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CDC Opens Multi-State Investigation of Infections After Steroid Injections

CDC Opens Multi-State Investigation of Infections After Steroid Injections

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating steroid products produced by a Tennessee pharmacy after a number of patients who received them developed skin and soft tissue infections.So far, the CDC…

Heart Surgeon Gives Patients Infection When Glove Rips

Heart Surgeon Gives Patients Infection When Glove Rips

Jochen Sand/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — A heart surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center accidentally gave cardiac infections to five patients because his latex gloves tore during surgery, hospital officials confirmed.Of the five patients who were diagnos…

Meningitis Outbreak: 331 Cases, 25 Deaths, 7 Joint Infections

Meningitis Outbreak: 331 Cases, 25 Deaths, 7 Joint Infections

Hemera/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — Another person has died from fungal meningitis in an outbreak linked to tainted steroid injections, bringing the total to 25 deaths, health officials reported Friday.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has …

New Report Says Fish Pedicures May Carry Dangerous Bacteria

New Report Says Fish Pedicures May Carry Dangerous Bacteria

Michael Temchine/For The Washington Post via Getty Images(ATLANTA) — The tiny toothless carp that nibble away dead, calloused skin from the feet of salon customers undergoing fish pedicures may carry bacteria responsible for a variety of dangerous ski…

One in Six Cancers Caused by Infection

One in Six Cancers Caused by Infection

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Roughly one in six cancers is caused by an infection, according to a global study highlighting the power of vaccines in cancer prevention.French researchers pooled data on 27 cancers from 184 countries to calcu…

Encephalitis Survivors: Lonely Battles to Reclaim Lives

Encephalitis Survivors: Lonely Battles to Reclaim Lives

Comstock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Becky Dennis delivered one of her best presentations while on a 2008 business trip to India. But within two hours of giving her talk, she couldn’t put together a sentence or move her legs.”I knew the words in my head,” re…

Purdue Student Powers Through ‘Perfect Storm’ of Infections

Purdue Student Powers Through ‘Perfect Storm’ of Infections

Comstock/Thinkstock(WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.) — A Purdue University sophomore is recovering from a near-fatal onslaught of infections that started with an end-of-term bout of mono. “I had no idea I was that sick,” said Rebeka Kasper, 20, her voice still r…

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