June 24, 2011

Same As German Strain

1 Deadly E.Coli Strain Found in France

The deadly German E.coli strain that is responsible for the deaths of 45 people has resurfaced in France, sickening eight people who ate contaminated sprouts. While French officials have not linked the German and French incidents, US officials say there may be a common supplier of contaminated seeds and that if those seeds are still being sold, future outbreaks may occur. The German outbreak sickened more than 3800 people, all of whom lived in or had traveled in Germany. “If there’s no linear connection from the first outbreak, then the simplest and the most ominous explanation is there’s an upstream source and that’s very concerning because that stuff could still be being distributed,” said Dr. Phillip Tarr, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.

More at NYTimes.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Sprouts Cause of Europe's E. Coli Outbreak?

Tags: Contaminated Sprouts, E. Coli, Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Phillip Tarr, Deadly Sprouts

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15-Year Improvement

2 People with Type 1 Diabetes Living Longer

People with type 1 diabetes are living longer. Researchers found that study participants diagnosed with type 1 diabetes between the years 1965 and 1980 had a life expectancy of 68.8 years, a 15-year improvement compared with people diagnosed between 1950 and 1964. The improvement is especially remarkable considering that the life expectancy of the general U.S. population increased by less then one year during the same period. Both men and women with type 1 diabetes, formerly known as juvenile diabetes, enjoyed the 15-year improvement in life expectancy, say researchers.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Study Looks at New Way of Treating Diabetes

Tags: Type 1 Diabetes, Life Expectancy Diabetes, Pittsburgh Epidemiology of Diabetes Complications, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

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Lowest Dose Necessary

3 Anemia Drugs Risky in Renal Failure Patients

FDA officials are warning that the drugs Procrit, Aranesp and Epogen, all developed by Amgen Inc., that treat anemia by stimulating red blood cell production should be given at lower than normal doses in patients with kidney failure. It was originally thought that using high doses would lower the risk of heart attack and stroke and other cardiovascular problems but results from a study conducted in 2009 suggested otherwise. The dose is given based on what will keep an individual’s hemoglobin (HgB) within a certain range which according to previous labels was between 10 and 12 grams per deciliter (gm/dL). They have been revised to state that they should be given when HgB levels falls below 10 gm/dL so that patients receive the lowest dose necessary to avoid a blood transfusion.

More at Yahoo! AP | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Pomegranate Juice May Help Kidney Patients

Tags: Anemia, FDA, Heart Attack Risk Factors, Hemoglobin, Kidney Failure, Stroke Risk Factors, Amgen Inc., Hemoglobin Levels, Anemia Drugs, Procrit, Aranesp, Epogen, Anemia and Kidney Failure, Anemia Drugs in Kidney Failure Patients, Renal Failure, Cardiovascular Problems

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