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West Nile expected to peak soon


CDC confirms
555 cases,
28 deaths
across nation

U.S. Army specialist Steve Richards gathers mosquitoes to be tested for the West Nile virus at the Army's Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine-North at Ft Meade, Md., on Thursday, Aug. 29.


August 26, 2002


By Marilyn Holasek Lloyd

The way things are going in medicine, everyone is going to need a medical professional in their immediate family for post surgical treatment or other medical emergencies. Last week, my 26-year-old son’s pilonidal cyst surgery made me extremely thankful we had one. Although my husband is retired, he was an ob-gyn surgeon and knows wound treatment. And although I am a licensed RN, I haven’t worked in nursing for 28 years.

Winning Smile Comes At a Price

Tue Aug 27, 2002

TUESDAY, Aug. 27 (HealthScoutNews) -- Here's something that may dull some people's use of tooth whiteners.

One in two people experience temporary tooth sensitivity when they use home tooth-whitening treatments and people with receding gums are most likely to be affected, says a study in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

The four-week study included 100 people at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. Half of them received a 15 percent carbamide peroxide tooth whitening gel, while the other half received a placebo.

N.C. Worker Contracts Hepatitis

Sat Aug 24, 2002

By DOUG JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The diagnosis of a supermarket employee with hepatitis A has health officials concerned that thousands of store customers may have been put at risk of contracting the disease.

Officials advised up to 7,500 grocery store customers to throw out food and receive treatment for hepatitis after the employee was diagnosed Friday.

Disney Salmonella Outbreak Probed

Fri Aug 23, 2002

By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press Writer

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A salmonella outbreak at Walt Disney World sickened as many as 141 people, including visitors attending an athletic competition for organ-transplant recipients, health officials said Friday.

Eighteen cases were confirmed by laboratory tests. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta estimates 141 people who attended the U.S. Transplant Games in late June may have gotten sick.

Healthy Weight-Loss Methods Urged

Sun Aug 25, 2002

By MARTHA IRVINE, AP National Writer

OAK PARK, Ill. (AP) - By now, it's a well-known fact: the nation's younger generation is fatter than any before it, with 14 percent classified as obese or overweight.

Dana Jenkins was part of that statistic. An athletic but chubby kid much of his life, he weighed 212 pounds — 150 percent his ideal body weight — by the time he was 15.

West Nile Suspected in Two Deaths

Mon Aug 26, 2002

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - West Nile virus  is suspected in the deaths of an 81-year-old man on Long Island and a 65-year-old man in Michigan, health officials said.

If confirmed, the two cases would bring the number of deaths from the disease this year to 18.

Study Suggests Cholera Will Worsen as Globe Warms

Mon Aug 26, 2002

By Merritt McKinney

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study provides the first direct evidence that global warming may be worsening epidemics of infectious disease.

Researchers have found that the cyclic global weather phenomenon El Nino has begun to affect the course of cholera epidemics in Bangladesh, an effect that is likely driven by warming of the land and water in the area due to climate change.

British Legionnaires' Outbreak Claims Fifth Life

Mon Aug 26, 2002

LONDON (Reuters) - A man in his 50s has died in the latest outbreak of the deadly Legionnaires' disease in Britain, hospital officials said on Sunday.

The man is the first to die from the infection in the West Midlands, central England, where six others have also been treated for the disease.

His death follows that of four others from the disease earlier this month in Barrow-in-Furness, northwest England, where over 130 confirmed cases were recorded.