August 11th, 2010
06:32 PM ET

U.S. hospital-acquired MRSA infections drop

The United States made dramatic progress in fighting aggressive infections acquired in health care settings  from 2005 through 2008, a new study sh0ws. While various types of infections are common in health care settings, the study by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers focused on studying health care associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus areas (HA-MRSA) infections.


August 11th, 2010
06:19 PM ET

Fresh Express Salad recalled again

For the third time since May, Fresh Express, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chiquita Brands International, is voluntarily recalling certain salad products – this time due to possible Listeria contamination.

Fresh Express says in a statement, that the company is "voluntarily recalling 2,825 cases of Veggie Lovers Salad with a Product Code of I208 and Use-by date of August 10, 2010 out of an abundance of caution," even though nobody has reportedly gotten sick so far.  Each case holds 12 bags, so approximately 34,000 bags are being recalled.  Fresh Express spokesman Ed Loyd tells CNN "that's about 30,000 bags out of 720 million bags we produce in a year."


Filed under: Food Safety

August 11th, 2010
05:44 PM ET

Hospital emergency department visits still rising

More people are receiving treatment at emergency departments in U.S. hospitals.

A study by the University of California at San Francisco finds that from 1997 to 2007 emergency department visits rose from 94.9 million to 116.8 million.  "This is a 23 percent increase, which is twice the growth of the general population," lead study author Dr. Ning Tang said.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association,  also finds that the number of emergency departments treating a disproportionately high number of Medicaid and uninsured patients increased by 46 percent from 2000 to 2007.  These departments, classified as "safety net EDs" by the Centers for Disease Control , now represent almost two-thirds of all EDs in the U.S. according to the study.


August 11th, 2010
05:36 PM ET

Relax and you might help yourself get pregnant

If you're trying to get pregnant, you may benefit from reducing your stress levels, according to a new study.

Couples trying to have a baby are probably familiar with the notion that too much stress can contribute to problems conceiving.  But there hasn't been any clear scientific evidence to prove this in couples without infertility problems, according to the lead study author Germaine Buck Louis.

This is the first study to show that women with the highest levels of stress had the lowest probability of getting pregnant each day during the fertile window of their monthly cycle says Louis.  She is the director of the Division of Epidemiology, Statistics, and Prevention Research at the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD), which is part of the National Institutes of Health.

August 11th, 2010
05:12 PM ET

Medical tourists bring home new superbug

Medical tourists seeking treatment in Asia are bringing home a dangerous type of bacterial infection that’s resistant to nearly all known antibiotics, according to a new report in the journal the Lancet.

Doctors identified 29 patients in the United Kingdom with the new infections. Most had traveled to India, Pakistan or Bangladesh for medical procedures, including elective cosmetic surgery. Dozens of patients from Asia also got the infections, according to the researchers, from Cardiff University.


August 11th, 2010
03:05 PM ET

Menstrual cramps may modify the brain

Many women dread "that time of the month" because it comes with sharp pains and even nausea or dizziness. Sometimes, you just want to stay in bed.

But here's a surprise: according to new research, cramps during your period may actually alter the structure of your brain.

A study in the September issue of the journal PAIN looked at 32 patients who suffer menstrual cramps and 32 who do not, matched to the other participants by age and menstrual cycle.  Researchers did MRI scans of participants when they were not experiencing pain.


August 11th, 2010
11:53 AM ET

World's top nips-tucks: Tummies, breasts, eyes

U.S.A. reigns supreme... in the world of plastic surgery.

The United States has the most number of plastic surgeons and total surgical procedures, according to a survey from The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. FULL POST

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