Mucormycosis / ABC Dophilus

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USA – Mucormycosis, fatal, premature infant, probiotic, recall, alert
November 17, 2014 | ISID [edited]

CDC, FDA, and the Connecticut Department of Public Health are investigating a fatal case of GI [gastrointestinal] mucormycosis in a premature infant of 29 weeks gestation following the use of a probiotic supplement called ABC Dophilus distributed by Solgar, Inc., Leonia, NJ.

Shortly after birth, the infant received a probiotic supplement called ABC Dophilus, distributed by Solgar Inc., as prophylaxis against necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Subsequently, the infant ...

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Effectiveness of Flu Vaccines

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Efficacy and effectiveness of influenza vaccines: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Summary from The Lancet Infectious Diseases 10/17/2014 PDF

Background

No published meta-analyses have assessed efficacy and effectiveness of licensed influenza vaccines in the USA with sensitive and
highly specific diagnostic tests to confirm influenza.

Methods

We searched Medline for randomized controlled trials assessing a relative reduction in influenza risk of all circulating influenza
viruses during individual seasons after vaccination (efficacy) and observational studies meeting inclusion criteria (effectiveness).
Eligible articles were published between ...

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Mediterranean Diet Can Help Reverse Metabolic Syndrome

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OTTAWA, Ontario — October 14, 2014 — For people with metabolic syndrome, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts may help reverse the condition, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Researchers analyzed data from the PREDIMED randomized controlled trial, which included men and women aged 55 to 80 years who were at high risk of heart disease. Participants were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 diets: a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive ...

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Vitamin D and Dementia Link Confirmed

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Link Between Vitamin D and Dementia Risk Confirmed

In the largest study of its kind, researchers suggests that in older people, not getting enough vitamin D may double the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

The study, published in the online edition of the journal Neurology, looked at blood levels of vitamin D, which includes vitamin D from food, supplements, and sun exposure. Dietary vitamin D is found in fatty fish such as salmon, tuna or mackerel, and milk, eggs, and ...

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Obesity, Large Waist Size Risk Factors for COPD

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Obesity, especially excessive belly fat, is a risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Excessive belly fat and low physical activity are linked to progression of the disease in people with COPD, but it is not known whether these modifiable factors are linked to new cases.

Gundula Behrens, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany, and colleagues looked at the relationship of waist and hip circumference, ...

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Extreme Obesity May Shorten Life Expectancy Up to 14 Years

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BETHESDA, Md — Adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at a young age from cancer and many other causes including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney and liver diseases, according to an analysis published inPLOS Medicine.

The study, which pooled data from 20 large studies of people from 3 countries, found that people with class 3 obesity had a dramatic reduction in life expectancy compared with people of normal weight.

“While once a relatively uncommon condition, the prevalence of ...

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Overuse of mobile technology has a growing list of health consequences

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June 15, 2014

Paying the Price for Going Mobile
By Paul Hooper, DC, MPH, MS

I just got back from a trip to the East Coast. On my trip, I spent a fair amount of time in airports, on planes and on trains (sounds like a good movie title). As is not uncommon for me (I’m still a bit old-school), I was amazed at how many people are working while “on the road.” From the individual who uses a cellphone ...

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Adding Insulin to Metformin for Diabetes Associated With Increased Risk of Death

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June 10, 2014

CHICAGO — June 10, 2014 — Among patients with diabetes who were receiving metformin, the addition of insulin compared with a sulfonylurea was associated with an increased risk of non-fatal cardiovascular outcomes and all-cause death, according to a study published in the June 11 issue of JAMA.

The American Diabetes Association and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes recommend that, for patients with preserved kidney function, diabetes treatment begin with metformin and lifestyle changes to ...

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Reality Check-up : 9 Myths of Back Pain

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A July 2012 survey of NASS members revealed the top nine myths their patients believe about back pain and its treatments.

Read PDF: 9-myths_back-pain

PDF Topics ..

Myth 1: Exercise causes back pain.
Myth 2: Surgery will cure back pain completely.
Myth 3: If I have spine surgery, I’ll have to keep having spine surgery the rest of my life.
Myth 4: Spine surgery has too many risks, including paralysis.
Myth 5: Bed rest is the best cure for back pain.
Myth ...

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The First Two Steps Towards Fitness for Men and Women

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Guest contributor : Mark M Fera

This article isn’t going to be a step by step plan of what to eat and how to exercise to look and feel better. Rather, it’ll simply place you on the path where you can achieve such things.

But a better looking you is not why I wrote this anyway. The emotional reasons for writing this article are beyond what I care to own publicly and I’ll just settle on my desire for all ...

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