Showing posts from September, 2018

New born syphilis on the rise sparking concerns

Congenital syphilis or new born syphilis occurs in the new born baby when the mother is affected with the syphilis bacteria during pregnancy or delivery and passes it on to her baby. A new report that was released this Tuesday (25th September 2018) by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that showed that in the US, the numbers of these new born syphilis cases have doubled since 2013.

According to the CDC report, the infection is passed on to the baby in 80 percent of cases where the mother is infected. This can cause death or still birth in the baby in nearly 40 percent of the pregnancies. The report states that in 2013 the number of cases were 362 that jumped to 918 in 2017. Nearly 7 in 10 of these cases come from five states - Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana and Texas. Louisiana leaded the rest with 93.4 cases for every 100,000 births. Western and Southern states are most commonly affected among the 32 states from where reports have emerged. The report says…

STD rates are skyrocketing in USA

According to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week, nearly 2.3 million sexually transmitted diseases (STD) cases were diagnosed in the country in 2017. This is by far the highest the country has ever faced, says the agency. The numbers were 200,000 in 2016 they add.The CDC in a series of tweets has written, “NEW CDC analysis of #TD data from 2013-2017: Gonorrhea increased 67%, syphilis nearly doubled, and chlamydia remained extremely common STD Conf 18.” “Nearly 2.3 MILLION cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea & syphilis diagnosed in US in 2017 – You heard it first from #STD Conf 18 > ,” they added. In yet another tweet they write, “We are in the midst of an absolute #STD public health crisis in the United States.” This year, they have said in the report, there have been some 2.29 million new cases of three treatable and common STD's. These are chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis which were up by around 10 percent in 2017 since 2016. Over the…

Non Hodgkin Lymphoma- What it is all about with AIDS?

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) is an opportunistic infection of AIDS, where people who subjected to AIDS have high risk of having this cancer as their immune system slows down gradually. Scroll down to know more about it,
What is non-Hodgkin lymphoma? Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is cancer that begins in lymphocytes, white blood cells that are an important part of the body’s infection-fighting immune system. 
In people with lymphoma, something goes wrong inside the lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell made in the bone marrow and found in the blood and lymph tissue.In lymphoma, the lymphocytes don’t mature and can’t carry out their normal immune functions defending against infection. The lymphoma cells don’t die off like they should but instead collect in the lymph nodes. NHL can spread through the lymph system to other lymph nodes and outside the lymph nodes to the bone marrow, lungs or liver.NHL can be cured or controlled for many…

What does a Test have to say?

The only way to know if you have HIV is to get an HIV test. Several types of tests check your blood or body fluids to see if you're infected. Most can't detect HIV right away, because it takes time for your body to make antibodies or for enough virus to grow inside you. It may be up to 6 months before you'll see a positive result, which means an early test could be negative even though you're infected. If you do have the virus, finding out quickly means you can start treatment to help you live a long and full life. You can also take precautions so that you don't pass HIV to other people.
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Cryptosporidiosis worsened by commonly used Probiotic

As reported in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, the team discovered that compared to control mice, those that were given the probiotic had altered gut micro flora and more parasites in their feces.Professor Giovanni Widmer and colleagues from Tufts University had assumed that a healthy microbiome could prevent or reduce the severity of infection.However, contrary to their expectations, they found that the consumption of a commercially available probiotic actually increased the severity of infection.
Cryptosporidiosis is one of the main causes of diarrhea in developing countries. According to The Lancet, the infection killed around 48,000 individuals in 2016. There are no drugs that can treat the infection and no vaccines that can prevent it.Antibiotics, which often cause an imbalance in the normal gut microbiota, can make people more susceptible to gut infections. On the other hand, a healthy balance of microflora can prevent infection or reduce its severity. Prof. Wi…