Study finds cattle as possible source of human leptospirosis in Africa

The bacterial infection leptospirosis is increasingly recognized as an important cause of fever in Africa. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have analyzed the major risk factors for contracting leptospirosis and discovered that rice and cattle farming are associated with acute infection. Cattle, a possible source of human leptospirosis in northern Tanzania, cross […]

What happens during a pelvic exam?

What is the procedure and why is it done? Why have a pelvic exam? What happens during the exam? Pelvic exam procedure After the pelvic exam Pelvic exams during pregnancy How often should you get one? Takeaway A pelvic exam involves physically and visually examining the female reproductive and sexual organs. It allows a doctor […]

Treating silent malaria cases could help stop spread of disease, shows study

In regions where malaria illness is widespread, it is common to find many individuals who are infected with malaria parasites (Plasmodium falciparum), but without symptoms. New research conducted by the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) shows that treating these silent malaria cases could help stop the spread of malaria to others. UMSOM researchers […]

Cattle may spread leptospirosis in Africa, study suggests

The bacterial infection leptospirosis is increasingly recognized as an important cause of fever in Africa. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have analyzed the major risk factors for contracting leptospirosis and discovered that rice and cattle farming are associated with acute infection. Leptospirosis, caused by bacteria of the genus Leptospira, causes a wide […]

Think Twice About Tonsil, Adenoid Removal

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 — Having tonsils removed in childhood is supposed to end chronic earaches and breathing problems. But what if it also increases risk of respiratory infections? “We found that long-term risks of diseases — in particular respiratory, allergic and infectious diseases — were substantially increased after surgery up to 30 years of […]

Tonsil and adenoid removal increases long-term risk of respiratory, allergic and infectious diseases

Tonsil and adenoid removal associated with long-term risks of respiratory, allergic and infectious diseases Removing tonsils and adenoids in childhood increases the long-term risk of respiratory, allergic and infectious diseases, according to researchers who have examined – for the first time – the long-term effects of the operations. The researchers suggest renewed evaluation of alternatives […]

Tonsil and adenoid removal associated with respiratory, allergic and infectious disease

Tonsillectomy was associated with an almost tripled relative risk for diseases of the upper respiratory tract. Credit: © ibreakstock / Fotolia Tonsillectomy was associated with an almost tripled relative risk for diseases of the upper respiratory tract. Credit: © ibreakstock / Fotolia Close Tonsil and adenoid removal associated with long-term risks of respiratory, allergic and […]