Health Alert 7-27-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

July 27,2012 - Another case of flesh eating bacteria is reported, now in South Carolina. A 36 year old new mother from Piedmont, a grad student in Georgia and now a new case in Greenville are all suffering from necrotizing fasciitis. According to Greenville Memorial Hospital Systems, Louise Thompson is in good condition. The Centers for Disease Control estimates between 550 and 1000 cases in the US each year. The infection is not considered a public health problem and can't be transmitted from person to person.

Also, high stress jobs may increase the risk of a heart attack. Boston researchers followed 22 thousand women and found those in the most stressful jobs were 67 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack. High levels of stress hormones can lead to heart risk factors such as higher blood pressure, a build-up of plaque inside the arteries and increased insulin resistance. Stressed people are also more likely to smoke, drink excessively or have poor eating and sleeping habits all of which have been associated with heart problems. Heart disease is one of the leading killers of both men and women.

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