A Doctor Says a Woman Died From a Brain-Eating Amoeba After Using a Neti Pot. Are They Safe?
A Seattle woman died earlier this year after becoming infected by the brain-eating amoeba Balamuthia mandrillaris, Fox Q13 reports. And doctors believe her infection started in an unusual, and seemingly innocuous, way: using a neti pot filled with tap water. Terrifying as it may be, the Seattle woman’s case is extremely rare. Worldwide, only about 200 cases of Balamuthia infection have been diagnosed since the amoeba was first discovered in 1986, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nonetheless, the incident may spook even devoted neti pot users. So are neti pots safe? TIME asked Dr. Ben...
Source: TIME: Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime medicine Source Type: news

Mother-of-four is left blind in one eye after a vision-robbing amoeba latched onto her cornea
Stacey Peoples, 49, from Denver, Colorado, was unable to see out of her left eye for months after she became infected with the rare amoeba acanthamoeba keratitis in 2014. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eye parasite can be avoided with good contact lens hygiene
(Reuters Health) - UK researchers have confirmed an uptick in cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis, an eye infection that most often affects contact lens wearers. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Contact Lenses May Harbor Serious, Blinding Infection
Cases of an eye infection called Acanthamoeba keratitis have tripled in southeast England since 2011, a new study found. For one in every four of people infected, the disease results in a loss of most of their vision or blindness, the research team said. It’s typically caused by poor contact lens hygiene. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - September 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Contact Lenses May Harbor Serious, Blinding Infection
FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 -- Contact lens wearers everywhere need to be on the lookout for a rare, but potentially blinding, eye infection, British researchers warn. In southeast England, cases of the infection, called Acanthamoeba keratitis, have... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 21, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Outbreak of preventable eye infection in contact lens wearers
(University College London) A new outbreak of a rare but preventable eye infection that can cause blindness, has been identified in contact lens wearers in a new study led by UCL and Moorfields Eye Hospital researchers.The research team found a threefold increase in Acanthamoeba keratitis since 2011 in South-East England. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Trainee air stewardess, 24, almost goes BLIND after swimming with her contact lenses in  
Natalie Rance, from Bristol, picked up acanthamoeba keratitis (AK), an infection triggered by an amoeba found in water. Without treatment, it can penetrate through the eyeball. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brisbane mother left blinded and paralysed by a parasite
Claire Wilkinson, 38, from Brisbane, has battled the acanthamoeba keratitis parasite for a decade - despite doctors initially saying she just had conjunctivitis. Treatment has failed to kill the bug. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mother, 38, left blinded, bald and paralysed by a PARASITE
Claire Wilkinson, 38, from Brisbane, has battled the acanthamoeba keratitis parasite for a decade - despite doctors initially saying she just had conjunctivitis. Treatment has failed to kill the bug. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

AK can be picked up by contact lens when swimming
EXCLUSIVE: Acanthamoeba keratitis, a parasite found in water across the world, is picked up by lenses, researchers at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne say. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Don't swim while wearing contact lenses, study warns
EXCLUSIVE: Acanthamoeba keratitis, a parasite found in water across the world, is picked up by lenses, researchers at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne say. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Orphan Drug Designation Granted to Profounda Inc. for the Treatment of Acanthamoeba Keratitis with Miltefosine
ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 19, 2016 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Profounda, Inc. ("Profounda") announced today that it has received the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Orphan Drug Designation for the treatment of Acanthamoeba Ke... Biopharmaceuticals, Ophthalmology, FDA Profounda, miltefosine, Acanthamoeba Keratitis (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - December 19, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Cornwall paramedic has his EYE removed after parasite infects his contact lens
Andrew Carthew, from Wadebridge, Cornwall, was diagnosed with acanthamoeba keratitis - an infection caused by an amoeba - a parasite found in almost all soil, fresh and sea water. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Acanthamoeba Infection in a Drowning Child - Gunawan PI, Idarto A, Saharso D.
BACKGROUND: Acanthamoeba infection is a potential life-threatening complication of drowning. The management of drowning-associated Acanthamoeba infection remains controversial. Survival reports on Acanthamoeba infection have been on case reports only. CASE... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 2, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Ice Caps Melt, Prehistoric Virus Escapes. No, It's Not a Movie.
A couple of months ago I talked about the connection between global warming and the Zika virus. Today I would like to discuss another interesting side effect we might observe in the next decades thanks to global warming. The ice caps will melt. Big deal, we already knew that. But have you ever thought of the stuff trapped in that ice that's going to thaw? What if some of that stuff isn't really dead, just dormant, waiting to come back? Sounds like fiction, but it's not. Up until a few years ago the general notion was that viruses were small. How small? Let's think in terms of genome units: viruses usually carry a handful ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 13, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Blinded by a contact lens: Devon man is left in agony and unable to drive
Stephen Souter, 63, from Devon, was diagnosed with acanthamoeba keratitis, an infection caused by an amoeba — a parasite found in almost all soil, fresh water and sea water. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Parents Discover Heartwarming Note From Son After His Tragic Death
After their 6-year-old son Leland tragically died from an amoebic infection, Amber and Tim Shoemake were shocked to discover a sweet note the little boy had written to them before his passing. The note reads, "Still with you," followed by, "Thank you mom and dad love mom and dad" and "good day." The Shoemakes found Leland's note on a table in their living room when they returned home from the hospital to pick out burial clothes and objects for his casket. "We broke down and cried so hard," Amber told The Huffington Post. "He was so awesome in life, and this famil...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 30, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Leland Shoemake's parents find his 'goodbye' note after he died from a brain infection
Leland Shoemake died in Atlanta on Friday from an infection caused by the amoeba Balamuthia mandrillaris after being hospitalized in a critical condition two weeks ago. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wear contact lenses? Read this - and you'll never swim in them or fail to wash your hands again
The parasite Acanthamoeba keratitis can burrow through contact lenses - and swimming, running lenses under tap water and poor hygiene are often to blame, a leading expert warns. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Jessica Greaney kept awake for a WEEK to stop parasite burrowing into eyeball
Jessica Greaney, 18, from Nottingham, had to have eyedrops put in her eyes every 10 minutes to stop the parasite Acanthamoeba Keratitis leaving her blind. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Woman's Death From Brain-Killing Amoeba Prompts Awareness Campaign
A California mother now wants to spread ???amoeba awareness??? after her newlywed daughter died last October from brain-killing amoeba called Balamuthia. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Acanthamoeba keratitis: A rare infectious eye disease is targeted by a new drug treatment under development by a European consortium
ODAK is an industry led FP7 project which aims to develop a safe and effective treatment for a rare eye disease Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK), a devastating and severely debilitating condition which can lead to blindness and in over 85% of cases associated with contact lens wearing.AK is caused by a common protozoan (Acanthamoeba spp.) infecting the cornea which is extremely difficult to treat because of the pathogens resistance to antimicrobial therapy. It affects 1 in 100,000 people in the EU. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 3, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Acanthamoeba Keratitis Associated With Tap Water UseAcanthamoeba Keratitis Associated With Tap Water Use
Although exposure to water sources while wearing contact lenses is a known risk factor for infection, this behavior in contact lens hygiene protocols continues to prevail. Would explicit warnings help? Eye & Contact Lens (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 20, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ophthalmology Journal Article Source Type: news