Infectious diseases

Measles: The forgotten killer – Harvard Health Blog – Health Article

As a medical student, the place I dreaded most was the ward at the children’s hospital where they kept the chronic ventilator patients. Unlike the other floors, where there was shouting and laughter and tears, and all the commotion and turbulence of youth, here it was dark and lifeless and eerie, with no sound except the hum of the ventilators, and the rattle of air being forced through plastic tubes. It was a place of failure and defeat, the desolate…

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When Food Rebels: What You Need to Know About Food Poisoning – Health Article

Source: UNC Health Talk We’ve all been there. One minute you’re asleep, and the next you’re jarred awake by severe stomach cramps and nausea. As you stumble to the bathroom, you recall the odd-tasting potato salad you had at your neighbor’s barbecue, and it hits you—you have food poisoning. Food poisoning, or more accurately foodborne illness, affects 48 million people in the United States and causes 128,000 people to be hospitalized annually. It can even be deadly, with 3,000 people…

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Herpes infection of the cornea – Harvard Health Blog – Health Education Article

The clear tissue at the front of the eye is known as the cornea, and it must remain crystal clear in order for an individual to see clearly. The herpes viruses can infect the cornea, causing damage to tissue and possibly causing lasting visual impairment if not quickly identified and treated. Herpes simplex: the cold sore virus One of the most common infections of the cornea is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV type I and HSV type II),…

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Reporter uses FDA, USDA documents to find year’s biggest food recall – Health Article

About Bara Vaida Bara Vaida (@barav) is AHCJ’s core topic leader on infectious diseases. An independent journalist, she has written extensively about health policy and infectious diseases. Her work has appeared in outlets that include the National Journal, Agence France-Presse, Bloomberg News, McClatchy News Service, MSNBC, NPR, Politico and The Washington Post. Photo: Victor Wong via Flickr In 2018, salmonella, e. coli and listeria bacteria were the cause of a number of big food recalls – from romaine lettuce to…

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