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Florence's Lingering Threat: Mold

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THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 – In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, residents of the Carolinas are facing a new health threat: mold. Mold-related illnesses are a serious concern following severe flooding in North and South Carolina, say experts from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. "Where there's dampness and water, there's mold," said Paula Schenck, of the division of ...

We All Carry a Personal Cloud of Germs, Chemicals

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THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 – You might feel squeaky clean after that morning shower, but you carry an invisible cloud of bacteria, viruses, fungi and chemicals every day. That's one of the lessons from the first study to take a deep dive into the human "exposome" – the collection of microbes, plant particles and chemicals that accompanies people as they move through the world. In fact, if your ...

Health Tip: Traveling by Air

Posted 3 days ago by

-- Crowded airports and planes can seem daunting to parents travelling with small children, especially when the unpredictability of air travel is factored in. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to make air travel less stressful: Get to the airport early, especially when traveling with a younger child – to give your family extra time to get through security. Dress your child in ...

Blood Infection Sepsis Tied to Heart Attack, Stroke

Posted 12 days ago by

MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 – Survivors of serious bloodstream infections called sepsis are at increased risk for stroke and heart attack for four weeks after leaving the hospital, a new study finds. The study included roughly 42,300 sepsis patients in Taiwan. Of those, 22 percent died within 30 days of hospital admission. Among the survivors, 1,012 had a cardiovascular event, 831 had a stroke and ...

Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals Announces FDA Approval of Xerava (eravacycline) for Complicated Intra-Abdominal Infections (cIAI)

Posted 28 Aug 2018 by

WATERTOWN, Mass., Aug. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTPH), a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing novel antibiotics to treat life-threatening multidrug-resistant (MDR) infections, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval of Xerava (eravacycline) for the treatment of complicated ...

Germs Gaining Resistance to Hand Gels in Hospitals

Posted 2 Aug 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 – Potentially dangerous bacteria already resistant to antibiotics are now developing resistance to common alcohol-based hand gels, a new study reports. A bacteria called Enterococcus faecium is a leading cause of hospital-acquired infections, and it's been shrugging off antibiotics at an increasing rate, said senior researcher Timothy Stinear. He is a molecular ...

Health Tip: Protect Yourself From Algae Blooms

Posted 27 Jul 2018 by

- Algae blooms include algae and cyanobacteria colonies that tend to form in rivers, lakes and ocean waters during warmer weather. In some cases they are just eyesores, but in others, they can produce toxins that are harmful to people and animals, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The CDC says you can protect yourself and your pets by checking for posted beach and lake ...

Report Warns of Dog Illness That Can Spread to Owners

Posted 11 Jul 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 – A bacteria carried by dogs that haven't been neutered can produce flu symptoms in humans and potentially jeopardize a pregnancy, a new study suggests. Brucellosis infection is most commonly spread by livestock like sheep, cattle, goats and pigs. But a strain of the bacterium carried by dogs – Brucella canis – could be widespread in humans, warned lead researcher ...

FDA Slaps Stronger Warnings on Potent Class of Antibiotics, Fluoroquinolones

Posted 11 Jul 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 – A powerful class of antibiotics will now come with stronger safety warnings about dangerous drops in blood sugar and neurological side effects that can include delirium and memory problems, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. Called fluoroquinolones, these drugs include levofloxacin (Levaquin), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), ciprofloxacin extended-release ...

Health Tip: If You Have an Abscess

Posted 3 Jul 2018 by

-- An abscess forms when germs enter the body through an open wound. An abscess often is raised and may feel warm and painful to the touch. The Nemours Foundation advises against popping, pushing, squeezing or touching an abscess. You can apply a warm compress to the area, which may help open and drain the wound. While many abscesses can be treated at home, some may require a doctor's care. ...

Zemdri (plazomicin) Approved by FDA for the Treatment of Adults with Complicated Urinary Tract Infections (cUTI)

Posted 27 Jun 2018 by

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., June 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Achaogen, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing and commercializing innovative antibacterial agents to address multidrug resistant (MDR) gram-negative infections, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Zemdri (plazomicin) for adults with complicated urinary tract infections (cUTI), ...

Clean Skin, Hands Critical for 'Kangaroo Care' for Preemies

Posted 16 Jun 2018 by

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 – A number of infection control measures need to be taken when giving "kangaroo care" to premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, researchers say. This approach – which involves meaningful touch and skin-to-skin contact between parents and babies – is increasingly encouraged in hospitals to aid the infant's development. However, the staff at a children's ...

Colonoscopies, Endoscopies Carry Greater Infection Risk Than Thought: Study

Posted 6 Jun 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 – Getting a colonoscopy or an endoscopy may be riskier than you thought. Researchers report that the rate of infections following these procedures at outpatient ambulatory surgery centers could be 100 times higher than previously believed, a new study finds. Bacterial infections such as E. coli and Klebsiella can strike 1 in 1,000 patients after a screening colonoscopy, ...

Health Tip: Swim Safely in a Pool

Posted 4 Jun 2018 by

-- Swimming is a great way to stay active and spend time with family and friends. But if you or a family member has an intestinal bug, it's important to avoid a pool. While chlorine can help keep water safe from other germs, some diarrhea-causing germs can survive in chlorinated water for more than seven days, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The CDC suggests these ...

Health Tip: Pets Require Safety Precautions

Posted 28 May 2018 by

-- Having a four-legged friend around the house could make us happier, healthier and help us live longer. Research shows having a pet can lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides. A cat, dog or other pet can also combat feelings of loneliness and depression. But Fido and Fluffy also harbor germs that could make us sick, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The ...

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