiological study, researchers found that the infection rate fell to zero during the year long trial. "We were absolutely astounded to find such clear cut results," engineer Clive Begg at the University of Leeds, UK, told New Scientist. Stephen Dean, a consultant at the St James's Hospital in Leeds where the trial took place says: "The results have been fantastic...
  • Strep Bacteria Resist Antibiotics

    04/20/2002 10:17:35 AM PDT · by ex-Texan · 102 replies · 2,153+ views
    News Day / AP ^ | 4/19/2002 | AP Staff
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