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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543785/phenotypic-and-genotypic-characteristics-of-candida-albicans-isolates-from-bloodstream-and-mucosal-infections
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Marina Mandelblat, Michael Frenkel, Darren Abbey, Ronen Ben Ami, Judith Berman, Esther Segal
The interaction of Candida albicans with the host is of a complex nature involving fungal factors and host's response. In this study, we concentrated on the phenotypic expression of virulence attributes and genotypic characteristics of C. albicans isolates from two distinct clinical entities of candidiasis-blood stream and vaginal infections, and the possible role of these factors. Hence, we conducted a comparative in vitro assessment of virulence characteristics, including adhesion to epithelial cells and HaCat cell line, biofilm formation, aspartic proteinases and phospholipase activity of 20 C...
May 22, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542918/multisite-external-validation-of-a-risk-prediction-model-for-the-diagnosis-of-blood-stream-infections-in-febrile-pediatric-oncology-patients-without-severe-neutropenia
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Adam J Esbenshade, Zhiguo Zhao, Catherine Aftandilian, Raya Saab, Rachel L Wattier, Melissa Beauchemin, Tamara P Miller, Jennifer J Wilkes, Michael J Kelly, Alison Fernbach, Michael Jeng, Cindy L Schwartz, Christopher C Dvorak, Yu Shyr, Karl G M Moons, Maria-Luisa Sulis, Debra L Friedman
BACKGROUND: Pediatric oncology patients are at an increased risk of invasive bacterial infection due to immunosuppression. The risk of such infection in the absence of severe neutropenia (absolute neutrophil count ≥ 500/μL) is not well established and a validated prediction model for blood stream infection (BSI) risk offers clinical usefulness. METHODS: A 6-site retrospective external validation was conducted using a previously published risk prediction model for BSI in febrile pediatric oncology patients without severe neutropenia: the Esbenshade/Vanderbilt (EsVan) model...
May 23, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542412/low-rates-of-antibiotic-resistance-and-infectious-mortality-in-a-cohort-of-high-risk-hematology-patients-a-single-center-retrospective-analysis-of-blood-stream-infection
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Jason R Conn, Elizabeth M Catchpoole, Naomi Runnegar, Sally J Mapp, Kate A Markey
Febrile neutropenia (FN) is a medical emergency and can represent a life-threatening complication for hematology patients treated with intensive chemotherapy regimens. In clinical practice, the diagnostic yield of blood cultures and other investigations which aim to identify a causative organism or site of infection is low. We have retrospectively examined all blood cultures collected in a "real world" cohort of patients receiving chemotherapy for acute leukemia and patients with aggressive lymphoma treated with Hyper-CVAD/MTX-cytarabine, at a single tertiary center over a five-year period...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542162/carbapenem-resistant-klebsiella-pneumoniae-in-barbados-driving-change-in-practice-at-the-national-level
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Corey Forde, Bryan Stierman, Pilar Ramon-Pardo, Thais Dos Santos, Nalini Singh
INTRODUCTION: Carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP) is of growing concern globally. The risk for transmission of antimicrobial resistant organisms across several continents to the Caribbean is a real one given its tourism industry. After a cluster of cases of CRKP were detected, several studies detailed in this report were initiated to better characterize the problem. METHODS: A hospital-wide point prevalence study and active surveillance were performed at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Barbados in 2013 to assess the prevalence of CRKP infection/colonization...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537045/evaluation-of-the-effect-of-meatal-stenosis-on-the-urinary-tract-by-using-ultrasonography
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Parisa Saeedi, Hassan Ahmadnia, Alireza Akhavan Rezayat
PURPOSE: Circumcision is one of the oldest surgical procedures that originated for religious purposes. Circumcision in infancy is a common procedure in our country and secondary meatal stenosis due to circumcision is a common complication. The aim of our study is to determine the effect of meatal stenosis on the lower and upperurinary tract of circumcised boys by using ultrasonography. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, we enrolled 87 circumcised boys between 4 to 8 years old with severe meatal stenosis...
May 23, 2017: Urology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533166/risk-factors-for-30-day-mortality-in-patients-with-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-bloodstream-infections
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Pedro Ayau, Ana C Bardossy, Guillermo Sanchez, Ricardo Ortiz, Daniela Moreno, Pamela Hartman, Khulood Rizvi, Tyler C Prentiss, Mary B Perri, Meredith Mahan, Vanthida Huang, Katherine Reyes, Marcus J Zervos
OBJECTIVES: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) blood stream infections (BSI) are a major health care problem accounting for a large percentage of nosocomial infections. The aim of this study was to identify risk factors associated with 30-day mortality in patients with MRSA BSI. METHODS: This was a retrospective study performed in Southeast Michigan. Over a 9- year period, total of 1,168 patients were identified with MRSA BSI. Patient demographics and clinical data were retrieved and evaluated using electronic medical health records...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513811/an-initially-unidentified-case-of-urinary-tract-infection-due-to-aerococcus-urinae
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Georgios Meletis, Dimitrios Chatzidimitriou, Fani Tsingerlioti, Fani Chatzopoulou, Georgios Tzimagiorgis
Aerococcus urinae is a microorganism responsible for urinary tract and blood stream infections which are rarely reported in clinical practice. However, it has been proposed that the infrequency of such reports may be partially due to difficulties related to pathogen identification. We present here a case of an elderly male patient with urinary tract infection where A. urinae was initially not identified by a private microbiology laboratory. Our report highlights the need to consider A. urinae as a causative agent of urinary tract infections because if not identified and properly treated it may lead to endocarditis or septicemia...
May 17, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507927/immune-dysfunction-in-cirrhosis
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Mohd Talha Noor, Piyush Manoria
Cirrhosis due to any etiology disrupts the homeostatic role of liver in the body. Cirrhosis-associated immune dysfunction leads to alterations in both innate and acquired immunity, due to defects in the local immunity of liver as well as in systemic immunity. Cirrhosis-associated immune dysfunction is a dynamic phenomenon, comprised of both increased systemic inflammation and immunodeficiency, and is responsible for 30% mortality. It also plays an important role in acute as well as chronic decompensation. Immune paralysis can accompany it, which is characterized by increase in anti-inflammatory cytokines and suppression of proinflammatory cytokines...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504348/broad-spectrum-macromolecular-antimicrobials-with-biofilm-disruption-capability-and-in-vivo-efficacy
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Jeremy P K Tan, Daniel J Coady, Haritz Sardon, Alexander Yuen, Shujun Gao, Shaun W Lim, Zhen Chang Liang, Eddy W Tan, Shrinivas Venkataraman, Amanda C Engler, Mareva Fevre, Robert Ono, Yi Yan Yang, James L Hedrick
In this study, antimicrobial polymers are synthesized by the organocatalytic ring-opening polymerization of an eight-membered heterocyclic carbonate monomer that is subsequently quaternized with methyl iodide. These polymers demonstrate activity against clinically relevant Gram-positive Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus aureus, Gram-negative Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and fungus Candida albicans with fast killing kinetics. Importantly, the polymer efficiently inhibits biofilm growth and lyses existing biofilm, leading to a reduction in biomass and cell viability...
May 15, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485360/monotherapy-versus-combination-therapy-against-carbapenem-resistant-gram-negative-bacteria-a-retrospective-observational-study
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A Ghafur, V Devarajan, T Raja, J Easow, M A Raja, S Sreenivas, B Ramakrishnan, S G Raman, D Devaprasad, B Venkatachalam, R Nimmagadda
BACKGROUND: Colistin-based combination therapy (CCT) is extensively used to treat infections due to carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative bacteria (CRGNB). There are no data available from India on the usefulness of combination therapy, especially in the oncology setup. The aim of this study was to analyze the clinical effectiveness of CCT over monotherapy in patients with CRGNB. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective, observational study of patients with CRGNB bloodstream infections in our oncology and bone marrow transplant center...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479017/reduced-nosocomial-infection-rate-in-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-during-a-4-year-surveillance-period
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Yong-Chuan Chen, Chen-Fu Lin, Yun-Jiau Fuh Rehn, Juei-Chao Chen, Po-Yen Chen, Chao-Huei Chen, Teh-Ming Wang, Fang-Liang Huang
BACKGROUND: Hospital-acquired infections are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in neonatal intensive care units (NICU). The aim of the study was to investigate the change of nosocomial infection rate in a NICU during a 4-year surveillance period. METHODS: We investigated the changes in nosocomial infection rates, infection sites, and microorganism species in a NICU before and after the unit was moved to a new location, extending from November 2008 to October 2012...
May 3, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475652/serum-microrna-122-and-wisteria-floribunda-agglutinin-positive-mac-2-binding-protein-are-useful-tools-for-liquid-biopsy-of-the-patients-with-hepatitis-b-virus-and-advanced-liver-fibrosis
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Masato Nakamura, Tatsuo Kanda, Xia Jiang, Yuki Haga, Koji Takahashi, Shuang Wu, Shin Yasui, Shingo Nakamoto, Osamu Yokosuka
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive methods to accurately and conveniently evaluate liver fibrosis are desirable. MicroRNA (miR) is one of the candidates. MiRs are small RNAs consisting of 19-25 nucleotides that negatively regulate many target genes at transcriptional levels. Recently, many researchers have focused on circulating miRs in the blood stream as biomarkers. Hepatic miR-122 has been reported to have an association with viral replication and hepatic fibrosis in chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatic C virus (HCV) infection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464580/-analysis-of-the-spectrum-and-resistance-of-pathogen-causing-sepsis-in-patients-with-severe-acute-pancreatitis
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H X Ma, L He, S W Cai, X L Xin, H D Shi, L Zhou, X J Shi
Objective: To investigate the characteristics of spectrum and drug resistance of pathogens causing sepsis in patients with severe acute pancreatitis(SAP). Methods: The clinical data of 63 SAP patients with sepsis admitted in Department of Hepatobiliary, People's Liberation Army General Hospital from January 2014 to December 2015 were retrospectively studied. There were 47 males and 16 females, aged from 22 to 73 years, with an average age of (52±11)years. Samples were collected mainly from: (1)pancreatic and peripancreatic necrosis and abdominal drainage; (2)bile; (3) blood or deep venous catheter; (4) sputum and tracheal catheter and thoracic drainage; (5) urine...
May 1, 2017: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461390/propofol-sedation-exacerbates-kidney-pathology-and-dissemination-of-bacteria-during-staphylococcus-aureus-bloodstream-infections
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Lavanya Visvabharathy, Nancy E Freitag
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is responsible for large numbers of post-surgical nosocomial infections across the United States and worldwide. Propofol anesthesia is widely used in surgery and in intensive care units, and recent evidence indicates that even brief exposure to propofol can substantially increase host susceptibility to microbial infection. Here we delineate the impact of propofol sedation on MRSA blood stream infections in mice in the presence and absence of prophylactic antibiotic treatment...
May 1, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442767/direct-rapid-antimicrobial-susceptibility-test-from-positive-blood-cultures-based-on-microscopic-imaging-analysis
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Jungil Choi, Hyun Yong Jeong, Gi Yoon Lee, Sangkwon Han, Shinhun Han, Bonghwan Jin, Taegeun Lim, Shin Kim, Dong Young Kim, Hee Chan Kim, Eui-Chong Kim, Sang Hoon Song, Taek Soo Kim, Sunghoon Kwon
For the timely treatment of patients with infections in bloodstream and cerebrospinal fluid, a rapid antimicrobial susceptibility test (AST) is urgently needed. Here, we describe a direct and rapid antimicrobial susceptibility testing (dRAST) system, which can determine the antimicrobial susceptibility of bacteria from a positive blood culture bottle (PBCB) in six hours. The positive blood culture sample is directly mixed with agarose and inoculated into a micropatterned plastic microchip with lyophilized antibiotic agents...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439517/incidence-and-risk-factors-for-organ-space-infection-after-radiofrequency-assisted-hepatectomy-or-ablation-of-liver-tumors-in-a-single-center-more-than-meets-the-eye
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Ioannis Karavokyros, Stamatios Orfanos, Anastasios Angelou, Antonia Meropouli, Dimitrios Schizas, John Griniatsos, Emmanouil Pikoulis
INTRODUCTION: Surgical site infections (SSIs) and especially organ/space infection (O/SI) after resection or ablation of liver tumors are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. A secondary blood stream infection (BSI) is considered an O/SI but the exact prevalence is unknown. We aimed to investigate the incidence of O/SI and BSIs in a cohort of consecutive patients after liver resection or ablation, to seek for a possible connection between them and to search for potential risk factors...
2017: Frontiers in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439199/comparison-of-methods-and-formulas-used-in-umbilical-venous-catheter-placement
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Mehmet Mutlu, Burcu Küçükalioğlu Parıltan, Yakup Aslan, İlker Eyüpoğlu, Şebnem Kader, Filiz Acar Aktürk
AIM: Central venous access is frequently provided by way of umbilical venous catheter placement in critically ill newborns. This study compared the methods of Dunn, Shukla-Ferrara, and Revised Shukla-Ferrara in determining the appropriate insertion length of umbilical vein catheters. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This prospective observational study was carried out in 121 newborns with umbilical venous catheter, group 1 (n=41) used Dunn method, group 2 (n=40) used the Shukla-Ferrara formula, and group 3 used revised Shukla-Ferrara formula (n=40)...
March 2017: Türk Pediatri Arşivi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429519/the-incidence-and-costs-of-bacteremia-due-to-lack-of-gentamicin-lock-solutions-for-dialysis-catheters
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Tze Liang Goh, Jason Wei, David Semple, John Collins
The use of antibiotic lock solutions as prophylaxis for catheter-associated blood stream infection (CRBSI) has been shown to be effective in previous randomized controlled trials. However, the cost-effectiveness of this approach had not been studied. In 2012, the routine gentamicin-heparin lock solution used in Auckland City Hospital was withdrawn from the market, leading to a change to heparin-only lock. This was then replaced with gentamicin-citrate lock in 2014. This situation allowed review of the CRBSI rate and financial impact of different catheter lock solutions...
June 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426649/the-importance-of-appropriate-initial-bacterial-colonization-of-the-intestine-in-newborn-child-and-adult-health
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REVIEW
W Allan Walker
The fetus does not reside in a sterile intrauterine environment and is exposed to commensal bacteria from the maternal gut/blood stream which crosses the placenta and enters the amniotic fluid. This intestinal exposure to colonizing bacteria continues at birth and during the first year of life and has a profound influence on lifelong health. Why is this important? Intestinal crosstalk with colonizing bacteria in the developing intestine affects the infant's adaptation to extrauterine life (immune homeostasis) and provides protection against disease expression (allergy, autoimmune disease, obesity, etc...
April 20, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425261/central-line-associated-blood-stream-infections-characteristics-and-risk-factors-for-mortality-over-a-5-5-year-period
#20
Aynur Atilla, Zahide Doğanay, Hale Kefeli Çelik, Mehmet Derya Demirağ, Sırrı S Kiliç
BACKGROUND/AIM: Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) are associated with substantial morbidity and mortality and the infection rates vary in a wide range1397645907(high: 62.5%; low: 20%) in developing countries. We aimed to investigate the characteristics and the risk factors for mortality in patients with CLABSIs in intensive care units (ICUs) and provide the relevant data. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The electronic medical records database and file records obtained through active surveillance by an infection control committee of a hospital were screened to identify patients with CLABSIs hospitalized from January 2008 through July 2013...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
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