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Lafayette, Louisiana: Friends Karen Bowers and Jeanette LeBlanc shucked and ate about two dozen raw oysters.“About 36 hours later she started having extreme respiratory distress, had a rash on her legs and everything,” Bergquist said.“An allergic reaction of sorts, that’s what I would call it. That’s what we thought,” Bowers added.(via KRON4, "Texas woman dies...[ Read More... ]
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A 3-year old boy has been hospitalized for E. Coli with severe intestimanl symptoms after swimming in at Lake Wildwood Beach in Nevada County.  Three other kids have also been treated for E. Coli.The health deparment closed down the beach after the water test results showed it had the high levels of fecal colforms - bacteria that can cause serious illness:“Real upset stomach,...[ Read More... ]
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Contact lens mistakes that can lead to eye infections & possible permanent damage
It's advice that has been on the various doctor tv shows and made its rounds on the news before, and probably also mentioned to you by your eye doctor if you wear contact lenses.  It's on the news again via the U.S. CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and it's good to know if you wear contacts.  The CDC found that in the 1,000+ contact lens-related infections reported to a...[ Read More... ]
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...Like Cryptosporidium.  It is the cause of an Alabama water pak being temporarilty closed until they "super chlorinate" the water, planning to be running in time for this weekend, August 20 and 21.The Spring Valley Beach Water Park in Blountsville, Alabama, was closed this weekend after health officials traced a parasite called cryptosporidium to the park. The microscopic...[ Read More... ]
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The Salmonella bacteria can be found in raw/lightly cooked eggs that have not been pasteurized ane make you sick (CDC: "Salmonella and Eggs").. Cartons of eggs that are not pasteurized must carry the FDA-required label:Safe Handling InstructionsTo prevent illness from bacteria: keep eggs refrigerated, cook eggs until yolks are firm, and cook foods containing eggs thoroughly. (via FDA:...[ Read More... ]
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 There are a lot of health benefits for babies breastfeeding, from absorbing antibodies to help babies fight off viruses and bacteria, to lowering their risk of having asthma or allergies.  Babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, without any formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and bouts of diarrhea ("Breastfeeding Benefits for Mom and Baby -...[ Read More... ]
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FluMist Nose Spray Vaccine Doesn't Work, CDC Experts Say
 No protection from the flu with the nasal spray vaccine says CDC, better to go with flu shots:FluMist, made by MedImmune, uses live but weakened strains of flu virus to stimulate the immune system. It's sprayed up the nose and in some seasons it had been reported to be more effective than some injected vaccines."NASAL SPRAY FLU VACCINE ACCOUNTS FOR ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF ALL FLU VACCINES GIVEN...[ Read More... ]
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Something to think about when whitewater rafting:A young woman died this week in Ohio after being infected by Naegleria fowleri, commonly called a brain-eating amoeba.Officials from the Franklin County Public Health Department confirmed that the 18-year-old died from amoebic meningoencephalitis, in which the membrane around the brain and spinal cord swells because of infection by...[ Read More... ]
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New study published in the BMJ medical journals: researchers from John Hopkins University School of Medicine estimate deaths from medical errors in the US to be 251,454 each year - about 9.5 percent of all deaths annually in the United States. Data was taken from Medicare and 13 other hospitals.  This makes medical errors the third leading cause of a non-violent death in the U.S., ahead of...[ Read More... ]
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Got prescribed antibiotics?  CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) published new data in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that at least 30 percent of antibiotics prescribed in the US are unnecessary.  This can prove to be not just not beneficial, but harmful, such as getting  Clostridium difficile, commonly known as "C-difficile" or...[ Read More... ]
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