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You Won't Believe What Lived Inside This Boy's Eye

Posted 20 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 – For one unfortunate Mexican teenager, an unwanted tenant living in his eye led to what may be a permanent loss of vision, doctors report. As published Sept. 21 in The New England Journal of Medicine, an unnamed 17-year-old boy from a rural town in Mexico came to a hospital after suffering impaired vision and pain in his right eye for three weeks. According to ophthalmologists Drs. Pablo Guzman-Salas and Juan Serna-Ojeda, an examination showed an inflamed cornea, blood in the back of the eye, "multiple iris perforations" and other eye damage. The cause? "A flattened and mobile trematode [tiny flatworm] was seen moving freely" at the back of the eye, according to the doctors. The parasite was traveling – through holes it had made in the eye's iris – between the front and back portions of the eye. The doctors said the boy was given praziquantel, a drug used ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Eye Dryness/Redness, Praziquantel, Biltricide, Helminthic Infection, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Worms and Flukes

Sushi Lovers, Beware: Tapeworm Now Found in U.S. Salmon

Posted 12 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – In bad news for sushi lovers, scientists have confirmed that a tapeworm known to infect salmon from the Asian Pacific is also present in fish from U.S. waters. The parasite, known as the Japanese broad tapeworm, can grow up to 30 feet long in the human body, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most people who become infected have no symptoms, the CDC says. But some suffer abdominal pain, diarrhea and weight loss. Over time, the infection can also lead to deficiency in vitamin B12. On the brighter side, infection with the tapeworm appears to be uncommon: Only around 2,000 cases have been reported in humans – mostly in northeastern Asia, according to Roman Kuchta, the lead researcher on the new report. The first known human case in North America was recorded in 2008, said Kuchta. He's based at the Czech Academy of Sciences, in the ... Read more

Related support groups: Vitamin B12 Deficiency, Ivermectin, Albendazole, Albenza, Vermox, Pyrantel, Stromectol, Mebendazole, Praziquantel, Pin-X, Biltricide, Fish Tapeworm Infection, Pinworm Medicine, Reese's Pinworm Medicine, Niclosamide, Pinworm Caplets, Thiabendazole, Mintezol, Miltefosine, Antiminth

FDA Medwatch Alert: Olympia Pharmacy Sterile Compounded Products: Recall - Concerns About Sterility Assurance

Posted 5 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

  [Posted 05/30/2013] ISSUE: Lowlite Investments d/b/a Olympia Pharmacy ("Lowlite") notified the public of a voluntary multi-state recall of all sterile drug products compounded by the pharmacy that have not reached the expiration date listed on the product. The recall is being initiated due to concerns associated with prior quality control procedures that impacted sterility assurance. In the event a sterile product is compromised patients are at risk for serious and possible life threatening infections. The recall includes all sterile products that Olympia Pharmacy supplied to patients and offices of licensed medical professionals with a use by date of 09/25/2013 or earlier. Olympia Pharmacy will be notifying customers by phone, fax, or mail to return the products to the pharmacy. BACKGROUND: To date, Lowlite has received no reports of injury or illness associated with the use of the a ... Read more

Related support groups: Depo-Provera, Provera, Subutex, Meloxicam, Estradiol, Testosterone, Methylprednisolone, Butrans, Medroxyprogesterone, Mobic, AndroGel, Estrace, Buprenorphine, Medrol, Testim, Reglan, Ketamine, Vivelle, Axiron, Climara

Smarten Up About Antibiotics, CDC Urges

Posted 18 Nov 2010 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 18 – Knowing when to take antibiotics – and when not to – can help fight the rise of deadly "superbugs," say experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About half of antibiotics prescribed are unnecessary or inappropriate, the agency says, and overuse has helped create bacteria that don't respond, or respond less effectively, to the drugs used to fight them. "Antibiotics are a shared resource that has become a scarce resource," said Dr. Lauri Hicks, a medical epidemiologist at the CDC. She's also medical director a of new program, Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work, that had its launch this week. "Everyone has a role to play in preventing the spread of antibiotic resistance," Hicks said. The stakes are high, said Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, CDC's associate director for health care-associated infection prevention programs. Almost every type of bacteria ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Amoxicillin, Metronidazole, Doxycycline, Clindamycin, Cephalexin, Azithromycin, Penicillin, Bactrim, Cipro, Fluconazole, Ciprofloxacin, Flagyl, Augmentin, Levaquin, Keflex, Zithromax, Diflucan, Trimethoprim, Nitrofurantoin

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