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Here’s Another Important Reason to Get the Flu Vaccine

October 5, 2015

Getting a flu shot may protect you not only from flu, but also from pneumonia, the leading cause of flu-related hospitalizations and deaths, a new study suggests.

All About the Latest Antibiotic-Resistant ‘Superbug’ Spreading in U.S. Hospitals

October 5, 2015

A relatively new antibiotic-resistant bacteria called CRE is making inroads in some major American cities, U.S. health officials report.

FDA Orders Studies on Contaminated Endoscopes Tied to Illness Outbreaks

October 5, 2015

MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — 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 […]

Study Links Early Infections to Celiac Risk

October 2, 2015

FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — 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 […]

Migrating Birds May Bring Exotic Ticks to U.S.

October 2, 2015

FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Ticks can travel from Central and South America to the United States by hitching rides on migratory birds, a new study reveals.
Some of these ticks may be carrying infectious diseases with them, the researchers said. However, there is no evidence that any ticks from these regions have established […]

Colds, Flu Up Odds for Stroke in Kids, Though Risk Is Low: Study

September 30, 2015

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Having a cold or the flu may sometimes trigger a stroke in children — particularly those with underlying health conditions — though the overall risk remains low, a new study indicates.
Comparing two groups of more than 350 children — one set had suffered “ischemic” clot-based […]

Placing Large Catheter in Vein Under Collarbone Best, Study Finds

September 23, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — 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 […]

Non-Antibiotic Medicine May Fight Drug-Resistant ‘Superbug’

September 23, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new mouse study suggests that a drug with a known safety record in humans might be a new weapon in the fight against the potentially deadly intestinal infection known as C. difficile.
The drug is called ebselen, and it was well-tolerated in humans when tested […]

Chagas Disease Parasite Prevalent in Texas ‘Kissing Bugs’

September 22, 2015

TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Blood-sucking insects commonly found in Texas are often carriers of a deadly parasite that causes Chagas disease, a new study finds.
The bugs — also known as “assassin bugs” or “kissing bugs” — can carry a parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi that causes Chagas disease, said researchers from the University […]

You Carry Your ‘Microbial Cloud’ With You

September 22, 2015

TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — 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 […]


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