Monthly Archives: November 2011

Blastomycosis Can Be Deadly When Misdiagnosed


Doctors are warning about a rare and serious infection called blastomycosis that is being too often missed by doctors and hospitals resulting in deadly consequences. Blastomycosis is a rare infection that may develop when people breathe in a fungus called Blastomyces dermatitidis, … Continue reading

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Legionnaires’ Disease Cases Climb in New England


Legionnaires’ Disease is on the rise in New England.  Legionnaires’ is a severe form of pneumonia caused by infection usually acquired by inhaling the bacteria from water droplets emitted by cooling towers, whirlpool spas, showers, facets and other sources. Symptoms … Continue reading

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New Disease Fighting Cell Found to Help Fight Infections


Researchers in Australia found a new type of cell that increases the body’s own self defense mechanism to fight infections and other deadly diseases. It was published in the journals Nature Immunology and Immunity. The cell was named as natural killer T follicular helper … Continue reading

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Lingering Warm Weather Means More Lyme Disease


This year’s weather pattern of warmer weather in areas where it is usually colder means more cases of Lyme Disease. The CDC and Prevention says 95 percent of all Lyme cases are in 12 states: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, … Continue reading

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Many Still Skip Washing Hands


They must be more people that skip washing their hands according to a new study at the University of Colorado published in the journal PLoS One.  The new study found bacteria are plentiful on virtually every bathroom surface you might imagine … Continue reading

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New Swine Flu Cases in Iowa


The CDC has confirmed a new swine flu virus that has been detected in Iowa. The new flu strain combines a rare influenza virus (H3N2) circulating in North American pigs and the H1N1 virus from the 2009 outbreak. New flu strains develop when … Continue reading

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WHO Claims – A Matter of Time for New Pandemic Flu


The World Health Organization claims it is a matter of time only for a new flu pandemic to arrive. The are urging the international community to step up efforts to fight any future pandemics. Health experts converged in Mexico this week to … Continue reading

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More E-Coli Alerts


There are more food recalls and alerts today due to e-coli concerns. Bagged salads from Ready Pac Foods have recalled their bag salads in 8 states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Texas and Washington according to the FDA. Raw … Continue reading

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Antibiotic Use Being Tracked in Hospitals by CDC


The CDC is now tracking antibiotic use in hospitals. Previously they could only track the usage in doctors offices. Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2011 (November 14-21) spotlights the importance of appropriate antibiotic use. Millions of Americans take antibiotics to … Continue reading

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Flu Under Age 5 Can Be Deadly


According to a new report, the seasonal flu has killed over 110,500 kids under the age 5 worldwide.  This report revealed the burden of the seasonal flu on those 5 years old and younger. “Influenza is the second most common … Continue reading

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