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More Norovirus Infections at Olympics in South Korea

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – With the Winter Olympics set to start Friday, South Korean officials are scrambling to find the source of a nasty stomach infection called norovirus that has sickened 128 people so far. South Korean health officials said Thursday that the new cases included members of the Pyeongchang Olympics Organizing Committee, as well as on-site personnel and cafeteria workers. This ...

Puppy Poop Infection Tally Rises to 67 People in 15 States

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – An outbreak of a potentially deadly bacteria linked to contaminated puppy poop has spread to 15 states, a new federal report shows. These multidrug-resistant Campylobacter infections have now sickened 67 people. In the latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency said cases rose from 39 in mid-September to 67 reported by Oct. 30. ...

Puppy Poop Infections Now Affecting 55 People in 12 States

Posted 3 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 – Cute, yes, but touching them might send you to the hospital. Puppies are transmitting potentially deadly Campylobacter bacteria infections via contaminated poop to the humans who handle them, with 55 people now sickened in an outbreak reaching across 12 states. In the latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency says cases rose from ...

Rotavirus Vaccine Cut Kids' Hospitalization, Medical Costs

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 – Hundreds of thousands of cases of diarrhea in young children have been prevented since routine vaccination against rotavirus began in the United States a decade ago, a new study shows. That has translated into a savings of more than $1 billion in medical costs, the researchers added. Rotavirus is a common cause of diarrhea in infants and young children in the United ...

Far Fewer Kids Are Dying Worldwide, but Gains Are Uneven

Posted 3 Apr 2017 by

MONDAY, April 3, 2017 – Despite a dramatic decline in child and teen deaths around the world since 1990, progress remains uneven, a new study shows. Child and teen deaths worldwide fell from just over 14 billion in 1990 to about 7 billion in 2015. The most common causes of death were preterm birth complications, respiratory infections, diarrhea, birth defects, malaria, sepsis, meningitis and ...

Drug May Be New Weapon Against a 'Superbug'

Posted 25 Jan 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 – A newly approved drug may help in the battle against Clostridium difficile – a potentially fatal "superbug" gut infection that has become a scourge in U.S. hospitals. In two clinical trials, researchers found that the drug, called bezlotoxumab (Zinplava), cut the risk of a recurrent C. difficile infection by almost 40 percent. That's important, because the gut ...

Antibiotic Overuse Behind 'Superbug' Outbreak in U.K. Hospitals

Posted 25 Jan 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 – Overuse of antibiotics triggered a severe diarrhea outbreak in British hospitals that began in 2006, a new study reports. Researchers analyzed hospital data related to the outbreak of Clostridium difficile, a "superbug" gut infection. The investigators concluded that reducing the use of fluoroquinolones – antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and levofloxacin ...

The Scoop About Healthy Poop

Posted 25 Oct 2016 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 25, 2016 – Your bowel movements can offer important clues about your health, a doctor says. If bowel movements feel comfortable, then it's likely all is well, said Dr. Gabriel Neal, a family medicine doctor and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine. "Normal bowel movements are relatively soft but dense. They should be any shade of brown or green," Neal said ...

Connecticut Toddler Latest U.S. Case of 'Superbug'

Posted 11 Sep 2016 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2016 – Scientists have identified a new patient who carried a type of bacteria that is resistant to an antibiotic of last resort, bringing the number of cases reported in the United States to four. All of the patients had E. coli with a gene called mcr-1, which makes the bacteria resistant to the antibiotic colistin, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...

Health Tip: Taking an Antidiarrheal Drug?

Posted 3 Feb 2016 by

-- An over-the-counter antidiarrheal drug can help clear a bout of diarrhea, but it's important to take the medication properly. The Academy of Family Physicians suggests: Following the label's instructions on how often to take the medication, and how much to take. Calling your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or are taking other medications. Taking no more than the suggested ...

Preventable Ills Cause Nearly 8 Million Childhood Deaths Globally

Posted 25 Jan 2016 by

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 – Most of the nearly 8 million deaths of children and teens around the world in 2013 were avoidable, a new report says. More than 6 million children younger than 5 lost their lives because of treatable conditions like malaria, diarrhea and respiratory tract infections, according to pediatric researchers who've analyzed results of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. ...

More Than 730 Illnesses Reported in Latest Salmonella Outbreak

Posted 6 Oct 2015 by

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, ...

Health Tip: Should I Talk to my Doctor About Gas?

Posted 10 Aug 2015 by

-- While everyone has intestinal gas, some people have severe bloating that causes discomfort and other problems. The Mayo Clinic mentions these warning signs that you may need to see a doctor: Intestinal gas that is persistent and severe. Intestinal gas that occurs with vomiting. Long-term diarrhea, bloody stool or constipation. Weight loss for no apparent reason. Heartburn.

Many Doctors Work While Sick, Survey Shows

Posted 6 Jul 2015 by

MONDAY, July 6, 2015 – Many health care professionals work when they are sick, putting their patients at risk for serious illness or even death, new research suggests. The danger is greatest for patients with weakened immune systems, and the study authors noted that these practices also increase health care costs. Since the consequences of these types of infections can be significant, the ...

Health Tip: Swimming Pools Can Harbor Germs

Posted 18 May 2015 by

-- While most swimming pools contain chemicals to help kill germs, these germ-destroyers may not be 100 percent effective all the time. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends: Shower to help rinse off germs before you get into the water. Never urinate or pass a bowel movement in swimming water. If you have diarrhea, don't go swimming. Never drink pool water. Every hour, ...

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