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Flying Insects in Hospitals Carry ‘Superbug’ Germs

Many flies and flying insects in hospitals carry bacteria that could pose an infection risk to patients, and more than half of them carry the types that resist antibiotics, a new study says. British researchers used ultraviolet-light flytraps, electronic fly killers and sticky traps to collect nearly 20,000 flies, aphids, ants, wasps, bees and moths at seven hospitals in England over 18 months, and found that almost 9 in 10 insects had potentially harmful bacteria on or in their bodies. A total of 86 bacterial strains were found in the insects. Enterobacteriaceae -- a family that includes E. coli and Salmonella -- were the...

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Johnson & Johnson Will Pay $1 Billion to Settle Hip Implant Lawsuits

In the mid 2000’s, metal-on-metal hip implants were introduced, and manufacturers claimed they were medical breakthroughs that would last much longer than traditional hip replacements and would allow patients to lead more active lives. Unlike prior implants that used hard plastic, ceramic, or stainless steel components, metal-on-metal implants used advanced metals including cobalt, chromium, and titanium for all major parts, and they would simply outperform all the implants that had come before them. This groundbreaking technology turned out to be more harmful than beneficial to many people because as the implant’s metal parts grind together under normal use, they produce tiny...

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Leaking Breast Implants Leave Women Fighting Infections, Insurers

Insurers can deny coverage for treatment related to infections caused by breast implants, causing a budding advocacy movement. “The insurers use the fact that there’s no true medical definition for breast implant illness as an opportunity to try not to pay for it,” said Scot Glasberg, a former president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Women who have suffered from breast implant illness are asking the FDA for help, but the agency can’t do much when it comes to insurance coverage. Leaking implants can cause a variety of illnesses, but women who need them removed face a series of obstacles from...

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Superbug Fungus Sickens More Than 300 In New York State

There is concern from the Centers for Disease Control following an outbreak of a potentially deadly drug-resistant germ in area hospitals. More than 300 cases have been reported in New York. Candida auris, a yeast fungus, was only discovered in 2009 but has quickly spread globally. When it comes to the United States and here in our area, the CDC says New York has 309 confirmed cases, New Jersey has 104 confirmed cases and Connecticut has one. The CDC says Candida auris is a problem because: * It can cause bloodstream infections, wound infections, ear infections. * It can kill you. * It is often resistant to...

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NY State Budget Cuts City Public Health Funding by $59M

The state's $175.5 billion budget includes a $59 million cut to public health funding for the city Health Department, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday. The budget lowered the state's reimbursement for health services provided by the city to a minimum of 20%, compared with 36% for all other municipalities statewide. De Blasio said the funding is used for newborn home visits; clinics that treat STDs, HIV and tuberculosis; and public health response services that have been used for Legionnaires' disease, West Nile and Zika. It is also used to combat opioid addiction and test updated vaccines for diseases such as measles and...

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