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Effective Ebola Vaccine May Be Here: Health Officials

July 31, 2015

FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An experimental Ebola vaccine appears highly effective against the deadly infectious disease, according to an interim analysis of findings from a clinical trial being conducted in the West African nation of Guinea.
So far, the vaccine has been 100 percent effective in individuals, the United Nation’s World Health Organization […]


Foreign Fungus Threatens U.S. Salamanders: Study

July 30, 2015

THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — North American salamanders could be decimated by a deadly fungus unless a ban is placed on imported salamanders that can carry the fungus, researchers report.
Salamanders are popular pets, and they’re shipped worldwide. However, there are concerns that a certain fungus — nicknamed “Bsal” — could be carried by […]


Doctors Often Miss This Rare Infection That Causes Back Pain

July 30, 2015

People with back pain that doesn’t improve with treatment could have a rare type of spine infection, new guidelines suggest.


Certain Antibiotics Linked to Hearing Loss, Mouse Study Finds

July 29, 2015

WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A certain class of antibiotics used to treat deadly bacterial infections puts patients at high risk for hearing loss, research in mice suggests.
Newborns with life-threatening infections are often given these antibiotics, the researchers said.
Investigators focused on aminoglycoside antibiotics, which doctors rely on to treat meningitis, bacteremia, and respiratory […]


Doctors Perform First Double Hand Transplant in a Child

July 28, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A young Baltimore boy has two new transplanted hands to replace ones he lost to amputation five years ago, his doctors announced Tuesday.
Zion Harvey, 8, became the recipient of the world’s first double hand transplant performed on a child, following 10 hours of surgery by […]


Climate Change May Be Pushing ‘Brain-Eating’ Amoeba to Northern Lakes

July 24, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A deadly “brain-eating” amoeba that lives in freshwater sources may be surviving in more northern areas of the United States thanks to climate change, health experts suggest.
Minnesota health officials are still trying to confirm if the death of a Minnesota teen this summer was caused […]


Scientists Test Universal Flu Vaccine in Mice

July 21, 2015

TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Scientists report that a universal flu vaccine in mice protected the animals against eight different flu strains.
If the vaccine works in humans, scientists might not have to develop new flu vaccines every year, the researchers said.
The findings were reported July 21 in the journal mBio.
Currently, a vaccine is […]


Doctors May Play Big Role in Antibiotic Overuse: Study

July 20, 2015

MONDAY, July 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Doctors, nurse practitioners and other health care workers who prescribe drugs may be helping to drive the overuse of antibiotics in the United States, new research suggests.
Experts have long warned that using antibiotics for illnesses for which they are useless — viral infections, for example — helps foster […]


The Antibiotic Myths Parents Need to Stop Believing

July 20, 2015

Many American parents still have misconceptions about when their children should receive antibiotics and what the medications do, a new study finds.


Beach Sand, Not Water, More Likely to Make You Sick

July 17, 2015

FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Heading to the beach this weekend? A new study finds that when it comes to germs, beachgoers may have more to fear from the sand they sit on than the water they swim in.
Studies done with water and sand from Hawaiian beaches found a “higher abundance” of bacteria […]



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