June 15, 1985 |
Despite the intravenous tube running to his forehead beneath a fuzzy crown of dark hair, the 12-day-old Rojas boy was one of the healthiest-looking babies in the neonatal ward at UC Irvine Medical Center on Friday. About three hours before his birth on June 2, his mother, Adrianna, came in complaining of high fever and nausea--symptoms of the Listeriosis infection that has claimed 29 lives in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
January 21, 2010 |
Heavyweight Brock Lesnar, speaking publicly Wednesday for the first time since suffering a major intestinal infection that could have ended his Ultimate Fighting Championship career, said he expects to return to the octagon in the summer. "I have a different outlook on life from this, but when it comes to fighting, I'll still be dishing out pain," Lesnar said. He anticipates fighting against the March 27 winner of the Frank Mir-Shane Carwin bout. After defending his UFC heavyweight title in July with a second-round demolition of Mir, Lesnar, 32, had to scrap two scheduled bouts with Carwin as he struggled through diverticulitis, a severe intestinal infection that can cause extreme pain and even prove fatal.
December 2, 2010 |
The man in the mirror didn't notice how much Joffrey Lupul had withered away ? a pair of back surgeries and a lethal blood infection zapping the strength and, at times, spirit of the 27-year-old Ducks winger. It wasn't until Lupul's first postoperative visit to the rink last spring that he realized how much injury and illness had ravaged his body, which went from 206 pounds on his 6-foot-1 frame to 170. "I could see it in the faces of people looking at me. They said I looked like Mr. Burns," Lupul said, referring to "The Simpsons" character.
April 21, 2011 |
Hey, hand sanitizers. You can only do so much – and preventing MRSA infection isn’t one of those things -- so stop over-promising! That was the gist of warning letters from the Food and Drug Administration to four makers of the popular products. Apparently, the manufacturers of Staphaseptic, Safe4Hours, Dr. Tichenor’s and CleanWell products had suggested that various gels, protectants and what-not could protect against infection with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.
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October 28, 2010 |
Republican Senate nominee Carly Fiorina will head back out on the campaign trail Thursday after a brief overnight stay at a Los Angeles-area hospital where she was treated for an infection related to a surgery earlier this year, her aides said. The former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2009 and pronounced cancer-free last fall after chemotherapy, radiation and a double mastectomy, was admitted to the hospital Tuesday morning. She was forced to suspend her campaign schedule a week before she faces Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer at the polls.
April 25, 2011 |
There was a certain ignorance I had about the body before dissecting it. Some of what I've learned was surprising, disconcerting and fascinating: • In one day, our kidneys filter 150 to 180 liters of blood. One kidney is only about the size of a computer mouse. • Even if you do not smoke, your lungs will probably end up black and speckled from what you've breathed in over a lifetime. • The aorta doesn't just serve the heart — it's the freeway of the body, running from the chest through the abdomen and down to the groin.
August 15, 2011 |
The deadly brain parasite thought to be responsible for the death of Florida teen Courtney Nash is as rare as it is dangerous. Tragically, it's also easily avoidable. The 16-year-old began suffering from headache, stiffness, fever and nausea within a week after going for a swim on Aug. 3 in a local river. Doctors found the amoeba Naegleria fowleri in her system. Amoebic meningoencephalitis is an exceedingly rare disease -- there are only a handful of cases each year, and unlike other forms of meningitis , this infection of the brain is not contagious and cannot be passed from one person to another.
July 9, 2013 |
This week, a spokesperson for Sir Elton John confirmed that the singer was postponing a series of concerts on his European tour because he was suffering from appendicitis. The specific diagnosis, as given on John's website, was "appendix abscess surrounding retrocaecal appendicitis. " We're about to get into the science of exactly what that diagnosis means, but first a warning: It's not going to be pretty. The appendix is attached to a part of your body called the cecum , which is a sack generally considered to be the beginning of your lower intestine.
August 6, 2012 |
Consider an all-too-common scenario: You're burning up from a high fever after a routine surgical procedure, and an infection specialist is called to help treat your problem. You assume that a short course of antibiotics will quickly turn things around. But the specialist candidly admits: "I'm sorry, I can't treat your infection. You've got a resistant bacteria, a super bug. " Any of us might hear those frightening words sooner than we think. Antibiotics once seemed like a miracle weapon in our fight against microbes that have plagued mankind for millenniums, killing untold numbers of people with wounds and serious infections.
February 24, 2012 |
In one of the most comprehensive health examinations of body piercing, researchers have found that the wildly popular fashion statement is relatively safe although about 20% of piercings become infected. Northwestern University dermatologists analyzed the overall safety, complications and medical consequences of piercings, focusing on the ear, nose, mouth, nipple, navel and male and female genitalia. They found infections, although treatable, were the most common complication, followed by allergies, loss of blood, scarring and interference of medical procedures, such as X-ray or ultrasound.