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April 17, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If you've received an email about the Boston bombings, do not click on the link. A spam-monitoring lab at the University of Alabama at Birmingham says a new malware campaign targeting Windows computers is sending out an "unprecedented" amount of spam emails. If users open the email and click on the link inside, the malware will infect their computers. “The volumes are just astronomical,” said Gary Warner , a cyber researcher with UAB's Computer Research Forensics Lab. PHOTOS: The top smartphones of 2013 The lab looks for spam that can result in users' computers becoming infected, Warner said.
April 12, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Public health officials are investigating a Los Angeles County case of meningococcal infection , a bacteria-caused illness that can lead to potentially deadly meningitis. Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, said Thursday that this was a "very serious" case but was unsure of the patient's ultimate condition. "Whether this is an outbreak, single case, whatever, we don't know at this point," Fielding said. Several tests will be done to determine the particular imprint of this strain, which is not a new one. There are "apparently some similarities" to an especially deadly strain found recently in New York that has resulted in 22 cases, including seven fatalities since 2010.
April 11, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been alerted about a Los Angeles County case of meningococcal infection, a bacteria-caused illness that can lead to potentially deadly meningitis, according to a spokesperson. Public health officials take such cases very seriously because they involve a "potentially devastating" disease, said Dr. Thomas Clark, a CDC medical epidemiologist and meningitis expert. "They really are a medical emergency and a public health emergency," he said.
April 8, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
An international team has released new estimates of the number of dengue infections around the world, mapping out the places where risk of getting the viral illness is great and those where it's low. It estimated there are 390 million dengue infections per year, about a quarter of which are "apparent," meaning they are accompanied by symptoms of illness, such as fever or shock. It's a number far larger than the 50 million to 100 million cases a year commonly cited by groups such as the World Health Organization . A paper describing the researchers' findings was published Sunday in the journal Nature , timed to coincide with the World Health Summit Regional Meeting in Singapore.
April 7, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Rob Gronkowski, the New England Patriots' free-spirited and highly productive tight end, is considering his options while battling an infection in his surgically repaired left forearm, one of which could delay the start to his season, according to multiple reports Sunday. Gronkowski's camp will meet with Patriots management to discuss his options as he completes a six-week cycle of antibiotic treatment, according to the reports. The Boston Herald first reported that doctors are considering a delay in replacing a plate in his forearm because tissue in the area might still be infected.
April 2, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Staph infections remain a significant problem for hospital patients, and scientists are trying to develop vaccines to prevent Staphylococcus aureus bacteria from establishing itself in vital areas like the heart, lungs or blood. But it's turning out to be a difficult task: A promising vaccine intended to protect heart-surgery patients from staph infections worked no better than a placebo, a new study reported . Making matters worse, patients who developed staph infections despite getting the vaccine were more likely to die than infected patients who got the placebo, the study found.
April 1, 2013 | Wire reports
Kevin Ware is already up and walking, and he has a nice souvenir to keep him company until he's cleared to return to Louisville. Cardinals Coach Rick Pitino brought the Midwest Regional championship trophy when he visited Ware, who remains hospitalized in Indianapolis after surgery to repair a gruesome fracture in his right leg. During a two-hour surgery Sunday night, doctors reset Ware's broken tibia and inserted a rod into the bone. Because the bone broke through the skin, Pitino said doctors are monitoring Ware to make sure no infection develops.
March 28, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Nelson Mandela was readmitted to a hospital after a worrying recurrence of the lung infection he suffered in December, the South African presidency announced Thursday. It was the third time Mandela, known affectionately to South Africans by his clan name, Madiba, has been hospitalized since December. The unexpected late-night admission rang alarm bells for many. South Africa's first black president went into a hospital in Pretoria just before midnight.
March 25, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Infections may do more than run you down, make you feel miserable and cause absences from work or school: A new study finds that having a long track record of infections may bite into your mental reserves as well. Scientists have long suspected that infections wreak havoc not just on the body but on the mind as well, and it doesn't seem to matter whether the infections are viral or bacterial, or what part of the body they affect. Having a medical history that includes more than the usual infections puts a patient at higher risk of stroke and vascular disease.
March 15, 2013 | By Monte Morin
A Maryland transplant recipient has died of rabies after receiving an infected organ from a donor, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Friday. The CDC said that three other patients also received organs from the rabies-infected donor and were now receiving rabies shots. Transmission of rabies through donated organs is extremely rare. "The organ transplant occurred more than a year before the recipient developed symptoms and died of rabies," read a CDC press statement.
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