Regardless of your ethnicity or gender, you should know about the rare disease possibly spread to some people from some rented equipment. Checkout the articles, "13 patients possibly exposed to fatal brain disease - USA Today," Rare Brain Disease Spreads From Rented Equipment " and "13 patients possibly exposed to rare and fatal brain disease."
One person has died and 13 people have potentially been exposed to a rare and fatal brain disease in a New Hampshire hospital. It's believed the patients were operated on with the same rented infected equipment in New Hampshire. It is called C.J.D. And it is similar to mad cow disease, according to Fox News. No, the patients didn't rent carpet cleaners or lawn mowers. The equipment was rented by a hospital and used on patients having brain surgery.
Eight brain-surgery patients at a New Hampshire hospital may have been exposed to a rare and fatal disease through potentially contaminated equipment, state health officials announced on September 4, 2013. Five additional patients in other states might also have been exposed to the rare, degenerative disorder, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, which is similar but not related to "mad cow" disease, explains the USA Today news article. Officials emphasized to mainstream media that the risk of infection was "extremely low."
Health officials are nearly certain that a patient who died in August after brain surgery in May at Catholic Medical Center in Concord, N.H., had sporadic CJD, which occurs spontaneously with no known cause. Confirmation will come through an autopsy, which is being conducted at the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center, says the USA Today article. For more details see the USA Today news article, "Eight New Hampshire patients and five elsewhere are notified of possible Creutzfeldt-Jakob infection."
In another situation, researchers in a new study have examined the question as to why do black women have a higher risk of death from heart disease than white women? Among a group of women with symptoms of angina who were tested for a suspected coronary blockage, nearly 3 times as many black women as white women died of heart disease.
The study determined whether differences in the women's angina symptoms could affect the risk of death in these two groups, and the researchers report their findings in the Journal of Women’s Health, a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available on the Journal of Women’s Health website.
Jo-Ann Eastwood, PhD and a team of researchers from medical institutions across the U.S. found that for white women, the severity or type of anginal symptoms—whether typical chest pain or more atypical symptoms such as stomach pain—did not affect outcomes. However black women tended to have more atypical symptoms, a worse prognosis when diagnosed with heart disease, and a higher risk of related death.
In the article “Anginal Symptoms, Coronary Artery Disease, and Adverse Outcomes in Black and White Women: The NHLBI-Sponsored Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation (WISE) Study,” the authors conclude that these racial differences in symptom presentation for coronary artery disease may be a barrier to correct and timely diagnosis and an important contributor to poorer outcomes for black women.
“These results indicate that we need to raise awareness among women and their healthcare providers of racial differences in anginal symptom presentation in order to improve both diagnosis and outcomes,” says Susan G. Kornstein, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Women’s Health, in the September 5, 2013 news release, "Why do black women have a higher risk of death from heart disease than white women?" Kornstein is the Executive Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women’s Health, Richmond, VA, and President of the Academy of Women’s Health.
About the Journal
The Journal of Women’s Health, published monthly, is a core multidisciplinary journal dedicated to the diseases and conditions that hold greater risk for or are more prevalent among women, as well as diseases that present differently in women. The Journal covers the latest advances and clinical applications of new diagnostic procedures and therapeutic protocols for the prevention and management of women’s healthcare issues. Complete tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed on the Journal of Women’s Health website. It's the official journal of the Academy of Women’s Health and the Society for Women’s Health Research.
About the Academy
The Academy of Women’s Health is an interdisciplinary, international association of physicians, nurses, and other health professionals who work across the broad field of women’s health, providing its members with up-to-date advances and options in clinical care that will enable the best outcomes for their women patients. The Academy’s focus includes the dissemination of translational research and evidence-based practices for disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of women across the lifespan.