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    A deadly wave of Strep A infections looks set to take off in the US, after more than a dozen children died from the bacterial infection in the UK.  Children's hospitals in five states — Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Washington and West Virginia — say they are now seeing a surge in patients struck down by the disease. At the country's largest pediatric hospital, the Texas Children's Hospital, they are already handling four times more patients than last year. One teenager in Washington was put on a ventilator over fears their Strep A had led to sepsis. At least two children in Colorado have died from the disease since November. Strep A infections are normally mild, but cases are on the rise this year after lockdowns robbed children of exposure to good germs — damaging their immunity. UK health authorities have blamed their wave of infections on lockdowns which has already led to at least 16 deaths. Other European countries — including France, Spain and Ireland — are also seeing upticks. Strep A symptoms include rashes and sores around the body,...
    A deadly outbreak of Strep A in the UK has fueled fears that a similar rise could hit the US - as both countries grapple with a post-lockdown boom in seasonal infections. The UK has recorded 16 deaths from the usually-harmless bug among children under the age of 15 already - months ahead of schedule - and officials are reporting unusually high levels of severe cases. Officials at the Center for Disease and Control (CDC) said last week they are monitoring the American situation closely, but insisted there had not been 'any notable increase' in the US yet. However, two of the experts DailyMail.com spoke to said they feared the situation in Britain was a precursor to what will come in the US because both countries have similar demographics and followed a similar Covid trajectory. Like the UK, the US is also suffering a shortage of amoxicillin - a frontline child antibiotic used to treat Strep A. Strep A symptoms include rashes and sores around the body, flushed cheeks, a sore throat, muscles aches and fever. It is a relatively mild...
    SCHOOLS have introduced a slate of pandemic-style restrictions to reduce the spread of Strep A amid the fatal outbreak sweeping the nation. The drastic measures mirror many of the lockdown policies previously introduced in schools, including face masks and group bubbles. 2Schools are introducing new pandemic-style restrictions to battle the Strep A outbreakCredit: PA 2 The new measures come as another child has died of group Step A, bringing the death toll of children to have died with the illness to 16. Parents at Costessey Primary School in Norwich have been told their children will not be allowed to mix between year groups amid the outbreak. The school has recorded 17 cases of scarlet fever - a disease caused by Strep A - resulting in the introduction of the pandemic-style rules. The strict restrictions also mean the children's nativity play and other Christmas celebrations have been called off this year. “The rate of the rise [in cases] is a worry to us all and as always we are committed to ensuring the very best...
    A PRIMARY school pupil has become the eighth child to die after being diagnosed with strep A. The youngster's death was confirmed by the headteacher at their school, Morelands Primary in Waterlooville, Hampshire. 1The child was a pupil at Morelands Primary school in Hampshire Headmistress Alison Syred-Paul said: "Very tragically, we have learned of the death in recent days of a child who attended our school, who was also diagnosed with an invasive Group A Streptococcal (iGAS) infection. "We are absolutely devastated by the loss of one of our young pupils and offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the child's family at this extremely sad time." Topics Health Schools YOU MIGHT LIKERECOMMENDED FOR YOUMORE FOR YOUMore from The SunSYMPTOM CHECKER Full list of Strep A & scarlet fever symptoms as 7 children die in outbreakCHECK IT Is it Strep A, RSV, a cold, flu or Covid? Guide to the signs everyone must knowGRAPE NEWS Eating 60 grapes a day can help prevent sunburn, study showsTHAT'S NUTS Snacking on specific nut everyday could help you lose weight, says studyFollow The...
    Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke is one of the latest victims of a bacterial infection, revealing Sunday that he had been temporarily hospitalized. Bacterial infections refer to when bacteria enter the body through an opening in the skin, such as a cut or surgical wound, or an airway, and multiply in number, causing a reaction. Some examples of bacterial infections include food poisoning, eye infections, strep throat, pneumonia, bacterial meningitis, and urinary tract infections. BETO O'ROURKE HOSPITALIZED WITH BACTERIAL INFECTION, POSTPONES CAMPAIGN EVENTS "After feeling ill on Friday, I went to Methodist Hospital in San Antonio where I was diagnosed with a bacterial infection," O'Rourke said Sunday. "The extraordinary team there — from custodians to nurses and doctors — gave me excellent care and attention, including IV antibiotics and rest." O'Rourke did not specify what type of bacterial infection he had been diagnosed with but said his symptoms were improving as he recuperates in his El Paso residence. Symptoms accompanying bacterial infections can vary widely but generally include fever, fatigue, headache, nausea or vomiting,...
    Washington (CNN)Texas Democrat Beto O'Rourke announced Sunday that he has been diagnosed with a "bacterial infection" and after receiving care at the hospital, he will be "resting at home," postponing events in his campaign against GOP Gov. Greg Abbott."After feeling ill on Friday, I went to Methodist Hospital in San Antonio where I was diagnosed with a bacterial infection," O'Rourke said in a statement. "While my symptoms have improved, I will be resting at home in El Paso in accordance with the doctors' recommendations. I am sorry to have had to postpone events because of this, but promise to be back on the road as soon as I am able," he added.He thanked the staff at Methodist Hospital. "The extraordinary team there — from custodians to nurses and doctors — gave me excellent care and attention, including IV antibiotics and rest," O'Rourke said.The development comes at a critical point in the Texas gubernatorial contest, as O'Rourke looks to narrow Abbott's lead in the contest. The former congressman first shot to national stardom with a near-miss Senate campaign in 2018 against...
    TWO people have now been killed after they contracted a deadly bacterial infection from contaminated shellfish, prompting an urgent warning from health experts. Both a restaurant customer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Pensacola got severely ill and passed away over the past month. 2Contaminated shellfish have caused the deaths of two at seafood restaurants like The Rustic Inn (pictured)Credit: Facebook It began for both at the Rustic Inn near Dania Beach, a seafood restaurant famous for its garlic crabs, per AP News. The infection that plagued both of the customers came from shellfish, a specific type of bacteria called vibrio vulnificus. Dr. Ade Bamgboye, an internal medicine specialist with HCA Florida Northwest Hospital, says that shellfish that are harvested from a specific type of water can carry the bacteria, reports CBS News. "Vibrio vulnificus is seen in shellfish harvested from salty or brackish water," he explained. Read More On Health RisksSTARTLING FIND Bacteria that causes rare and deadly disease found in US soil for first timeNEW THREAT Warning as new ‘tomato flu’ virus causing painful blisters infects 82 children However,...
    An Air Force veteran has become the second man to die in Florida from a bacterial infection after eating raw oysters from Louisiana.  Rodney Jackson, 55, became sick after contracting the bacteria from oysters he bought at a market in Pensacola and later died in hospital on August 9.  His death comes just weeks after Roger Pinckney, 44, died after eating a 'one in a billion' bad oyster at the Rustin Inn Crabhouse in Fort Lauderdale.  The two men had eaten oysters that had come from Louisiana before becoming infected with vibrio, a bacteria typically caught from eating raw or undercooked seafood.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Vibrio bacteria doesn't make an oyster look, smell, or taste any different. The agency said about 80,000 people get vibriosis in the U.S. each year, and about 100 people die from it.  The two men had eaten oysters that had come from Louisiana before becoming infected with vibrio, a bacteria typically caught from eating raw or undercooked seafood Vibriosis: Illness caught from uncooked seafood Vibriosis is a disease triggered by...
    A Florida man has died from a bacterial infection after eating a raw oyster at a restaurant in what the manager called a 'one in a billion' moment. The unnamed individual — who worked at family-run Rustic Inn Crabhouse two decades ago as a busboy — dined there in late July but quickly fell ill. Medics later confirmed he was infected with vibrio, a bacteria typically caught from eating raw or undercooked seafood that can kill up to a third of people it infects. Restaurant manager Gary Oreal confirmed the fatality to DailyMail.com, saying it had never happened before. The man was at the Fort Lauderdale business on the day when it served 100 dozen shellfish. There have been no other reported illnesses. Celebrities including LeBron James and Blac Chyna have frequented the Rustic Inn before eager to try its famous garlic crab. It is also claimed locally that Johnny Depp once worked there as a busboy. The unnamed man ate oysters while at the Rustic Inn Crabhouse in late July but quickly fell ill (Pictured above is the restaurant...
    Tonsillitis is often thought of as a childhood illness, but the painful condition is also very likely to affect adults. It can also easily mistaken for Covid as both conditions display similar flu-like symptoms and both can make you feel dreadful. 1Tonsillitis is not contagious, but the bacterial and virus infections that cause tonsillitis are. Here we look at what the symptoms of tonsillitis are and how to treat it.  How do you get tonsillitis?  Tonsillitis usually spreads through inhaling respiratory droplets that are made when someone with the infection coughs or sneezes.  It is also possible to develop tonsillitis if you come into contact with a contaminated object. Read more on tonsillitis LAST TRIP Our daughter returned ill from her 1st holiday with pals…weeks later she was deadTOT TRAGEDY Family agony as two-year-old dies two days after being sent home from hospital An example of this is if you touch a contaminated door handle and then touch your face, nose or mouth. If the infection reaches your tonsils then it can develop into tonsillitis.  Tonsillitis is usually caused...
    A national recall has been issued for more than four dozen nutritional and beverage products due to the potential for microbial contamination, specifically from the Cronobacter sakazakii organism, officials announced. Lyon Magnus LLC announced that it will be recalling 53 products that were distributed across the country due to the possible contamination, which could lead to illnesses that may include fever, vomiting, and urinary tract infections, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Officials noted that while infection related to Cronobacter sakazakii is rare, vulnerable and immunocompromised populations may be more susceptible to infection. As of Tuesday, Aug. 2, there have been no complaints of illnesses or adverse reactions from consumers. The FDA also made a note that the list of recalled items does not include products intended for infants. The list of recalled brands includes Aloha, Oatly, Stumptown, Glucerna, Premier Protein and others. The products are packed in various formats under many different brand names, which are listed here. Officials said that the recalled products “did not meet commercial sterility specifications.” Anyone who has a recalled product in his...
    New York (CNN Business)Some types of Jergens moisturizer have been recalled because of possible bacterial contamination.The Food and Drug Administration announced that Jergen's manufacturer, Kao USA, wants customers to check if they have 3-ounce or 10-ounce products of Jergens Ultra Healing Moisturizer, because they could contain pluralibacter gergoviae. Although the bacterium typically poses little medical risk to healthy people, the FDA noted pluralibacter gergoviae can cause infections in immunocompromised people. Numerous consumer products have been recalled for similar bacterial contaminations.Kao USA is "urging consumers to discontinue use of the recalled lotion" as a precautionary measure. The affected Jergens Ultra Healing Moisturizers were manufactured between October 1, 2021 and October 18, 2021. They've been already removed from the company's warehouses and Kao USA is working with stores to remove them from shelves. Read MoreCustomers can find out if their moisturizer is affected by looking for the lot codes on the back of the bottles. Each begins with "ZU." Lot codes for the 3 ounce size (UPC 019100109971 for single bottles and 019100267114 for pack of 3) include: ZU712851, ZU712871, ZU712911, ZU722881,...
    Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is spread through a tick bite. It causes a round rash and can trigger flu-like symptoms but usually gets better with antibiotics within weeks or months. Pictured: stock of tick Lyme disease could become a thing of the past as scientists believe they may soon be able to stop ticks transmitting the bacterial infection. US experts have found a way of editing the genes of the spider-like creatures, which feed on blood. It opens the possibility to researchers being able to alter parts of a tick's DNA that helps them carry and transmit the disease-causing bacteria.  And the discovery could pave the way for genetically-engineered ticks, which are unable to spread illness, to be released into the wild. A similar tactic has already been used on mosquitoes as part of trials to cut the spread of malaria and dengue fever.  The approach involves using the CRSIPR/Cas9 system, which works like a pair of DNA scissors.  It would see ticks injected with an enzyme that cuts off a chunk of their DNA that allows...
    EVERYONE has become a lot more familiar with their tonsils over the course of the Covid pandemic. Regular testing for the virus has meant Brits have had to locate their tonsils to swab them, and now the classic winter bug of tonsillitis is returning. 2 One of the main symptoms of tonsillitis is a sore throat, with evidence of white spots on the tonsilsCredit: Getty Images Where are your tonsils? The tonsils are at the rear of the throat, right at the back of the mouth. There is one on either side. They sit on each side of the throat and can usually be seen by saying "aaaah" and pushing your tongue down. The tonsils prevent foreign objects from going into the lungs. They also filter bacteria and viruses as one of the first lines of defence. What is tonsillitis? Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils. It is usually caused by a viral infection or, less commonly, a bacterial infection. GIVE IT A REST Six tips to get BACK to sleep if you wake up in the middle of...
    MENINGITIS means an inflammation of the lining of the brain and is normally caused by infection. Fitness guru Mr Motivator today announced that his granddaughter has died after a five-day battle against the illness. 2Meningitis can affect anyone, but is most common in babies, young children, teenagers and young adultsCredit: Getty - Contributor 2Mr Motivator revealed the tragic news that his granddaughter, Hadassah died of meningitis Hadassah, 12, died in the early hours of this morning from the infection which is most common in babies and children. If it is not treated quickly, meningitis can cause life-threatening septicaemia (blood poisoning) and results in permanent damage to the brain or nerves. The two forms of the disease are treated differently. Around 3,200 people a year get bacterial meningitis. One in 10 die and many more are left with life-changing disabilities. Meningitis is usually passed on from people who carry the virus or bacterial form in their throat or nose, but aren't ill themselves. Symptoms of meningitis can come on suddenly so it's important that you know the signs to look out for. Most read in Health NewsNEW...
    He is known for starring as Mayhem in the Allstate Insurance advertising campaign. And Dean Winters knows all to well what the effect of a whirlwind of chaos can cause someone in their actual life. The 57-year-old actor has revealed that he has been in constant pain since undergoing multiple amputations following a bacterial infection. He told Page Six on Tuesday: 'I haven’t taken a step since 2009 without being in pain.  'I've been sucking it up': Dean Winters (seen in April 2019) has revealed that he has been in constant pain since undergoing multiple amputations following a bacterial infection in 2019 'I’ve got neuropathy on, you know, on a whole different level where I can’t feel my hands and my feet. But if I stepped on a pebble, it’s like I go through the roof.' Winters had contracted a bacterial infection which lead him into cardiac arrest for over two minutes while he was in an ambulance ride across Central Park. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Kim Kardashian, 41, and Pete Davidson, 27, are...
    A Maryland woman became the first person to be infected with an extremely rare bacterial disease that she contracted from her fish tank in 2019, according to the New York Post. The 56-year-old woman was hospitalized when she contracted a very rare bacterial infection known as melioidosis, which is mostly found in the tropical environments of places like South Asia and Australia, the New York Post reported. (RELATED: Arsenic-loving bacteria may help in hunt for alien life) Concerning @CDCgov team report about potential risks of home aquariums/imported fish/water for rare, potentially deadly infections from Burkholderia pseudomallei bacteria. Report details unusual 2019 infection of 56-yo Maryland woman with no int’l travel. https://t.co/InMOwJawrH — Alison Young (@alisonannyoung) September 27, 2021 The woman was admitted to a hospital on Sept. 20 in 2019 when she was exhibiting signs of fever, cough, and chest pain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was notified in October when the patient’s blood sample showed that she had contracted melioidosis, according to a report from the CDC. Almost all cases of melioidosis infections that occur...
    Shutterstock Water filters that come in pitcher form can only do so much. You should replace carbon filters every two months, and many don't filter out lead and plastics. Faucet filters and household systems can provide you with cleaner water, but they're more expensive. Business Insider: A daily selection of curated stories Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Many people use filtering pitchers to keep their water clean, cold, and tasting good. In reality, the contraptions work better as vessels for refrigerating water than technologies for removing harmful pollutants. Your filter only works if you are proactive about changing the filters. And it's important to note that it doesn't filter out everything (though some of the stuff that slips through isn't a big deal). There are some better long-term options, such as faucet filters and reverse osmosis systems, but they come at a higher price. Here are the most common...
    A person in Georgia has succumbed to a rare bacterial infection called melioidosis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Monday.  But what exactly is it and who is at risk? CLICK HERE TO FIND A COVID-19 VACCINE NEAR YOU Sequencing suggested the case was linked to three prior infections across Kansas, Texas and Minnesota, and cases involved both children and adults, the CDC said. Two out of four cases resulted in death and two of the patients had no risk factors, which are considered to be underlying medical issues such as diabetes, liver or kidney disease, and cancer.  While the bacterial strains closely matched cases found in South Asia, none of the patients had traveled abroad.  The CDC suggested the most likely cause behind the cases was an imported product, like food or drink, cleaning product or medicine, or an ingredient in the product. "CDC has collected and tested more than 100 samples from products, soil, and water in and around the patients’ homes. No samples have yet been positive for the bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei, which causes...
    Colleen Sosinski Colleen Sosinski, 50, had a flesh-eating infection called necrotizing fasciitis nearly a year ago. NF affects 700 to 1200 people a year and can cause someone to lose a limb or die.  Over the course of Sosinski's five-month hospital stay, she had 150 surgeries.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Nearly a year ago, Colleen Sosinski, 50, felt unbearable pain in her legs. The culprit was a flesh-eating bacterial infection, otherwise known as necrotizing fasciitis. "I would give birth to 12 children in the same day with no medications before I go through NF pain again," Sosinski, who lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, told Insider.  NF is a rare but serious bacterial infection that can cause sepsis, loss of limbs, or death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It affects 700 to 1200 people per year.  The infection occurs when bacteria enter the body through a cut, insect bite, or wound. It quickly spreads throughout the body, infecting tissues that eventually develop into wounds. Because the infection spreads rapidly, patients typically need surgery...
    A “BEAUTIFUL” baby girl who was sent home from A&E after being diagnosed with a virus died from a bacterial infection the next day, an inquest heard. Luna Ellora Thomas first started feeling unwell on March 24 last year and was briefly treated at Royal Bolton Hospital on March 26 during the first week of the initial coronavirus lockdown. 5Luna Ellora Thomas, pictured, tragically died on March 27 last yearCredit: MEN Media 5She was sent home from A&E after being diagnosed with a virusCredit: MEN Media She was diagnosed with suspected bronchiolitis, described as "a blockage of the small airways in the lungs caused by a virus". Doctors carried out a number of tests and a decision was made to discharge her. Luna's mum Hannah Thomas was given advice and told the case would be referred to a community nurse. However, the next day Miss Thomas woke up when she heard noises coming from her daughter’s room, the inquest heard. UNRESPONSIVE She found that Luna had been sick so Miss Thomas took her to bed with her. Luna's breathing still...
    The scientists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) identified a nutrient that helps the intestine remember previous infections and kill invading bacteria, such as Klebsiella pneumoniae (Kpn), it is the taurine. Taurine is naturally found in the bile acids of the intestine, it helps the body digest fats and oils. Scientists believe that Low levels of taurine allow harmful microorganisms to colonize the intestine. Research indicates that high levels of taurine produce enough hydrogen sulfide, a poisonous gas, which can prevent colonization of bacteria that cause disease. In one study, taurine was identified as the trigger for the activity of bacteria that can fight infection. The researchers realized that the microbiota can be primed to resist subsequent infection, and that the liver and gallbladder, which synthesize and store taurine-containing bile acids, can develop long-term protection against infection. According to the NIH, the finding published in the journal Cell could help efforts that seek alternatives to antibiotics. Scientists are studying the microbiota to find or improve natural treatments to replace antibiotics, which damage the microbiota and become less...
    New York : The scientists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) identified a nutrient that helps the intestine remember previous infections and kill invading bacteria, such as Klebsiella pneumoniae (Kpn), it is the taurine. Taurine is naturally found in the bile acids of the intestine, it helps the body digest fats and oils. Scientists believe that Low levels of taurine allow harmful microorganisms to colonize the intestine. Research indicates that high levels of taurine produce enough hydrogen sulfide, a poisonous gas, which can prevent colonization of bacteria that cause disease. In one study, taurine was identified as the trigger for the activity of bacteria that can fight infection. The researchers realized that the microbiota can be primed to resist subsequent infection, and that the liver and gallbladder, which synthesize and store taurine-containing bile acids, can develop long-term protection against infection. According to the NIH, the finding published in the journal Cell could help efforts that seek alternatives to antibiotics. Scientists are studying the microbiota to find or improve natural treatments to replace antibiotics, which damage the microbiota and...
    More than half of patients newly hospitalized with the novel coronavirus received unnecessary antibiotics, a new study suggests. Researchers found that 96.5 percent of patients only had the viral infection, making the drugs unhelpful to them. People who received antibiotics tended to be older, have lower body mass indexes and more visible signs of infections on their chest X-rays. However, it's vital that those with both kinds of infections received the drugs as soon as possible because there were almost three times more likely to die.  The team, from Michigan Medicine - affiliated with the University of Michigan - says faster testing is needed to figure which patients have bacterial infections and protect others from the risks of antibiotic overuse. A new study found that more than half of 1,700 hospitalized coronavirus patients in Michigan received antibiotics early into their hospital stay Just 3.5% of these patients had a bacterial infection in addition to COVID-19, with regimens stopped within a day of a positive coronavirus test in half of patients. Pictured:  'For every patient who eventually tested positive...
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A bacterial infection, possibly from eating poisonous plants, could be the cause of the death of 11 elephants in a forest in western Zimbabwe, a parks agency spokesman said Tuesday. The carcasses of the elephants were discovered last week in Pandamasue Forest, located between Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls. “Food is scarce during this dry season. There is an overpopulation of the animals, so the young ones tend to eat anything and some of the plants are poisonous. It could be a bacterial infection, but we still need to prove it. The scientists are at work,” said Tinashe Farawo, spokesman of the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. The dead young elephants were found with the tusks still on their bodies, ruling out poaching. In recent years poachers in Zimbabwe have poisoned dozens of elephants with cyanide and then have taken their ivory tusks to sell them to illegal traders. Investigations will also try to establish if there is a link between the deaths and those reported in neighboring Botswana. Scientists are still...
    Receiving oral sex may trigger the condition bacterial vaginosis because germs in the mouth can disrupt those that occur naturally in the vagina. A study has found that a bacteria that is commonly found in people's mouths, and can contribute to gum disease, is linked to the embarrassing infection. Bacterial vaginosis only causes symptoms in around half of women who get it but those who do show signs complain of a 'fishy' smell and unusual discharge. Scientists say a woman may be more likely to develop the condition, known as BV, if she receives unprotected oral sex. The mouth bacteria have been found to 'support' the growth of vaginal bacteria that cause BV and the two form 'mutually beneficial relationships', researchers said. Not much had been known about how bacteria from other parts of the body contributed to the infection and scientists now say studies should be done to see whether bugs from the penis or anus could trigger it.  Bacterial vaginosis is common and affects around a third of women at some point in their lives, although some...
    HAVING oral sex could put women at risk of a nasty infection down below, experts warn. A common type of bacteria found in the mouth could create an environment for a condition known as bacterial vaginosis to thrive. 1Having oral sex could put women at a higher risk of bacterial vaginosis (BV), experts claimCredit: Getty - Contributor Known as BV, the condition is an imbalance of the usual bacteria found in the vagina which can cause foul-smelling discharge. It's not a sexually transmitted infection but if untreated it can make women more vulnerable to them, as well as getting urinary infections. The vagina is normally acidic and tends to have plenty of "good" bacteria called lactobacillus. But sometimes the natural pH balance can tip and other micro-organisms can thrive. Upset the balance Researchers from the University of California wanted to discover how a common bacteria found in the mouth could upset the delicate balance. They found that the mouth bacterium, Fusobacterium nucleatum, which is linked with gum disease and dental plaque, could encourage BV. The study, published in PLoS Biology,...
    Women experiencing an awkward itch may have their male partners to blame. Bacterial vaginosis, a highly common infection affecting nearly one in three (29%) women, can cause intense itching, abnormal discharge, burning urination and a foul smell. Despite its prevalence, the source of the infection has remained a mystery — until a recent study released by epidemiologists at the University of Illinois at Chicago. They found that the microbiome of the penis may play a significant role since, like the gut, the male reproductive organ hosts a bacterial colony all its own. The yearlong survey, published in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, looked at 168 heterosexual couples in Kenya. Initially, scientists tested each participant for their genital bacteria, while also confirming that the women involved did not already harbor an infection. Among the male group, researchers also noted that 56% of men had circumcised penises, a known factor in the make up of the male member’s microbiota. Test subjects were required to follow up at one, six and 12 months to monitor their bacterial activity over time. By...
    Women experiencing an awkward itch may have their male partners to blame. Bacterial vaginosis, a highly common infection affecting nearly one in three (29%) women, can cause intense itching, abnormal discharge, burning urination and a foul smell. Despite its prevalence, the source of the infection has remained a mystery — until a recent study released by epidemiologists at the University of Illinois at Chicago. They found that the microbiome of the penis may play a significant role since, like the gut, the male reproductive organ hosts a bacterial colony all its own. The yearlong survey, published in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, looked at 168 heterosexual couples in Kenya. Initially, scientists tested each participant for their genital bacteria, while also confirming that the women involved did not already harbor an infection. Among the male group, researchers also noted that 56% of men had circumcised penises, a known factor in the makeup of the male member’s microbiota. Test subjects were required to follow up at one, six and 12 months to monitor their bacterial activity over time. By the end...
    (CNN)Ever heard of bacterial vaginosis? It's caused when the normal bacterial flora in the vagina go haywire, allowing "bad" bacteria to proliferate. If the answer is no, you're not alone. Even though bacterial vaginosis, otherwise known as BV, is the most common vaginal infection in women between the ages 15 and 44, many have never heard of it.Yet bacterial vaginosis is a serious condition, difficult to treat and eliminate. If a woman is infected during a pregnancy, vaginosis can cause the baby to be born prematurely or with a low birth weight. What's more, BV also leaves women at higher risk for contracting HIV or other sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhea -- diseases which can trigger pelvic inflammatory disease and dash any hopes of having children.Human sperm roll like playful otters as they swim, study finds, contradicting centuries-old beliefsVaginosis affects 20% of women worldwide, with more than 21 million of those in the United States, studies have shown. Yet only some 4 million women in the US currently receive treatments, which are often ineffective.Read More"Antibiotic treatment of...
    Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is seriously ill with a bacterial infection and is “very frail,” a German newspaper reported Monday. The 93-year-old pope is suffering from facial erysipelas, or facial shingles, according to Passauer Neue Presse (PNP), which cited Benedict biographer Peter Seewald. Seewald had met the former pope at the Vatican Saturday, and noted Benedict’s barely audible voice, an observation others have made for months, Reuters reported. Seewald told the German newspaper that Benedict has been “very frail” since his return from visiting his older brother, Georg Ratzinger, in Bavaria. Ratzinger, a priest who was ordained at the same time as his brother, died soon afterwards at age 96. (RELATED:EXCLUSIVE: ‘An Epidemic’: Trump Campaign Condemns Anti-Catholic Crimes) VATICAN CITY, VATICAN – APRIL 27: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, flanked by Prefect of the Pontifical House and his former personal secretary Georg Ganswein arrives at the Canonisation Mass in which John Paul II and John XXIII are to be declared saints on April 27, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Dignitaries, heads of state and Royals from Europe and across the World...
    A man in China may need to have his hand amputated after a fishbone poked into it and triggered a severe inflammation, doctors have warned. The seafood lover, 60, said he was gutting a fish at home without wearing gloves when the bone pricked two of his fingers, leaving no blood or visible injuries. Medics said the patient had contracted a lethal bacterium, which normally lives in warm seawater and is sometimes described as 'flesh-eating'.
    Food poisoning can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Image Source/Getty Images Four types of bacteria that cause food poisoning are campylobacter, salmonella, E. coli, and listeria. You can become infected with campylobacter, which causes 1.3 million US cases of food poisoning each year, from undercooked poultry. You can get E. coli from eating ground beef, unpasteurized milk, and fresh produce like spinach.  This article was medically reviewed by Rudolph Bedford, MD, a gastroenterologist at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California. Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. Food poisoning occurs when you eat or drink something that has been contaminated with harmful bacteria or viruses. Nearly 1 in 6 people get food poisoning each year, but most cases are mild and will get better with rest and hydration. However, some severe cases require medical attention.  This article covers four of the most common bacteria that cause food poisoning, and how to treat and prevent infections.What is Campylobacter?Campylobacter is a kind of bacteria that lives in the intestines of animals, especially poultry like chicken and turkey. You...
    A MUM is warning other parents about Group B Strep after her daughter died from the bacterial infection at just eight days old. Little Elsie Williams contracted Group B Strep - a common bacteria often carried in the intestines or lower genital tract - and died in her mum's arms. 5Baby Elsie died on June 17Credit: Matthew Barbour 5Sally and Daniel said they had never heard of GBS beforeCredit: Matthew Barbour Mum Sally, 32, and dad Daniel, 33, said they were only told about the disease after it killed their daughter. Less than 24 hours after Elsie died, a letter arrived confirming mum Sally had GBS - with an information leaflet about the infection. Now Sally is raising awareness about GBS and encouraging other pregnant women to get a vaginal swab - costing the NHS just £11 - which can pick up the infection. The bacteria is very common and it is believed that up to two in five people have it. However, while it is normally harmless for healthy adults, it can make babies very ill - causing...
    DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — American attacking midfielder Gio Reyna has been ruled out of Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga game against Mainz because of an illness. Dortmund said on Twitter before Wednesday’s game that the 17-year-old Reyna has a “bacterial infection.” News agency dpa quoted an unnamed club spokesperson as saying “there is no suspicion of any coronavirus infections with any of our players. Not at any time. All the tests were negative.” Reyna has made 16 appearances across all competitions – all as a substitute – for Dortmund this season. He was set to make his first professional start on May 16 when the Bundesliga resumed from its two-month break caused by the coronavirus, but was injured during the warmup before the derby against Schalke. Reyna made his debut for Dortmund on Jan. 18, becoming the youngest American to play in the Bundesliga at 17 years, 2 months, 5 days. He scored his first senior goal on Feb. 4 in a German Cup loss to Werder Bremen. He is the son of former U.S. national team captain Claudio Reyna and women’s...
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