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Pet Geckos May Pose Health Risk

May 21, 2015

THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Your pet gecko might make you sick, a new study suggests.
Researchers analyzed fecal samples from Indonesian tokay geckos — an imported species popular as pets in the United States. They found antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the intestines that may pose a health threat to owners.
“The study shows how importing […]


Stomach Bug Traced to Swimming in Contaminated Lake Water

May 14, 2015

THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An outbreak of gastrointestinal illness that was traced back to an Oregon lake has led U.S. health officials to issue guidelines on swimming hygiene.
Seventy people who swam at a lake near Portland last July were sickened by norovirus — commonly known as the “cruise ship bug” because of […]


U.S. Making Headway Against Salmonella, E. coli: CDC

May 14, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Contaminated food sickens millions of Americans each year, but the types of bacteria causing the majority of illnesses have changed in recent years, health officials said Thursday.
The incidence of reported infections with E. coli O157 and a common strain of Salmonella bacteria decreased by about […]


Hundreds With HIV Could Donate Organs to Others With HIV: Study

May 14, 2015

THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Nearly 400 HIV-positive potential organ donors in the United States could donate organs each year to HIV-positive people waiting for transplants, a new study estimates.
“The findings are significant because there are not enough organ donors in the United States to meet the needs of all of the patients […]


Researchers Hone in on Genes Linked to Serious Blood Infection

May 13, 2015

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — It might be possible to develop a blood test that would diagnose severe blood infections (sepsis) at an earlier stage than can be done currently, new research suggests.
Stanford University researchers have identified a pattern of gene activity associated specifically with sepsis.
Sepsis is the leading cause of hospital deaths […]


Ebola Not Mutating Beyond ‘Normal’ Rate, Scientists Say

May 13, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The deadly Ebola virus has continued to mutate during the West African epidemic, but at the same rate as previous outbreaks, a team of genetic researchers has found.
Genetic analysis of samples taken from 175 Ebola patients in Sierra Leone found the genetic diversity of the […]


Infectious-Disease Expert Debunks Common Vaccine Myths

May 12, 2015

TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A small minority of people still distrust the safety of routine childhood vaccinations, but one expert says the myths that swirl around vaccines are easily dismissed.
“Both parents and doctors have the same goal, to keep a child healthy, and the best way to keep a child safe is […]


HPV Vaccination for Girls May Help Prevent Cancers in Males

May 12, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Males benefit indirectly when girls are immunized against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a new Dutch study.
However, males still have a risk of developing HPV-related cancers, the study authors said.
And while giving the vaccine to boys would further reduce the burden of […]


Antibiotic-Resistant Typhoid Spreading Across Asia, Africa

May 11, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, May 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacteria that causes typhoid fever has spread to many countries and reached epidemic levels in Africa, a new study warns.
The strain, H58, emerged in South Asia between 25 and 30 years ago and has slowly grown to become one of […]


Many Americans Under 50 Living With Cold Sore Virus

May 9, 2015

SATURDAY, May 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More than half of Americans aged 14 to 49 carry the virus that causes cold sores — those small blisters around the mouth that may come and go, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).
“Cold sores may appear just once in a person’s lifetime or return again […]



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