Norovirus confirmed after 100 college students fall ill

Health officials have confirmed that norovirus sickened about 100 students at Western Connecticut State University and prompted the school to close for the day for disinfecting. State Department of Public Health officials said Monday that testing confirmed norovirus, which is a highly contagious bug that causes diarrhea, nausea, muscle pain, vomiting and other symptoms. University officials said both campuses in […]

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Study reveals large differences in drug prescriptions for newborns between NICUs

Little is known concerning how extensively drugs are prescribed to newborns in different neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). A new British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology study of nearly 1,500 newborns admitted during 12 months to four different NICUs in The Netherlands found that drug use varies widely. Cardiovascular and nervous system drugs were most often prescribed off-label in relation to […]

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Asthma and hay fever linked to increased risk of psychiatric disorders

Patients with asthma and hay fever have an increased risk of developing psychiatric disorders, finds a new study published in open-access journal Frontiers in Psychiatry. Almost 11% of patients with common allergic diseases developed a psychiatric disorder within a 15-year period, compared to only 6.7% of those without – a 1.66-fold increased risk. While previous studies have linked allergies with […]

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Stories of child patients in early NHS unearthed

A University of Manchester historian is to highlight the untold experiences of children who were admitted to hospital in the early years of the NHS. In a special lecture on April 24 supported by the NHS Confederation—marking the NHS’s 70th anniversary of the launch of the National Health Service—Dr. Stephanie Snow will explore the human stories which define the NHS […]

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A study links soil metals with cancer mortality

Spanish epidemiologists and geologists have found associations between esophageal cancer and soils where lead is abundant. Lung cancer has been associated with high copper content in soil; brain tumors are linked with areas rich in arsenic, and bladder cancer is associated with high cadmium levels. These statistical links do not indicate that there is a cause-effect relationship between soil type […]

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Shorter courses of prostate cancer radiotherapy are safe and effective

Radiotherapy given in high doses over a shorter period of time is safe and effective for prostate cancer patients, according to research presented at the ESTRO 37 conference today. The treatment, called ultrahypofractionated radiotherapy, involves hospital treatment every other day for two and half weeks, compared to every week day for eight weeks for standard radiotherapy. Researchers say this method […]

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Researchers describe role of novel mutations in fosfomycin resistance

Researchers identified novel chromosomal mutations and described their role in the development of resistance of Escherichia coli (E. coli) to broad-spectrum antibiotic fosfomycin, according to research presented at the 28th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID). Researchers from France studied the genetic basis of fosfomycin resistance in a panel of E. coli isolates and found that certain […]

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Liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes still a danger to children despite recent decline in exposures

A new study published online today by Pediatrics and conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that there were more than 8,200 calls to US poison centers regarding exposures to liquid nicotine and e-cigarettes among children younger than 6 years of age from January 2012 through April […]

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