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June 15, 1985 | ROXANA KOPETMAN, Times Staff Writer
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 17, 2013 | By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times
A new study has found that an infusion of feces from a healthy person into an ailing patient's gut was significantly more effective than a traditional antibiotic treatment - raising hopes that the unconventional approach could one day help combat obesity, food allergies and a host of other maladies. The study, published online Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine, demonstrated that the fecal transplant cleared up a recurrent bacterial infection far more reliably than the routinely prescribed medication.
April 27, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
They're cute. They're often roadkill. Some gourmands say they're tasty, whether baked or barbecued. Now Louisiana researchers have learned something else about nine-banded armadillos. "A preponderance of evidence shows that people get leprosy from these animals," said Richard W. Truman, director of microbiology at the National Hansen's Disease Program in Baton Rouge and lead author of a paper detailing the discovery in the New England Journal of Medicine. Until now, scientists believed that leprosy was passed only from human to human.
January 21, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
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 | By Mike DiGiovanna
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.
October 28, 2010 | By Maeve Reston and Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
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 21, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey
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.
May 21, 2007 | Marc Siegel, The Unreal World
ER, NBC, Thursday, May 10, 10 p.m., "Sea Change." The premise: A physics professor has collapsed at a conference and is brought to the ER, where she complains of abdominal pain and weakness. She has low blood pressure and a high fever. Dr. Greg Pratt ( Mekhi Phifer) thinks she may be suffering from a virus, but — while observing her for further signs — he orders blood tests looking for bacteria as a precaution. When those tests show the presence of Gram-positive cocci bacteria, suggesting a dangerous staph or strep infection, Pratt tries to obtain the powerful antibiotic ceftriaxone from the pharmacy.
January 11, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
Private rooms in hospital intensive care units are not just nicer for patients and their families – a new study shows they are safer, too. Roughly three out of every 10 ICU patients wind up with some kind of infection during their hospital stay. Those infections make sick people sicker, keeping them in the hospital for an additional eight to nine days and adding an estimated $3.5 billion to the nation’s healthcare tab each year. A $3.5-billion problem sure sounds daunting, but a new study suggests a straightforward solution: Make all ICU rooms private.
Sen. Robert C. Byrd's office says he's been released from the hospital and is at home recuperating after more than a month of illness. The West Virginia Democrat, 91, is continuing physical therapy as he recovers from a staph infection he contracted while hospitalized for another infection.
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