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Infections, Not Clumsiness, Cause Many Falls

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FRIDAY, Oct. 9, 2015 – People arriving at the emergency room for a fall may be there due to an underlying infection rather than clumsiness, a new study suggests. Infection-related falls usually affect older people but can happen to anyone, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital warn. "Over the years I've been struck by the fact that some of the more serious infections I treated were in people who came to the hospital because they fell," said the study's principal investigator, Dr. Farrin Manian, a clinician educator in the hospital's division of general medicine. "Even though many of the patients had vague early signs of an infection, such as weakness or lethargy, it was the fall that brought them in," Manian said in a news release from Infectious Diseases Week, the annual meeting of specialists in infectious illness. The new findings were presented at this year's meeting in ... Read more

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Health Tip: Teaching Kids to Wash Hands

Posted 2 days 13 hours ago by

-- Keeping kids' hands clean goes a long way toward keeping children healthy, especially if they attend daycare or school. The Mayo Clinic recommends: Showing your child how to properly wash hands. Supervise the first few sessions. Having your child wash hands frequently throughout the day. Making sure your child scrubs long enough. Have the child sing the "Happy Birthday" song twice. Keeping a stepstool nearby to help your small child reach the sink. Keeping hand sanitizer within reach if soap and water aren't available. Make sure hands are dry before the child touches anything. Read more

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More Than 730 Illnesses Reported in Latest Salmonella Outbreak

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TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 – A salmonella outbreak that has been linked to contaminated cucumbers imported from Mexico has now caused 732 illnesses in 35 states, U.S. health officials said Tuesday. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the cucumbers were distributed in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. Distribution to other states may also have occurred, the agency added. Four deaths have been reported in the outbreak: one in Arizona, one in California, one in Oklahoma, and one in Texas. So far, 150 people have been hospitalized, CDC officials said Tuesday. Fifty percent of the illnesses reported have been in children under the age of 18, agency officials added. ... Read more

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FDA Orders Studies on Contaminated Endoscopes Tied to Illness Outbreaks

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MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 – Recent outbreaks of life-threatening infections linked to endoscopic devices called duodenoscopes led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday to order manufacturers to conduct postmarket studies of the devices in health care facilities. The goal is to learn more about how the scopes are cleaned and prepared for reuse in actual health care settings, the FDA said. Duodenoscopes are flexible, lighted tubes threaded through the mouth, throat and stomach to the small intestine, and used to diagnose and treat problems in the liver, pancreas and gallbladder. Last February, the FDA issued a warning that duodenoscopes are hard to clean even when health care workers follow manufacturers' directions. In March, the FDA issued final recommendations for the cleaning and sterilization of duodenoscopes. That action came shortly after reports that duodenoscopes ... Read more

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New Antibiotic-Resistant 'Superbug' an Emerging Threat, CDC Says

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MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 – A relatively new antibiotic-resistant bacteria called CRE is making inroads in some major American cities, U.S. health officials report. Surveillance of seven U.S. metropolitan areas found higher-than-expected levels of CRE in Atlanta, Baltimore and New York City, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lower-than-expected levels were found in Albuquerque, Denver and Portland, Ore., while the Minneapolis rate was what the agency anticipated. But CDC researchers were dismayed that they found active cases of CRE infection in every city they examined, said senior author Dr. Alexander Kallen, a CDC medical officer. The results support the CDC's decision to promote coordinated regional efforts to prevent the spread of CRE and other antibiotic-resistant germs, Kallen said. "Here we are with an opportunity to intervene on one of these ... Read more

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Study Links Early Infections to Celiac Risk

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FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2015 – Children who have a lot of infections in the first 18 months of life may have an increased risk for celiac disease, a new study from Norway suggests. The study found that children with 10 or more respiratory and gastrointestinal infections during the first 18 months of life were 30 percent more likely to develop celiac disease than kids who had fewer than five infections. The researchers also found that youngsters with repeated respiratory infections were at greater risk than those with repeated gastrointestinal infections. "We think there are many pieces to the puzzle that must fit together for someone to develop celiac disease, where heredity, gluten intake and possibly many other environmental factors are important," study first author Dr. Karl Marild, from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo, said in an institute news release. "Perhaps having ... Read more

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Health Tip: When a Rash Signals Trouble

Posted 16 days ago by

-- A skin rash often isn't a major worry, but there are warning signs that it could mean trouble. The American Academy of Dermatology says medical intervention in warranted when a rash: Spreads across the entire body. This could indicate a serious allergic reaction. Is accompanied by fever. This warrants an immediate trip to the emergency room, as it could indicate a serious infection. Spreads suddenly and very quickly. Forms blisters. Becomes painful. Read more

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Placing Large Catheter in Vein Under Collarbone Best, Study Finds

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 23, 2015 – For patients in intensive care units who need a catheter so they can receive medications easily, one placed in the vein under the collarbone appears to lower the risk of bloodstream infections and clots, a new study finds. The researchers reported that it lowered those risks by two to three times when compared to catheters placed in the large vein in the groin or in the jugular vein in the neck. "There has been an ongoing controversy about where to place these large catheters that would have the least risk of life-threatening infections," said senior researcher Dr. Leonard Mermel, from Lifespan in Providence, R.I. These infections are usually caused by bacteria on the skin that cling to the catheter as it is inserted and find their way into the bloodstream, he explained. In this setting, a catheter is a long tube that is inserted into the body so medicines ... Read more

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You Carry Your 'Microbial Cloud' With You

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TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 – In a finding that's sure to alarm germophobes everywhere, scientists say people emit a "microbial cloud" of bacteria wherever they may be. The study found that air samples could even pinpoint which individual had just left a sealed chamber, based on the makeup of their particular cloud of bacteria. "We expected that we would be able to detect the human microbiome in the air around a person, but we were surprised to find that we could identify most of the occupants just by sampling their microbial cloud," study author James Meadow, of the University of Oregon, said in a news release from the journal PeerJ. The findings were published in the journal on Sept. 22. It's long been known that humans are host to a myriad of mostly helpful microbes, both in the gastrointestinal tract and on the skin. This colony of organisms is what scientists have dubbed the ... Read more

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Kicking the Nail-Biting Habit

Posted 19 days ago by

SATURDAY, Sept. 19, 2015 – Maybe it's time to listen to your mother's words and stop biting your nails. That's because nail-biting isn't just an unattractive habit, it can also lead to strange-looking nails and even skin infections, a dermatologist warns. "Chronic nail-biting can cause serious problems," dermatologist Dr. Margaret Parsons, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, Davis, said in a news release from the American Academy of Dermatology. "In addition to making the skin around your nails feel sore, repeated nail-biting can damage the tissue that makes nails grow, resulting in abnormal-looking nails," she said. "It can also leave you vulnerable to infection as you pass harmful bacteria and viruses from your mouth to your fingers and from your nails to your face and mouth." To cut down on the problem, Parsons suggested avoiding ... Read more

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New Antibiotics May One Day Beat Superbugs

Posted 18 Sep 2015 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 18, 2015 – As concerns over antibiotic resistance grow around the world, researchers report they've discovered a promising new group of antibiotics. These new drugs contain iridium, a transition metal that doesn't break down easily. This may help the antibiotics treat superbugs, such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), the researchers said. "We are still at the beginning of developing and testing these antibiotics but, so far, our preliminary results show a new group of antibiotics that are effective and safe," said Joseph Falkinham, a professor of microbiology in the College of Science at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and an affiliate of the Virginia Tech Center for Drug Discovery, in a university news release. "Within the next few years, we hope to identify various characteristics of these antibiotics, such as their stability, their distribution and ... Read more

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Global Impact of Tropical Disease Leptospirosis Underestimated: Study

Posted 17 Sep 2015 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 – More than 1 million people contract a tropical disease known as leptospirosis each year, resulting in nearly 59,000 deaths, a new study shows. That worldwide estimate of the impact of the illness, which typically affects underdeveloped areas in Latin America, Africa, Asia and island nations, is far greater than previously thought, the Yale School of Public Health researchers noted. "The study identified an important health burden caused by this life-threatening disease, which has been long neglected because it occurs in the poorest segments of the world's population," study leader Albert Ko, chair of the department of epidemiology of microbial disease at Yale, said in a news release from the New Haven, Conn.-based university. "At present, there are no effective control measures for leptospirosis. The study provides national and international decision makers ... Read more

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Antibacterial Soaps Fail to Beat Plain Soap

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THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 – When it comes to ridding your hands of bacteria, plain old soap is just as good as many "antibacterial" soaps, new research contends. Lab tests conducted by a team of Korean researchers revealed that when bacteria are exposed to the standard over-the-counter antibacterial ingredient known as triclosan for hours at a time, the antiseptic formulation is a more potent killer than plain soap. The problem: People wash their hands for a matter of seconds, not hours. And in real-world tests, the research team found no evidence to suggest that normal hand-washing with antibacterial soap does any more to clean the hands than plain soap. "[The] antiseptic effect of triclosan depends on its exposure concentration and time," explained study co-author Min Suk Rhee, a professor in the department of biotechnology and the department of food bioscience and technology at the ... Read more

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With School Back in Session, Kids Need Refresher Course on Hand-Washing

Posted 7 Sep 2015 by

SATURDAY, Sept. 5, 2015 – With the start of the new school year, parents need to remind their children about the importance of hand-washing and how to do it properly, an infectious-disease expert says. Hand-washing is the best way to prevent many types of infections, and is especially important after using the bathroom and before eating, according to Dr. Beverly Connelly. She's with the division of infectious diseases at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, in Ohio. "Germs get left everywhere! Good hand hygiene practices help prevent catching colds and respiratory viral infections, stomach bugs and diarrhea, as well as MRSA [methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus] and other skin infections. Make hand hygiene a practice you and your family practice every day," she said in a hospital news release. Parents should explain to children why it's important to wash their hands, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Athletes Are at Risk for Skin Problems

Posted 2 Sep 2015 by

-- Athletes are especially prone to skin conditions, such as infections. To help reduce the risk, the American Academy of Dermatology advises: Protect any scrapes or cuts with regular cleaning and bandaging. Protect against blisters by using a spray, gel or pad on areas that tend to blister. Make sure footwear fits correctly, and consider special socks or gloves for blisters on the hands or feet. Wear clothing that wicks moisture from the skin. Wear sandals in locker rooms. Dry off with a clean towel. Never share personal care products, such as soap or razors. Wash clothing, towels and sports bags after use. Disinfect all protective gear after use. Inspect skin carefully each day for signs of infection or injury. Never use bleach or sandpaper to mask a skin issue. Read more

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