This is a rate of 5.3 per million population increase compared to the rate of 2.1 per million observed in 2016. Legionnaires' disease is a lung infection you can catch by inhaling droplets of water from things like air conditioning or hot tubs. It's uncommon but can be very serious. You can catch Legionnaires' disease if you breathe in tiny droplets of water containing bacteria that cause the infection. It's usually caught in places like hotels, hospitals or offices where the bacteria have got into the water supply. It's very rare to catch it at home. An autumnal seasonality as expected was evident in the cases in 2017 here last year, according to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre. Over half of all cases were reported between August and November. The majority of cases were men (60pc). The median age for all cases was 62 years, ranging between 39 to 90 years. Some 44pc of cases were travel-associated. Countries of travel included Spain (2), Turkey (2), United Kingdom (2), … [Read more...] about Serious disease which people catch from air conditioning and hot tubs has increased in Ireland
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Stanford scientists have trialed a revolutionary technology – using magnetic wire to detect and potentially remove cancer cells in the bloodstream. The technology, which has only been tested on pigs so far, can collect 10 to 80 times more cancer cells than the standard blood tests done today, meaning that the illness can be caught when it is just starting to spread, massively increasing the patient's chances of survival. "These circulating tumor cells are so few that if you just take a regular blood sample, those test tubes likely won't even have a single circulating tumor cell in them," said Sam Gambhir, the lead author of the study, which was just published in Nature Biomedical Engineering. Read more "So doctors end up saying 'Okay, nothing's there,'" giving patients a false all-clear, when they could be treating the disease, continued Gambhir, the professor and chair of radiology and director of the Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection. The wire is … [Read more...] about Doctors may soon start putting magnetic wires in your veins to detect cancer earlier
A TODDLER was left fighting for life, covered in a painful rash after her eczema scab got infected. Fern Lewis's parents said the tot looked like she was "covered in a cold sore". The two-year-old was diagnosed with eczema herpeticum, a life-threatening condition, commonly caused by the herpes virus. Mum Katie Williams, 32, and dad Paul Lewis, 26, were horrified as their little girl was hospitalised for three days, while doctors tried to bring the deadly rash under control. In Fern's cause doctors believe she developed the nasty condition after another virus - hand, foot and mouth - got into her bloodstream via a scratch mark left from the toddler's eczema. Katie, a sales manager from Merthyr Tydfil, in Wales, said to begin with they had no idea what was wrong. "Fern's older sister caught hand, foot and mouth from kids at her nursery," she said. "After a visit to the doctors we were told it wasn't too serious, and a course of antibiotics would clear it up." But a few days later, Katie … [Read more...] about Toddler left looking like ‘giant cold sore’ after eczema scratch gets infected with hand, foot and mouth disease
0 Comments Why you should never ignore varicose veins BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Summer's here but unsightly swollen varicose veins are a problem for those wearing skirts or shorts. For most, it will be too late to do anything about them for this year's holiday. But treatment is a good idea to avoid nasty skin problems and happily treatment now is a lot easier than it was in the past. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/health/why-you-should-never-ignore-varicose-veins-37023853.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article37024802.ece/be7ae/AUTOCROP/h342/S18_240-_Read-Only_.jpg Email Summer's here but unsightly swollen varicose veins are a problem for those wearing skirts or shorts. For most, it will be too late to do anything about them for this year's holiday. But treatment is a good idea to avoid nasty skin problems and happily treatment now is a lot easier than it was in the past. 1. What are varicose veins?Veins are part of the circulation that returns blood … [Read more...] about Why you should never ignore varicose veins
FORMER minister for public health and culture secretary Tessa Jowell spoke out about her cancer battle before her death in May 2018. But what is glioblastoma and what are the symptoms? Here's the lowdown... What is glioblastoma? Glioblastoma is the most common high grade cancerous primary brain tumour in adults. The cancer begins in the brain and is often quick to spread. There are no known causes of glioblastoma, as is the case with most brain tumours. The aggressive cancer is difficult to treat and is resistant to treatment, as the cells within the tumour are not all of the same type. What are the symptoms of glioblastoma? The symptoms can initially be quite non-specific. They often include headaches, nausea, confusion, memory loss and decline in brain function, problems with balance, incontinence and vomiting. The symptoms can get worse very quickly sometimes progressing to unconsciousness. What is the life expectancy of someone with glioblastoma? There is no clear way to … [Read more...] about What is glioblastoma, what are the symptoms of Tessa Jowell’s brain cancer and what is the disease’s life expectancy?