Misc. Infections News

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Group B Strep: The Test Every Pregnant Woman Needs

The infection can cause health problems, even death, in infants

West Nile Can Cause Lasting Motor Damage

Some patients never recover fully from paralysis, other problems

Combination Ear Infection Drug OK'd

For swimmer's ear and other ills

New Weapon Against Germs

Scientists clone bacteria and virus-fighting protein

AIDS 'Superinfection' on the Rise

Numbers are tiny, but experts fear they could spell trouble

West Nile Virus on the March

It's showing up in more states this year, officials report

SARS: An Emerging Picture

Virus causes critical illness in 25 percent of patients, studies show

Upper-Ear Piercing

An infection can cause permanent deformity

'Back to Sleep' Campaign has Curious Side Effect

Some infants develop temporarily misshapen skulls

Antibiotic-Coated Catheters Cut Risk of Bacterial Illnesses

The infections pose threats to intensive-care patients

What to Watch for With West Nile

Muscle weakness and paralysis are among symptoms, study says

Epinephrine Doesn't Work on Very Young

Kids under 1 with lung infections get no help from inhaled medication, study finds

Nitric Oxide Governs Fever

Plays a surprising and complicated role in inflammation and infection, study finds

Study Faults WHO Guidelines on SARS

Says doctors should watch for earlier symptoms

Ward Off West Nile Virus

Tips on protecting yourself during mosquito season

The Goods on Garlic

It has antiviral and antibacterial properties

Donated Blood to Be Screened for West Nile

Experimental tests for virus faces test of its own

Managing Blood Sugar in Hospitals

New protocol reduces infection rates in critically ill patients

Diabetics Need to Guard Against Nail Fungus

They should take extra care with foot hygiene, experts say

How Bad Food Makes You Sick

Study examines mechanisms of food poisoning

Scientists Find Missing AIDS Link

Monkeys may have spread HIV-like virus to chimps

U.S. Tries to Curb Monkeypox on Several Fronts

Health officials recommend smallpox shots, ban imports of African rodents

Lack of Enzyme Cripples Fungal Infection

Mouse study shows it might make many hospital infections less deadly

Antibiotic Approved for Chronic Prostate Infection

One-third of men over 50 may have chronic bacterial prostatitis

Faster Than A Speeding Bullet

Bacteria on the run

Deadly Cold Virus Strikes Disabled in N.Y.

Outbreak blamed for as many as 3 deaths in special home

Life 'Surreal' for Nurse Under SARS Quarantine

Must be isolated even from closest colleagues

Testing for Stomach Bacteria Doesn't Help With Peptic Ulcers

Study finds treating it usually doesn't ease ulcer symptoms

The Virus Behind the Bacteria

Some infectious diseases may be spread by 'bacteria-eating' viruses

SARS Update: May 23, 2003

- WHO lifts travel warning for Hong Kong and Guangdong province
- Taiwan remains SARS hot zone
- Toronto reports 4 new possible cases
- Civet cat may be source of SARS

SARS Theory Not Universally Accepted

Researchers suggest virus could have come from outer space

Antibacterials Not the Best Germ Fighters

Cleaners containing them don't make much difference in homes, study finds

Soothing Mom When Baby Can't Be Soothed

Breathing teddy bears soothe mothers more than their babies, study finds

SARS Roundup: May 10, 2003

- WHO casts doubt on China's containment of disease
- Taiwan may be losing control of its outbreak
- U.S. warns Internet sites on bogus SARS remedies

SARS Roundup: May 9, 2003

- No major mutations in SARS virus
- 80,000 students OK'd for travel to Beijing
- Beijing unable to trace 60 percent of its cases
- Economic damage in Asia could total $28 billion

SARS Roundup: May 8, 2003

- WHO revises estimate of SARS death rate as fatalities top 500
- Travel advisories issued for Taiwan and 2 more Chinese provinces
- Russia reports first probable case
- China tries to minimize disease's economic impact

SARS Roundup: May 7, 2003

- SARS deadlier than previously thought, new study says
- U.S. approves use of force to detain some international travelers
- China's rural health system not prepared to cope with epidemic
- U.S. offers more assistance to China

Baby's Womb Wetsuit Has New Potential

Vernix protects skin, say researchers working on synthetic version of substance

SARS Roundup: May 6, 2003

- SARS serum seems effective
- WHO official says disease can be contained and eliminated
- U.S. lifts travel advisories to Singapore and Hanoi, Vietnam - More mass quarantines in China
- UC, Berkeley bars Asian students

SARS Roundup: May 5, 2003

- Chinese villagers protest, riot
- Access to Beijing reservoirs blocked
- Virus may be more resilient than thought
- WHO watching Taiwan

West Nile Outlook Is Biting

Experts already see disturbing trends for this year

SARS Roundup: May 4, 2003

- Feces can spread SARS virus
- Disinfectants can kill the germ
- Beijing to keep schools closed
- WHO experts to visit Taiwan
- Women's soccer championships moved from China
- U.S., Britain given clean bill of health

SARS Roundup: May 3, 2003

- WHO experts to visit Taiwan
- Beijing says outbreak stabilizing
- Women's soccer championship moved from China
- U.S., Britain given clean bill of health

SARS Roundup: May 2, 2003

- WHO delayed global SARS alert, newspaper says
- Virus is mutating quickly
- Epidemic may be nearing peak in Beijing
- Many Americans believe U.S. will suffer its own epidemic

SARS Roundup: May 1, 2003

- U.S. girds for possible SARS spike
- China death toll mounts
- Virus limits May Day celebrations in Beijing
- Toronto offers valuable lessons in dealing with outbreak
- SARS genetic pattern authenticated by experts

Anthrax Genome Sequenced

Researchers say the bacterium a close relative of soil bacterium

SARS Roundup: April 30, 2003

- Beijing hospitals overwhelmed
- People suffer relapses in Hong Kong
- U.S. pushes development of vaccines and drugs
- Toronto hosts international SARS conference

Some Are Genetically Prone to Meningitis

Aberrations leave people susceptible to sepsis

Staph's Deadly Method of Attack

Study reveals how common hospital infection dismantles immune response

SARS Roundup: April 27, 2003

    China closes theaters as death toll climbs
    WHO may reconsider Toronto travel ban
    Two possible cases from Toronto monitored in U.S.
    China's health minister fired
    Cruise ship lines issue SARS ban
    Virus test inconclusive