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How Pneumonia Bacteria Can Compromise Heart Health

Microlesions (indicated by circles) in the heart of a mouse 30 hours after induction of invasive pneumococcal disease.
Source: Orihuela et al.

Bacterial pneumonia in adults carries an elevated risk for adverse cardiac events (such as heart failure, arrhythmias, and heart attacks) that contribute substantially to mortality — but how the heart is compromised has been unclear. A study published on in PLOS Pathogens now demonstrates that Streptococcus pneumoniae, the bacterium responsible for most cases of bacterial [...]

Take Your Best Shot At Avoiding The Flu This Season

Getting your annual flu shot from your physician affords an opportunity for an overall health checkup, says Jorge Parada, MD, medical director of infectious disease at Loyola University Health System. Source: Loyola University

Everyone knows that the best way to avoid the flu is by getting an annual flu shot. But a trip to your physician every autumn for the vaccination can help you avoid much more than the dreaded flu bug. “At the doctor’s office, the focus is on you and what is going on with your [...]

What Is Enterovirus D68?

Saul Hymes, MD
Source: Stony Brook University

A respiratory virus that has sent hundreds of children to hospitals in Missouri is causing alarm across the Midwest and beyond. So far, ten states have contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for help investigating clusters of the virus that’s being blamed for the illness. Although health officials say they’re still figuring out [...]

Breath Temperature Test Could Identify Lung Cancer

The temperature of exhaled breath could be used to diagnose lung cancer.
Source: European Lung Foundation

The research, presented at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress in Munich today (8 September 2013), suggests that testing the temperature of breath could be a simple and noninvasive method to either confirm or reject the presence of lung cancer. Many research teams have been looking at the possibility of using breath tests for [...]

Mandatory Policy Boosts Flu Vaccination Rates Among Healthcare Workers

Allison Weinmann, MD, a Henry Ford Hospital Infectious Diseases physician and study co-author. Source: Henry Ford Hospital

Hospitals can greatly improve their flu vaccination rate among health care workers by using a mandatory employee vaccination policy, according to a Henry Ford Health System study. Citing its own data, Henry Ford researchers say the health system achieved employee vaccination rates of 99% in the first two years of its mandatory policy, in which [...]