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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630239/an-unusual-case-of-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-infection-with-pseudomembranous-colitis-like-lesions-associated-with-haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome-and-neurological-sequelae
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James Kennedy, Lauren Simmonds, Robert Orme, Warren Doherty
A 75-year-old man was admitted with abdominal pain and fresh rectal bleeding. Significantly, he had no risk factors for Clostridium difficile infection. An abdominal CT demonstrated colonic thickening, and flexible sigmoidoscopy identified pseudomembranous colitis-like lesions. After initial treatment as C. difficile colitis, a stool sample revealed Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection. Antibiotic therapy was stopped due to the risk of lysis-mediated toxin release, but unfortunately, the patient continued to deteriorate...
June 18, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627952/clinical-efficacy-of-piperacillin-tazobactam-in-the-treatment-of-complicated-skin-and-soft-tissue-infections
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Kohei Takimoto, Qianzhi Wang, Daisuke Suzuki, Mitsuya Katayama, Yoshiro Hayashi
Introduction Complicated skin and soft tissue infections (cSSTIs) are skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) that involve deep soft tissue. cSSTIs often require surgical intervention and/or hospitalization. cSSTIs are associated with significant mortality and morbidity, and carry a significant burden on health care systems. Piperacillin/tazobactam has been regarded as a standard treatment for cSSTIs because of its antibiotic spectrum, safety and clinical efficacy. Several antibiotics, as compared to piperacillin/tazobactam, have been evaluated in the treatment of cSSTIs...
June 19, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601833/targeted-simplification-versus-antipseudomonal-broad-spectrum-beta-lactams-in-patients-with-bloodstream-infections-due-to-enterobacteriaceae-simplify-a-study-protocol-for-a-multicentre-open-label-phase-iii-randomised-controlled-non-inferiority-clinical-trial
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Luis Eduardo López-Cortés, Clara Rosso-Fernández, María Núñez-Núñez, Lucía Lavín-Alconero, José Bravo-Ferrer, Ángel Barriga, Mercedes Delgado, Carmen Lupión, Pilar Retamar, Jesús Rodríguez-Baño
INTRODUCTION: Within the context of antimicrobial stewardship programmes, de-escalation of antimicrobial therapy is one of the proposed strategies for reducing the unnecessary use of broad-spectrum antibiotics (BSA). The empirical treatment of nosocomial and some healthcare-associated bloodstream infections (BSI) frequently includes a beta-lactam with antipseudomonal activity as monotherapy or in combination with other drugs, so there is a great opportunity to optimise the empirical therapy based on microbiological data...
June 9, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584140/safety-tolerability-systemic-exposure-and-metabolism-of-crs3123-a-methionyl-trna-synthetase-inhibitor-developed-for-treatment-of-clostridium-difficile-infections-in-a-phase-i-study
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Seema U Nayak, J McLeod Griffiss, Jeffrey Blumer, Mary Ann O'Riordan, Wesley Gray, Robin McKenzie, Robert A Jurao, Amanda T An, Melissa Le, Stacie J Bell, Urs A Ochsner, Thale C Jarvis, Nebojsa Janjic, Jonathan M Zenilman
Clostridium difficile causes antibiotic associated diarrhea and is a major public health concern. Current therapies disrupt the protective intestinal flora, do not reliably prevent recurrent infections and will be decreasingly effective should less susceptible strains emerge. CRS3123 is an oral agent that inhibits bacterial methionyl-tRNA synthetase, has potent activity against C. difficile and aerobic Gram positive bacteria, but little activity against Gram negative bacteria, including anaerobes. This first-in-human, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-escalation study evaluated the safety and systemic exposure of CRS3123 after a single oral dose in healthy adults...
June 5, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578555/infections-due-to-acinetobacter-baumannii-in-the-icu-treatment-options
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Joseph P Lynch, George G Zhanel, Nina M Clark
Bacteria within the genus Acinetobacter (principally A. baumannii-calcoaceticus complex [ABC]) are gram-negative coccobacilli that may cause nosocomial infections in critically ill or debilitated patients (particularly ventilator-associated pneumonia and infections of the bloodstream, urinary tract, and wounds). Treatment of Acinetobacter infections is difficult, as Acinetobacter spp. are intrinsically resistant to multiple antimicrobial agents, and have a remarkable ability to acquire new resistance determinants via mechanisms that include plasmids, transposons, integrons, and resistance islands...
June 2017: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578550/ventilator-associated-pneumonia-the-role-of-emerging-diagnostic-technologies
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Marin H Kollef, Carey-Ann D Burnham
Antibiotic resistance has emerged as a key determinant of outcome in patients with serious infections along with the virulence of the underlying pathogen. Within the intensive care unit (ICU) setting, ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a common nosocomial infection that is frequently caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria. Antimicrobial resistance is a growing challenge in the care of critically ill patients. Escalating rates of antibiotic resistance add substantially to the morbidity, mortality, and cost related to infection in the ICU...
June 2017: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573366/-antibiotic-stewardship%C3%A2-2-0-individualization-of-therapy
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REVIEW
M W Pletz, E Tacconelli, T Welte
Antibiotic resistance is a part of bacterial evolution and therefore unavoidable. In the context of missing novel treatment options, the restrictive use of available antibiotics in order to decelerate the spread of resistance is of high importance. This is the aim of Antibiotic Stewardship (ABS). ABS consists of two sides: a structural one and an individual one. The former deals with the formation of ABS teams, the analysis of antibiotic usage and resistance development, and the implementation of certain measures to improve antibiotic use; the latter is reflected by concrete bedside decisions: How can (broad) spectrum antibiotics be spared without harming the patient? This can be achieved, for example, by de-escalation, limiting duration of treatment, and avoiding nonindicated use...
June 1, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546381/adjunct-therapies-for-refractory-status-asthmaticus-in-children
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Kyle J Rehder
Asthma exacerbation is a common reason for children to present to the emergency department. If primary therapies fail to halt the progression of an asthma flare, status asthmaticus often leads to hospital, and potentially ICU, admission. Following the initial administration of inhaled β agonists and systemic corticosteroids, a wide array of adjunct medical therapies may be used to treat status asthmaticus. Unfortunately, the data supporting the use of these adjunct therapies are often unclear, conflicting, or absent...
June 2017: Respiratory Care
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/28528646/metal-based-combinations-that-target-protein-synthesis-by-fungi
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Cindy Vallières, Simon V Avery
A wide range of fungicides (or antifungals) are used in agriculture and medicine, with activities against a spectrum of fungal pathogens. Unfortunately, the evolution of fungicide resistance has become a major issue. Therefore, there is an urgent need for new antifungal treatments. Certain metals have been used for decades as efficient fungicides in agriculture. However, concerns over metal toxicity have escalated over this time. Recent studies have revealed that metals like copper and chromate can impair functions required for the fidelity of protein synthesis in fungi...
2017: Advances in Microbial Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514711/self-assembly-of-dna-porphyrin-hybrid-molecules-for-the-creation-of-antimicrobial-nanonetwork
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Rina Kumari, Mohd Imran Khan, Sourav Bhowmick, Kislay K Sinha, Neeladri Das, Prolay Das
DNA derived well-controlled arrangement of porphyrins has emerged as promising hybrid nanostructures. Exceptional biocompatibility and DNA-directed surface addressability coupled with rich symmetry features of the porphyrin have made these hybrid nanostructures attractive candidates for potential biomedical and biotechnological applications. However, the noteworthy photophysical properties of porphyrin and related molecules when present in DNA based nanostructures are yet to be explored fully and should be a matter of intense research that may unearth a plethora of interesting applications of these nanostructures...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506082/novel-use-of-active-leptospermum-honey-for-ringed-fixator-pin-site-care-in-diabetic-charcot-deformity-patients
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Alexander L Lazarides, Kamran S Hamid, Michael S Kerzner
INTRODUCTION: Open reduction with external fixation (OREF) utilizing fine wire ringed fixators for correction of Charcot deformity has gained popularity over the past decade. Pin site infections are a well-documented complication of external fixation as well as a driver of escalating health care costs. We aimed to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of a novel method of pin site care utilizing active Leptospermum honey-impregnated dressings (MediHoney) in diabetic patients undergoing deformity correction with OREF...
May 1, 2017: Foot & Ankle Specialist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482307/fate-of-antibiotics-in-soil-and-their-uptake-by-edible-crops
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REVIEW
Min Pan, L M Chu
Antibiotics are bioactive substances, and their use as human and animal medicines for illness prevention, disease treatment and growth promotion has increased in recent decades. They are excreted, either unchanged or metabolized, and are discharged to the environment through animal manure, municipal wastewater or biosolids. Consequently, these chemicals reach cropland, which is advocated as a means of recycling. As these drugs are used in escalating quantities, there is growing concern over their presence, toxicity and fate in the soil, which may pose adverse effects on plant growth and productivity, as well as result in their uptake and accumulation in crops...
December 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457962/disruption-of-drug-resistant-biofilms-using-de-novo-designed-short-%C3%AE-helical-antimicrobial-peptides-with-idealized-facial-amphiphilicity
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Jasmeet Singh Khara, Sybil Obuobi, Ying Wang, Melissa Shea Hamilton, Brian D Robertson, Sandra M Newton, Yi Yan Yang, Paul R Langford, Pui Lai Rachel Ee
The escalating threat of antimicrobial resistance has increased pressure to develop novel therapeutic strategies to tackle drug-resistant infections. Antimicrobial peptides have emerged as a promising class of therapeutics for various systemic and topical clinical applications. In this study, the de novo design of α-helical peptides with idealized facial amphiphilicities, based on an understanding of the pertinent features of protein secondary structures, is presented. Synthetic amphiphiles composed of the backbone sequence (X1Y1Y2X2)n, where X1 and X2 are hydrophobic residues (Leu or Ile or Trp), Y1 and Y2 are cationic residues (Lys), and n is the number repeat units (2 or 2...
April 27, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446572/evaluation-of-the-accelerate-pheno%C3%A2-system-for-fast-identification-and-antimicrobial-susceptibility-testing-from-positive-blood-culture-in-gram-negative-bloodstream-infection
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Matthias Marschal, Johanna Bachmaier, Ingo Autenrieth, Philipp Oberhettinger, Matthias Willmann, Silke Peter
Bloodstream infections (BSI) are an important cause of morbidity and mortality. Increasing rates of antimicrobial resistant pathogens limit treatment options, prompting an empirical use of broad-range antibiotics. Fast and reliable diagnostic tools are needed to provide adequate therapy in a timely manner and to enable a de-escalation of treatment.The Accelerate Pheno™ system (Accelerate Diagnostics, USA) is a fully automated test system that performs both identification (ID) and antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) directly from positive blood cultures within approx...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416559/a-novel-non-antibiotic-nitroglycerin-based-catheter-lock-solution-for-the-prevention-of-intraluminal-central-venous-catheter-infections-in-cancer-patients
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Anne-Marie Chaftari, Ray Hachem, Ariel Szvalb, Mahnaz Taremi, Bruno Granwehr, George Michael Viola, Amin Sapna, Andrew Assaf, Numan Yazan, Pankil Shah, Ketevan Gasitashvili, Elizabeth Natividad, Ying Jiang, Rebecca Slack, Ruth Reitzel, Joel Rosenblatt, Elie Mouhayar, Issam Raad
Background: For long-term central lines (CL), the lumen is the major source of central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI). Current standard of care for maintaining catheter patency includes flushing the CL with saline or heparin. Neither agent has any antimicrobial activity. Furthermore heparin may enhance staphylococcal biofilm formation. We evaluated the safety and efficacy of a novel non-antibiotic catheter lock solution for the prevention of CLABSI.Patients and Methods: Between November 2015, and February 2016, we enrolled 60 patients with hematologic malignancies who had peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) to receive the study lock solution...
April 17, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414662/weil-s-disease-from-a-local-new-orleans-bar
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H P Kahn, L Bateman
INTRODUCTION: Leptospirosis is a zoonotic infection that typically presents with fever, myalgias, nausea, and vomiting after contact with contaminated waters or infected animals (typically rodents); and their excrements. Conditions favorable to the transmission of leptospirosis are common in LA and, without treatment, leptospirosis can lead to both liver and renal failure, meningitis, pulmonary hemorrhage and ultimately death. CASE: A 56 year old woman with no past medical history presented to the Emergency Department with weakness, myalgias, jaundice and decreased urine output for one week...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413497/antibiotic-de-escalation-principle-in-elderly-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-complicated-with-severe-pneumonia
#18
Baohong Xiao, Mei Wang, Xiaoling Hu, Jinfeng Li, Fangfang Wang, Jiaxing Sun
The present study investigated the clinical effect of antibiotic de-escalation therapy in elderly patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) complicated with severe pneumonia. According to the parity method of hospitalization number, 86 cases were selected and divided into the observation and control group with 43 cases each. Based on empirical antibiotic application, levofloxacin and cephalosporin antibiotics were used in the control group. After treatment for 3 days, the regimen was adjusted to antibiotics active against Gram-positive (G+) and Gram-negative (G-) bacteria such as the third or fourth generation cephalosporin antibiotics, combined with aminoglycoside, or macrolide antibiotics according to their effects...
April 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402317/simultaneous-and-quantitative-monitoring-of-co-cultured-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-and-staphylococcus-aureus-with-antibiotics-on-a-diffusometric-platform
#19
Chih-Yao Chung, Jhih-Cheng Wang, Han-Sheng Chuang
Successful treatments against bacterial infections depend on antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST). However, conventional AST requires more than 24 h to obtain an outcome, thereby contributing to high patient mortality. An antibiotic therapy based on experiences is therefore necessary for saving lives and escalating the emergence of multidrug-resistant pathogens. Accordingly, a fast and effective drug screen is necessary for the appropriate administration of antibiotics. The mixed pathogenic nature of infectious diseases emphasizes the need to develop an assay system for polymicrobial infections...
April 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395597/genome-sequencing-and-comparative-analysis-of-an-ndm-1-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-st15-isolated-from-a-refugee-patient
#20
Tamara Salloum, Harout Arabaghian, Sahar Alousi, Edmond Abboud, Sima Tokajian
The escalating problem of antibiotic resistance, specifically cabarpenemase and extended-spectrum β-lacatamase (ESBL) producing K. pneumoniae strains, is directly correlated with increased patient morbidity and mortality and prolonged hospitalization and costs. In this study, a comprehensive genomic analysis encompassing the resistomics, virulence repertoire and mobile genetic elements of an NDM-1 positive ESBL-producing K. pneumoniae EA-MEH ST15 isolated from a urine sample collected from a Syrian refugee was conducted...
April 11, 2017: Pathogens and Global Health
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