Tag: Infections

New York Identifies Hospitals and Nursing Homes With Deadly Fungus

New York on Wednesday became the first state to release the names of the medical facilities that have treated patients with Candida auris, a deadly drug-resistant fungus, that has been spreading under a cloak of secrecy. Sixty-four hospitals, 103 long-term care nursing homes, a long-term care hospital and three hospice units in New York have […]

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Hospital Identifies Source of Infections That Killed 3 Infants

The infants at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., neonatal intensive care unit were tiny, with some born 27 weeks premature. In July, some started to get ill. One by one, the number of sick babies climbed to eight. Between August and September, bacterial infections claimed the lives of three of them. At a […]

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How Contaminated Stool Stored in a Freezer Left a Fecal Transplant Patient Dead

In a frank and public act of self-examination, a group of doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital published an article Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine detailing the missteps that led to the death of a cancer patient who received a fecal transplant as part of an experimental trial. The man who died, and […]

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Scientists Were Hunting for the Next Ebola. Now the U.S. Has Cut Off Their Funding.

In a move that worries many public health experts, the federal government is quietly shutting down a surveillance program for dangerous animal viruses that someday may infect humans. The United Nations Environment Program estimates that a new animal disease that can also infect humans is discovered every four months. Ending the program, experts fear, will […]

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Health Experts Fight Ebola in Congo, and Each Other

[Like the Science Times page on Facebook. | Sign up for the Science Times newsletter.] In the urgent struggle to stop the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, doctors are rolling out powerful vaccines and lifesaving antiviral drugs, but the year-old outbreak, mired in violence among warring militias, is now caught between expert […]

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China’s Pork Prices Soar, Adding to Beijing’s Troubles

BEIJING — Things that keep China’s top leaders up at night: a stalling economy, a bruising trade war and, increasingly, pigs. Specifically, a shortage of pigs, which is fast becoming a national crisis. The price of pork has been rising for months and is now nearly 50 percent higher than a year ago, data published […]

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Hospitals Should Replace Infection-Prone Scopes With Safer Models, F.D.A. Says

Companies that make reusable, snakelike cameras to examine patients internally should begin making disposable versions, because the current models cannot be properly sterilized and have spread infections from one patient to another, the Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday. In the meantime, hospitals that use the instruments, called duodenoscopes, should start to transition to […]

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What’s Killing California’s Sea Otters? House Cats.

For a sea otter, a bad infection with the Toxoplasma parasite may feel a bit like drowning. “The brain is no longer able to function and tell the body how to swim,” said Dr. Karen Shapiro, a veterinarian and pathologist at the University of California, Davis. The parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, enters the otter orally and […]

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He Liked to Work Outdoors on the Weekends. Was It Killing Him?

The 75-year-old man carefully lowered the caged queen bee into the center of the newly assembled hive. Then, around her, he tipped a box buzzing with hundreds of worker bees, still groggy from the smoke. His wife lowered the lid, careful not to injure any wanderers. Their first hive was finished. The woman could tell […]

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Man Dies of ‘Brain-Eating’ Amoeba After Swimming in Lake

A man in North Carolina died on Monday after he went swimming in a lake and was infected by Naegleria fowleri, a single-celled organism known as the “brain-eating amoeba.” The man, Eddie Gray, 59, fell ill after he visited the Fantasy Lake Water Park in Cumberland County July 12, the North Carolina Department of Health […]

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A Better Way to Manage Your Period? Try the Menstrual Cup, Scientists Say

Menstrual cups, little-known devices used by women to manage their periods, are safe and as effective as sanitary pads and tampons, as well as less expensive, according to the first comprehensive analysis of the products. Many women have never heard of menstrual cups; some may know them only by brand names like Diva Cups or […]

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What You Need to Know About Resistant Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections, or U.T.I.s, are one of the world’s most common infections. Increasingly, they also are resistant to major drug treatments. Here’s what you should know. What is a drug-resistant urinary tract infection? In the case of a resistant U.T.I., one or more standard antibiotics no longer work to cure the infection, but the […]

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Urinary Tract Infections Affect Millions. The Cures Are Faltering.

For generations, urinary tract infections, one of the world’s most common ailments, have been easily and quickly cured with a simple course of antibiotics. But there is growing evidence that the infections, which afflict millions of Americans a year, mostly women, are increasingly resistant to these medicines, turning a once-routine diagnosis into one that is […]

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