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Rare double infection of flesh-eating bacteria puts man in coma

Flesh-eating-bacteria infections are rare, but double flesh-eating-bacteria infections are even less common. The case of a man who developed two simultaneous infections of necrotizing fasciitis, as the condition is properly called, illustrates how sneaky these devastating infections can be, according to the report of his case. An infection in two areas of the body only complicates an already-complicated diagnosis, surgeons ...

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VA doctor: I was punished for speaking out

(CBS News) Veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder will be getting much-needed help. This week, the Department of Veterans Affairs said it has hired more than a thousand new specialists on orders from President Obama. It might not have happened if a VA doctor had not sounded an alarm. But now that psychologist says she’s being punished. “It did ...

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Michigan woman reportedly gives birth the day she finds out she's pregnant

A Michigan woman who went to the doctors because she thought she had a hernia went home with something completely unexpected — a baby. 10-pound, 1-ounce Kimberly Kay Ackley was born on Feb. 8 to Linda and Mike Ackley. She’s the first child for the couple who have been married for 24 years, the Jackson Citizen Patriot in Jackson, Mich. ...

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Monster to label caffeine content on energy drinks

Monster Beverage Corp. will change labeling on its cans so that its energy drinks will no longer be considered dietary supplements. This move requires different labeling rules under Food and Drug Administration guidelines, including the notable addition of the drink’s caffeine content. Play Video Report: Energy drink-related ER visits doubled in 4 years Monster’s CEO told the industry tracker Beverage ...

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Drug-resistant gonorrhea on the rise, CDC claims

New guidance from the CDC suggests the number of treatment-resistant infections to the once curable disease are on the rise, according to research published Feb. 14 in the agency’s journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report. Gonorrhea is the second-most commonly reported STD in the U.S., according to the CDC. It is caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium, and has been ...

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CDC: 110 million STDs among U.S. men and women

With Valentine’s Day here, new reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spotlight an unhealthy and dangerous side of romance: Sexually transmitted diseases. Two studies released by the CDC this week show surges in rates of STDs — or STIs (“I” for infections) — across the United States in addition to troubling reports of treatment-resistant gonorrhea appearing in ...

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Synthetic marijuana linked to kidney damage

Some people may consider smoking synthetic marijuana be a more harmless alternative, but researchers are warning that it may take a toll on their kidneys. Play Video Synthetic Marijuana: The Legal High Four case studies have linked the marijuana-alternative drug to kidney damage. The findings appeared in the March 2013 print edition of the Clinical Journal of the American Society ...

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