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Sepsis is a life-threatening illness. Your body's response to a bacterial infection usually causes it. Your immune system goes into overdrive, overwhelming normal processes in your blood. The result is that small blood clots form, blocking blood flow to vital organs. This can lead to organ failure. Babies, old people and those with weakened immune systems are most likely to get sepsis. But even healthy people can become deathly ill from it. A quick diagnosis can be crucial, because one third of people who get sepsis die from it. Sepsis is usually treated in a hospital intensive care unit (ICU). IV antibiotics and fluids may be given to try to knock out the infection and to keep blood pressure from dropping too low. Patients may also need respirators to help them breathe.
Researchers develop new lab-on-a-chip platform that aims to improve pathogen detection

Researchers develop new lab-on-a-chip platform that aims to improve pathogen detection

One-shot vaccine passes key preclinical test in newborn monkey models

One-shot vaccine passes key preclinical test in newborn monkey models

Use of FTIR spectroscopy could herald fast and easy way to spot early signs of disease

Use of FTIR spectroscopy could herald fast and easy way to spot early signs of disease

Blood test can identify patients with heart injury after non-cardiac surgery

Blood test can identify patients with heart injury after non-cardiac surgery

Using spherical nucleic acids to track and treat disease

Using spherical nucleic acids to track and treat disease

NSAIDs could potentially be repurposed as life-saving treatment for sepsis, research suggests

NSAIDs could potentially be repurposed as life-saving treatment for sepsis, research suggests

Research reveals workings of ‘hidden code’ within genome of Human Parechovirus

Research reveals workings of ‘hidden code’ within genome of Human Parechovirus

Neonatal sepsis risk calculator reduces antibiotic use by nearly 50% in newborns

Neonatal sepsis risk calculator reduces antibiotic use by nearly 50% in newborns

New report highlights serious health problems faced by spinal cord injury patients

New report highlights serious health problems faced by spinal cord injury patients

Japanese scientists discover new potential treatment for septic shock

Japanese scientists discover new potential treatment for septic shock

Sickest children can successfully undergo liver transplantation with advances in critical care

Sickest children can successfully undergo liver transplantation with advances in critical care

Researcher creates molecular diagnostic system that can quickly identify dangerous bacteria

Researcher creates molecular diagnostic system that can quickly identify dangerous bacteria

NIH researchers shed light on role of S. epidermidis toxin in bacterial sepsis

NIH researchers shed light on role of S. epidermidis toxin in bacterial sepsis

New, easy-to-adapt analytical procedure can quickly identify bacteria in hospitals

New, easy-to-adapt analytical procedure can quickly identify bacteria in hospitals

Research offers new clues to prolong lifespan of the body's disease-fighting NK cells

Research offers new clues to prolong lifespan of the body's disease-fighting NK cells

Better fungal disease diagnostics could be critical to fight against antimicrobial resistance

Better fungal disease diagnostics could be critical to fight against antimicrobial resistance

Mayo Clinic scientists identify key molecule that helps protect the central nervous system against sepsis

Mayo Clinic scientists identify key molecule that helps protect the central nervous system against sepsis

Archaeologist discovers 800-year-old genomes from bacterial infection in Byzantine skeleton

Archaeologist discovers 800-year-old genomes from bacterial infection in Byzantine skeleton

PCT screening could be promising tool to help shorten hospital stays, reduce costs for sepsis patients

PCT screening could be promising tool to help shorten hospital stays, reduce costs for sepsis patients

New study from Veterans Health Administration finds significant decline in MRSA HAI rates

New study from Veterans Health Administration finds significant decline in MRSA HAI rates