Sepsis

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CDC Wants to Be Sure You Know What Sepsis Is

Cases are on the rise

(Newser) - The CDC has declared a "medical emergency" about sepsis , a common medical complication it says is on the radar of too few people—including medical professionals, reports the Washington Post . The idea is for more people to raise the possibility of sepsis should symptoms appear. They range broadly from... More »

A Man Was Bitten by a Cat. 6 Weeks Later, He Was Dead

4-inch-wide aneurysm was caused by bacteria common to pets' mouths

(Newser) - A Toronto man is dead after a cat bit him on the right thumb—but the cause is so rare that doctors wrote up a case study in the World Journal of Clinical Cases warning other physicians to be on the lookout for the unusual cascade of events. Animal bites... More »

Student Almost Died After Forgetting to Remove Tampon

Weeks later she still needs crutches

(Newser) - Emily Pankhurst is alive today thanks to her mother's sage advice and a round of antibiotics after she discovered that her fatigue, headaches, and fevers weren't mere stress during final exams but the result of leaving a tampon in for nine days. A month later, as she is... More »

Know America's Costliest Health Condition? No Way

Deadly but treatable, Sepsis is a complication of infections

(Newser) - Most Americans have never heard of sepsis, but the condition hospitalizes a million patients every year—more than heart attack and stroke hospitalizations combined—and is the nation's costliest reason for hospitalization, the Conversation reports. Yet it's hard to diagnose and many doctors don't look for, let... More »

The Grim Way That H7N9 Kills

Deadly bird flu causes pneumonia, sepsis, respiratory distress

(Newser) - The H7N9 bird flu—which now has infected 38 people and claimed 10 lives in China—kills in a grim fashion. A new report published yesterday on three of the victims describes a high fever, cough, severe pneumonia, septic shock, and damage to the brain, kidney, and other organs, reports... More »

Sepsis Strikes, Kills Quickly

What starts as infection can turn deadly in a heartbeat

(Newser) - The quick and seemingly inexplicable death of 20-year-old Brazilian model Mariana Bridi da Costa brought the dangers of sepsis—the body's inflammatory reaction to an infection—into focus, CNN reports. It can start with something as simple as a skin wound or, as in da Costa's case, a urinary tract... More »

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