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Michigan Sees 'Cluster' of Toxic Shock Cases

5 cases have been reported since December

(Newser) - Cases of toxic shock syndrome have been falling since the 1980s, partly due to increased warnings about tampon use. That's why a sudden bump in cases in Michigan is so startling. Greenville's Rylie Whitten was put on life support in early January with one of the worst cases... More »

Toxic Shock Syndrome Puts Teen on Life Support

'It attacks everything so fast'

(Newser) - A Michigan teen is still on partial life support almost two weeks after she was hospitalized with one of the worst cases of toxic shock syndrome the area has ever seen, WZZM reports. Fifteen-year-old Rylie Whitten started feeling sick Jan. 4. According to the Greenville Daily News , she thought she... More »

Hours Before Family to Pull Plug, Woman Wakes From Coma

Teri Roberts had been in coma for 12 days

(Newser) - "About four hours before we took her off life-support," son Ryan Roberts says, his mom awoke from a 12-day coma. Teri Roberts, 56, went into a coma in December after getting a rare skin bacteria that led to toxic shock syndrome. Her family, devastated at the apparently impending... More »

Pulitzer Winner Nan Robertson Dead at 83

She wrote of her own battle with toxic shock syndrome

(Newser) - Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Nan Robertson died yesterday at 83, apparently of heart disease. Robertson is best known for a vivid recounting of her battle with toxic shock syndrome in the Times Magazine, which netted her the Pulitzer in 1983, and The Girls in the Balcony, a book... More »

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