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SPORTS
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.
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NEWS
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.
SPORTS
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.
WORLD
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
SCIENCE
March 13, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Fifteen people have now been infected infected with the new strain of coronavirus that appears to have originated in the Middle East, and nine have died. The most recent casualty was a 39-year-old man in Saudi Arabia who became ill on Feb. 24, was admitted to a hospital on Feb. 28 and died two days later. So far, there are no known links between the man and anyone else who had the virus, according to the World Health Organization .  Scientists and public health officials have been scrambling to learn more about this coronavirus since its emergence last fall.
NEWS
March 12, 2013 | By Melissa Healy, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday warned that the widely prescribed antibiotic azithromycin -- marketed as Zithromax and Zmax -- may cause potentially fatal changes in the heart rhythm of people who are taking medications to treat existing heart arrhythmia or who have a slower-than normal heart beat or magnesium or potassium deficiencies. Patients with a prolonged QT interval, a heart rhythm irregularity that is a risk factor for ventricular arrhythmias, also should avoid use of the antibiotic, the FDA warned . Azithromycin, one of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics, is used to treat bacterial infections such as ear infections in children, urinary infections, bronchitis, pneumonia and chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease.
WORLD
February 13, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
A newly identified virus tied to five deaths worldwide since April appears capable of transmission from one person to another, British health officials said Wednesday. The virus, part of a family called coronaviruses that range from the common cold to SARS, was found in a British resident who was apparently infected by a relative. It can cause fever, coughing and breathing problems. Until now, health officials had little evidence of whether the virus could be transmitted from person to person.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Though leafy greens accounted for the most U.S. food-related illnesses, poultry caused the most deaths, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The Atlanta-based agency examined 4,589 food-related disease outbreaks from 1998 to 2008, the first comprehensive study of its kind by the agency. The CDC looked at outbreaks across 17 food categories and found that almost half of all outbreaks originated from leafy greens, which include lettuce and spinach.
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