diseases

Caleb Zigelbauer from Florida fights a deadly brain-eating amoeba

The Florida teenager who is fighting for his life after being infected with a rare brain-eating amoeba has already beaten the odds by surviving a month. The median time to survive infection with Naegleria fowleri, the scientific name for the amoeba, is just five days, and the disease it causes, primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, is fatal …

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The discovery of a deadly bacteria in the soil and waters of the Gulf of Mississippi coast

A deadly bacteria has been found in soil and water on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control announced Wednesday. Bacteria, Burkholderia pseudomallei or B. pseudomallei, can cause chlamydial disease, which is fatal in 10-50% of cases. This was the first time this bacteria had been found in the United States. …

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Oldest patient so far cured of HIV after stem cell transplant: Researchers

The oldest patient to date has been cured of HIV after undergoing a stem cell transplant for leukemia, researchers reported on Wednesday. While the transplant was planned to treat the now 66-year-old’s leukemia, doctors also sought a donor that is naturally resistant to the virus that causes AIDS, a mechanism that initially worked for the …

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Warning signs and what to look for

Global health experts are baffled by the recent onslaught of childhood liver disease, warning of the discovery of mysterious outbreaks of hepatitis in children in the United States, Europe and Asia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a nationwide health alert last week that previously healthy children suddenly developed hepatitis, or hepatitis, caused …

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