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New way to fight sepsis: Rev up patients’ immune systems

While many people have never heard of sepsis, it causes about 250,000 deaths annually in the United States. The condition develops when an infection triggers an overwhelming immune response, ultimately wreaking havoc on the immune system. Standard treatment involves high doses of antibiotics that fight the infection, but they often don’t work well and fail

Chlorinated Lipids Predict Lung Injury and Death in Sepsis Patients

In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation Insight, Saint Louis University scientists have found that elevated levels of chlorinated lipids are linked to sepsis, lung injury and death. The finding may offer a way to diagnosis and treat sepsis earlier, saving lives and avoiding serious side effects. Sepsis is a dangerous immune response

February 1st, 2018|Categories: Around The State|Tags: , , |

In mice, vaccine stops urinary tract infections linked to catheters

Washington University in St. Louis, by Michael C. Purdy ~ September 17, 2014 The most common type of hospital-associated infection may be preventable with a vaccine, new research in mice suggests. The experimental vaccine, developed by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, prevented urinary tract infections associated with catheters, the tubes

Electroacupuncture Reduces Sepsis in Mice

National Institutes of Health, by Staff ~ March 10, 2014 Researchers found that electroacupuncture in mice reduced the inflammation responsible for sepsis. The mechanisms underlying the therapy hint at new approaches to treat inflammatory disorders. Acupuncture needles. Sepsis occurs when the body’s immune system goes into overdrive to fight an infection. Infection-fighting chemicals released into