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Hospital warns open-heart patients of nontuberculous mycobacteria risk

August 25, 2016

A hospital in Iowa warned thousands of open-heart surgery patients that they may have been exposed to nontuberculous mycobacteria, or NTM, via contaminated heater-cooler units used with heart-lung machines after two such patients were diagnosed with the infection.

Following a 4-year time period recommended by the CDC, Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines notified approximately 2,600 patients who underwent surgery from July 2012 to July 2016 of potential exposure.

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Twitter users’ Zika questions focus on infant health, disease prevention

August 25, 2016
Questions and concerns voiced by social media users during a recent CDC live Twitter chat on Zika virus infection often revolved around the pathogen’s virology…
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High drug prices result of government protection in US

August 25, 2016
The high cost of prescription drugs in the United States is the result of drug manufacturers being granted government-protected monopolies, according to data published…
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Physicians in Ghana lack knowledge on HBV vaccine to prevent mother-to-child transmission

August 25, 2016
Data from a cross-sectional survey questioning the mechanisms of mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B virus infection in Ghana showed physicians and midwives knew…

Florida teen survives normally deadly N. fowleri infection

August 24, 2016
A teenager in Florida is only the fourth person in the past 54 years to survive a normally deadly Naegleria fowleri infection. Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando
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Proper Immunization of the Adolescent Patient

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Prior to 2005, the tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) booster was the sole vaccine routinely recommended for healthy…
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VIDEO: Presentation highlights ‘current epidemic’ of syphilis among patients with HIV, importance of screening for STIs

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