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Infections

What Is Epiglottitis? Sarah Silverman's Scary Illness, Explained

The Huffington Post | Abigail Williams | Posted 07.08.2016 | Healthy Living

Comedian Sarah Silverman says she is “lucky to be alive” after a life-threatening case of epiglottitis last week. After visiting the doctor for a ...

Making Peace with Bacteria--for Good Health

Lauren Walker | Posted 06.03.2016 | Science
Lauren Walker

With the recent confirmation of the first U.S. case of truly antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection, public health officials' concerns regarding ove...

Could Infections Cause Alzheimer's?

Health.com | Posted 05.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Health.com

A study published this week in the journal Science Translational Medicine suggests that the plaques -- made of a protein called amyloid beta -- may actually have a role after all, possibly in fighting off infection, and that Alzheimer's may be an unwelcome result of this legitimate purpose.

Messing With Your Immune System: Another Reason to Protect Yourself From the Sun

Adam Friedman, MD FAAD | Posted 04.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Adam Friedman, MD FAAD

I get that it is hard to wrap your head around the long term effects of UVR exposure, such as wrinkles and skin cancer, especially for younger generations. But is it really that difficult to consider the immediate effects and impact from this immune suppression and resulting illness?

Get Tested for Sexually-Transmitted Infections

Brandon Brown | Posted 04.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Brandon Brown

April is STD Awareness Month. The new term for STD is STI -- sexually transmitted infection -- to focus on the infection rather than the disease it could lead to. One way to mark the occasion is to get tested for HIV and thus help eradicate the stigma.

Far Too Many Endoscope-Related Infections

Michael D. Shaw | Posted 04.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael D. Shaw

We're hearing these stories way too often: Based on information gleaned from a MAUDE Adverse Event Report filed in January, eight patients were infected with E. coli following an endoscopic procedure. Two of the patients died.

C-Section Infection Risks and How to Avoid Them

Phyllis Greenberger | Posted 03.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Phyllis Greenberger

In the busy, challenging days after childbirth, it is critical that a mother is able to heal and recover as quickly as possible in order to care for her new baby.

Tiny Quantum Dots May Spell Doom For Deadly Superbug Infections

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 01.20.2016 | Science

Does nanotechnology hold the key to stopping antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the deadly infections they cause? Scientists in Colorado think it just ...

No Z-Pak for You!*

Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS

Don't get me wrong. Antibiotics are great. But our use of antibiotics -- often overuse, misuse or unnecessary use -- has contributed to antibiotic resistance. It is a global public health emergency.

Scientists Concerned About Use Of Antibiotics To Treat MRSA Superbug

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.13.2015 | Science

The antibiotic most commonly used to treat MRSA may actually make the infection worse, a new study finds. The bacterium Staphylococcus aureus -- known...

Surgical Infections: Evolving Solutions

Kevin R. Stone, M.D. | Posted 10.01.2015 | Science
Kevin R. Stone, M.D.

This is a question your surgeon never wants to hear, much less have to answer. Why? Because no one knows the answer for sure. Here's why, and what to do if infection happens.

How to Stop Your Body From Attacking Itself

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 09.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

The immune system is your body's first line of defense against illness. It sends out cells to destroy invaders like bacteria and viruses. But for some people, this system turns on them, attacking healthy tissues and organs.

Sleep May Be One Of Our Most Powerful 'Antibiotics'

Rakesh Bhattacharjee | Posted 09.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Rakesh Bhattacharjee

The evidence thus far seems to strongly suggest that inadequate sleep duration increases the likelihood of becoming ill following an infection and hinders our body's ability to fight infection. Conversely, getting enough sleep may be one of our most powerful antibiotics to keep us healthy.

All Too Often, Going To The Hospital Makes You Sicker

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 07.29.2015 | Healthy Living

The next time you have to undergo an operation or give birth, you might want to check and see if your hospital has a reputation for making their patie...

Ebola Is Not Over and It's Proving Hard to Beat

Christos Stylianides | Posted 07.09.2016 | Politics
Christos Stylianides

Today in New York the world is coming together to pledge resources for the recovery of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. And this is support they need urgently. But it will also be an occasion to sound the alarm bell that the emergency response to the epidemic must not wane now.

Severe Infections In Childhood Linked To Lower IQ

Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living

By: Julia Calderone Published: May 22, 2015 11:16am ET on LiveScience. People who have had an infection that made them so sick they had to be ...

What We Should Do About Fears of Germs on the Subway

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

"They're finding bubonic plague on the subway!" a friend recently said to me. "How afraid should I be?" Some subway riders are scared. The discove...

This Will Make You Want To Wash Your Hands And Boil Everything

Posted 03.09.2015 | Healthy Living

Unless you live in a plastic bubble, germs and bacteria are on every surface you touch. Apparently, even washing your hands promises very little prote...

Fixing 'Leaky' Blood Vessels to Combat Severe Respiratory Ailments and, Perhaps, Ebola

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 03.22.2015 | Science
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

New therapies to fix the leakiness of blood vessels in patients suffering from life-threatening illnesses, such as acute respiratory distress syndrome and Ebola virus infections, have the potential to save many lives.

Why My Friends and Family Slut Shamed Me for Contracting an STI

Ed Coffin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ed Coffin

I got the same response from nearly everyone I told. They would all mention something sort of like this: "I'm glad to hear you got treated, but you should really be more careful and use protection."

This Hand Dryer Study Will Have You Saying 'Ewwww'

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 11.21.2014 | Science

In the supermarket, it's paper or plastic. In many public restrooms, it's paper towels or electric hand dryers--and a new study from England adds to a...

Vitamin D vs. Common Cold: And the Winner Is...

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 01.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

Now that winter is basically knocking at our door, many of us will have to face the most common and dreaded disease in America: the common cold. Upper...

In the Time of Ebola, We All Need a Little Robot

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 12.14.2014 | Technology
Sidonie Sawyer

In San Antonio, Texas, there is a company whose fortune should be rising. This manufacturer develops and sells a machine that cleans infected spaces spot on -- kills all germs on every surface, on contact.

The Task of the Modern Psychotherapist

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 12.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

The "good enough" psychotherapist adapts theories to relate and collaborate with clients to support their growth and help examine obstacles that interfere with their constructive goals.

Knowledge About Ebola Empowers Us

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

Oftentimes people do not realize that our fear overwhelms us because ignorance overtakes us. Often, others -- maybe the media -- play on our fears to get our attention about a disease, but do not do a good enough job to educate and empower us.