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2014-03-31 23:36:11

Burke Wise Morrissey Kaveny (BWMK) Partners Kevin Burke and Elizabeth Kaveny secure $17 Million dollar settlement on behalf of a south suburban Chicago man who suffered significant brain injuries after providers failed to diagnose his infection in 2003 at the University of Chicago Medical Center, according to complaint in the case, Comasen Williams, etc., v. The University of Chicago Hospitals, No. 09 L 1173 D. Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) March 31, 2014 The in court settlement, secured by...

2014-02-07 13:09:09

Production of an exceptionally large surface protein prevents bacteria from forming clumps and reduces their ability to cause disease A genetic mechanism that controls the production of a large spike-like protein on the surface of Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria alters the ability of the bacteria to form clumps and to cause disease, according to a new University of Iowa study. The new study is the first to link this genetic mechanism to the production of the giant surface protein...

2014-01-27 14:46:56

Operation holds promise for patients with infective endocarditis A potentially fatal bacterial disease of the heart, infective endocarditis frequently affects the heart's tricuspid valve, often resulting in permanent tissue damage. But a reconstructive technique, in which the valve is repaired with a bioscaffold on which new tissue can grow, can give some patients a new lease on life—a lease that has been extended to patients at Temple University Hospital, in Philadelphia, thanks to the...

2013-09-24 09:49:58

Study Highlights: -Children with specific types of heart birth defects who are under 3 or who’ve had cardiac surgery within the last six months may face an elevated risk of heart infection. -Parents of children with heart birth defects should discuss with their physicians how to prevent these potentially serious infections. Children with certain heart birth defects may have an increased risk for bacterial infection of their heart’s lining and valves, according to new research in...

2013-08-20 17:11:21

Study shows superantigens produced by staph bacteria are required for deadly effects of infective endocarditis and sepsis University of Iowa researchers have discovered what causes the lethal effects of staphylococcal infective endocarditis - a serious bacterial infection of heart valves that kills approximately 20,000 Americans each year. According to the UI study, the culprits are superantigens -- toxins produced in large quantities by Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria - which...

2012-06-29 06:16:30

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- According to the American Heart Association approximately 15,000 people in the United States each year are diagnosed with infective endocarditis. Researchers are breaking ground on a new surgery to prevent this disease from causing death. Infective endocarditis is an infection that affects some part of the endocardium. The endocardium is the tissue that lines the inside of the heart chambers. The infection usually involves one or more heart valves which are part of...

2012-03-26 14:24:57

Oral bacteria that escape into the bloodstream are able to cause blood clots and trigger life-threatening endocarditis. Further research could lead to new drugs to tackle infective heart disease, say scientists presenting their work at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Dublin this week. Streptococcus gordonii is a normal inhabitant of the mouth and contributes to plaque that forms on the surface of teeth. If these bacteria enter into the blood stream through...

2012-03-16 16:47:28

Poor dental hygiene behaviours in patients with congenital heart disease are increasing their risk of endocarditis. Teens with congenital heart disease floss, brush and visit the dentist less than their peers. But they have healthier behaviours when it comes to alcohol, cigarettes and illicit drugs. Adults with single ventricle physiology (a type of congenital heart disease) also have poorer dental hygiene practices than their peers despite having better health behaviours overall. The...

2011-11-23 10:10:33

Among patients with infective endocarditis (an infection of the heart lining which may involve the heart valves) and heart failure, about two-thirds undergo valvular surgery, which is associated with a significant reduction in the risk of death in the hospital and at one year, according to a study in the November 23/30 issue of JAMA. "Infective endocarditis is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. Several published studies have reported in-hospital mortality of 15 percent to...


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