Caito Foods, LLC Voluntarily Recalls Fresh Cut Melon Product Because of Possible Health Risk
Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling fresh cut watermelon, fresh cut honeydew melon, fresh cut cantaloupe and fresh cut mixed fruit containing one of these melons, produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Carrau, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salm...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - April 13, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Experts call for strategies to address public health crisis of opioid, ID epidemics
(Infectious Diseases Society of America) Citing the spread of infections linked to rising rates of opioid use across the country including HIV, viral hepatitis, skin and soft tissue infections, bone and joint infections and endocarditis, an article published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases calls on the federal government to support coordinated and strengthened responses by infectious diseases and substance use specialists. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

POET: No Late Failure With Oral Antibiotic for Endocarditis POET: No Late Failure With Oral Antibiotic for Endocarditis
Longer-term follow-up of patients with left-sided infectious endocarditis shows no delayed issues with an early switch to oral from IV antibiotics.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - March 21, 2019 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Trial Sheds Light on Oral vs IV Antibiotics for Left-sided Endocarditis
(MedPage Today) -- But researchers caution that more research is needed before changing practice (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - March 18, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

CorMatrix launches FDA IDE Cor Tricuspid ECM cardiac valve trial
CorMatrix Cardiovascular said today that it launched a trial of its Cor Tricuspid ECM cardiac valve intended for treating adults with endocarditis and pediatric patients with congenital heart valve disease, adding that the first patient in the trial has already been treated. The first procedure in the trial took place at the Francicscan Health Heart Center by a team led by Dr. Marc Gerdisch, Atlanta-based CorMatrix said. The patient, who was suffering from endocarditis, has returned home and is recovering well, the company added. “This first FDA study enrollment is a substantial step toward patients avoiding syn...
Source: Mass Device - February 21, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Featured Replacement Heart Valves CorMatrix Cardiovascular Inc. Source Type: news

Knowledge and compliance of dentists ’ and dental students’ with respect to relevant guidelines for prescribing antibiotic prophylaxis for the prevention of infective endocarditis: A systematic review.
ConclusionKnowledge levels of guidelines for antibiotic prophylaxis varied greatly depending on study design, respondent characteristics and time period factors. There is a lack of research published on compliance rates for dentists and dental students with respect to guidelines for the prevention of infective endocarditis. (Source: Dental Technology Blog)
Source: Dental Technology Blog - February 18, 2019 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Safety board OKs continuation of CytoSorbents endocarditis trial
CytoSorbents (OTC:CTSO) said this week it the Data Safety Monitoring Board of its REMOVE trial gave the company the green light to continue the study after analyzing data from the first 50 patients. The German gov’t-funded randomized, controlled, multi-center 250-patient REMOVE trial, which was launched in late 2017, looked to explore the safety and efficacy of intraoperative CytoSorb in patients with dangerous bacterial heart valve infections during valve replacement surgeries and cardiopulmonary bypass procedures, the Monmouth, N.J.-based company said. The study’s goal is to demonstrate improved hemodyna...
Source: Mass Device - February 6, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Blood Management Clinical Trials Regulatory/Compliance CytoSorbents Corp. Source Type: news

Increasing Stroke Tied to Injectable Opioids, Endocarditis Increasing Stroke Tied to Injectable Opioids, Endocarditis
The dramatic increase over the last decade in US hospitalizations for stroke from injectable drug-related infective endocarditis coincides with the surge in opioid misuse, new research suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Infective Endocarditis Related to Injection Drug Use Rising
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30, 2019 -- The risk for infective endocarditis related to injection drug use increased from 2006 to 2015, according to a study published online Jan. 28 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association. Matthew A. Weir, M.D.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 30, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Opioid epidemic is fueling a rise in STROKES: Rate has soared in 20 years
When users inject heroin, traces of bacteria can enter their bloodstream, which can reach their heart causing endocarditis. New data show strokes from opioid-related endocarditis has rocketed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccination with Streptococcus mitis could protect against virulent sibling, Streptococcus pneumonia
(American Society for Microbiology) Vaccinating laboratory mice with Streptococcus mitis bacteria prevents their virulent sibling, Streptococcus pneumoniae from infecting the mice. The research suggests that vaccination of humans with live S. mitis might offer protection from some of the many serotypes of S. pneumoniae that vaccines currently do not exist for. This pathogen is one of the most common causes of severe pneumonia, and can also cause meningitis, bloodstream and sinus infections, endocarditis, and middle ear infections in young children. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 30, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Opioid injecting linked to substantial rise in bacterial heart infections
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) A study of people who inject drugs found a significant increase in the risk of infective endocarditis, a serious infection of the lining of the heart, possibly linked to increasing use of the opioid hydromorphone. The study is published in CMAJ. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Injection of opioids linked to significant increase in bacterial heart infections
(Lawson Health Research Institute) In a new study from ICES, Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University, researchers discovered a significant rise in the risk of infective endocarditis, a serious heart infection, among Ontarians who inject drugs. When examining opioid prescriptions in the province, the research team discovered the increased risk of infective endocarditis may be related to the growing use of a specific opioid, hydromorphone. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 28, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

CorMatrix wins FDA IDE approval for Cor Tricuspid ECM cardiac valve trial
CorMatrix Cardiovascular said today that it won FDA investigational device exemption approval to launch an early feasibility study of its Cor Tricuspid ECM cardiac valve intended for treating adults with endocarditis and pediatric patients with congenital heart valve disease. The Atlanta-based company touts its Cor Tricuspid valve as the first cardiac valve of its kind to be composed of an extracellular matrix, and said that its CorMatrix ECM has been used in more than 220,000 cardiac implants to date. “This important step for our patients and CorMatrix to create a valve that will mimic in all respects a normal valve...
Source: Mass Device - January 24, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Replacement Heart Valves CorMatrix Cardiovascular Inc. Source Type: news

2018 Landmark Infectious Diseases Trials, in Graphic Form
(MedPage Today) -- New flu antiviral, oral abx for stable endocarditis among standouts (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 6, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Drug Use-Associated Infective Endocarditis Up 2007 to 2017
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 -- From 2007 to 2017 there was an increase in drug-use associated infective endocarditis (DUA-IE) hospitalizations and valve surgeries, according to a study published online Dec. 4 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Asher... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 26, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Infective Endocarditis: Spike in N.C. Linked to Opioid Epidemic (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) --'Alarming'increase prompts call to improve the related'cascade of care'(Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - December 5, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Infective Endocarditis: A New Consequence of the Opioid Epidemic Infective Endocarditis: A New Consequence of the Opioid Epidemic
A'staggering increase'in the occurrence of drug use-associated infective endocarditis is reported in a new study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Opioid Crisis Linked to Spike in Infective Endocarditis
(MedPage Today) -- Ten-fold rise in one state prompts urgent call for action (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - December 3, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Cardiac surgery and addictions counselling linked to significantly reduced mortality in injection drug users with heart valve infection, study finds
(Lawson Health Research Institute) In a new study, researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University showed that both surgery and in-hospital addictions counselling are linked to significantly reduced mortality in injection drug users with first-episode endocarditis. Surgery was associated with a 56 per cent reduction in mortality, while in-hospital addictions counselling was associated with a 72 per cent reduction. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 21, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Opioids: Epidemic of Our Time and Impact on Infectious Disease
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH). Published: 11/13/2018. This one-hour, five-minute presentation, the 2018 Kinyoun Lecture at the National Institutes of Health, explores the impacts of the unprecedented use of opioids in the United States on the management of infectious diseases. While overdose remains the leading cause of death among people who use opioids, this population is also disproportionately affected by viral hepatitis, bacterial endocarditis, HIV, and other infections associated with sharing and reusing needles to inject drugs and other behaviors linked to illicit drug use. (Video or Multimedia) (Sour...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Curbs on Predental Antibiotics Maybe Went Too Far in Practice Curbs on Predental Antibiotics Maybe Went Too Far in Practice
Calls in 2007 to cut back on antibiotic prophylaxis didn't apply to all patients, but clinical practice responded by pulling back in everybody. For at least one group, endocarditis soared.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

AHA: After 2007 Recs, Increase Seen in Infective Endocarditis
TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 -- Following the 2007 American Heart Association (AHA) update of recommendations for antibiotic prophylaxis (AP) to prevent infective endocarditis (IE), there has been a decrease in AP and an increase in IE incidence for... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - November 6, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

NICE should change antibiotic guidelines for dental patients -- study shows
(University of Sheffield) New research has revealed the impact a change in US guidelines had on the prescribing of antibiotic prophylaxis (AP) to prevent a life-threatening heart condition infective endocarditis (IE) in patients before undergoing invasive dental treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Oral Antibiotics for Infective Endocarditis: Time to Switch? Oral Antibiotics for Infective Endocarditis: Time to Switch?
The standard of care for endocarditis for many years has been IV antibiotics, even though many patients don't complete the full treatment. Would oral antibiotics work just as well?Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Commentary Source Type: news

LivaNova updates on 3T Heater-Cooler infection prevention corrections
LivaNova (NSDQ:LIVN) this week updated customers on efforts to correct issues with its 3T Heater-Cooler related to patient infections, providing instructions to monitor hydrogen peroxide concentration and information on a design upgrade. In a medical device correction letter dated October 18, the company sent instructions for monitoring hydrogen peroxide concentration to limit microbial growth, enhancing previous instructions, and informing users of a new vacuum canister and internal sealing design intended to “further mitigate” the risk of airborne transmission on non-tuberculosis mycobacterium. Last Sept...
Source: Mass Device - October 22, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiovascular Featured Surgical LivaNova Source Type: news

N. Carolina Sees Alarming Spike in Heart Infections Among Opioid Users
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 -- Adding to growing alarm about America's opioid crisis, cases of a potentially deadly heart infection have jumped 10-fold among North Carolina's injection drug users, new research shows. The infection is endocarditis,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 16, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Wearable Woes; Mini-Pacer for Mice; Infective Endocarditis Test
(MedPage Today) -- Recent developments of interest in cardiovascular medicine (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - October 15, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

The Speed of Sound: Ultrasound's Immediate Answers for Diagnosing Endocarditis
No abstract available (Source: Emergency Medicine News)
Source: Emergency Medicine News - October 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: The Speed of Sound Source Type: news

Surgery Questioned for Post-TAVR Infective Endocarditis
(MedPage Today) -- Amid unknowns surrounding IE after TAVR, a push for " endocarditis team " (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - August 31, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Infective Endocarditis Risk From Invasive Dental Procedures Infective Endocarditis Risk From Invasive Dental Procedures
Controversy remains surrounding antibiotic prophylaxis for prevention of infective endocarditis in patients undergoing invasive dental procedures. What will it take to finally settle the debate?Circulation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Partial Oral Abx Non-Inferior in Endocarditis on Left Side of Heart
THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 -- Changing from intravenous to oral antibiotic treatment is non-inferior to continued intravenous antibiotic treatment among patients with endocarditis on the left side of the heart, according to a study published online... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 30, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Switch to Oral Antibiotics Safe in Left-Sided Endocarditis Switch to Oral Antibiotics Safe in Left-Sided Endocarditis
The POET trial met its noninferiority composite endpoint and cut hospital stays, opening the door to a new approach to a costly and thorny cardiac problem.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

ESC: Oral Antibiotics Safe for Stable Endocarditis
(MedPage Today) -- Switching after a period of IV antibiotics didn't raise event rates in POET trial (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - August 28, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Several Invasive Procedures Linked to Infective Endocarditis
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 -- Several invasive medical procedures, including cardiovascular procedures and procedures of the skin and management of wounds, are associated with increased risk of infective endocarditis, according to a study published in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 1, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Infective Endocarditis More Common with Valve Issues
MONDAY, July 30, 2018 -- Individuals with bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) and mitral valve prolapse (MVP) have a higher risk of developing infective endocarditis (IE) than the general population, according to a study published in the June 19 issue of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 30, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Proposed: Screen Patients with Certain Infections for Opioid Addiction
(MedPage Today) -- Expert panel identifies endocarditis, skin abscess, others as flags for drug abuse (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - July 14, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Infective Endocarditis Risk Still High After Invasive Procedures Infective Endocarditis Risk Still High After Invasive Procedures
The risk climbed after a range of common nondental invasive procedures in an analysis, inviting reappraisal of current conservative antibiotic prophylaxis guidelines, at least for some procedures.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Now Health Group Inc. Recalls Select Now Real Food ® Zesty Sprouting Mix Because of Possible Health Risk
NOW Health Group, Inc. (NOW), of Bloomingdale, Illinois, is recalling its NOW Real Food ® Zesty Sprouting Mix – Product Code 7271, Lot #3031259 and Lot #3038165 – because its primary ingredient, Crimson Clover Seeds, has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, a nd others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can res...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - June 21, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Now Health Group Inc. Recalls Select Now Real Food ® Zesty Sprouting Mix Because of Possible Health Risk
NOW Health Group, Inc. (NOW), of Bloomingdale, Illinois, is recalling its NOW Real Food ® Zesty Sprouting Mix – Product Code 7271, Lot #3031259 and Lot #3038165 – because its primary ingredient, Crimson Clover Seeds, has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can resu...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - June 21, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Drug-Associated Infective Endocarditis On The Rise
(MedPage Today) -- But opioid epidemic role uncertain from death certificate data studied (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - June 20, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Endocarditis: Any Invasive Procedure Is a Risk
(MedPage Today) -- Infections linked to wide range of tissue breaches (Source: MedPage Today Surgery)
Source: MedPage Today Surgery - June 12, 2018 Category: Surgery Source Type: news

Pious Lion Voluntary Recall Due to Possible Health Risk
Pious Lion located in Asheville, NC is voluntarily recalling two of their Kratom products: Pious Lion Pure Premium Potent Limited Release Pink Bali, 1 oz and Pious Lion Pure Premium Potent White Maeng DA, Bright Uplifting Energy, 4 oz due to the presence of Salmonella . Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organis...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - May 29, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Golden International Corporation Issues Public Safety Warning For Stolen Tilapia Because of Possible Health Risk
Golden International Corporation of Renton, WA is issuing a public safety notice for 405 cartons of stolen frozen tilapia, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arteria...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - May 23, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Ziyad Brothers Importing Recalls Tahini Because of Possible Health Risk
Ziyad Brothers Importing is voluntarily recalling certain lot codes of Ziyad Brand Tahini because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis,...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - May 21, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

CMS Inpatient CV $$; Fast Food Proximity; CTO Tx; Endocarditis Ethics
(MedPage Today) -- Recent developments of interest in cardiovascular medicine (Source: MedPage Today Nephrology)
Source: MedPage Today Nephrology - April 30, 2018 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

Drug - Related Endocarditis Cases Up From 2007 to 2015
Increase in endocarditis over nine - year study period mirrored increase in concomitant mixed drug use (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - April 27, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Cardiology, Infections, Pathology, Psychiatry, Conference News, Source Type: news

Drug-Related Endocarditis Cases Up From 2007 to 2015
THURSDAY, April 26, 2018 -- Over the last nine years, there was an increase in the number of endocarditis cases, which mirrored the increase in concomitant use of mixed drugs, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Society for... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 26, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Infection of the heart valves and healthcare costs on rise due to impact of IV drug
(Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions) A new study finds the number of patients hospitalized with endocarditis has increased dramatically over the last decade in a pattern that mirrors the increase in mixed drug use. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news