Infectious Diseases

June 12, 2012

Most Don’t Need Antibiotics Before Dental Work

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Recommendations restricting the use of antibiotic prophylaxis before invasive dental procedures to only a handful of patient groups did not appear to increase rates of infective endocarditis caused by viridans group streptococci, researchers found. Among 22 patients diagnosed with the infection over a 12-year period in Olmsted County, Minn., only three received the diagnosis after […]

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Tags: antibiotics, Dr. Daniel DeSimone, endocarditis, invasive dental procedures, MedPage Today


June 12, 2012

NH Explores Drug Use by Hospital Employees in Major Hepatitis C Outbreak

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New Hampshire health officials are still exploring all possibilities for the cause of a hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital. That word came Monday from Dr. Jose Montero, the state’s public health director, who said an investigation into the outbreak remains inconclusive, more than three weeks after the Division of Public Health Services began probing […]

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Tags: BDN Maine, Dr. Jose Montero, Hepatitis C, outbreak


May 24, 2012

Dangerous Gut Bacteria Move Outside Hospitals, Infect Kids

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Mayo Clinic researcher Sahil Khanna and his colleagues have found that children are contracting the disease at ever-higher rates, too. And most of them are being infected outside of hospitals. He presented the findings at the annual Digestive Disease Week medical conference ending today.  Although C. diff infections were first documented in the late 1970s, […]

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Tags: C. diff infections, Digestive Disease Week, Dr. Sahil Khanna, NPR Shots Blog


May 21, 2012

CDC Considering Recommending Hepatitis C Test for Boomers

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It’s a “silent epidemic,” an “unrecognized health crisis,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And it’s affecting 2.1 million baby boomers in the United States. The CDC announced Friday that it is considering recommending Hepatitis C testing for everyone born between 1945 and 1965. Currently the CDC recommends this testing only for […]

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Tags: baby boomers, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CNN, Hepatitis C


May 18, 2012

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

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May 18, 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 relations oestreich.karl@mayo.edu […]

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Tags: ABC News, alzheimer's disease, Chicago Sun-Times, Dr. Farris Timimi, Dr. James Kirkland, Dr. Lyle Joyce, Dr. Ronald Peterson, Dr. Sharonne Hayes, Dr. Thomas Boyce, Dr. Timothy Young, KAAL, KARE11


May 18, 2012

Editorial: Old Disease Needs New Safeguard

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But a whooping cough outbreak in Washington State — as well as alarming increases in whooping cough in Minnesota and Wisconsin — serve as sobering reminders that some of these pathogens still lurk in everyday places and are capable of causing serious illness… ACTION NEEDED “Until we do better vaccinating adolescents and adults, this will […]

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Tags: Dr. Robert Jacobson, pertussis, Star Tribune, whooping cough


May 18, 2012

Whooping Cough Cases on the Rise in Minnesota

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Minnesota health officials say the state is dealing with a rising number of whooping cough cases this year. The Department of Health says in the first five months of 2012, 670 cases of pertussis were confirmed. That’s more than the total number of cases for all of 2011. In the Twin Cities metro, the most […]

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Tags: Department of Health, Dr. Thomas Boyle, pertussis, Post Bulletin, whooping cough


May 17, 2012

Whooping Cough Cases Are on Rise in Minnesota

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Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, is on the rise in Minnesota. It hasn’t reached the point of an official “outbreak” yet, but health providers are asking parents to take steps to immunize themselves and their children. “I do not want to wait until the outbreak is full blown before taking action,” Dr. Thomas Boyce, […]

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Tags: Dr. Thomas Boyce, KARE11, pertussis, whooping cough


May 14, 2012

Former Mayo Clinic Employee Pleads Guilty to Spreading Hepatitis

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A former radiology technician at the Mayo Clinic who caused a hepatitis C outbreak by swapping patients’ syringes and led to one person’s death has pleaded guilty to 10 crimes. Steven Beumel of Orange Park was arrested a year ago after being indicted by a federal grand jury. He faced one count of tampering with […]

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Tags: Florida Times-Union, hepatitis C outbreak, Steven Beumel


May 1, 2012

Robotic Surgery Is Useful Option for Oral Cancer

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Minimally invasive transoral robotic surgery (TORS), used alone or combined with adjuvant therapy, provides good functional and oncologic outcomes in patients with oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC), new research suggests. The results were especially impressive in patients with human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, which is currently the most common cause of OPSCC in Europe and the […]

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Tags: Dr. Eric J. Moore, HPV, OncLive, OPSCC, transoral robotic surgery


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