Antibiotic Resistance Threats In The US: CDC
2013-09-17 05:04:01

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” kill approximately 23,000 Americans each year, the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed on Monday. In addition, federal health officials also reported that at least two million people fall ill due to these bacterial infections, reports Mike Stobbe and Lindsey Tanner of the Associated Press (AP). This marks the first time that the CDC has released statistics addressing the...

Terms Dropped From New DSM
2012-12-02 09:15:58

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online The guidebook used by psychiatrists to diagnose mental illnesses is undergoing a radical overhaul, with Asperger's syndrome and dyslexia being dropped and a condition describing frequent and severe temper tantrums being added to the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). According to AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner, these changes and others were approved by the American...

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...

2010-08-09 08:30:00

Pet food could be making young kids sick, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report investigating a salmonella outbreak that started in 2006. The study, which was the subject of both a report in Monday's edition of the journal Pediatrics and an article by AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner, looked at a two-year outbreak that left 79 people in 21 states sick between 2006 and 2008. "Almost half of the victims were children aged 2 and younger," and their illnesses...

2010-07-26 09:15:00

Medical devices force over 70,000 children and teenagers to go to the emergency room due to injuries or other complications each year, according to recent Associated Press (AP) reports. Those findings, the topic of a report by AP medical writer Lindsey Tanner on Monday, are the result of the work of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) researchers, who analyzed medical records from approximately 100 hospitals across the country in 2004 and 2005. They uncovered more than 144,000 medical...

2008-10-13 09:00:05

By LINDSEY TANNER By Lindsey Tanner The Associated Press CHICAGO The nation's leading pediatricians group says children from newborns to teens should get double the usually recommended amount of vitamin D because of evidence that it may help prevent serious diseases. To meet the new recommendation of 400 units daily, millions of children will need to take daily vitamin D supplements, the American Academy of Pediatrics said. That includes breast-fed infants - even those who get some...

2008-10-06 09:00:04

By LINDSEY TANNER By Lindsey Tanner The Associated Press CHICAGO More children have died of the flu because they also had staph infections, according to a new government report that urges parents to have their children get the flu shot. The number of deaths - 73 - wasn't high during the 2006-07 flu season, but there was more than a fivefold increase in hard-to- treat complications. Also, preliminary figures indicate that deaths increased again during this winter's flu season....

2008-09-03 09:00:03

By LINDSEY TANNER By Lindsey Tanner The Associated Press CHICAGO The number of teen suicides has fallen slightly but the rate remains disturbingly high, researchers said, possibly fueled by drug warnings that have scared many from using antidepressants. The suicide rate was about 4.5 per 100,000 in 2005, the most recent year for which data is available. That follows an 18 percent spike the previous year that alarmed experts when first reported. That's because until then, suicides...

2008-08-27 09:00:15

By LINDSEY TANNER By Lindsey Tanner The Associated Press CHICAGO A new TV commercial shows children eating hot dogs in a school cafeteria and one boy's lament: "I was dumbfounded when the doctor told me I have late-stage colon cancer." It's a startling revelation in an ad that vilifies one of America's most beloved, if maligned, foods, while stoking fears about a dreaded disease. But the boy doesn't have cancer. Neither do two other children in the ad who claim to be afflicted....

2008-08-19 09:10:00

By LINDSEY TANNER By Lindsey Tanner The Associated Press CHICAGO When it comes to saving lives, God trumps doctors for many Americans. A survey reveals widespread belief that divine intervention can revive dying patients. And, researchers said, doctors "need to be prepared to deal with families who are waiting for a miracle." More than half of randomly surveyed adults - 57 percent - said God's intervention could save a family member even if physicians declared that treatment would be...

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