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2012-11-13 12:22:27

Early clinical observations in the fungal meningitis outbreak A new article being published early online in Annals of Internal Medicine describes the diagnosis and treatment protocol established in a Roanoke, Va. hospital to care for dozens of patients presenting with suspected fungal meningitis related to contaminated epidural spinal injections. This unprecedented surge of patients seeking care for a rare central nervous system (CNS) infection required physicians to react quickly with...

New Illness Linked To Contaminated Steroid Injections Surfaces
2012-11-04 08:51:41

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online People recovering from dangerous fungal meningitis have a new worry on their hands, after several people treated for the deadly infection have gone home to recover only to return to the ER with a second illness, according to health experts. The new problem, called an epidural abscess, was found to be caused by the same injectable steroid, methylprednisolone acetate, which is used to treat neck or back pain, the New York Times...

2012-10-26 04:02:52

New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman urges patients who received epidural steroid injections to be on the lookout for symptoms of fungal meningitis. New York reported one case of infection. New York, NY (PRWEB) October 25, 2012 As of October 22, a total of 282 cases of fungal meningitis from tainted steroid medication shots were reported, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Cases have been identified in 16 states, including one in New York and three in New...

Deaths From Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Reach 23, Many More Infected
2012-10-22 11:10:17

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The number of cases of fungal meningitis due to a contaminated injectable drug produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Massachusetts has risen from 245 cases on Friday to 285 over the weekend. As well, the number of deaths have increased to 23, with 3 new deaths reported over the weekend. While only one case was reported on Sunday, US health experts are warning it could be many months before the...

2012-10-16 15:23:08

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nationally known trial attorney Geoffrey Fieger today filed a multimillion dollar federal lawsuit on behalf of a Michigan couple against New England Compounding Pharmacy, Inc. The suit alleges that the company is responsible for releasing contaminated steroid solution which is believed to be responsible for multiple deaths and outbreaks of fungal meningitis across Michigan and other states. The suit alleges that New England Compounding...

2012-10-15 11:28:09

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Health today reported the first case of fungal meningitis in Pennsylvania linked to the national outbreak from contaminated medication produced by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass. The patient, who received an epidural steroid injection in July 2012, was identified as part of ongoing record review and patient follow-up performed by the department at Allegheny Pain Management in Altoona. The...

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...

2012-10-04 10:24:24

No Related Illnesses Identified in Pennsylvania HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Health is working closely with two pain clinics to identify and contact patients who received a medication linked to cases of an unusual type of fungal meningitis in several other states. The two clinics involved are Allegheny Pain Management in Altoona, as well as South Hills Pain and Rehab Associates, with locations in Jefferson Hills, Bethel Park, Monessen and...

2012-09-27 23:01:02

The experienced podiatrists at Innovative Foot Care and Laser Center in San Antonio say that toenail fungus can cause other medical conditions if left untreated. Innovative Foot Care and Laser Center provides treatment for fungal nails. San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) September 27, 2012 According to recent studies, approximately 23 million Americans and 90 percent of elderly people suffer from toenail fungus, yet many people with fungus infected toenails do not recognize the symptoms and most never...

2012-09-26 13:23:07

The most cost-effective treatment for cryptococcal meningitis (a serious infection of the brain membranes, usually in people with AIDS or other immune system deficiencies) is different to that currently recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), warranting a review of policy, according to the findings of a study published in this week's PLOS Medicine. Researchers from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, and from the University of Minnesota in the US found that a short (7-day)...