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Doctor Stumbles On Cure For Deadly Sepsis And It’s All About Vitamin C

The physician successfully treated his patients with vitamin C infusions, along with thiamine and hydrocortisone. Pending validation through additional studies, his remedy could prove to be a long-awaited breakthrough in sepsis treatment.

Public Health March 24, 2017

Patients Less Likely To Die In US Hospitals During Surprise Inspections: Study

Patients during surprise hospital accreditation surveys may have a slightly lower risk of dying within 30 days of their admission, a new study has found. What could account for these lower mortality rates?

Public Health March 21, 2017

Putting Paper On Toilet Seat To Prevent Infection Is Not A Good Idea: Here's Why

Putting a cover paper on a toilet seat to prevent acquiring infection only makes the matter worse. Toilet seats, according to public health experts, are not vehicles for the transmission of any infectious agents.

Public Health March 20, 2017

California Truck Driver Dies From Untreated Tooth Infection

Vadim Anatoliyevich Kondratyuk was driving the route from Truckee to New York on Jan. 24 when he began to experience pain in the lower left portion of the mouth. The pain turned out to be a tooth infection fast becoming worse.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 1, 2017

Dentist Faces Court Rap Over Death Of Teen During Wisdom Tooth Removal

A family in Minnesota is now finally filing charges against a dentist for the death of their daughter during routine wisdom tooth removal. It was a change of heart as they have formerly expressed no intention to sue the doctor for malpractice.

Medicine January 29, 2017

Researchers Turn To ‘Superhemophobic’ Titanium To Address Blood Clotting, Infection In Medical Implants

Blood clots and infections have been plaguing medical implants for years. According to researchers, turning medical devices like stents and catheters to become blood-repellent may hold the solution to issues with implants.

Biotech January 22, 2017

Here Are The Potential Dangers Of Tapeworm In Your Sushi

Given that experts have recently identified the presence of the Japanese broad tapeworm in wild pink salmon caught in Hawaii, is there an immediate danger of infection for salmon and sushi lovers in the country?

Healthy Living/Wellness January 16, 2017

Can Humans Survive A Zombie Apocalypse? Studies Investigate Spread Of Zombie Infection

Human population could be down to just hundreds in the 100th day of a zombie infection. Survivors, however, can do something to save humanity from being wiped out.

Feature | Science January 5, 2017

Put The Q-Tip Down: Doctors Release New Guidelines For Earwax Removal

Updated clinical guidelines from the American Academy of Otolaryngology released last Jan. 3 warned about the dangers of using cotton swabs on one’s ears, urging people to let their earwax naturally protect their ears.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 4, 2017

CDC Urges Fast Action To Prevent Sepsis Death

The CDC has urged healthcare providers to do more to identify and treat sepsis in their patients. The agency said the blood infection is a serious medical emergency that needs to be addressed early and accordingly.

Public Health August 24, 2016

People Hospitalized For Infection At Increased Risk Of Dying From Suicide

People who were hospitalized with infection have increased risk for suicide death, new research suggests. The risk is higher in those with HIV, AIDS or hepatitis.

Public Health August 11, 2016

Hepatitis C-Related Deaths Reach All-Time High In US

Hepatitis C infections are now killing more people in the US than other infections combined, according to a new CDC report. The data pointed to hepatitis C in baby boomers as well as new worrisome virus transmission routes.

Public Health May 5, 2016

GSK Reformulates Mouthwash Into Antiseptic Gel To Prevent Infection In Newborn Babies

Antiseptic chlorhexidine gel Umbipro from GlaxoSmithKline was endorsed by the European Medicines Agency for use against umbilical cord infection in newborns. The product developed from GSK's mouthwash is targeted to address omphalitis in developing countries.

Medicine April 30, 2016

Illinois Death Linked To Bacteria That Killed 18 In Wisconsin

The blood infection Elizabethkingia claimed the life of a resident in Illinois. The infection has also taken 18 lives in Wisconsin since November 2015.

LIFE April 13, 2016

PeaceHealth St. John Notifies Nearly 300 Patients Of Possible Exposure To HIV, Hepatitis C And Hepatitis B

PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center has notified nearly 300 patients who might have been exposed to HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. The likelihood of infection is extremely low, but the hospital is still exercising caution and offering tests to concerned patients.

LIFE April 7, 2016

Lyme Disease: Signs, Symptoms, Treatment And Tips To Prevent Tick Bites

Lyme disease, a bacterial infection caused by tick bites, can cause serious health complications if left untreated. Here is everything you need to know about the infection.

LIFE April 3, 2016

Everything You Need To Know About The Deadly White-Nose Syndrome: Can Humans Be Infected?

A deadly bat disease has killed 6 million in North America already. It is currently threatening millions more as it continues to spread in an alarming rate. Are humans also at risk?

LIFE April 2, 2016

Breastfeeding, New Vaccines Tied To Reduced Infant Ear Infections

Fewer babies in the United States are getting painful ear infections now compared with two decades ago, a new study revealed. The decline is apparently connected to new vaccinations, higher rates of breastfeeding, and the drop in smoking rate.

LIFE March 29, 2016

UK Hospitals To Test New Chickenpox Vaccine

Though chicken pox is a common childhood infection, it may lead to serious health complications. In the United Kingdom, they are now trialing a new vaccine to protect both kids and adults from the disease.

LIFE March 6, 2016

Graphene Oxide's Antibacterial Properties May Help Combat Hospital Acquired Infections

Researchers in Italy explored the potential antibacterial and antifungal actions of graphene oxide. How could this wonder material help serve as an effective, eco-friendly antibacterial treatment in the future?

LIFE March 5, 2016

Ancient Viruses In Our DNA Boost Immune System, Help Us Fight Infections

Our DNA is embedded with ancient viruses that targeted our ancestors millions of years ago. Researchers at the University of Utah explained that this specific genetic code actually boosts our immune system.

LIFE March 4, 2016

Wiping C-Section Babies With Vaginal Bacteria May Expose Them To Infection

A lot of mothers and health practitioners opt for vaginal seeding. Doctors warn that this practice, which has not been proven to be effective yet, may increase the infant's risk of infection.

LIFE February 24, 2016

Heartburn Drugs Linked To Increased Risk For Dementia

Popular heartburn pills known as PPIs may increase risks for dementia. The drugs, which include include Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid have already been linked to lower magnesium levels and increased risk for infections.

LIFE February 15, 2016

Scientists Find About 100 Bacteria In Beards And About 25 Percent Show Antibiotic Activity

Microbiologists from the University College London discovered bacterial strains in human beards that are capable of killing other known infections. The team believes this could lead to the creation of newer antibiotics to treat drug-resistant microbes.

LIFE February 4, 2016

Leishmaniasis And Chagas Parasitic Diseases Can Pass From Mother To Child

The world has all eyes on the Zika virus. Now, scientists warn that two other parasitic diseases can also be passed from mother to child through the placenta.

LIFE February 2, 2016

Nearly 300 Massachusetts Hospital Patients Possibly Exposed To HIV, Hepatitis

Baystate Noble Hospital in Massachusetts sent out notification letters to patients who underwent colonoscopies as they may possibly be exposed to HIV and hepatitis. The reason for the exposure is the lack of adequate disinfection measures in cleaning the endoscopes used.

LIFE January 23, 2016

Plants Use Molecular Clock To Raise Resistance When Fungal Infection Is Likely To Occur

Plants have super powers. They can ward off infection by regulating their internal molecular clock to anticipate impending infection by pathogens.

Earth/Environment December 18, 2015

Woman Undergoes Surgery Due To Severe Infection Caused By Wearing Hair Tie On Wrist

A woman was forced to undergo surgery after developing severe infection on her wrist. The doctors said the most probable cause of the condition was her hair tie.

LIFE November 28, 2015

High-Speed Video Reveals How Sneeze Travels And Spreads Infection

MIT researchers showed the droplets extent using a high-speed video in 2D. Sneeze droplets are not readily formed during escape from the mouth and nose. Suspended viruses trapped inside droplets can infect a person through inhalation and skin contact.

LIFE November 26, 2015

Study Of Blood Sucking Kissing Bugs Could Help Control Chagas Disease

Researchers study the vector mostly linked to Chagas disease. Kissing bugs carry the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi and the study aims to determine certain characteristics these bugs have to develop effective insect control methods in the future.

LIFE November 18, 2015

Pennsylvania Hospital Says 1,300 Open Heart Surgery Patients May Have Been Exposed To Potentially Fatal Bacteria

Some 1,300 open heart surgery patients from a Pennsylvania hospital have been notified that they could be infected by a bacteria found in other patients. The cause, CDC found, was the use of infected medical devices, which the hospital has already replaced.

LIFE October 27, 2015

Pennsylvania Hospital Says 1,300 Open Heart Surgery Patients May Have Been Exposed To Potentially Fatal Bacteria

Some 1,300 open heart surgery patients from a Pennsylvania hospital have been notified that they could be infected by a bacteria found in other patients. The cause, CDC found, was the use of infected medical devices, which the hospital has already replaced.

LIFE October 27, 2015

More People Could Die After Surgery, Chemotherapy Due To Weakening Antibiotics

Antibiotic resistance is making it more dangerous to carry out surgeries and chemotherapies. The risk of acquiring infection after cancer treatment and surgery increases with bacteria growing resistant against antibiotics.

LIFE October 16, 2015

Woman Suffering From Severe Headache Has Tapeworm Eggs in Her Brain

Doctors have successfully removed tapeworm eggs inside the brain of Yadira Rostro, the 31-year-old woman who suffered massive headaches for nine months.

LIFE September 19, 2015

Marine Biologist Discovered New Parasite That Can Alter Shrimp Brains

A new species of parasite found in the United Kingdom appears to have the ability to alter the behavior of other creatures that it infects, according to researchers at the University of Portsmouth.

Earth/Environment August 26, 2015

Sandra Lee Discharged From Hospital After Second Surgery

Food Network star and celebrity chef Sandra Lee left Mount Sinai Roosevelt on Wednesday after undergoing a successful surgery that addressed a lingering case of infection.

LIFE August 13, 2015

Brain-Eating Bug Kills California Woman: What You Should Know About Naegleria Fowleri

A deadly amoeba took the life of a 21-year-old California woman on June 20. Are you in danger this summer from this water-borne illness?

LIFE July 4, 2015

Cuba Successfully Eliminates Mother To Child Transmission Of HIV

Cuba was declared as the first country to successfully eliminate mother to child transmission of HIV. Being given this validation is said to be a milestone for any country's public health sector.

LIFE July 1, 2015

Health Officials In Florida Attempt To Allay Public Fear Over Flesh-Eating Bacteria

The Florida Health Department has reminded the public that Florida beaches are safe. People should be at low risk of Vibrio, as long as extra precautions are taken.

LIFE June 27, 2015

CDC Report Shows 1 Out Of 8 Americans Infected With HIV Unaware Of Condition

The number of people in the US unaware that they have HIV is approximately 1 out of 8, says a report released by the CDC. The agency encourages the public to undergo testing at least once to promptly treat the disease and prevent further transmission.

LIFE June 26, 2015

5,245: Number Of Distinct Bacterial Strains On Eyes Of Contact Lens Users

Daily contact lens wearers were found to have 5,245 distinct bacterial strains and sub-types in the eyes. They also have three times the normal ratio of certain bacteria increasing their risks for eye infection.

LIFE June 2, 2015

Doctors Find Evidence Of Ebola In Survivor's Eye

The Ebola virus may be present in Ebola survivor's eye long after the initial onset of the disease. Ebola survivors should be monitored for possible eye infections after getting treated for the disease.

LIFE May 8, 2015

Probiotic Bacteria May Help Fight Against Very Common Hospital Infection

A non-toxin producing strain of the C-diff bacteria can help reduce the recurrence rate of C-diff infections, helping ensure those who contracted the disease will not suffer again.

LIFE May 6, 2015

Thinking Of Getting A Pet? Researchers Look At Concerns About Health - Especially Yours

Family pets can sometimes present risks of disease to their human companions, researchers say. New guidelines recommend talking to doctors and veterinarians about the safest pets for any particular family.

LIFE April 20, 2015

The Healthy Side To Sodium

Salt, while bad for your health if consumed in excess amounts, may have once had an ancient evolutionary health benefit, researchers find. It still has an ability to boost the immune system's response to infectious microbes, they say.

LIFE March 4, 2015

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