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Cases of E. coli from Europe now in U.S.
June 2nd, 2011
04:02 PM ET

Cases of E. coli from Europe now in U.S.

Three people in the United States likely have been stricken by the same strain of E. coli that’s killed 16 people in Europe, according to an official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Samples from the patients are on their way to a CDC lab in Atlanta, Georgia, for testing, Dr. Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the CDC’s Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, told CNN. The patients have traveled recently to Germany, and all three have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially deadly kidney disease and a complication of E. coli infection.

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Sharp debate on circumcision
April 15th, 2011
02:06 PM ET

Sharp debate on circumcision

The comments on this week’s Empowered Patient article about circumcision demonstrate that  men have strong feelings about their penises.

“Why would I want someone to cut some of the most important part of me?” asked Noble9, a reader who like other “intactivists” is against circumcision.

Other men, however, felt otherwise.

“Frank, you are crazy,” wrote Daniel1999, addressing the man in our story who feels he’d have better sex if his foreskin were intact and therefore rues the day his parents had him snipped.

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The gruesome math of hospital infections
April 14th, 2011
05:29 PM ET

The gruesome math of hospital infections

A column in yesterday’s New York Times by Maureen Dowd about how her brother died after acquiring infections in the hospital certainly struck a nerve – it was No. 1 on the paper’s website for much of the day.

No wonder, considering the number of people who die of infections as her brother did.

“The simplest way to say this is that about 100,000 people die each year from infections we give them in the hospital,” says Dr. Peter Pronovost, director of the Quality and Safety Research Group at Johns Hopkins  University. “That’s enormous.” FULL POST


Hospital checklist cut infections, saved lives
April 8th, 2011
09:18 AM ET

Hospital checklist cut infections, saved lives

Hospitals that implemented a program including a simple, five-point checklist managed to decrease rates of an infection that kills 31,000 patients every year, according to a new study done for the federal government.

At hospitals that followed the program,  central line infections in intensive care units were reduced by 35%, according to the study. When a central line, which is a type of catheter, becomes infected, the infection can spread through the bloodstream.

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March 28th, 2011
04:42 PM ET

Superbug found in California hospitals

A deadly superbug, thought to be rare on the West Coast, is appearing in large numbers in Southern California, according to a new study.

In seven months last year, there were 356 cases of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP), according to the study by the Los Angeles County Department of Health. The cases were in health care facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes. People outside such facilities were not affected.

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Mouse study may offer hope for infertile men
March 24th, 2011
04:54 PM ET

Mouse study may offer hope for infertile men

After decades of failure, researchers have managed to create fertile sperm in a laboratory, raising hopes for infertile men.

“I think for everyone in the field, especially for the potential patients, it’s quite exciting,” says Martin Dym, a professor of biochemistry at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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Friend: Giffords' personality 'starting to shine through'
March 11th, 2011
06:07 PM ET

Friend: Giffords' personality 'starting to shine through'

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ personality “is really starting to shine through,” says Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who visited her friend and colleague at a Houston rehabilitation hospital last week.

“There’s been so much progress made in the month since I’ve seen her,” Wasserman Schultz said. “She’s so much more interactive and responsive.”

Doctors at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research in Houston said Friday  at a news conference that Giffords has been speaking in full sentences and is able to walk with assistance.

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Patients use Facebook, Twitter, to get health information
March 4th, 2011
06:32 PM ET

Patients use Facebook, Twitter, to get health information

Patients are turning to social networks such as Twitter and Facebook for health information, according to a survey by the National Research Corporation.

In the survey of nearly 23,000 people in the United States, 16% said they use social media as a source of health care information. For nearly all of them – 94% - Facebook was their site of choice, with YouTube coming in a distant second at 32%. Eighteen percent of the respondents said they turned to MySpace or Twitter for health information.

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Restaurant workers show up sick
February 17th, 2011
12:32 PM ET

Restaurant workers show up sick

One out of eight restaurant workers has come to work at least twice in the past year while suffering from diarrhea or vomiting, according to a new survey of workers in nine states.

That’s 12% of all workers, an increase over the 5% of workers found in previous studies, according to study author Dr. Steven Sumner, the study’s lead author and a resident in internal medicine at Duke University Hospital. The study is published in The Journal of Food Protection.

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February 9th, 2011
06:57 PM ET

Empowered Patient: How to avoid errors at the pharmacy

When you pick up your prescriptions, how closely do you look at the label?  What happened to a Colorado woman may make you take a second look.  Mareena Silva of Fort Lupton  is six weeks pregnant, and last week went to a local grocery store to pick up an antibiotic her doctor prescribed.
According to a story by CNN affiliate KMGH in Denver, Silva says instead of giving her antibiotics, the pharmacist accidentally gave her methotrexate, a cancer drug that's also used to induce early abortions.  Now Silva  says she's worried she'll lose her baby.

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