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Twice as Many White Kids Get Unnecessary Antibiotics

Researchers call for investigation of parental expectations

(Newser) - It's becoming something of a mantra: Antibiotics do nothing to treat the flu or common cold. And it apparently needs repeating, because even though antibiotics treat bacterial instead of viral infections, as many as 75% of kids with viral respiratory infections like a cold are prescribed them, reports Health... More »

Newborns Got Legionnaires' Disease in Birthing Tubs

There's no sign either baby breathed in water during the birth

(Newser) - Legionnaires' Disease, a severe and sometimes fatal complication caused when tiny droplets of water with Legionella bacteria make it to the lungs, was diagnosed in 6,000 people in the US in 2015. Almost 600 of them died. In Arizona, the number of cases has more than doubled from 46... More »

During WWI, Moss Was a Literal Lifesaver

Because 90% of its cells are dead, it absorbs twice as much liquid as cotton

(Newser) - Within 18 months of World War I beginning, cotton was a big problem for the Allies: They didn't have enough of it. And because it was used to dress battlefield wounds, that made the situation a life-threatening one. Doctors found their answer in moss, reports Smithsonian magazine in a... More »

We Suck Horseshoe Crabs' Blood, Chuck Them in Sea

It's all in the name of human health—but what happens to the crabs afterward?

(Newser) - The horseshoe crab has been around since prehistoric days, but some experts are now worried the biomedical industry is bleeding them dry—literally. In her story for Popular Mechanics , Caren Chesler explores how retrieving the blue blood of the marine invertebrate has become a lucrative and essential industry, thanks to... More »

Feared US Outbreak of Fatal Fungus Confirmed: CDC

35 cases so far of 'Candida auris' yeast infection, which is drug-resistant

(Newser) - The CDC warned American hospitals last year to keep an eye out for the emergence of a possibly fatal, drug-resistant yeast infection, and now the agency's fears may be realized. CDC officials tell the Washington Post that 35 patients in the US have been stricken with Candida auris, a... More »

Ebola Outbreak Fueled by Incredibly Tiny Minority

Researchers look at what happened in West Africa from 2014 to 2015

(Newser) - Scientists are investigating minorities, but it's not how it sounds. So-called "super-spreaders" are a small group of people who, for whatever reason, turn out to be the major driver behind the spread of diseases, and scientists report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that super-spreaders... More »

What Began as Toothache Ends With Young Dad's Death

Vadim Kondratyuk Anatoliyevich struggled to breathe in Utah

(Newser) - When Vadim Kondratyuk Anatoliyevich departed from his home in Antelope, Calif., earlier this month, the long-haul truck driver had no idea he'd be doing so for the last time. But Fox40 reports the 26-year-old developed a toothache that forced him off the road in Oklahoma, where a dentist cleaned... More »

Woman Eaten Alive by Fungus Following Heart Transplant

'Mom, I think I'm dying'

(Newser) - “To sit there and watch your child be eaten to death by infection was..." Craig Amick tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review , unable to finish the sentence. The Tribune-Review has the heartbreaking story of Amick's daughter, Shelby Slagle, who died from a mold infection weeks after receiving a heart... More »

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 »

Dental Clinic May Have Exposed Kids to Deadly Bacteria

7 hospitalized after pulpotomies at Children's Dental Group

(Newser) - At least seven children have contracted a dangerous bacterial infection after a procedure at an Anaheim dental clinic—and 500 others could potentially have it, health officials say. Seven children have been hospitalized with oral cellulitis, an infection that can spread to gum and bone, after a routine pulpotomy or... More »

Woman Dies After Riding Sick Horse

CDC says she was infected by S. zooepidemicus

(Newser) - A 71-year-old woman is dead after—in a rare occurrence—she was infected by a sick horse in Washington state, Live Science reports. The unnamed woman was visiting her daughter's horse boarding and riding center the week of Feb. 21. According to WZTV , one of the horses had an... 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 »

Woman Dies in Parking Lot After Dentist Pulls 16 Teeth

April Walters had several health problems but had been cleared for procedure

(Newser) - She was sick with several chronic conditions, but 46-year-old April Walters of Michigan had been cleared to have 18 teeth pulled last week. Now her family is looking for answers after she died in the parking lot of the dentist's office following the procedure. Walters suffered from sarcoidosis, asthma,... More »

Why America's First Uterus Transplant Failed

Lindsey McFarland was so close

(Newser) - Lindsey McFarland made history in February by becoming America's first recipient of a uterus transplant . Then her dream of finally bearing children was put on hold —if not dashed—by something that forced doctors to remove the transplant. Turns out it was nothing more than a common yeast... More »

No One Knows Source of Wis. Blood Infections

Elizabethkingia has infected 44 people and may have contributed to 18 deaths

(Newser) - The number of suspected cases of a blood infection that may have contributed to 18 deaths in Wisconsin is growing, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has assigned additional investigators to pinpoint the bacteria's source, the AP reports. Infectious disease specialists describe the Wisconsin outbreak of... More »

Mysterious Outbreak in Wisconsin Infects 44, 18 Die

Almost all affected are over 65

(Newser) - A mysterious blood infection is spreading in Wisconsin, and officials don't know how or why. Members of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now on the ground alongside state investigators hoping to find exactly what is causing the spread of the bacteria Elizabethkingia, which has so... More »

Woman Needs Surgery for Infection Caused by Hair Tie

'I didn't believe it'

(Newser) - You may never look at a hair tie the same way again. Earlier this month, Kentucky resident Audree Kopp noticed a bump on her wrist that wasn't going away, WLKY reports. At first she thought it was a spider bite, but it just "kept getting bigger and redder... More »

Study: You Probably Have Herpes

Two-thirds of the global population under age 50 has HSV-1, estimates the WHO

(Newser) - In its first ever global assessment of the prevalence of the herpes virus that causes cold sores, the World Health Organization reports in the journal PLoS ONE that two in three humans under the age of 50 are infected with the incurable virus. That's an estimated 3.7 billion... More »

Study Finds Surprising Reason Behind Many Falls

It could all come down to a urinary, blood, or respiratory infection: scientists

(Newser) - Around 2.5 million people aged 65 and older are treated in the ER for falls each year, but researchers who took part in a Massachusetts General Hospital study warn not to automatically assume that "older" means they took a tumble because they're feeble, clumsy, or suffering from... More »

11-Month-Old With 'Super' E. Coli Faces Huge Battle

Little Oakleigh Nance has a GoFundMe page asking for help

(Newser) - An Oklahoma girl diagnosed with "super" E. coli is facing a life-or-death battle—and worse, she's only 11 months old. "With this strain of E. coli, it can get in her brain, it can get in her spinal cord, basically cause her to go into cardiac arrest,... More »

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