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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651341/plasma-concentrations-of-atovaquone-given-to-immunocompromised-patients-to-prevent-pneumocystis-jirovecii
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Christine Robin, Minh Patrick Lê, Giovanna Melica, Laurent Massias, Rabah Redjoul, Nihel Khoudour, Mathieu Leclerc, Florence Beckerich, Sébastien Maury, Anne Hulin, Catherine Cordonnier
Objectives: Atovaquone is one of the alternatives to trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole for prophylaxis of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) in immunocompromised patients. In volunteers, there was wide inter-individual variability in atovaquone bioavailability. The aim of this study was to assess the plasma concentrations of atovaquone in immunocompromised patients under PCP prophylaxis. Methods: Adult haematology or HIV-positive patients receiving atovaquone (750 mg oral suspension twice a day) for PCP prophylaxis were included...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650688/multidrug-resistant-enterobacteriaceae-in-lebanese-hospital-wastewater-implication-in-the-one-health-concept
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Ziad Daoud, Jina Farah, Elie S Salem, Khalil El Kfoury, Elias Dahdouh, Khalil Masri, Claude Afif, Roula M Abdel-Massih, Ghassan M Matar
Extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL) and carbapenemase-producing organisms pose severe problems for hospitalized patients. In the absence of efficient sanitation and sewage disposal, the risks for transmission of hospital organisms into the community are high. Our objectives were to study the occurrence and mechanisms of resistance of multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacilli in two Lebanese hospital sewage treatment plants. Wastewater samples were collected, filtered, and cultivated on MacConckey+cefotaxime agars...
June 26, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650416/redistribution-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-serotypes-after-nationwide-13-valent-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccine-program-in-children-in-northern-taiwan
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Ying-Chun Cho, Nan-Chang Chiu, Chun-Yi Lu, Daniel Tsung-Ning Huang, Fu-Yuan Huang, Luan-Yin Chang, Li-Min Huang, Hsin Chi
BACKGROUND: After the introduction of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) against Streptococcus pneumoniae, public health officials in Taiwan monitored a decline in circulating vaccine serotypes and the emergence of non-vaccine serotypes in children with invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD). A gradually expanded PCV13 national immunization program was launched in 2013 in Taiwan. Here we evaluate the changes in the distribution of pneumococcal serotypes and antimicrobial nonsusceptibility in children during the evolution of vaccination policy...
June 22, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650313/molecular-mechanisms-and-epidemiology-of-resistance-in-streptococcus-pneumoniae-in-the-middle-east-region
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Grace El Moujaber, Marwan Osman, Rayane Rafei, Fouad Dabboussi, Monzer Hamze
PURPOSE: Streptococcus pneumoniae is a commensal bacterium that normally colonizes the human nasopharyngeal cavity. Once disseminated, it can cause several diseases, ranging from non-invasive infections such as acute otitis media and sinusitis through to invasive infections with higher mortality, including meningitis and septicaemia. Since the identification of the first S. pneumoniae strain with decreased susceptibility to penicillin in the 1960s, antibiotic resistance among S. pneumoniae has increased disturbingly and the mechanisms of resistance have begun to unfold...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649744/mannose-binding-lectin-deficient-donors-increase-the-risk-of-bacterial-infection-and-bacterial-infection-related-mortality-after-liver-transplantation
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J Lombardo, G Sanclemente, J Colmenero, M Español-Rego, M T Arias, P Ruiz, E Mauro, L Sastre, G Crespo, A Rimola, A Moreno, F Lozano, M Navasa
Mannose-binding lectin (MBL) is synthesized by the liver and binds to microbes. MBL2 gene polymorphisms produce intermediate/low/null- or normal-MBL serum levels (MBL-deficient or MBL-sufficient phenotypes, respectively). We aimed to evaluate the incidence and severity of infection, rejection and survival within 1 year after liver transplantation (LT) according to donor and recipient MBL2 gene polymorphisms. A repeated-event analysis for infection episodes (negative binomial regression, Andersen-Gill model) was performed in 240 LT...
June 26, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649366/pneumocystis-jirovecii-detection-in-asymptomatic-patients-what-does-its-natural-history-tell-us
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Alexandre Alanio, Stéphane Bretagne
Pneumocystis jirovecii is an unusual ascomycetous fungus that can be detected in the lungs of healthy individuals. Transmission from human to human is one of its main characteristics in comparison with other fungi responsible for invasive infections. P. jirovecii is transmitted through the air between healthy individuals, who are considered to be the natural reservoir, at least transiently. In immunocompromised patients, P. jirovecii multiplies, leading to subacute infections and acute life-threatening pneumonia, called Pneumocystis pneumonia [PCP]...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649068/expression-of-four-s-pneumoniae-type-2-polysaccharide-biosynthetic-enzymes-utilising-the-endogenous-kex2-protease-activity-in-tobacco
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Kafeel Ahmad, David Twell, Kevin Christopher Gough, Ben Charles Maddison
In order to express multisubunit proteins, or to manipulate metabolic pathways in plants it is essential to be able to efficiently express multiple proteins within the same plant cell. To increase the efficiency of multi-protein expression, we demonstrate the use of the Golgi localized Kex2 protease activity in tobacco to process a large polyprotein precursor consisting of four individual protein domains into its individual protein constituents. Four genes encoding enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of S...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648859/ceftriaxone-versus-ceftriaxone-plus-a-macrolide-for-community-acquired-pneumonia-in-hospitalized-patients-with-hiv-aids-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Claudia Figueiredo-Mello, Pontus Naucler, Marinella D Negra, Anna S Levin
OBJECTIVES: Evaluate if treatment with ceftriaxone and a macrolide, improved patient outcome when compared with monotherapy with ceftriaxone, in hospitalized patients with HIV/AIDS with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). METHODS: Adult patients with HIV hospitalized due to suspected CAP were randomized to receive one of two regimens, ceftriaxone plus macrolide or ceftriaxone plus placebo, at a 1:1 proportion (Brazilian Clinical Trials Registry: RBR-8wtq2b). The primary outcome was in-hospital mortality and the secondary outcomes were mortality within 14 days, need for vasoactive drugs, need for mechanical ventilation, time to clinical stability and length of hospitalization...
June 22, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648751/the-muc5b-promoter-polymorphism-and-telomere-length-in-patients-with-chronic-hypersensitivity-pneumonitis-an-observational-cohort-control-study
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Brett Ley, Chad A Newton, Isabel Arnould, Brett M Elicker, Travis S Henry, Eric Vittinghoff, Jeffrey A Golden, Kirk D Jones, Kiran Batra, Jose Torrealba, Christine Kim Garcia, Paul J Wolters
BACKGROUND: Patients with hypersensitivity pneumonitis are at risk of developing pulmonary fibrosis, which is associated with reduced survival. In families with multiple affected members, individuals might be diagnosed as having idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) or chronic (fibrotic) hypersensitivity pneumonitis, which suggests these disorders share risk factors. We aimed to test whether the genomic risk factors associated with the development and progression of IPF are also associated with the development of fibrosis and reduced survival in people with chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis...
June 22, 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648651/the-impact-of-functional-status-on-the-outcomes-of-endovascular-lower-extremity-revascularization-for-critical-limb-ischemia-in-the-elderly
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Isidore Dinga Madou, Martin D Slade, Kristine C Orion, Timur Sarac, Cassius Iyad Ochoa Chaar
INTRODUCTION: Functional status is an important predictor of outcomes after infrainguinal bypass surgery. There is little data on the effect of functional status on the outcomes of endovascular LE interventions, especially in the elderly frail population. METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis of the American College of Surgeons - National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) files for the years 2011-2013 to assess the impact of functional status on outcome after endovascular intervention for critical limb ischemia...
June 22, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648647/in-vitro-antibacterial-activity-of-fosfomycin-combined-with-other-antimicrobials-against-kpc-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae
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Wei Yu, Ping Shen, Zhang Bao, Kai Zhou, Beiwen Zheng, Jinru Ji, Lihua Guo, Chen Huang, Yonghong Xiao
The increasing prevalence of KPC-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (KPC-Kp) strains poses a serious threat to patients. Therapeutic options are limited to colistin, fosfomycin, tigecycline and selected aminoglycosides. Although the combination of fosfomycin with other antimicrobials is recommended, data regarding possible synergistic activity in vitro and in vivo appear inconsistent. Here we report that five drug combinations (fosfomycin combined with imipenem, ertapenem, tigecycline, colistin or amikacin) had a significant additive effect against 136 KPC-Kp strains in an in vitro chequerboard assay...
June 22, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648624/extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamases-and-plasmid-mediated-quinolone-resistance-in-enterobacterial-clinical-isolates-from-neonates-in-tunisia
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Karama Charfi, Raoudha Grami, Abir Ben Jeddou, Aziza Messaoudi, Yosra Mani, Olfa Bouallegue, Noureddine Boujaafar, Mahjoub Aouni, Hedi Mammeri, Wejdène Mansour
This study was conducted to investigate extended-spectrum-β-lactamase (ESBL) producing Enterobacteriaceae isolates from the Center of Maternity and Neonatology of Monastir, Tunisia. Fourty-six strains out of 283 were found to produce ESBL: Klebsiella pneumoniae (n = 37), Escherichia coli (n = 6), Enterobacter cloacae (n = 2), and Citrobacter freundi (n = 1). Genotyping analysis, using ERIC2 and RAPD, showed that strains were clonally unrelated. PCR amplification followed by sequencing revealed that all strains produced CTX-M-15...
June 22, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648477/time-to-antibiotics-administration-and-outcome-in-community-acquired-pneumonia-secondary-analysis-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Christophe Marti, Gregor John, Daniel Genné, Virginie Prendki, Olivier T Rutschmann, Jérôme Stirnemann, Nicolas Garin
BACKGROUND: The association between early antibiotic administration and outcomes remains controversial in patients hospitalized for community-acquired pneumonia. METHODS: We performed a secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial comparing two antibiotic treatment strategies for patients hospitalized for moderately severe CAP. The univariate and multivariate associations between time to antibiotic administration (TTA) and time to clinical stability were assessed using a Cox proportional hazard model...
June 22, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648393/etiologies-trends-and-predictors-of-30-day-readmissions-in-patients-with-diastolic-heart-failure
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Shilpkumar Arora, Sopan Lahewala, Hafeez Ul Hassan Virk, Saman Setareh-Shenas, Prashant Patel, Varun Kumar, Byomesh Tripathi, Harshil Shah, Viralkumar Patel, Umesh Gidwani, Abhishek Deshmukh, Apurva Badheka, Radha Gopalan
An estimated half of all heart failure (HF) populations has been categorized to have diastolic HF (DHF), but sparse data are available describing etiologies and predictors of 30-day readmission in DHF population. The study cohort was derived from the National Readmission Database 2013 to 2014, a subset of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. DHF was identified using International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision code 428.3x in primary diagnosis field...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648390/clinical-and-microbiological-characteristics-of-unusual-manifestations-of-invasive-pneumococcal-disease
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Adrian Sousa, Maria Teresa Pérez-Rodríguez, Andrés Nodar, Lucía Martínez-Lamas, Francisco Jose Vasallo, Maximiliano Álvarez-Fernández, Manuel Crespo
INTRODUCTION: Invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) typically presents as bacterial pneumonia, meningitis or primary bacteraemia. However, Streptococcus pneumoniae can produce infection at any level of the body (endocarditis, arthritis, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, etc.), which is also known as unusual IPD (uIPD). There are very limited data available about the clinical and microbiological profile of these uncommon manifestations of pneumococcal disease. Our aim was to analyse clinical forms, microbiological profile, epidemiology and prognosis of a cohort of patients with unusual invasive pneumococcal disease (uIPD)...
June 22, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648309/economic-burden-of-community-acquired-pneumonia-among-pediatric-patients-aged-3-months-to-19-years-in-the-philippines
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Bernadette A Tumanan-Mendoza, Victor L Mendoza, Melchor Victor G Frias, Dolores D Bonzon
OBJECTIVE: 1) To determine the hospitalization, follow-up and total costs, and the economic burden of community-acquired pneumonia among pediatric patients aged 3 months to <19 years of age; 2) To compare the estimated cost of hospitalization to the pneumonia case rate payments of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth). METHODS: Using the societal perspective, both healthcare and non-healthcare costs were estimated. This was done through two tertiary private hospitals in the Philippines...
May 2017: Value in Health Regional Issues
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648271/50-years-ago-in-the-journal-of-pediatrics-primary-atypical-pneumonia-an-epidemic-caused-by-mycoplasma-pneumoniae
#17
Sarah S Long
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647219/higher-mortality-of-severe-influenza-patients-with-probable-aspergillosis-than-those-with-and-without-other-coinfections
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Yee-Huang Ku, Khee-Siang Chan, Chun-Chieh Yang, Che-Kim Tan, Yin-Ching Chuang, Wen-Liang Yu
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Aspergillus-associated infection might comprise up to 23-29% of severe influenza patients from the community throughout stay in an intensive care unit (ICU). In Taiwan, cases of severe influenza with aspergillosis are increasingly reported. Therefore, we describe the relative risk of mortality among severe influenza patients with aspergillosis and other coinfections compared to severe influenza patients without Aspergillus coinfections. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 124 adult patients with severe influenza in a tertiary medical center in southern Taiwan from January 2015 through March 2016...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646969/things-that-could-be-mycoplasma-pneumoniae
#19
Ruben C A de Groot, Patrick M Meyer Sauteur, Wendy W J Unger, Annemarie M C van Rossum
M. pneumoniae infection gives rise to a wide variety of manifestations. The pathogenesis of secondary manifestations is not always known. Some depend on the direct invasion of M. pneumoniae and others on the indirect effect of M. pneumoniae through pathological immune responses, for instance autoreactive antibodies in Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Diagnosis remains challenging with currently available diagnostic tests, because they do not demonstrate a causal relation due to M. pneumoniae asymptomatic carriage or previous infection...
June 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646961/rhinovirus-not-just-the-common-cold
#20
Simon B Drysdale, Asuncion Mejias, Octavio Ramilo
Rhinoviruses (RV) are ubiquitous respiratory tract pathogens. They affect both the upper and lower respiratory tract and cause colds but have also been associated with wheezing, asthma exacerbations and pneumonia. New blood transcription profiling techniques of the host immune response are becoming available to characterise the pathogenesis of RV in humans. This review will outline the clinical impact of RVs in children.
June 2017: Journal of Infection
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