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  • Infected and undocumented: Thousands of Canadians dying from hospital-acquired bugs ( Canada)

    01/19/2015 6:01:48 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    National Post ^ | January 19, 2015 | Tom Blackwell
    Ms. Smith’s tragic demise was more dramatic than many cases of hospital-acquired infection (HAI). Necrotizing fasciitis is a frightening, but rare, complication. Still, about 8,000 Canadians a year die from bugs they contract in facilities meant to make them better, while many more see their hospital stay prolonged by such illness. Yet after years of well-intentioned work and millions of dollars spent on combatting the scourge, the details and extent of the problem remain murky. No national statistics, for instance, document the number of surgical-wound infections like Ms. Smith’s, one of the most common types of hospital-acquired pathogens. A federal...
  • New blood test might predict sepsis deaths

    07/28/2013 8:57:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 24, 2013 | Maggie Fox
    Researchers looking for a test to predict whether someone has a potentially deadly condition called sepsis have made a surprise finding – they can predict who will die from it. Their test accurately picked out who would develop severe sepsis and die, versus those who had fairly innocuous infections and lived.They hope they can develop it into a tool that will help doctors decide who needs immediate hospitalization and intensive treatment, versus those who can tough it out. Eventually, they hope they may be able to predict who might be susceptible to infections of all kinds.“The test is looking for...
  • Tests in Mice Misled Researchers on 3 Diseases, Study Says

    02/11/2013 6:58:20 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 11, 2013 | GINA KOLATA
    For decades, mice have been the species of choice in the study of human diseases. But now, researchers report stunning evidence that the mouse model has been totally misleading for at least three major killers — sepsis, burns and trauma. As a result, years and billions of dollars have been wasted following false leads, they say. The study does not mean that mice are useless models for all human diseases. But, its authors said, it does raise troubling questions about diseases like the ones in the study that involve the immune system, including cancer and... --snip-- “That started us thinking,”...
  • Squabble Over NEJM Paper Puts Spotlight on Antishock Drug

    08/04/2012 1:34:09 AM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 2 August 2012 | Kai Kupferschmidt
    A seemingly small mistake in a paper in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) landed a Danish physician-researcher in hot water last month after a German company threatened to sue him for potential losses that could run in the millions of dollars. The exchange prompted media consternation in Denmark over whether academic freedom was being censored, but the researcher, Anders Perner of Copenhagen University Hospital has corrected the error, which occurred in the publication of a study of a widely used drug to prevent shock, and thereby averted legal action. Still, the episode has shone a light on a...
  • Surprising Cells Stymie Sepsis

    01/25/2012 2:18:19 AM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 12 January 2012 | Mitch Leslie
    Enlarge Image Still killing. Even with modern medical care, about a quarter of sepsis patients die. Credit: iStockphoto Sepsis isn't just one of those old-time diseases that people used to die from before the discovery of antibiotics. It's still a major killer. Now, a new study shows that immune cells known as B cells forestall sepsis in mice, a discovery that may help researchers devise better treatments for the illness. Each year, up to 1 million people in the United States fall victim to sepsis, a runaway infection coupled with bodywide inflammation. Despite antibiotics and other treatments, about 25% of...
  • Clinical Trial to Treat Septic Shock Under Way at UMC

    06/05/2011 1:18:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies
    THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA - UA News ^ | May 31, 2011 | by Katie Riley, Arizona Health Sciences Center
    SNIPPET: "The death rate can be as high as 60 percent for people with underlying medical problems, and some 250,000 Americans die of severe sepsis annually. A clinical trial of a new device to treat severe sepsis – the leading cause of death in hospital intensive care units – is under way at University Medical Center. "This study is important because sepsis is a life-threatening illness, and it's increased every year in the past 20 years despite all our advances in medicine," said Dr. Harold Szerlip, professor in the University of Arizona Department of Medicine and UA principal investigator of...
  • Scientists Uncork Potential Secret Of Red Wine's Health Benefits (Resveratrol)

    08/03/2009 12:19:32 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 25 replies · 1,301+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Aug. 3, 2009 | Science Daily Staff
    Scientists from Scotland and Singapore have unraveled a mystery that has perplexed scientists since red wine was first discovered to have health benefits: how does resveratrol control inflammation? New research published in the August 2009 print issue of The FASEB Journal, not only explains resveratrol's one-two punch on inflammation, but also show how it - or a derivative -can be used to treat potentially deadly inflammatory disease, such as appendicitis, peritonitis, and systemic sepsis.
  • Woman blames Brooklyn ER for failing to spot devastating infection (became an amputee in just days)

    11/23/2008 8:10:18 PM PST · by Coleus · 16 replies · 1,129+ views
    nydaily news ^ | 11.20.08 | John Marzulli
    She went to a Brooklyn emergency room suffering from what she thought was just a kidney stone, but a medical nightmare left her partly blind and a quadruple amputee. Tabitha Mullings claims doctors at Brooklyn Hospital Center failed to diagnose an infection that has literally eaten her alive. RELATED: BOY WITH GIANT LIMB GIVEN $200G FIXUP "Sometimes I can't believe it's me laying here," the mother of three told the Daily News Wednesday from her bed in the very hospital she blames for her ravaged body.  Wiping tears with a bandaged stump, Mullings struggled to explain how in a...
  • 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.
  • Statins Defend Against Fungus-Caused Sepsis

    10/15/2006 6:26:50 PM PDT · by blam · 1 replies · 255+ views
    Science News ^ | 10-14-2006 | Nathan Seppa
    Statins defend against fungus-caused sepsis Nathan Seppa From San Francisco, at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy When a blood infection causes an inflammatory reaction that attacks the entire circulatory system, the result is a condition called sepsis that's fatal about 40 percent of the time. A new study suggests that sepsis brought on by a fungal infection is less lethal in people taking cholesterol-lowering pills called statins than in those not getting the drugs. Physician Graeme Forrest of the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore says that he noticed reports suggesting that statins improve the survival...

    10/23/2005 6:41:43 PM PDT · by LisaMalia · 230 replies · 3,090+ views
    In desperate need of FR prayer warriors.....
  • FDA warns again of abortion pill risk

    07/21/2005 3:19:42 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies · 556+ views
    FDA Issues Health Advisory for Mifepristone Citing Four Sepsis-Related Deaths Among Users; Drug Labeling To Be Updated 21 Jul 2005 FDA on Tuesday issued a... public health advisory warning physicians to watch for any signs of sepsis or other infection among women who have taken Danco Laboratories' Mifeprex -- known generically as mifepristone -- which when taken with misoprostol can cause a medical abortion, the AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. The agency is investigating four sepsis-related deaths among women who took the drug, including two cases reported to FDA in April and June (Neergaard, AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 7/20). Physicians have identified the bacterium...
  • Common Blood Infections Kill Millions

    02/15/2004 7:02:04 PM PST · by nuconvert · 42 replies · 722+ views
    AP ^ | 2-14-04
    <p>CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- An international group of doctors is pushing for aggressive treatment to prevent half a million deaths worldwide from a common bloodstream infection.</p> <p>Sepsis kills more than 200,000 people annually in the United States alone -- more deaths than from lung and breast cancer combined. Muppets creator Jim Henson died from it 14 years ago.</p>