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Man dies from extremely rare infectious disease. QLD Australia.

Friday, February 9th, 2018

A YOUNG Queensland man has died after contracting diphtheria. A highly contagious illness that rarely occurs in Australia.

The man, 27, from Cairns, was flown to the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane on January 24.

Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service confirmed on Thursday the man had died.

Diphtheria is caused by a bacterium, Corynebacterium diphtheriae. The actual disease is caused when the bacteria release a toxin, or poison, into a person’s body. Diphtheria bacteria live in the mouth, throat, and nose of an infected person and can be passed to other persons by coughing or sneezing.

 

 

Health officials last month were at a loss as to how the man contracted the contagious and potentially life-threatening illness.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said the man hadn’t done any recent international travel.

It is understood he wasn’t vaccinated against diphtheria, and health officials have stressed the importance of being immunised.

Qld Australia.Brisbane mothers line up to have their children immunised against diphtheria in 1941.

Diphtheria is a very contagious and potentially deadly infection caused by a toxin (poison) produced by bacteria.

There are four different types of diphtheria:

1…• Classical respiratory diphtheria

2…• Laryngeal diphtheria

3…• Nasal diphtheria and

4…• Cutaneous diphtheria (skin lesions).

It is not known what type the Queensland patient is suffering from.

Symptoms generally begin two to five days after exposure to the bacteria but at times can appear up to 10 days after exposure. Symptoms will depend on the type of diphtheria infection. Experts say symptoms range from sore throats and mucus, to ulcers on limbs. Diphtheria results primarily in swelling in the nose, throat and windpipe, which can cause breathing difficulties.

It is spread by direct contact with an infected person, or through contaminated objects. Some pics below

“Bull neck” appearance of diphtheritic cervical lymphadenopathy

10-year-old child unfortunately has severe diphtheria

This child has “bullneck diphtheria”

Pharyngeal diphtheria and membranes covering the tonsils and uvula

Diphtheria pneumonia (hemorrhagic) and bronchiolar membranes

A huge diphtheria skin lesion on the leg

Close-up image of a diphtheria skin lesion

Diphtheria skin lesion on a mans neck

 Indonesian child with diphtheria kept alive via a throat operation

Can diphtheria be treated?
Doctors achieve this by initially giving small doses of the antitoxin and then gradually increasing the dosage. Antibiotics. Diphtheria is also treated with antibiotics, such as penicillin or erythromycin. Antibiotics help kill bacteria in the body, clearing up infections.Dec 8, 2016

The Department of Health members urgently tried to find locals that may have come into contact with the man after he contracted the illness.

Henry Sapiecha

ANCIENT 2,000 YR OLD CORPSE STILL LIKE BRAND NEW IN CHINA ALLOWS DEATH CAUSE VERIFICATION IN VIDEO

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Remarkably preserved body mystifies scientists as to how it was done.

The 2000-year-old corpse of a Chinese woman named Xin Zhui still had pliable organs & limbs

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Henry Sapiecha

People’s Brain Chemistry May Reveal the Hour of Their Death

Monday, January 4th, 2016
The tiny biological clocks ticking away inside the body stop when life ends, leaving a timestamp of sorts

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Human bodies know what time it is, even without the aid of a wristwatch. Every cell and every organ ticks and burbles according to our circadian rhythms. Recently, when researchers decided to look at the brain’s internal clock they discovered that all that biological activity stops at the moment of death, leaving a timestamp that may tell us the hour of a person’s passing.

People who died in the morning have a different mix of active genes and proteins in their brain cells than people who died in the evening or at night, reports Carl Zimmer for The New York Times. The discovery is more than just a morbid oddity. Researchers are trying to understand exactly how internal clocks dictate brain biology and chemistry. Figuring that out could help scientists treat sleep disorders, dementia, depression and more.

“Sleep and activity cycles are a very big part of psychiatric illnesses,” says Huda Akil, a neuroscientist based at the University of Michigan.

Akil and her colleagues have hunted through brains kept preserved at the University of California, Irvine, to find the signature that betrays the organs’ owners’ time of death. The team looked at the brains of 55 people who died suddenly, such as in a car crash, and analyzed the genes that were “turned on” at the time of death in six different brain regions involved in learning, memory, emotion and biological regulation.

They found more than 100 genes that ramp up their activity during certain times of the day. The genes include those that dictate metabolism, lipid synthesis and wakefulness. The researchers could even guess when the person died within an hour of their actual time of death.

Another study by a group at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, inspired by Akil’s work, looked at 146 brains in their university collection. “Lo and behold, we got very nice rhythms,” Colleen A. McClung, the leader of the effort, tells the Times. “It really seems like a snapshot of where the brain was at the moment of death.”

McClung and her colleagues also looked at the patterns of genes turned on or off in the brains of young people and old people. They discovered that some of the genes with strong cycle patterns in young people had more subdued patterns in people older than 60. But other genes seem to became more active as people age. They reported their findings in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last week.

Akil thinks that those changing patterns might mean that one clock winds down as we age and another might start up to compensate. How well the brain is able to keep time might determine whether a person experiences age-related neurodegeneration.

If that idea turns out to true, it will be more evidence that it might be a good idea not to mess with the natural rhythms of the circadian clock as much as modern humans tend to do.

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Henry Sapiecha

Grieving mum puts out warning after common spice kills small child

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Matthew Rader died after eating a small amount of cinnamon image www.newcures.info

Matthew Rader died after eating a small amount of cinnamon. Photo: GoFundMe

It’s a common spice found in the pantries of homes around the world.

But a grieving mum has warned that cinnamon can kill after her four-year-old son died from inhaling it.

US boy Matthew Rader was in his family’s kitchen on June 3 when the inquisitive preschooler climbed on the stove, found a container of ground cinnamon and decided to have a taste of it.

“He started choking. It was like he was having a seizure and just collapsed,” the boy’s mother, Brianna Rader, told local news outlet WRX.
Matthew Rader It was like he was having a seizure and just collapsed image www.newcures.info

The child was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead 90 minutes later.

A coroner has ruled the death was accidental and caused by cinnamon asphyxiation.

Ms Rader, from Madison County, Iowa, said her son had no health issues before the incident.

“He was completely healthy, no problems,” she told WRX.

Ms Rader said she is determined to warn other parents about the importance of keeping cinnamon away from children.

“[It] helps ease my breaking heart just a little to think that just maybe my baby’s story can save even just one child’s life,” she wrote on Facebook.

Inhaling cinnamon is dangerous because the spice is made from tree bark and contains cellulose fibres that don’t easily break down.

Research suggests that when cinnamon gets into the lungs it can cause scarring, severe irritation and spasms.

Little Matthew’s death was a terrible accident, however many teenagers have been hospitalised in recent years while taking part in a social media stunt known as “The Cinnamon Challenge”.

In the stunt, people video themselves trying to swallow a tablespoon of cinnamon without water. Clips show participants coughing violently when they are unable to do it.

The danger occurs when the coughing leads to cinnamon being inhaled and settling in the lungs.

Despite the dangers, tens of thousands of videos featuring teens undertaking the challenge can be found on YouTube.

In April 2013 a report published in US Pediatrics journal said at least 30 teenagers across America needed medical attention after taking the cinnamon challenge in the previous 12 months.

“This is a dangerous practice which can result in choking, aspiration of cinnamon powder into the lungs, and even respiratory failure requiring a ventilator in extreme cases,” emergency doctor Robert Glatter told CBSNews.com when the report was released.

“The stunt can also be deadly as a result of lack of oxygen to the brain in cases of choking and aspiration of the powder.”

The grieving Ms Radar knows too well the dangers of inhaling cinnamon, and hopes her son’s story will serve as a warning to anyone considering taking part in the dangerous stunt.

“Cinnamon can kill,” she said. “All these kids, they don’t think about the fact it can hurt them.”

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Henry Sapiecha

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Friday, June 5th, 2015

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Milwaukee man pronounced dead, then moves and breathes – authorities

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

THIS IS WHAT MAKES YOU THINK TWICE ABOUT ORGAN DONATIONS AT DEATH

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First responders preparing to take the body of a Milwaukee man pronounced dead to the morgue got a jolt when the man suddenly began moving and noticeably breathing, authorities said on Friday.

They had gone to the 46-year-old man’s high-rise building on Tuesday after his worried girlfriend called for assistance, saying she had not heard from him for two days, according to a medical examiner’s report.

When they arrived at his apartment, they found him cold, pale and rigid at the foot of his bed, the report said.

They did not try to resuscitate him.

About 50 minutes later, the medical examiner arrived and notified the man’s family of his death. As the examiner readied the body to be taken to the morgue, the man began to move his left arm and right leg, the report said.

Paramedics took the man, who has not been identified, to a nearby hospital, where he was admitted to the intensive care unit.

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Henry Sapiecha

DENTAL PATIENT BLEEDS TO DEATH AFTER TOOTH EXTRACTION

Monday, January 12th, 2015

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A 68-year-old woman who was taking medication to prevent blood clots bled to death after having two of her teeth extracted, an inquest has heard.

Myosotis Julianna Moriarty died after being found unconscious in bed by her daughter on December 18, 2010, two days after her procedure.

The West Australian Coroner’s Court heard on Monday that Ms Moriarty had a history of heart disease and took warfarin, anticoagulant medication, every day to prevent blood clots forming around her prosthetic heart valve.

In her opening address, counsel assisting the coroner Kate Ellson said nothing unusual happened during Ms Moriarty’s extraction and her daughter thought she sounded okay on the phone the day after.

But paramedics could not revive her the next day when she was found unconscious with a mobile phone in her hand.

A post-mortem found Ms Moriarty died from blood loss as a result of having her teeth removed, together with valvular heart disease.

A forensic dentist also found there was no evidence of sutures or gauze packing in Ms Moriarty’s extraction sockets, and that she had blood clots consistent with extensive bleeding.

The coroner is investigating why Ms Moriarty died and whether her procedure was managed appropriately for a patient who had been taking long-term anticoagulant medication.

The inquest continues.

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Henry Sapiecha

15 STRANGE WAYS THAT PEOPLE HAVE DIED SHOWN IN THIS YOU TUBE VIDEO

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

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One out of every10 surgery deaths are due to flawed care or injury caused by treatment

Friday, December 5th, 2014

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Dangerous: Surgery risks can outweigh benefits. Photo: Nic Walker

More than one in 10 deaths during or after surgery involved flawed care or serious injury caused by the treatment, a national audit has found.

The Australian and New Zealand Audits of Surgical Mortality shows delays in treatment or decisions by surgeons to perform futile surgeries are still the most common problems linked to surgical deaths.

But surgery also appears to be getting a little safer, with the audit, which covers almost every surgery death in Australia, finding fewer faults with the medical care provided to patients than it has in the past.

Audit chair Guy Maddern said of the deaths where there were concerns, about 5 per cent involved serious adverse events that were likely to have contributed to the person’s death.

In about 8 per cent of cases, the audit found some area of care could have been delivered better.

“These are the sorts of deaths where it was a difficult surgery, and instead of going straight to an operation, maybe additional X-rays and imaging should have been pursued, or maybe the skill set of the team that was operating could have been more appropriate,” he said.

“Sometimes, of course, the result would have been exactly the same.”

Surgical deaths: when things go wrong

Percentage of deaths with issues identified, by specialty

Professor Maddern said some surgeons, particularly in general surgery, orthopaedics, and, to a lesser extent, neurosurgery, still needed to work on deciding not to proceed with surgeries where the risks outweighed the benefits.

“People are thinking a little bit longer and harder about whether an operation is really going to alter the outcome,” he said. “These are the types of cases where you know before you begin that it is not going to end well.”

However, in some areas with many patients with complex conditions, things were just more likely to go wrong.

The report, which includes data from nearly 18,600 deaths over five years, found in 2013 the decision to operate was the most common reason a death was reviewed.

Overall, delays in treatment, linked to issues such as patients needing to be transferred or surgeons delaying the decision to operate, were still the most common problem, and in about 26 per cent of the deaths no surgery was performed.

Between 2009 and 2013, the report shows a decrease in the proportion of patients who died with serious infection causing sepsis from 12 per cent to 9 per cent, while significant post-operative bleeding decreased from 12 per cent to 11 per cent. Serious adverse events halved from 6 per cent of deaths in 2009 to 3 per cent in 2013.

Every public hospital now participates in the audit, along with all private hospitals in every state except NSW. However, Professor Maddern said he was pleased NSW private hospitals had agreed to participate in future.

Doctors are now provided with regular case studies from the audit, in which de-identified information about the death is provided, so they can learn from any mistakes.

“What we are seeing is an overall decrease in deaths associated with surgical care, which may be due to many things, and we think the audit is helping,” he said. “It’s making people think twice.”

Professor Guy Maddern’s tips on protecting yourself in surgery

1. If you are away from a major hospital, get yourself to one. A particular problem, Professor Maddern says, exists when rural patients resist transfers to major hospitals because they don’t want to leave their families.

2. Lose weight and don’t smoke.The proportion of deaths where obesity was a factor increased slightly this year. “An operation done on a thin person relative to a fat person can have a completely different outcome,” Professor Maddern says. This is particularly important for older people, who have the most operations.

3. Go to a hospital that performs a lot of the type of surgery you are going to have, particularly if it is complex. Remember, practice makes perfect.

Henry Sapiecha

 

People conscious after ‘death’, study shows

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Scientists believe there may be life after death, with a large-scale study showing patients experience real events after their heart stops beating.

Is it possible that there is life after death, albeit very briefly. heart starter in doctors hands image www.newcures.info

The Awareness during Resuscitation (Aware) study, involving 2060 patients from 15 hospitals in the UK, US, and Austria, was the largest ever medical study into near-death or out-of-body experiences.

It was previously thought that only hallucinatory events were experienced in these circumstances, director of resuscitation research at the State University of New York Dr Sam Parnia said.

“Contrary to popular perception,” Parnia said, “death is not a specific moment. It is actually a process that begins when the heart stops beating, the lungs stop working, and the brain ceases functioning – a medical condition termed cardiac arrest, which from a biological viewpoint is synonymous with clinical death.”
The study’s results showed 39 per cent of patients who survived cardiac arrest described a perception of awareness, but did not have explicit recall.

A total of 46 per cent experienced a broad range of mental recollections, 9 per cent had experiences compatible with near-death experiences, and 2 per cent exhibited full awareness compatible with out-of-body experiences including “seeing” and “hearing” events.

One man even recalled leaving his body entirely, and watching his resuscitation
from the corner of the room.

Despite being clinically dead for three minutes, the 57-year-old from the UK recounted the actions of the nursing staff in detail and described the sound of the machines.

“This is significant, since it has often been assumed that experiences in relation to death are likely hallucinations or illusions, occurring either before the heart stops or after the heart has been successfully restarted, but not an experience corresponding with ‘real’ events when the heart isn’t beating,” Parnia said.

“In this case, consciousness and awareness appeared to occur during a three-minute period when there was no heartbeat.

“This is paradoxical, since the brain typically ceases functioning within 20-30 seconds of the heart stopping and doesn’t resume again until the heart has been restarted.”

Henry Sapiecha