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Health Highlights: Sept. 13, 2017

Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Infections Strike Young Heart Surgery Patients in New Orleans Incision infections have been reported in at least a dozen children who had heart surgery at Children's Hospital New Orleans earlier this year. The children are receiving intravenous antibiotics and are responding to the treatment, said Dr. John Heaton, the hospital's senior vice president and chief medical officer, the Associated Press reported. Heaton said the mycobacteria infections were caused by contamination in a machine that regulates a patient's temperature during heart surgery. Mycobacteria is common in water, soil and dust, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It also said contaminated medical devices can cause infections in the skin and soft tissues under the skin, the AP reported. ... Read more

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Study Spots Cause of Global Outbreak of Infections Tied to Heart Surgeries

Posted 13 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 – Factory contamination of medical devices likely caused potentially fatal infections in 33 open-heart surgery patients in several countries, investigators say. The patients were sickened with Mycobacterium chimaera bacteria, which can cause infection of the inner lining of the heart and spread to the rest of the body. Genetic examination of M. chimaera samples suggests that heater-cooler units produced by LivaNova in a factory in Germany were the likely source of infection, according to the study. The devices help keep a patient's circulating blood and organs at a set temperature during heart bypass procedures, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Patients became ill in the United States, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, according to the study. The results appear online July 12 in The Lancet ... Read more

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

Posted 5 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

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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