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Penile shaft strangulation with wrought iron metallic pipe - Qureshi AU, Farooq MS, Qureshi SS, Bilal T, Ali AA.
Penile strangulation due to any solid encircling ornament or metal is rarely reported. Venous outflow obstruction due to any constricting item around the shaft leads to venous congestion, urinary obstruction, and rarely gangrene of the penile shaft skin. W... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Illness leaves woman with cauliflower ear AND gangrene
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT An unnamed 22-year-old woman from India noticed her toes and fingers started to turn black. After treatment, she has recovered but the diagnosis remains unclear. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: The 'Disease of the Wind' Should Have Died Out
[Bhekisisa] Noma, an illness that devours, is a vicious form of gangrene that hits in places of poverty. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 2, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Quality of care for peripheral artery disease is low
This study is a “call to action” to identify and implement effective physician-targeted and patient-targeted strategies aimed at improving quality of care. These strategies should take advantage of recent advances in behavior change, including leveraging an individual’s social support network to help them mak e lifestyle changes, and providing physicians with feedback about the quality of care they provide to patients with peripheral artery disease.AUTHORSJoseph Ladapo of UCLA and Jeffrey Berger of New York University.JOURNALThe studyis published online by the Journal of the American College of Cardi...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - May 1, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Black bones, gangrene and weeping: the unwelcome return of scurvy
With cases of scurvy appearing in Sydney and Zimbabwe, Jonathan Lamb looks at the history of a disease that was once thought to belong to the pastWhen doctors and patients realised that scurvy had reappeared, in separate outbreaks in Zimbabwe and Sydney recently, they were stunned. “I couldn’t believe it,” Penelope Jackson, one of the Sydney victims,recalled, “I thought, ‘Hang on a minute, scurvy hasn’t been around for centuries’.”Shame followed, as it often does with scurvy. “Does scurvy just affect developing countries?”asked Newsweek 24 of the Bulawayo emergenc...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 16, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Jonathan Lamb Tags: Global development professionals network Global health innovation - global development professionals network Source Type: news

With the cold months here people need to be made aware of injuries that may occur during these months. Exposure to a temperature below freezing usually leads to severe soft tissue damage (Figure 1). How does the body protect itself from cold? Thermoregulation The body has the ability to maintain a core body temperature by the process of thermoregulation. During extreme cold, the body receives a signal from sensory receptors. For example, there receptors are present in the hands or the feet (Figure 2). These sensory receptors will respond to the cold and send a signal up to the brain. The posterior hypothalamus is respo...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Santa's Experiment with Prehospital Thermometers Shows They're Reliable
Santa convened a special Santa Summit at the North Pole two years ago, inviting his elves and reindeer handlers as well as the JEMS editorial staff and medical experts from several countries. The reason: His concern over insidious sepsis and deadly septic shock—conditions he felt EMS agencies should be aware of and, more importantly, do something about. After serving milk and cookies for breakfast, Santa started the summit by defining sepsis as "generalized body poisoning by the products of bacteria," and noted that it's affecting and killing more people than it should.1 He became emotional and said he was ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 1, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: Columns Patient Care Source Type: news

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Source: eMedicineHealth.com - November 23, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

LimFlow wins CE Mark for PAD device
LimFlow said today it won CE Mark approval in the European Union for its percutaneous LimFlow system designed for venous arterialization of the lower limbs for peripheral artery disease patients. The company said the device is designed to promote chronic wound healing and avoid major amputation using proprietary ultrasound guided catheters and nitinol stents to bypass diseased arteries and divert blood flow into the tibial vein. “Utilizing the existing alternative pathway of the venous vasculature, the LimFlow System is designed to reestablish perfusion for patients that have chronic, non-healing wounds and are in im...
Source: Mass Device - November 15, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Regulatory/Compliance Vascular LimFlow Source Type: news

A Mercurial Toxin
Since ancient times, compounds containing mercury have been used in the treatment of skin diseases and other ailments. However, mercury toxicity was not fully appreciated until March 8, 1809 when two British ships, the HMS Triumph and HMS Phipps, came to the rescue of a Spanish ship that had been damaged in a hurricane. They rescued the crews and transferred the valuable cargo of mercury. Within weeks, the crews began to experience the effects of mercury poisoning, eventually many were hospitalized and some died. Mercury was known to ancient peoples and was even found adorning a 15th century BCE ceremonial cup in an Egypt...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 21, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Electric fields weaker in slow-healing diabetic wounds
People with diabetes often suffer from wounds that are slow to heal and can lead to ulcers, gangrene and amputation. New research from an international group shows that, in mouse models of diabetes, slow healing is associated with weaker electrical currents in wounds. The results could ultimately open up new approaches for managing diabetic patients. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 16, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Electric fields weaker in slow-healing diabetic wounds
(University of California - Davis) People with diabetes often suffer from wounds that are slow to heal and can lead to ulcers, gangrene and amputation. New research from an international group led UC Davis shows that, in mouse models of diabetes, slow healing is associated with weaker electrical currents in wounds. The results could ultimately open up new approaches for managing diabetic patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 16, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Vasculitis after snorting cocaine contaminated with levamisole
Lawrence et al. Allergy Rhinol (Providence) 2014Copyright policy — open-access 3.5 out of 5 stars Cocaine-induced ecchymotic rash. Voore NK. Cleve Clin J Med 2016 Apr;3:252-253. Full Text Since at least 2010, a large percentage of cocaine samples seized in the United States has contained levamisole, a veterinary anti-worm medication. Levamisole had previously used in humans as an anti-helminthic and also in some chemotherapy regimens. It was withdrawn from the U.S. market in 1999 because of its association with agranulocytosis and vasculitis. It is apparently added to cocaine because it increases catecholamine r...
Source: The Poison Review - April 7, 2016 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Gussow Tags: Medical cocaine levamisole vasculitis Source Type: news

Diabetes campaign shows how too much sugar can cause gaping wounds and gangrene
The campaign, by the Diabetes Association of Thailand, aims to raise awareness to the little-known complications of type 2 diabetes, including poor wound healing, ulcers and gangrene. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cuba Has Made At Least 3 Major Medical Innovations That We Need
By most measures, the United States' business-friendly environment has proven to be fertile for medical innovation. Compared to other countries, America has filed the most patents in the life sciences, is conducting most of the world's clinical trials and has published the most biomedical research. That's what makes the medical prominence of Cuba all the more surprising to those who view a free market as an essential driver of scientific discovery. Cuba is very poor, and yet the country has some of the healthiest, most long-lived residents in the world -- as well as a medical invention or two that could run circl...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 15, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Digital Ulcers Predict Systemic Sclerosis Complications (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Chronic ulcers associated with high rates of gangrene, amputation (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - December 3, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Gizelda Walker loses 5 fingers to GANGRENE after botched gastric band surgery
Grizelda Walker, 68, from Hackney, had to have her fingers amputated above the knuckle after a series of 'catastrophic errors' by Whittingdon Hospital, Archway, north London. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prosthetic Bypass Surgery Can Salvage Lower LimbsProsthetic Bypass Surgery Can Salvage Lower Limbs
Dr Frank Veith highlights the challenges, risks, and benefits associated with prosthetic bypass surgery for lower limbs threatened by gangrene and ulceration. Medscape General Surgery (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - November 16, 2015 Category: Surgery Tags: General Surgery Commentary Source Type: news

Are Your Hands Almost Always Cold? You Might Have Raynaud's Syndrome
My hands are cold almost all of the time. I get cold easily and have a hard time staying warm. When I touch someone, I often have to apologize for having "zombie hands." It has nothing to do with metabolism or body fat. I noticed this issue when I was 14. It was the middle of winter and my bestie and I were totally nuts about the Ramones. We went to a club where they were playing and wanted to be first in line (like in the movie "Rock n Roll High School") so we showed up several hours before the doors opened to prove our loyalty. We were wearing dresses and thick tights. It was winter in NY. My friend, ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Boy, 8, Is First Child Ever To Receive Double Hand Transplant
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Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 29, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Zion Harvey who lost limbs to gangrene gets double-hand transplant
A 40-person team at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia labored for 11 hours earlier this month to give an 8-year-old Zion Harvey a new set of hands. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trudi Banning left infertile after 'the PILL causes gangrene'
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. Trudi Banning, 42, of Leamington Spa, had to give up her job as a soldier and has been left infertile after suffering blood clots caused by her birth control pills. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NH Man Seeks Kidney Donor Using Pickup Truck Advertisement
http://media.boston.cbslocal.com/CBSBOS_0406201517512500000AA.mp4 AMESBURY, NH (CBS) – A retired police officer is looking for a new kidney and he’s asking anyone stuck in traffic to help. Donald Hall, who retired five years ago after 30 years working as a police officer in Amesbury and Newburyport, is in need of a kidney after being diagnosed with a rare form of gangrene. “I’ve been fighting for my life daily, but I have to stay on the positive side,” Hall said. “My kidney function right now is at zero percent.” In his search for an organ donor, Hall’s friend, Regi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local A Kidney For Donald Amesbury Beth Israel Deaconess Kidney Transplant Newburyport Source Type: news

From the archive, 3 March 1915: Pasteur serum for gangrene
A discovery by the Pasteur Institute offers hope for sufferers of gangrene27 January 1926: New vaccines for tetanus and diptheria Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 3, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Guardian Staff Tags: Medical research Chemistry Science Health & wellbeing First world war Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: Gas Gangrene Image, Malpractice Reform & ED Use, Boston Internist Opportunity (FREE)
By the Editors NEJM Group offers so many valuable resources for practicing clinicians. Here's what we chose for … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - November 17, 2014 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Jack the Ripper Was a Polish Barber, Says Amateur Sleuth
Discussion at 92nd Street YEternal Mystery? Still No Trace of Missing Jet Six Months Later NBC NewsJoan Rivers' Funeral Proves to Be 'Hollywood All The Way' NBC NewsFive Fates of Oscar Pistorius: How Will the Judge Rule? NBC NewsAaron Kosminski, a 23-year-old barber at the time of the murders, and a longtime popular suspect in the unsolved case, was “definitely, categorically and absolutely” Jack the Ripper, the sadist who butchered at least five women in London’s East End in 1888, says author Russell Edwards, who calls himself “an armchair detective.” “I’ve got the only piece of f...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: elizabethcbarber Tags: Uncategorized Aaron Kosminski Books Jack the Ripper Naming Jack the Ripper Russell Edwards Source Type: news

What Causes Testicular Pain?
Discussion Most inguinal hernias are indirect (i.e. the hernia passes through the internal inguinal ring and down the inguinal canal); only 2% of all hernias in children are direct hernias (i.e. the hernia directly protrudes through the floor of the inguinal canal). Indirect inguinal hernias occur in about 1-5% of infants. They occur on the right side (60%), left side (30%) and bilaterally (10%) and they are more common in premature infants of both sexes. The male : female ratio of inguinal hernias is 4-8 : 1. The chief complaint of testicular or scrotal pain always raises concerns. The acute scrotum generally has pain, ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 1, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

South Africa: Wheelchair Frees House-Bound Jouberton Woman
[Health-e]When Martha Bosaye was diagnosed with gangrene, her world shrunk to the confines of four walls. With a new wheelchair, Bosaye is set to feel the warmth of the sun again. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 29, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Poor people with diabetes up to 10 times likelier to lose a limb than wealthier patients
It's no secret that poverty is bad for your health. Now a new UCLA study demonstrates that California diabetics who live in low-income neighborhoods are up to 10 times more likely to lose a toe, foot or leg than patients residing in more affluent areas of the state. Earlier diagnosis and proper treatment could prevent many of these amputations, the researchers say. The study authors hope their findings, published in the August issue of Health Affairs, will motivate public agencies and medical providers to reach out to patients at risk of late intervention and inspire policymakers to adopt legislation to reduce ba...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 4, 2014 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Diagnosis of Fournier's Gangres on Bedside UltrasoundDiagnosis of Fournier's Gangres on Bedside Ultrasound
Bedside ultrasound plays a key role in diagnosing this case of Fournier's gangrene. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Emergency Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

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Source: eMedicineHealth.com - June 3, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Ergotism: a change of persepective - Ayarragaray JE.
Clinical ergotism is a rare disorder, and clinical and therapeutic implications have continued to attract attention. The Holy Fire or St. Anthony's Fire was the primary vascular manifestation, causing burning pain and gangrene in the feet and hands related... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - May 28, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Poisoning Source Type: news

Gangrene of the penis due to strangulation by a rubber band : a case report - Sasaki Y, Oda S, Fujikata S, Tanimoto S, Kan M.
We report a case of strangulation of the penis by a rubber band. A 79-year-old man placed a rubber band tightly around the corona of his glans penis in order to prevent urinary incontinence. After five days, he was taken to our hospital in an ambulance for... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - May 1, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Experts ponder how to achieve global access to quality health care
A young man at a drug rehabilitation center in Anantapur, India, lies chained to his bed, ostensibly to prevent the spread of HIV. With ankles blackened by gangrene, another afflicted with the virus accepts clean needles from a health worker on the streets of Puerto Rico. A third patient endures a 14-hour ambulance trip from his home in Laredo, Mexico, so he can die at an AIDS hospice in Tijuana. In a darkened auditorium at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, an audience watched somberly as slide after slide, provided by science writer Jon Cohen, illustrated the human toll of HIV and the varied, sometimes inhumane response...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - April 18, 2014 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Gate for bacterial toxins found
(University of Freiburg) Prof. Dr. Dr. Klaus Aktories and Dr. Panagiotis Papatheodorou from the University of Freiburg have discovered the receptor responsible for smuggling the toxin of the bacterium Clostridium perfringens into the cell. The TpeL toxin is formed by C. perfringens, a pathogen that causes gas gangrene and food poisoning. It is very similar to the toxins of many other hospital germs of the genus Clostridium. Aktories is member of the BIOSS Centre for Biological Signalling Studies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 16, 2014 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Review recommends plain cigarette packs
“The government has announced its support for the introduction of standardised cigarette packets, following a review,” BBC News reports. The review concludes that plain packaging would have a positive impact on public health.   Who produced the review? The review was commissioned by Jane Ellison MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health, into whether the introduction of standardised cigarette packets would lead to a benefit in public health – specifically, in reducing the number of children who smoke. The review was produced by Sir Cyril Chantler, who served as a Consulta...
Source: NHS News Feed - April 4, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Cancer QA articles Source Type: news

Wellcome Trust's Book Prize 2014 shortlist announced | @GrrlScientist
Six wonderfully diverse books that span genres to explore medicine and health are under consideration for the Wellcome Trust's revamped and relaunched Book Prize.Now that you've finished reading that amazing longlist of science books for the Royal Society's 2013 Winton Book Prize, you may be searching for yet more excellent books to occupy your mental energies. Well, look no further because the Wellcome Trust just announced the shortlist for their Wellcome Book Prize 2014! This year's six shortlisted titles were announced yesterday at a breakfast event by the Wellcome Trust's Chair of Judges, Sir Andrew Motion, a writer an...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 26, 2014 Category: Science Authors: GrrlScientist Tags: theguardian.com Blogposts Health, mind and body Medical research Books Wellcome Collection Medicine Science Source Type: news

Why is cocaine adulterated with an animal dewormer? Mystery solved?
3.5 out of 5 stars Aminorex, a metabolic of the cocaine adulterant levamisole, exerts amphetamine like actions at monoamine transporters. Hofmaier T et al. Neurochem Int 2013 Dec 1 [Epub ahead of print] Abstract During the last decade, many shipments of cocaine seized by U.S. drug authorities have been found to be adulterated with levamisole, a veterinary anti-worming medicine. The drug in the past has been used to treat various medical conditions in humans, but was withdrawn from the market because of significant  adverse reactions. Levamisole has also been associated with the occurrence of agranulocyt...
Source: The Poison Review - February 21, 2014 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical adulterated aminorex cocaine levamisole Source Type: news

Fournier's Gangrene of the Penis and S. dysgalactiaeFournier's Gangrene of the Penis and S. dysgalactiae
Streptococcus dysgalactiae subsp. equisimilis is increasingly being recognized as an important human pathogen. In this case, it is the cause of Fournier's gangrene of the penis. BMC Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Urology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Urology Headlines - November 20, 2013 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Toxicology and Genital Injury
2 out of 5 stars Self-inflicted Testicular Amputation in First Lysergic Acid Diethylamide Use. Blacha C. et al.  J Addict Med 2013;7:83.4. Abstract This striking case report describes a 32-year-old man without previous mental health problems who amputated both his testicles after possibly using lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) for the first time, along with alcohol. According to the paper: Mr. A. was admitted to the primary-care unit after he had been observed in the public banging his head repeatedly against a tree and tearing out his testes and then putting them into his mouth in a state of vigorous agitation. On ad...
Source: The Poison Review - October 25, 2013 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical genital injury LSD lysergic acid diethylamide self-mutilation Source Type: news

Heparin, grad students, a clinical revolution and giving credit where it's due
The story of a grad student who overcame remarkable odds only to be denied his moment of glory, or a tale of dark deceit and devilish doings? The story of heparin is as complicated as the chemistry itselfBlood is remarkable.A liquid that carries nutrients, waste products and the ever-vigilant cells of the immune system around the body, blood rapidly turns into a solid when it leaves its veins and arteries and becomes exposed to bodily tissues or the air outside. This process of solidification – clotting, or coagulation – is executed and controlled by a complex set of reactions and interactions primarily involvi...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 4, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Richard P Grant Tags: theguardian.com Blogposts Science Source Type: news

Can levamisole-contaminated cocaine cause pulmonary hypertension?
This article is valuable in alerting clinicians cocaine users may be at risk for the condition. I expect future studies will determine just how much aminorex is produced from exposure to typical amounts of contaminated cocaine. Remember, there are two known conditions that can be caused by levamisole-tainted cocaine: agraulocytosis and necrotizing vasculitis. Tip o’ the hat to Dr. Jerry Hoffman, who alerted me to this possible connection. I had not heard of it before. Related posts: Cocaine-associated hyponatremia: is levamisole the culprit? Levamisole-adulterated cocaine: an excellent review Cocaine, levamisole, and...
Source: The Poison Review - May 30, 2013 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical aminorex cocaine levamisole pulmonary hypertension Source Type: news

Israel unveils Herod's archaeological treasures
Herod's mausoleum headlines Israel's most ambitious archaeological show but Palestinians say treasures should stay where they were foundA magnificent mausoleum in which King Herod the Great, the biblical-era ruler of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, was laid to rest at the end of his 37-year reign of terror is the centrepiece of the most ambitious archeological exhibition ever mounted in Israel.Herod's burial chamber, discovered less than six years ago after a 40-year search, has been reconstructed within the Israel Museum in Jerusalem for the first ever exhibition to focus on the murderous king. Thirty tonnes of artefacts wer...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 12, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Harriet Sherwood Tags: Middle East and North Africa Israel World news Archaeology guardian.co.uk Palestinian territories Science Source Type: news