Disease


Child Heart Patients Treated for Rare Surgical Infection

At least a dozen children who had heart surgery at Children’s Hospital New Orleans between late May and July have infected incisions, apparently from contaminated equipment. The hospital’s chief medical…

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A Breakthrough Therapy’s Food for Thought

Last Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new kind of treatment for a type of cancer known as B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in patients under the age…

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California Officials Report 3 West Nile Virus Deaths

California’s Department of Public Health has confirmed three deaths from the West Nile virus, the first this year. This is the peak transmission period for the mosquito-borne disease, which doesn’t…

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Ohio Norovirus Outbreak Tied to Doughnut Shop

County health officials say more than 200 cases of norovirus have been linked to a doughnut shop in northwest Ohio. A spokesman for the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department says an…

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Black Mark for U.N. Peacekeepers

In the fall of 2010, several months after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, killing an estimated 200,000 people, cholera broke out in the country, sickening nearly as many Haitians as…

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Asthma Study Is an Important Reminder

In 2001, one in 14 people in the U.S. had asthma, which causes coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. In 2009, the figure was one in 12, and the prevalence…

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A Step to Stem an Epidemic

More than 47,000 people in America died of drug overdoses in 2014. But the majority of them were not abusers of illegal street drugs. The substances they ingested were totally…

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