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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...

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)...

2012-07-26 01:15:05

New research conducted by biologists at Texas A&M University suggests that ZOLOFT®, one of the most widely prescribed antidepressants in the world, also packs a potential preventative bonus – potent mechanisms capable of inhibiting deadly fungal infections. The findings are the result of a two-year investigation by Xiaorong Lin, assistant professor of biology, and Matthew S. Sachs, professor of biology, involving sertraline hydrocholoride (ZOLOFT) and its effects on...

2012-07-25 09:43:12

The opportunistic fungal pathogen Candida albicans inconspicuously lives in our bodies until it senses that we are weak, when it quickly adapts to go on the offensive. The fungus, known for causing yeast and other minor infections, also causes a sometimes-fatal infection known as candidemia in immunocompromised patients. An in vivo study, published in mBio, demonstrates how C. albicans can distinguish between a healthy and an unhealthy host and alter its physiology to attack. “The...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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