Infectious Diseases

October 15, 2012

Study Looks Into Flu Shot Effectiveness

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein

Flu season is here. The first case in Olmsted County was reported last week. But new Monday, a study done by the University of Minnesota found vaccines for the flu could be improved…Dr. Gregory Poland of Mayo Clinic says the study is less for individuals and more for government and policy makers. “What the authors […]

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Tags: Dr. Gregory Poland, flu season, flu shot, KAAL, University of Minnesota, vaccine


October 8, 2012

Up to 1,000 Minnesota Patients Linked to Meningitis Outbreak; No Reports in Coulee Region

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein

So far Minnesota has not identified any cases of fungal meningitis related to the outbreak. Officials at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center and Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse and Winona Health in Winona checked their pharmaceutical supplies and determined they never had that brand of steroid in their facilities, spokesmen said.   La Crosse […]

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Tags: fungal meningitis outbreak, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse Tribune, Winona Health


September 21, 2012

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Mystery User

    September 21, 2012 Mayo Clinic in the News is a weekly highlights summary of major media coverage. If you would like to be added to the weekly distribution list, send a note to Emily Blahnik with this subject line: SUBSCRIBE to Mayo Clinic in the News. Thank you. Karl Oestreich, manager enterprise media […]

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Tags: CBS This Morning, Chicago Tribune, Chris Norton, concussions, Dr. Donald Hensrud, Dr. Jennifer Roth Maynard, Dr. John Noseworthy, Dr. Michael Jensen, Dr. Michael Joyner, Florida Times-Union, innovation, inventions


August 6, 2012

How Not to Get Sick in a Crowd

By Mystery User

Medical researchers have investigated germs circulated in confined spaces, like airplanes, “where certainly there have been influenza, even tuberculosis outbreaks,” says Gregory Poland, MD, director of the Vaccine Research Group at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Similarly, researchers have tracked germs in hospitals and office buildings where relatively large numbers of people congregate.   EverydayHealth by Jim Dalessio

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Tags: Dr. Gregory Poland, EverydayHealth, outbreak, Vaccine Research Group


August 6, 2012

Minnesota and ND Whooping Cough Cases Spike, Mirroring National Trend

By Mystery User

Minnesota health officials are expecting an unprecedented number of whooping cough cases this year, if the current trend holds… In the population as a whole, the disease waxes and wanes, said Dr. Gregory Poland, professor of medicine and infectious diseases at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “Numbers of cases go up every three years or […]

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July 31, 2012

Fighting Off Germs of Olympic Proportions

By Mystery User

If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands who will attend the Summer Olympic Games in London, follow these tips to avoid contracting germs in the crowd. But even if you’re not one of the lucky few able to watch Olympians compete in person, this public health advice will help you stay healthy right here […]

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Tags: Dr. Gregory Poland, EHS Today, immunization, Summer Olympic Games


July 23, 2012

Potential Whooping Cough Epidemic

By Mystery User

The number of cases rising at an epidemic rate. Nearly 18,000 cases have been reported so far. Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato’s Jessica Sheehy says the original vaccine had more side effects, but the new vaccine isn’t as strong. Sheehy says, “so the immunity people are getting from the vaccine isn’t lasting into adulthood so the […]

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Tags: epidemic, Jessica Sheehy, KEYC Mankato, vaccine, whooping cough


July 20, 2012

Former Hospital Worker Accused of Transmitting Hepatitis C

By Mystery User

A former medical technician was arrested on Thursday in connection with a hepatitis C outbreak at a hospital in Exeter, New Hampshire, a federal prosecutor announced. David Matthew Kwiatkowski, 32, is accused of infecting at least 30 people when he worked in the cardiac catheterization lab (CCL) at Exeter Hospital…Hepatitis C is passed through contact […]

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Tags: CNN, David Kwiatkowski, Exeter Hospital, hepatitis C outbreak


June 22, 2012

5 Tips for Safe Summer Swimming

By Mystery User

Don’t drink pool water: “A swimming pool is basically a community bathtub without the shampoo,” said Dr. Thomas Boyce, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center. “Chlorine does not kill germs instantly and, in fact, does not kill cryptosporidium at all, which is a common germ that causes water-associated gastrointestinal illness.” […]

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Tags: Dr. Thomas Boyce, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, swimming pool, Yahoo! News


June 15, 2012

Hepatitis C Outbreak at N.H. Hospital Could Be Tied to Worker Who Shot Up, Injected Patients With Dirty Needles: Report

By Mystery User

A recent Hepatitis C outbreak at a New Hampshire hospital could have been sparked by a junkie hospital worker who was shooting up and then injecting patients with the same needles, health officials warned. So far, 20 patients treated at Exeter Hospital’s cardiac catheterization laboratory have tested positive for the liver-destroying disease… Last month, a […]

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Tags: Exeter Hospital, Hepatitis C, NY Daily News, outbreak


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