When Jerolyn Ireland suffered a seizure one evening in 2012 and was rushed to the hospital only to find out she had a brain tumor, she thought it was the worst experience she’d ever go through.
She was wrong.
The 73-year-old Houlton woman learned the tumor was noncancerous, but her struggle with a form of staph called Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, was just beginning.
MRSA is among the most worrisome infections that hospitals and other health care facilities face, fueled by overuse of antibiotics in the U.S. and worldwide.
In Maine, hospitals are increasingly preventing more infections and more closely following safety protocols, reports show. But some patient advocates want Maine to do more to tackle and publicize the potentially devastating illnesses.
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Premiums would jump nearly 400 percent if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against subsidies that help consumers afford health insurance under the health reform law.
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Pattie Reaves, After the Couch
Almost five years and four marathons later, I’ve learned a lot along the way. I want to share some of the thinking that held me back so it doesn’t hold you back.
From the source
A new report from the Ecology Center finds many child car seats contain toxic chemicals and heavy metals. But as Consumer Reports points out, the risks to children of being unrestrained in a car are much higher.
Compiled by BDN Health Editor Jackie Farwell