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2009-10-20 17:55:37

Research finds dramatic increase in number of transfusion-transmitted babesiosis cases Babesiosis is a potentially dangerous parasitic disease transmitted by ticks and is common in the Northeast and the upper Midwest. Babesia lives inside of red blood cells, meaning it can also be transmitted through a blood transfusion from an infected but otherwise asymptomatic blood donor. Now a new study led by researchers at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals finds a dramatic increase in the number of...

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2009-01-19 10:33:14

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received nine reports of deaths since 2005 caused by blood transfusion due to a parasitic infection known as babesiosis. Babesiosis, stemmed from the parasite Babesia, can be transmitted through a tick bite, the same tick that causes lime disease. However, transmission via blood transfusion has been reported to be a cause as well. This disease is hardest on the elderly and people with weak immune systems. Dr. Diane M. Gubernot at the FDA in Rockville,...

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2008-10-08 12:45:00

Health experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released a new report on Tuesday that lists 12 pathogens that are likely to spread due to changes in temperatures and precipitation levels resulting from global warming. The "deadly dozen" diseases will have potential impacts to both human and wildlife health and global economies, the experts said. Entitled "The Deadly Dozen: Wildlife Diseases in the Age of Climate Change", the report was released at the IUCN World Conservation...

2008-08-25 09:00:26

By Rita M Rhoads By Rita M. Rhoads / Special to the Sunday News In an article on Lyme disease (Aug. 3), there were several inaccurate statements. I will delineate these errors, but will admit one huge truth: Lyme is on an upswing. In our small nurse-midwifery practice we had five pregnant women with Lyme disease in 2007. As a nurse practitioner, I am also seeing many more patients with Lyme disease than in previous years. First inaccurate statement: "80 percent of patients with Lyme...


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callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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