Review Category : Health

Warm Weather Brings Rare ‘Flesh-Eating’ Bacteria to Florida Beaches

FotoMak/iStock/Thinkstock(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — A potentially deadly bacteria that thrives in warm saltwater has infected at least seven people and killed two so far this year in Florida, a state health official said Wednesday.

“People can get infected with Vibrio vulnificus when they eat raw shellfish,” Florida Health Department spokeswoman Mara Burger said in a statement on Wednesday. “Since it is naturally found in warm marine waters, people with open wounds can be exposed to Vibrio vulnificus through direct contact with seawater.”

The bacteria are particularly prevalent in the summer and grow the fastest between the temperatures of 68 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, health officials said, noting that most cases happen between May and October.

There were 32 reported cases of people infected by the bacteria last year in Florida, including seven deaths, according to the state Health Department.

If consumed, the bacteria can cause gastroenteritis and in rare cases it can lead to septicemia, or an infection of the blood. If the bacteria infects the body through an open wound, the injury can become necrotic and amputations may become necessary to save a patient’s life, experts said. Other symptoms can be lesions or cellulitis, which is a bacterial infection beneath the skin.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following precautions to avoid Vibrio vulnificus infections:

  • Avoid exposing open wounds to warm saltwater, brackish water or to raw shellfish
  • Wear protective clothing when handling raw shellfish
  • Cook shellfish thoroughly and avoid food contamination with juices from raw seafood
  • Eat shellfish promptly after cooking and refrigerate leftovers

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New App Aims to Pick Your Perfect Beer Through DNA Analysis

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — “Normally you take DNA out of some species such as cats, tigers and cows, and you look at how similar the DNA is. The cat is much closer on the tree to a tiger than a cow. So if you like a cat, chances are you also like a tiger. And we want to do the same with beers.”

That’s the goal of Swiss scientist Gianpaolo Rando: To create a beer genome tree that will help people better figure out what beer to drink.

Rando got the idea out of having too many choices at Switzerland’s more than 500 microbreweries. With craft beer lists getting longer and more obscure, how does one know what to pick? You can have probable success picking a wheat beer if you know you enjoyed that style in the past, but there are so many factors in play that it’s not a guarantee.

Rando wants to change that by analyzing the DNA of as many beer varieties as possible — 1,000 to start — and saying for sure that since these are the genes, it’s similar to this, this and this beer.

“When microbreweries do their beer, there are thousands of different yeasts they can choose, 200 or more hops, the grains are more limited, but if you just do the combination there are thousands of different beer possibilities,” he explained. “So the idea is to get inside into the biochemical composition of beers, and now we can identify them. If you like one beer, you could just see on the tree what is closer to what you already like, and you have maybe high confidence to choose something you like.”

Rando and his team have so far decoded 50 beers, and are raising money on Kickstarter to fund more. They hope to turn the project, which they’re calling BeerDeCoded, into an app so people anywhere could access and use to order the perfect beer.

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Scientists Find Link Between Birth Month and Risk for Disease

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Your birth month may be a contributing factor to your long term health.

Scientists at Columbia University have found a correlation between a person’s birth month and the risk for disease, according to a new study published in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association.

Using a mathematical algorithm, researchers were able to sift through the medical records of 1.7 million patients at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Their data found 55 diseases linked to specific months or seasons.

For example, a person born in July or October may be most at risk for asthma. Similarly, babies born in November showed an increased risk for developing attention defecit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). And overall, people born in May had the lowest risk for disease, while those born in October had the highest.

However, researchers do point out that these associations are minor when compared to the effects of factors like a healthy diet and exercise. Your overall health is as much a function of your lifestyle as any association with a season or birth month.

“This data could help scientists uncover new disease risk factors,” said Nicholas Tatonetti, a senior author of the study and assistant professor at CU’s Medical Center.

Researchers now plan to replicate this study on a wider scale, incorporating data from other parts of the U.S. and the world.

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Baby Delivered by Brain-Dead Mother on Life Support for 54 Days Leaves Hospital

Methodist Health Systems(OMAHA, Neb.) — The baby who was born to a brain-dead woman on life support has finally left the hospital and is now in his new home with his maternal grandparents in Waterloo, Nebraska.

Angel Perez was delivered via Caesarean section April 4, 54 days after his mother, Karla Perez, was declared brain dead, Methodist Women’s Hospital in Omaha said in a statement.

Perez, 22, who was already a mother of one and pregnant with her second child, complained of a headache in early February, collapsed in her home and was found to have suffered a brain hemorrhage, the hospital told ABC News Wednesday in a statement.

“It was then that we had decisions to make,” Dr. Andrew Robertson of Methodist Women’s Hospital Perinatal Center said. “Karla’s baby was fine, but its gestational age was too young to consider delivery. That’s when the team and Karla’s family agreed to attempt to provide somatic support and maintain Karla’s pregnancy until her baby reached a viable gestational age.”

Perez became the first person on record in the United States, since 1999, whose body was kept alive to have her pregnancy maintained, according to the hospital.

On April 4, 54 days after Perez was declared brain-dead, her status was declining and the medical team decided to deliver her infant, the hospital said.

Baby Angel arrived at 11:47 a.m. at 30 weeks and three days, doctors said, adding that he only weighed 2 pounds 12.6 ounces.

“Angel’s first cry was bittersweet – it meant he was alive, but Karla was gone,” the hospital wrote. The deceased young mother was confirmed dead April 6, and her organs were donated April 9.

“Not only does Karla’s legacy live on through Angel, but also through the four individuals who benefited from her liver, two kidneys and her heart,” the hospital said.

After months in the neonatal intensive care unit, Angel gained 4 pounds and was found healthy enough to go home Tuesday, the hospital announced.

Angel is staying with his maternal grandparents, Modesto and Berta Jimenez, the hospital added.

“Our team took a giant leap of faith,” said Sue Korth, vice president and COO of Methodist Women’s Hospital. “We were attempting something that not many before us have been able to do. I couldn’t be more proud of our medical team and the more than 100 staff who were a part of her care. Karla’s loss of life was difficult, but the legacy she has left behind is remarkable.”


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Sunburned Dolls Preach the Power of Sunscreen

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you’re a parent, you know how tough it can be to convince your darling little hard-headed bundles of joy to apply sunscreen before heading into the water this summer.  Now there’s a doll to help.

The advertising agency FCB Brazil has created Nivea Dolls, an educational toy that turns red when exposed to the sun too long.

The doll was created with a special plastic designed to show kids first-hand how quickly they can get a painful sunburn. Once sunscreen is applied, the color fades from red to a flesh color.

Although there are no plans to mass market the dolls for public consumption, the company has released an instructional video, filmed on the beach in Rio De Janeiro, to share its message of skin protection.

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Baby Delivered by Brain-Dead Mother on Life Support for 54 Days Leaves Hospital

Methodist Health Systems(OMAHA, Neb.) — The baby who was born to a brain-dead woman on life support has finally left the hospital and is now in his new home with his maternal grandparents in Waterloo, Nebraska.

Angel Perez was delivered via Caesarean section April 4, 54 days after his mother, Karla Perez, was declared brain dead, Methodist Women’s Hospital in Omaha said in a statement.

Perez, 22, who was already a mother of one and pregnant with her second child, complained of a headache in early February, collapsed in her home and was found to have suffered a brain hemorrhage, the hospital told ABC News Wednesday in a statement.

“It was then that we had decisions to make,” Dr. Andrew Robertson of Methodist Women’s Hospital Perinatal Center said. “Karla’s baby was fine, but its gestational age was too young to consider delivery. That’s when the team and Karla’s family agreed to attempt to provide somatic support and maintain Karla’s pregnancy until her baby reached a viable gestational age.”

Perez became the first person on record in the United States, since 1999, whose body was kept alive to have her pregnancy maintained, according to the hospital.

On April 4, 54 days after Perez was declared brain-dead, her status was declining and the medical team decided to deliver her infant, the hospital said.

Baby Angel arrived at 11:47 a.m. at 30 weeks and three days, doctors said, adding that he only weighed 2 pounds 12.6 ounces.

“Angel’s first cry was bittersweet – it meant he was alive, but Karla was gone,” the hospital wrote. The deceased young mother was confirmed dead April 6, and her organs were donated April 9.

“Not only does Karla’s legacy live on through Angel, but also through the four individuals who benefited from her liver, two kidneys and her heart,” the hospital said.

After months in the neonatal intensive care unit, Angel gained 4 pounds and was found healthy enough to go home Tuesday, the hospital announced.

Angel is staying with his maternal grandparents, Modesto and Berta Jimenez, the hospital added.

“Our team took a giant leap of faith,” said Sue Korth, vice president and COO of Methodist Women’s Hospital. “We were attempting something that not many before us have been able to do. I couldn’t be more proud of our medical team and the more than 100 staff who were a part of her care. Karla’s loss of life was difficult, but the legacy she has left behind is remarkable.”

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First All-Girl Quintuplets Ever Born in US Start to Head Home

ABC News(HOUSTON) — The Busby household in Texas is about to get a lot busier.

The first two of the family’s all-girl quintuplets have been released from the hospital and the remaining three are expected to be home by the end of next week.

“Two down, three more Princesses to go! Our hearts are full… and so is our car,” the girls’ parents, Danielle and Adam Busby, posted along with a photo on their Facebook page Tuesday.

The Busby quintuplets — Olivia Marie, Ava Lane, Hazel Grace, Parker Kate and Riley Paige – were born at 28 weeks on April 8, 2015. They made history as the first all-girl quintuplets ever born in the U.S.

“Everything we are doing now is almost not a big deal,” Adam Busby told ABC News, referring to the fact that only two of the five babies – Parker and Hazel – are home. “We are very excited to have all the babies home.”

The baby’s mom, Danielle, echoed her husband in a June 1st post on the family’s blog, once they got word from the hospital that their daughters were strong enough to be discharged.

“My little heart is so full of joy and excitement that I think the ‘reality’ of having five babies home hasn’t really ‘scared’ me,” Danielle Busby wrote on ItsABuzzWorld.com. “There is nothing more that we want than to have our big ‘ol family.. all EIGHT of us.. together under one roof …. one small roof that is, lol.”

The Busbys, who also have a 4-year-old daughter, Blayke, said at the time of the quintuplets’ birth they were trying to figure out the logistics of welcoming five new family members into their three-bedroom house (not to mention changing fifty diapers a day and at least 40 bottles).

Adam Busby works full-time outside of the home and plans to take a week of vacation the first week that all five babies are home. In addition, the family is planning to rely on friends and family for help.

“We have a list of people who have already offered us to help,” Adam told ABC News.

The babies’ delivery by C-section at Woman’s Hospital of Texas in April took just four minutes.

All the girls were healthy, ranging from two pounds and 13.4 inches (Hazel Grace) to 2 pounds, 6 ounces and 14.4 inches (Olivia Marie.) Shortly after their birth, doctors discovered they all had heart murmurs, but the couple said at the time the malady could be treated with medication.

The girls have remained in the NICU until now because they were born as preemies and well before their June 29, 2015, due date. Each of the quintuplets must go five days without any issues – such as a drop in heart rate or acid reflux – in order to be discharged, Adam told ABC News.

After just one night at home, Hazel and Parker’s dad says they have already noticed a distinct personality in each girl.

“It’s funny because Parker is very mellow while Hazel has a bit of an attitude,” Adam told ABC News.

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Warm Weather Brings Rare ‘Flesh-Eating’ Bacteria to Florida Beaches

FotoMak/iStock/Thinkstock(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — A potentially deadly bacteria that thrives in warm saltwater has infected at least seven people and killed two so far this year in Florida, a state health official said Wednesday.

“People can get infected with Vibrio vulnificus when they eat raw shellfish,” Florida Health Department spokeswoman Mara Burger said in a statement on Wednesday. “Since it is naturally found in warm marine waters, people with open wounds can be exposed to Vibrio vulnificus through direct contact with seawater.”

The bacteria are particularly prevalent in the summer and grow the fastest between the temperatures of 68 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, health officials said, noting that most cases happen between May and October.

There were 32 reported cases of people infected by the bacteria last year in Florida, including seven deaths, according to the state Health Department.

If consumed, the bacteria can cause gastroenteritis and in rare cases it can lead to septicemia, or an infection of the blood. If the bacteria infects the body through an open wound, the injury can become necrotic and amputations may become necessary to save a patient’s life, experts said. Other symptoms can be lesions or cellulitis, which is a bacterial infection beneath the skin.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following precautions to avoid Vibrio vulnificus infections:

  • Avoid exposing open wounds to warm saltwater, brackish water or to raw shellfish
  • Wear protective clothing when handling raw shellfish
  • Cook shellfish thoroughly and avoid food contamination with juices from raw seafood
  • Eat shellfish promptly after cooking and refrigerate leftovers

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Florida Man Proposes to Girlfriend on Her Last Day of Chemotherapy

2p2play/iStock/Thinkstock(BOCA RATON, Fla.) — “She said YES!!!!” Lucas D’Onofrio wrote in a Facebook post after proposing to girlfriend Tamara Bruzzo.

Bruzzo, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in February, received the best surprise of all on the day of her last chemotherapy treatment in Boca Raton, Florida: a surprise proposal.

“It was something I knew would make her really happy at the end of everything,” D’Onfrio told ABC News.

D’Onofrio, 24, had nurses, friends and family help him set up a room at Boca Raton Regional Hospital complete with roses, candles and fireworks.

“I had about three months after I decided I wanted to propose on the day of her last chemo session,” he said. “Little by little I thought of ideas. She had no idea it was coming.”

What D’Onofrio didn’t expect was the attention the video would receive.

“I just put it up on Facebook and YouTube for friends and family,” he said. “I was very surprised it got so much attention, but I think it made it even more special for Tamara.”

Bruzzo, 21, is being released from the hospital today and will receive a PET scan next week, which is when doctors hope to give her the all clear.

“I just wanted to do something nice and romantic for her last chemo session and I think it worked out really well.”

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Texas Mom, 92, Finally Adopts Daughter, 76, After 6 Decades of Waiting

WFAA-TV(DALLAS) — After 60 years of referring to one another as mother and daughter, Muriel Clayton, 92, said her dream has finally come true now that she has legally adopted Mary Smith, her first cousin whom she’s raised since she was 11 years old.

“It’s not going to change anything except each one of my daughters were so thrilled,” Clayton, of Dallas, told ABC News. “They said it was beautiful. They love Mary and Mary loves them. We’ve always been a close family and this will just be the icing on the cake.”

Smith, now 76, was taken under Clayton’s wing at the age of 14 after her father died, joining Clayton’s husband and four daughters in the household.

“Her mother was ill in an institution and thought she would be well enough to take care of her child, but she wasn’t,” Clayton said. “Mary’s father had a massive heart attack when he was 45 years old.”

Out of respect for Smith’s mother, who died at the age of 73, Clayton said she held off on the adoption process.

More than 60 years later, Clayton, who got the go-ahead from Smith, researched how to make their dream official.

“It took two weeks and I filed with my grandson,” Clayton said. “He said, ‘This is my grandmother and she’s trying to adopt my mother. I said, ‘You better not say that. They will look at us like we’re in the funny farm.'”

On June 9, the women went down to Dallas County Court, where they legally became mother and daughter.

“She has always been my daughter and has always called me mother,” Clayton said. “We are very close. She has children and I’ve always been granny to them.”

“I guess when I got older I needed to put the rest of the puzzle together — for me and for her also, of course,” she added. “She [Smith] was the only piece missing.”

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