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Meningitis Death Toll Climbs
2012-10-12 07:57:52

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As more and more information comes to light regarding the recent outbreak of fungal meningitis, state and federal health officials as well as health experts debate the use of epidural steroid shots. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an additional two people have been identified as having died due to fungal meningitis connected to the steroid injections. The current death total is 14 since the...

Outbreak Casts Doubts On Steroid Injections
2012-10-07 08:36:16

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Doctors are debating the use of epidural steroid injections to relieve back pain in the wake of a fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed five people and caused at least 40 others to fall ill after receiving the shots. According to AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner, hundreds, possibly thousands, of patients across 23 states are being told to be on the lookout for symptoms associated with the infection, which may have been...

2012-09-19 16:01:34

A new Cochrane Review concludes that all countries should consider establishing proper home birth services. They should also provide low-risk pregnant women with information enabling them to make an informed choice. The review has been prepared by senior researcher, statistician Ole Olsen, the Research Unit for General Practice, University of Copenhagen, and midwifery lecturer PhD Jette Aaroe Clausen. In many countries it is believed that the safest option for all women is to give birth in...

2012-06-27 12:04:07

Women who have a fear of childbirth spend longer in labor than women who have no such fear, suggests new research published today (27 June) in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Between 5 and 20% of pregnant women have a fear of childbirth. Various factors have been associated with increased prevalence of fear of childbirth, including young maternal age, being a first-time mother, pre-existing psychological problems, lack of social support and a history of abuse...

2012-06-20 14:19:14

New findings could impact the perioperative care of millions of aging patients In a study of more than 18,000 patients having surgery for hip fracture, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that the use of regional anesthesia versus general anesthesia, was associated with a significant reduction in major pulmonary complications and death. The new study will be published in the July issue of the journal Anesthesiology. "Hip fracture is a...

Injections Do Little To Help Those With Chronic Back Pain
2012-04-18 04:55:39

Injections of arthritis drugs or steroids in the spine may not do much to help patients with chronic back and leg pain due to nerve damage, according to a new study. Though there were some initial safety concerns about the injections, the study didn´t show an increased risk of infections or other complications. Researchers said the anti-arthritis drug etanercept (sold as Enbrel) may better serve its patients when taken in larger doses, or when taken on an as-needed basis. Enbrel has been...

2012-04-17 10:20:41

Sciatica patients still do better with steroids than with etanercept, study shows Despite the great promise that injecting a new type of anti-inflammatory pain medicine into the spine could relieve the severe leg and lower back pain of sciatica, a Johns Hopkins-led study has found that the current standard of care with steroid injections still does better. Etanercept, sold by the brand-name Enbrel, is a genetically engineered small-protein drug known as a tumor necrosis factor inhibitor...


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  • A punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information.
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This word comes from the Late Latin 'virgula,' accentual mark, a diminutive of 'virga,' rod.
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