Oncology & Cancer

Novel therapeutic strategy shows promise against pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer is notoriously difficult to cure or even treat. Now, a new strategy devised by scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine has succeeded in making pancreatic tumors visible to the immune systems of ...

Health

Muffins recalled for possible listeria contamination

(HealthDay)—Possible listeria contamination has triggered the nationwide recall of more than two dozen muffin products made by Give and Go Prepared Foods, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

Health

Listeria outbreak linked to precooked chicken: CDC

(HealthDay)—One death has been reported in a listeria outbreak that appears to be linked to precooked chicken served in health care facilities, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Health

CDC expands alert about listeria outbreak linked to cheese

Consumers and businesses should not eat, sell, or serve any cheese sold under the brand name El Abuelito, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday in an updated food safety alert about a Listeria ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Listeria outbreak spurs recall of queso fresco cheeses

All Queso Fresco cheeses made by El Abuelito Cheese Inc. have been recalled after being linked to a Listeria outbreak in four states, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

CDC investigating Listeria outbreak in four states

Seven people in four states have been hospitalized in a Listeria outbreak linked to potentially contaminated cheese, U.S. health officials said Friday.

Gastroenterology

Bioengineered probiotic could prevent listeria infections

For pregnant women, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems, listeriosis is a serious foodborne illness often linked to deli meats, fresh produce and dairy products. Even with antibiotic treatment, listeriosis ...

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Listeria

Listeria is a bacterial genus that contains seven species. Named after the English pioneer of sterile surgery Joseph Lister, the genus received its current name in 1940. Listeria species are gram-positive bacilli. The major human pathogen in the Listeria genus is L. monocytogenes. It is usually the causative agent of the relatively rare bacterial disease, listeriosis, a serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacteria. The disease affects primarily pregnant women, newborns, adults with weakened immune systems, and the elderly.

Listeriosis is a serious disease for humans; the overt form of the disease has a mortality rate of about 20 percent. The two main clinical manifestations are sepsis and meningitis. Meningitis is often complicated by encephalitis, a pathology that is unusual for bacterial infections. Listeria ivanovii is a pathogen of mammals, specifically ruminants, and has rarely caused listeriosis in humans.

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