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Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027811/prevention-of-human-papillomavirus-hpv-related-tumors-in-people-living-with-human-immunodeficiency-virus-hiv
#1
Mario Poljak, Anja Šterbenc, Maja M Lunar
In comparison to their HIV-negative counterparts, people living with HIV (PLWH) have a higher prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in various anatomical sites coupled with increased HPV persistence, higher risk of HPV-related tumors, and faster disease progression. Areas covered: Gender-neutral prevention strategies for HPV-related cancers in PLWH discussed: ABC approach, HPV vaccination, antiretroviral treatment (ART), anal cancer screening, and smoking cessation. Gender specific strategies: cervical cancer screening reduces the incidence and mortality of cervical cancer and circumcision might reduce the risk of HPV infections in men...
October 13, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027495/monitoring-and-managing-antibiotic-resistance-in-refugee-children
#2
Helena C Maltezou, Dana Elhadad, Daniel Glikman
The past decade the Middle East and Southeastern Europe have witnessed an enormous movement of refugees due to the Syrian war and conflicts in Asia and Africa. Although carriage of and infections with multi-drug resistant (MDR) pathogens in refugees have been reported, pediatric data are scarce. Areas covered: MDR bacterial carriage and infections, and MDR-tuberculosis (TB) in refugee children from 2010. Expert commentary: High MDR carriage rates in refugee children are attributed to high pre-civil war MDR rates, war-damaged infrastructure and healthcare systems, and poor hygiene conditions...
October 13, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980505/clostridium-difficile-infection-new-approaches-to-prevention-non-antimicrobial-treatment-and-stewardship
#3
Maria Adriana Cataldo, Guido Granata, Nicola Petrosillo
Despite the large amount of scientific publications exploring the epidemiology and the clinical management of Clostridium difficile (CD) infection, some issues remain unsolved or need further studies. The aim of this review is to give an update on the hot topics on CD prevention, including stewardship programs, and on the non-microbiological treatment of CD infection. Areas covered: This article will review the importance of minimizing the CD spore shedding in the healthcare environment for potentially reducing CD transmission...
October 5, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901786/effect-of-gestational-age-on-the-epidemiology-of-late-onset-sepsis-in-neonatal-intensive-care-units-a-review
#4
Elsa Da Palma Afonso, Stijn Blot
Neonatal sepsis is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Late-onset sepsis affects a significant percentage of infants admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Most affected newborns are preterm or low birth weight, but late-onset sepsis also affects late preterm and term infants. Understanding how gestational age affects the epidemiology of late-onset sepsis can be of use when defining strategies for its prevention and clinical management in NICU. Areas covered: Available evidence suggests the incidence and mortality of late-onset sepsis is higher in preterm and VLBW infants, but pathogen distribution and risk exposure is similar across all infants admitted to NICU...
September 25, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898114/diagnostic-challenges-of-kidney-diseases-in-hiv-infected-patients
#5
Robin Chazot, Elisabeth Botelho-Nevers, Anne Frésard, Nicolas Maillard, Christophe Mariat, Frédéric Lucht, Amandine Gagneux-Brunon
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a prevalent comorbidity in persons living with HIV infection (PLWH) associated with an increase in cardiovascular morbidity and all-cause mortality. Furthermore, early diagnosis of CKD is difficult in PLWH. Areas covered: We reviewed the main diagnostic tools for CKD in PLWH, and discussed their strengths and limits. We performed a literature search on PubMed to identify reviews and clinical trials dealing with attractive kidney biomarkers of CKD in PLWH, with the following key words: 'HIV AND kidney', 'HIV AND Kidney biomarkers', 'CKD AND Kidney biomarkers'...
September 22, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922959/compliance-to-the-primary-health-care-treatment-guidelines-and-the-essential-medicines-list-in-the-management-of-sexually-transmitted-infections-in-correctional-centres-in-south-africa-findings-and-implications
#6
Tammy B Matsitse, Elvera Helberg, Johanna C Meyer, Brian Godman, Amos Massele, Natalie Schellack
BACKGROUND: The emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global concern and a growing health crisis. Additionally, evidence has shown that non-compliance to treatment guidelines, especially in the management of communicable diseases such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), has the potential of further enhancing AMR rates. Data on the extent of these challenges in Primary Health Care (PHC) facilities in correctional centres in South Africa (SA) is limited. Hence this study was conducted to determine the level of compliance with the 2008 PHC Standard Treatment Guidelines and Essential Medicines List (PHC STGs/EML) in the management of STIs, and to identify potential factors contributing to the compliance and non-compliance to guide future strategies...
September 19, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903607/candida-endocarditis-systematic-literature-review-from-1997-to-2014-and-analysis-of-29-cases-from-the-italian-study-of-endocarditis
#7
Simone Giuliano, Maurizio Guastalegname, Alessandro Russo, Marco Falcone, Veronica Ravasio, Marco Rizzi, Matteo Bassetti, Pierluigi Viale, Maria Bruna Pasticci, Emanuele Durante-Mangoni, Mario Venditti
Candida Endocarditis (CE) is a deadly disease. It is of paramount importance to assess risk factors for acquisition of both Candida native (NVE) and prosthetic (PVE) valve endocarditis and relate clinical features and treatment strategies with the outcome of the disease. Areas covered: We searched the literature using the Pubmed database. Cases of CE from the Italian Study on Endocarditis (SEI) were also included. Overall, 140 cases of CE were analyzed. Patients with a history of abdominal surgery and antibiotic exposure had higher probability of developing NVE than PVE...
September 14, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893115/the-challenges-of-patient-satisfaction-influencing-factors-and-the-patient-provider-relationship-in-the-united-states
#8
Arlinda Baummer-Carr, David P Nicolau
Patient satisfaction is a phenomenon that has become influential in the inpatient setting with the introduction of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Practitioners and Systems (HCAHPS) survey in the United States. Patient satisfaction is a key goal of healthcare organizations and presents some challenges to providing quality patient care. Areas covered: This review will focus on the challenges patient satisfaction presents in the healthcare field, with a key focus on factors that influence patient satisfaction, the common problem of inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions and the importance of the patient-provider relationship...
September 14, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841096/unmet-needs-in-the-management-of-intra-abdominal-infections
#9
Philippe Montravers, Parvine Tashk, Alexy Tran Dinh
Intra-abdominal infections remain a leading cause of death, morbidity and resource use in surgical wards and intensive care units. The growing complexity of their management has led to new paradigms and unresolved issues in anti-infective therapy described in the current review. Areas covered: We analyzed the literature, recent guidelines, and expert opinions published over the last decade. Expert commentary: Prospective randomized trials are difficult to perform and observational studies or database analyses should be encouraged...
September 1, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837368/advances-in-the-local-and-targeted-delivery-of-anti-infective-agents-for-management-of-osteomyelitis
#10
Caleb A Ford, James E Cassat
Osteomyelitis, a common and debilitating invasive infection of bone, is a frequent complication following orthopedic surgery and causes pathologic destruction of skeletal tissues. Bone destruction during osteomyelitis results in necrotic tissue, which is poorly penetrated by antibiotics and can serve as a nidus for relapsing infection. Osteomyelitis therefore frequently necessitates surgical debridement procedures, which provide a unique opportunity for targeted delivery of antimicrobial and adjunctive therapies...
September 1, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783385/candida-auris-a-worrisome-globally-emerging-pathogen
#11
Bhagyashri D Navalkele, Sanjay Revankar, Pranatharthi Chandrasekar
Candida auris is a recently discovered, rapidly emerging fungal pathogen. Infections due to C. auris are hospital-acquired, multidrug resistant and associated with high mortality. Areas covered: This review highlights epidemiology, pathogenesis, microbiological characteristics, clinical presentation, diagnostic challenges and treatment options of C. auris infections. Infection prevention measures to prevent spread of C. auris and special measures during an outbreak situation have also been reviewed. Expert commentary: Rapid emergence of hospital onset C...
August 14, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730858/management-of-children-with-persistent-group-a-streptococcal-carriage
#12
Maria E Zacharioudaki, Emmanouil Galanakis
Chronic GAS carrier state is best defined as the prolonged presence of group A β-haemolytic Streptococcus (GAS) in the pharynx without evidence of infection or inflammation. Chronic GAS carriers have a low risk of immune mediated complications. Persistent pharyngeal carriage often raises management issues. In this study, we review the evidence on the management of persistent GAS carriage in children and propose a management algorithm. Areas covered: Chronic GAS pharyngeal carriage is quite common affecting 10-20% of school-aged children...
July 31, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929815/the-challenge-of-curbing-aminoglycoside-resistance-can-antimicrobial-stewardship-programs-play-a-critical-role
#13
Vassiliki Pitiriga, Evangelia Dimitroulia, George Saroglou, Athanassios Tsakris
Aminoglycosides are useful antimicrobials, primarily for serious infections involving aerobic gram-negative pathogens. The inevitable increase in aminoglycoside resistance has led to calls for reducing levels of inappropriate aminoglycoside prescribing through the implementation of various antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs). These programs mainly include restriction policies and aminoglycoside cycling. Although aminoglycoside resistance rates appear essential for measuring effectiveness of these interventions, most studies have focused on economic outcomes or clinical efficacy and toxicities...
October 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918656/diagnosing-kingella-kingae-infections-in-infants-and-young-children
#14
Pablo Yagupsky
Kingella kingae is currently recognized as the prime etiology of skeletal system infections in children aged 6-48 months. The organism is notoriously fastidious, its growth is inhibited by synovial fluid and bone exudates, and its presence in clinical specimens is commonly missed by traditional culture methods. Areas covered: The present review discusses the use of improved laboratory methods to detect the organism in normally sterile body fluids, exudates, and upper respiratory tract specimens. Expert commentary: While inoculation of joint and bone exudates into blood culture vials dilutes the concentration of detrimental factors and significantly improves the isolation of the organism, novel PCR-based assays have enhanced sensitivity, shortened the time-to-detection of K...
October 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918655/what-not-to-do-in-acute-otitis-media-the-top-five-recommendations-proposed-by-the-italian-society-of-preventive-and-social-pediatrics
#15
Elena Chiappini, Barbara Bortone, Mattia Doria, Massimo Landi, Giuseppe Di Mauro, Paola Marchisio
With the aim to reduce inappropriate procedures and antibiotic therapy in the management of acute otitis media (AOM) in children, the Italian Society of Preventive and Social Pediatrics (SIPPS) proposed a top five list of recommendations for clinical practice. Areas covered: AOM is one of the most frequent reasons for antibiotic prescription in pediatric age. The over-estimation of AOM is associated with inappropriate treatment, increased costs, adverse events and spread of antibiotic resistance. Thus, the most recent guidelines provided stringent diagnostic criteria and considered the 'watchful waiting' approach, limiting the immediate antibiotic therapy to a well-characterized subgroup of children...
October 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914107/using-%C3%AE-lactam-%C3%AE-lactamase-inhibitors-for-infections-due-to-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-to-slow-the-emergence-of-carbapenem-resistant-enterobacteriaceae
#16
Richard R Watkins, Stan Deresinski
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October 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901793/intravenous-fosfomycin-for-the-treatment-of-hospitalized-patients-with-serious-infections
#17
Andrew F Shorr, Jason M Pogue, John F Mohr
With the worldwide increase in the rates of antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobials with novel mechanisms of action are needed to fill a void in the antimicrobial armamentarium. Areas covered: Intravenous fosfomycin has been studied extensively in a wide variety of infections including cUTI, lower respiratory tract infection, bone and joint infections, endocarditis, meningitis, and bacteremia outside of the United States. This paper reviews the in vitro activity, pharmacokinetic properties, and clinical experience of intravenous fosfomycin in hospitalized patients with serious infections...
October 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829207/invasive-candidiasis-future-directions-in-non-culture-based-diagnosis
#18
Wilfried Posch, David Heimdörfer, Doris Wilflingseder, Cornelia Lass-Flörl
Delayed initial antifungal therapy is associated with high mortality rates caused by invasive candida infections, since accurate detection of the opportunistic pathogenic yeast and its identification display a diagnostic challenge. diagnosis of candida infections relies on time-consuming methods such as blood cultures, serologic and histopathologic examination. to allow for fast detection and characterization of invasive candidiasis, there is a need to improve diagnostic tools. trends in diagnostics switch to non-culture-based methods, which allow specified diagnosis within significantly shorter periods of time in order to provide early and appropriate antifungal treatment...
September 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803496/management-of-multidrug-resistant-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-in-the-intensive-care-unit-state-of-the-art
#19
Alberto Enrico Maraolo, Marco Cascella, Silvia Corcione, Arturo Cuomo, Salvatore Nappa, Guglielmo Borgia, Francesco Giuseppe De Rosa, Ivan Gentile
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) is one of the most important causes of healthcare-related infections among Gram-negative bacteria. The best therapeutic approach is controversial, especially for multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) strains as well as in the setting of most severe patients, such as in the intensive care unit (ICU). Areas covered: This article addresses several points. First, the main microbiological aspects of PA, focusing on its wide array of resistance mechanisms. Second, risk factors and the worse outcome linked to MDR-PA infection...
September 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782390/treatment-of-pneumocystis-jirovecii-pneumonia-in-hiv-infected-patients-a-review
#20
Yu-Shan Huang, Jen-Jia Yang, Nan-Yao Lee, Guan-Jhou Chen, Wen-Chien Ko, Hsin-Yun Sun, Chien-Ching Hung
Pneumocystis pneumonia is a potentially life-threatening pulmonary infection that occurs in immunocompromised individuals and HIV-infected patients with a low CD4 cell count. Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole has been used as the first-line agent for treatment, but mutations within dihydropteroate synthase gene render potential resistance to sulfamide. Despite advances of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART), Pneumocystis pneumonia continues to occur in HIV-infected patients with late presentation for cART or virological and immunological failure after receiving cART...
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