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Norovirus suspected in killing four in Minn, hundreds sickened
MINNEAPOLIS, March 14 (UPI) -- Several U.S. cities report norovirus -- also known as stomach flu -- has hit nursing homes, veterans' homes, schools, libraries and even a coffee shop. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - March 14, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Long Before Gastroparesis Improves?
Discussion “[Gastroparesis] (GP) is a motor and sensory disorder of the stomach characterized by delayed gastric emptying in the absence of mechanical obstruction. Symptoms classically include nausea, vomiting, early satiety, bloating, postprandial fullness, abdominal pain and weight loss….GP is often not recognized and thus can remain untreated in children.” In the adult population, the age adjusted prevalence of GP is 9.6 (for men) and 37.8 (for women) per 100,000. There is no specific prevalence data available for children. It appears from some data that GP identification is rising and some data sugges...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - February 24, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Woman died of ‘pneumonia’ after GP diagnosed gastric flu
Medical Council told of difficulty in getting test results - particularly on a Saturday     (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - February 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

6 Pearls About Metformin and Lactic Acidosis
3.5 out of 5 stars Metformin accumulation: Lactic acidosis and high plasmatic metformin levels in a retrospective case series of 66 patients on chronic therapy. Vecchio S et al. Clin Toxicol 2014 Feb;52:129-135. Abstract Metformin is frequently used alone or in combination to treat type 2 diabetes. It lowers blood glucose by decreasing hepatic gluconeogenesis, predominantly by inhibiting mitochondrial respiratory chain complex I. The drug is eliminated mainly by the kidneys, and acute or chronic renal insufficiency may allow accumulation of the drug with increasing levels. A small percentage of patients on metformin devel...
Source: The Poison Review - February 13, 2014 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical glucophage lactic acidosis MALA metabolic acidosis metformin Source Type: news

What You Should Know About The Norovirus
With a number of cruise ships pulling into port with sick passengers, the norovirus--previously referred to as the Norwalk virus--has been brought to our attention again. This virus, the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the US--characterized by nausea, vomiting and diarrhea- continues to be a major public health issue, with no viable vaccine in sight. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 31, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Glatter, MD Source Type: news

Doctor diagnosed woman with gastric flu a day before she died
Vicki Core, a trainee hairdresser, was pronounced dead in Tallaght Hospital in 2007     (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - January 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Will the flu cost you vacation days from work?
January beings the peak season for the flu.   We have ample supply of the vaccine and urge parents to schedule an appointment to get their children immunized.    This can be done in our “shots only” clinic or if you have a regularly scheduled  appointment, just ask the nurse or physician about getting the flu shot while you are in the office.Flu season can be mild one year and awful the next.   The influenza A strain is the most prevalent virus this year although there are over 200 different strains of the virus that have been identified this season.   For some, the vir...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - December 27, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Bradley Hospital researchers link lack of sleep in teens to higher risk of illness
(Lifespan) Newly released findings from Bradley Hospital published in the Journal of Sleep Research have found that acute illnesses, such as colds, flu, and gastroenteritis were more common among healthy adolescents who got less sleep at night. Additionally, the regularity of teens' sleep schedules was found to impact their health. The study, titled "Sleep patterns are associated with common illness in adolescents," was led by Kathryn Orzech, Ph.D. of the Bradley Hospital Sleep Research Laboratory. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 14, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

A Doctor's View on Gastroenteritis Diagnosis
Title: A Doctor's View on Gastroenteritis DiagnosisCategory: Doctor's & Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 11/5/2013 4:33:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 11/5/2013 4:33:56 PM (Source: MedicineNet Crohn's Disease General)
Source: MedicineNet Crohn's Disease General - November 5, 2013 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

A Doctor's View on Gastroenteritis Treatment
Title: A Doctor's View on Gastroenteritis TreatmentCategory: Doctor's & Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 11/1/2013 7:23:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 11/1/2013 7:23:32 PM (Source: MedicineNet Crohn's Disease General)
Source: MedicineNet Crohn's Disease General - November 1, 2013 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

After years of suppression, scientists finally admit copper destroys norovirus (and so does silver)
The highly infectious norovirus, or stomach flu bug, causes a very common illness, affecting hundreds of millions of people who come into contact with it through contaminated food, water, surfaces or other people every year. Now, scientists have discovered that copper... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

CDC Data: Norovirus Can Be Killer
SAN FRANCISCO (MedPage Today) -- Norovirus was the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis outbreaks and associated hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. from 2009 to 2010, researchers reported here. (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - October 4, 2013 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Vaccination Protects against Norovirus Symptoms
While not usually life threatening, norovirus infection produces a very discomforting gastrointestinal illness that affects tens of millions annually. As one of the most common viral infections that rivals the flu and is the bane of cruise ship vacationers, norovirus is sometimes called the stomach flu. In fact, though, it is a distinct virus from the flu virus--influenza. Norovirus causes inflammation of the stomach and intestines. Influenza, on the other hand, affects the respiratory system....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Biotech Biomedical)
Source: About.com Biotech Biomedical - September 29, 2013 Category: Biotechnology Source Type: news

Lactobacillus GG to Treat Acute Gastroenteritis in ChildrenLactobacillus GG to Treat Acute Gastroenteritis in Children
Could probiotics be a good treatment option for acute gastroenteritis in children? Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Norovirus spreads to others three days after symptoms stop
ATLANTA, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- People infected with norovirus -- also known as "stomach flu" -- can spread the disease for three days after their symptoms stop, a U.S expert says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 22, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Copper surfaces 'rapidly destroy norovirus'
Scientists say they have discovered that copper and copper alloy surfaces are capable of destroying the highly contagious sickness bug, norovirus, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Norovirus is the most common trigger of gastroenteritis, causing individuals to experience stomach pain, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. The infection is at its most prominent during winter months but can be contracted all year round... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 10, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news

Heat Waves Tied to Flare-Ups of Digestive Illness
Flare-ups of inflammatory bowel disease and "stomach bugs" may be more common during and immediately after heat waves, a new study suggests.Source: Reuters Health Related MedlinePlus Pages: Crohn's Disease, Gastroenteritis, Ulcerative Colitis (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - August 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bringing healthcare to neighbourhoods isolated by sectarian violence
Violent sectarian clashes between residents of two of Lebanon’s most deprived districts are leaving ordinary people caught in the crossfire as they struggle to access healthcare and get on with their daily lives. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are providing medical services to people on both sides of the frontline. Syria StreetinLebanon’s northern city ofTripoliis the frontline of a violent conflict between two neighbourhoods. On one side of the street is Jabal Mohsen, an Alawite neighbourhood where around 60,000 people live crammed into an area of 2.5 square kilometres. On the other side is Bab al-Tabbaneh, h...
Source: MSF News - August 29, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Lebanon Syria NEWS Frontpage Source Type: news

Rotavirus Vaccine Benefits Extend Beyond Immediate TargetsRotavirus Vaccine Benefits Extend Beyond Immediate Targets
Fewer gastroenteritis hospitalizations among older children and adults suggest indirect effects of immunization, authors say. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 27, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Heat Waves Linked to FlaresInflammatory Bowel Disease: Heat Waves Linked to Flares
A Swiss study has suggested a link between heat waves and bouts of inflammatory bowel disease and infectious gastroenteritis. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 13, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

The Impact of Rotavirus Mass VaccinationThe Impact of Rotavirus Mass Vaccination
Rotavirus infections are one of the most frequent causes of gastroenteritis in children worldwide. Has mass vaccination helped? BMC Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Australia faces increased risk of disease from climate change, reports find
A number of recent studies have shown a clear connection between a warming planet and increased health risksAustralia has been warned of the rising threat of dengue fever and heat stroke deaths in the wake of a study that found climate change is aiding the spread of infectious diseases around the world. The report, part-funded by the US National Science Foundation and published in Science, found that climate change is already abetting diseases in wildlife and agriculture, with humans at heightened risk from dengue fever, malaria and cholera. Wealthy countries will do much better at predicting and tackling new disease threa...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 2, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Oliver Milman Tags: theguardian.com News Climate change Environment Australia Source Type: news

Novel mechanism identified in host-pathogen gastroenteritis interactions
A seafood contaminant that thrives in brackish water during the summer works like a spy to infiltrate cells and quickly open communication channels to sicken the host, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center report. Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria, which cause gastroenteritis, inject proteins called effectors into host cells. One of those effectors, VopQ, almost immediately starts to disrupt the important process of autophagy via a novel channel-forming mechanism, the scientists report in the investigation available online at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 30, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news

GPs launch rotavirus vaccination for babies
GPs across the UK will offer rotavirus vaccination to over half a million babies a year from Monday, in a bid to reduce the spread of gastroenteritis. (Source: HealthcareRepublic Pharmacist News)
Source: HealthcareRepublic Pharmacist News - July 1, 2013 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Copper and copper alloy surfaces kill norovirus, or stomach flu
SOUTHAMPTON, England, May 29 (UPI) -- Copper and copper alloys destroy norovirus -- an infectious "vomiting" bug that sickens more than 267 million people worldwide, British researchers say. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 30, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Norovirus Rapidly Destroyed On Copper
New research from the University of Southampton shows that copper and copper alloys will rapidly destroy norovirus - the highly-infectious sickness bug. The virus can be contracted from contaminated food or water, person-to-person contact, and contact with contaminated surfaces, meaning surfaces made from copper could effectively shut down one avenue of infection. Worldwide, norovirus is responsible for more than 267 million cases of acute gastroenteritis every year... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news

Norovirus Overtakes Rotavirus in ChildrenNorovirus Overtakes Rotavirus in Children
Now that most children are vaccinated against rotavirus, norovirus is the predominant cause of pediatric gastroenteritis. Medscape Pediatrics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Viewpoint Source Type: news

Kenya: Thousands Affected by Tana River Delta Flooding
NAIROBI, KENYA/NEW YORK, APRIL 19, 2013—After weeks of flooding, thousands of people in Kenya's Tana River Delta region are in urgent need of food, shelter, clean drinking water and medical services, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today, calling for more concerted efforts to aid those affected. Rising waters have destroyed latrines, contaminated water sources and left nearly 7,000 people without access to health care, which is exacerbated by shortages of medicine at local facilities. “We are concerned about th...
Source: MSF News - April 19, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

The Costs of Emergency Room Cost-Cutting
It was the dead of winter, high season for viral gastroenteritis, so it was with a certain degree of wariness that the harried doctor and nurse finally got around to seeing the patient, a man in his late 60s who had come to the emergency room complaining of belly discomfort (Source: RWJF News Digest - Quality/Equality)
Source: RWJF News Digest - Quality/Equality - March 28, 2013 Category: Health Management Source Type: news

Norovirus Is Now the Main Cause of Acute GI Problems in KidsNorovirus Is Now the Main Cause of Acute GI Problems in Kids
Following introduction of rotavirus vaccines, norovirus has become the main cause of acute gastroenteritis in children under 5 years in the US, costing nearly $300 million per year. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Norovirus leading cause of kids' intestinal disorders
The symptoms of gastroenteritis aren't pretty, but at least doctors know what's behind the wave of cases in recent years. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Norovirus leading cause of intestinal disorders in kids
The symptoms of gastroenteritis aren't pretty, but at least doctors know what's behind the wave of cases in recent years. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 22, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Norovirus Is Now the Leading Cause of Severe Gastroenteritis in US Children
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Related MedlinePlus Pages: Gastroenteritis, Norovirus Infections (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - March 22, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Well: Childhood: Norovirusis a Top Cause of Stomach Problems
Norovirus infection has become the leading cause of gastroenteritis in children under 5 in the United States. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 21, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Family Norovirus Rotaviruses Featured Vaccination and Immunization Children and Childhood Source Type: news

Norovirus Is Common in Children
Norovirus infection has become the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis in children under 5 in the United States. A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine estimates that norovirus infection leads to 14,000 hospitalizations, 281,000 emergency room visits, and 627,000 outpatient visits a year. (Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health)
Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health - March 21, 2013 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Queen Elizabeth II Hospitalized With Gastroenteritis
Queen Elizabeth II has been admitted to hospital with a stomach bug, Buckingham Palace informed yesterday. A palace spokesperson said she was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital with symptoms of gastroenteritis. According to Buckingham Palace, the Queen has been hospitalized as a precaution, while an assessment of the symptoms of her gastroenteritis is made. The Queen's official engagements for this week, which include a trip to Rome, Italy, will either be postponed or cancelled. She had been resting at Windsor Palace where she carried out a medal presentation... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Queen likely to be dehydrated
Dehydration is by far the most common reason why people are admitted to hospital while suffering from gastroenteritis, which causes vomiting and diarrhoea. (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - March 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: queen gastorenteritis hospital stomach bug Source Type: news

Queen in hospital with stomach bug
The Queen is in hospital as a precaution, while she is assessed for symptoms of gastroenteritis, Buckingham Palace says. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What is gastroenteritis?
Gastroenteritis is an infection of the stomach and bowel, with the most common symptoms vomiting and diarrhoeaGastroenteritis is an infection of the stomach and bowel. The most common symptoms are vomiting and repeated episodes of diarrhoea.The two most common causes of gastroenteritis in adults in England are the norovirus and food poisoning.The infection interferes with one of the main functions of the intestines – the absorption of water from the contents of a patient's intestines into the body. This is why the most common symptom of gastroenteritis is watery diarrhoea and why dehydration is a common complication.Most...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 3, 2013 Category: Science Tags: Health guardian.co.uk UK news The Queen Editorial Monarchy Source Type: news

Norovirus easy to catch, hard to kill
ATLANTA, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Norovirus, incorrectly called the "stomach flu," and technically known as viral gastroenteritis, is appearing across the United States, health officials say. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 12, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diarrhea and Diet
(HealthCastle.com) When occasional diarrhea strikes, it may due to a virus infection (commonly known as stomach flu) or food poisoning. Sometimes, allergies or medications may trigger diarrhea.  Other times, it may due to undiagnosed conditions such as diverticulitis, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, etc. read more (Source: HealthCastle.com Nutrition Tips - written by Registered Dietitians)
Source: HealthCastle.com Nutrition Tips - written by Registered Dietitians - February 7, 2013 Category: Nutrition Source Type: news

The Management of Acute Gastroenteritis in ChildrenThe Management of Acute Gastroenteritis in Children
Should children with gastroenteritis be treated any differently than adults with the disease? This new study looks closely at some of the treatment options in this young subset of patients. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

What Food Made You Sick?
WebMD Medical News By Kathleen Doheny Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD Jan. 29, 2013 — Every year, about 48 million Americans — 1 in 6 — get a food-borne illness.  Often, the culprit food is a mystery. Now, a new CDC report based on a decade of data offers the first comprehensive estimates of which foods are to blame. Produce accounts for nearly half of the illnesses, and the norovirus is often to blame. Norovirus causes about 20 million cases of “stomach flu” each year. A new strain is going around the U.S. Poultry is the food source with the most fatal infections. Salmonella and listeri...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 30, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mreal197 Tags: WebMD News Source Type: news

Treating Amanita phalloides poisoning: is silibinin superior to chicken dung?
Milk thistle 2.5 out of 5 stars Amanita phalloides poisoning and treatment with silibinin in the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales. Roberts DM et al. Med J Aust 3013 Jan 21;198:43-47 Abstract In one of his published works, the second-century Roman physician Galen related an anecdotal method of treating mushroom poisoning: I have heard of a physician of Mysia who administered Fowl’s dung to persons suffering form fungus poisoning, and I myself have experimented with the remedy. I have used finally powdered dung mixed with water or mixed with honey and vinegar The patients immediately on drinking the ...
Source: The Poison Review - January 25, 2013 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical amanita phalloides Australia milk thistle mushroom poisoning silibinin silymarin Source Type: news

New Norovirus Strain Hits USNew Norovirus Strain Hits US
New norovirus strains often trigger more cases of gastroenteritis, but the CDC says it is too early to assess the relative magnitude of this bug from Australia. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

CDC Researchers Spot Increase in New 'Stomach Bug' Strain
A norovirus from Australia caused majority of U.S. outbreaks at the end of 2012 Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Gastroenteritis, Norovirus Infections (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - January 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What is the Physiology of Vomiting?
Discussion Regurgitation is a passive expulsion of ingested material out of the mouth. It is a normal part of digestion for ruminants such as cows and camels. Nausea is an unpleasant abdominal perception that the person may describe as feeling ill to the stomach, or feeling like he/she is going to vomit. Anorexia is frequently observed. Nausea is usually associated with decreased stomach activity and motility in the small intestine. Parasympathetic activity may be increased causing pale skin, sweating, hypersalivation and possible vasovagal syndrome (hypotension and bradycardia). Retching or dry heaves is when there are sp...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - January 21, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Donna M. D'Alessandro, M.D. Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Study: Some Children May Outgrow Autism
8 unhealthy vices to extinguish now; stomach flu survival guide: family edition (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - January 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Clears Test for 11 GI Pathogens
(MedPage Today) -- A test that can identify 11 different pathogens that can cause infectious gastroenteritis has received FDA clearance, the agency announced. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 16, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Stomach Flu Survival Guide: Family Edition
What to do if you or your child get the stomach flu (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - January 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news