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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213689/serious-fungal-infections-in-egypt
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S M Zaki, D W Denning
We aimed to estimate the burden of serious fungal infections in Egypt, currently unknown, based on the size of the populations at risk and available epidemiological data. Data were obtained from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and published reports with clearcut denominators. When no data existed, risk populations were used to estimate frequencies of fungal infections, using previously described methodology. The population of Egypt in 2011 was ∼82,500,000; 31% children, and 8% women >60 years of age...
February 17, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209197/accuracy-and-generalizability-of-using-automated-methods-for-identifying-adverse-events-from-electronic-health-record-data-a-validation-study-protocol
#2
Christian M Rochefort, David L Buckeridge, Andréanne Tanguay, Alain Biron, Frédérick D'Aragon, Shengrui Wang, Benoit Gallix, Louis Valiquette, Li-Anne Audet, Todd C Lee, Dev Jayaraman, Bruno Petrucci, Patricia Lefebvre
BACKGROUND: Adverse events (AEs) in acute care hospitals are frequent and associated with significant morbidity, mortality, and costs. Measuring AEs is necessary for quality improvement and benchmarking purposes, but current detection methods lack in accuracy, efficiency, and generalizability. The growing availability of electronic health records (EHR) and the development of natural language processing techniques for encoding narrative data offer an opportunity to develop potentially better methods...
February 16, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173801/cryptococcus-gattii-molecular-type-vgii-infection-associated-with-lung-disease-in-a-goat
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Evelin Catarine da Silva, Juliana Mariotti Guerra, Luciana Neves Torres, Alessandra Maria Dias Lacerda, Raquel Gonçalves Gomes, Danilo Marin Rodrigues, Rodrigo Albergaria Réssio, Priscilla Anne Melville, Camila Cecilia Martin, Fernando José Benesi, Lílian Rose Marques de Sá, Bruno Cogliati
BACKGROUND: Cryptococcus gattii-induced cryptococcosis is an emerging infectious disease of humans and animals with worldwide distribution and public health importance due to its significant morbidity and mortality rate. The present study aimed to report a case of pulmonary infection by C. gattii molecular type VGII in State of São Paulo, Brazil. CASE PRESENTATION: A 5-year-old goat showing intermittent dry cough, ruminal tympany, anorexia, fever, tachycardia and tachypnea was presented for necropsy at the Veterinary Hospital of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences, São Paulo University, São Paulo, Brazil...
February 7, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161742/serious-fungal-infections-in-thailand
#4
M Chayakulkeeree, D W Denning
The burden of serious fungal infection in Thailand is increasing but data regarding its incidence and prevalence are lacking. In this study we aimed to estimate the burden of serious fungal diseases in Thailand based on the size of the populations at risk and available epidemiological databases. Data derived from The Bureau of Epidemiology, Department of Disease Control, Thai Ministry of Public Health, World Health Organisation, international and local reports, and some unreported data were used. When no data existed, risk populations were used to estimate frequencies of fungal infections, using previously described methodology by LIFE...
February 4, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159744/effectiveness-of-fundoplication-or-gastrojejunal-feeding-in-children-with-neurologic-impairment
#5
Bryan Stone, Gabrielle Hester, Daniel Jackson, Troy Richardson, Matt Hall, Ramkiran Gouripeddi, Ryan Butcher, Ron Keren, Rajendu Srivastava
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Gastroesophageal reflux (GER), aspiration, and secondary complications lead to morbidity and mortality in children with neurologic impairment (NI), dysphagia, and gastrostomy feeding. Fundoplication and gastrojejunal (GJ) feeding can reduce risk. We compared GJ to fundoplication using first-year postprocedure reflux-related hospitalization (RRH) rates. METHODS: We identified children with NI, dysphagia requiring gastrostomy tube feeding and GER undergoing initial GJ placement or fundoplication from January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2012...
February 3, 2017: Hospital Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137503/evaluating-the-risk-of-pneumonia-with-inhaled-corticosteroids-in-copd-retrospective-database-studies-have-their-limitations-sa
#6
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J Bourbeau, S D Aaron, N C Barnes, K J Davis, Y Lacasse, G Nadeau
: An increased risk of non-fatal pneumonia has been documented in COPD patients treated with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) in randomized clinical trials. Retrospective database analyses have been conducted to evaluate this signal in larger populations treated in the community. To understand how methodological choices may influence results in observational studies, we compared two recent Canadian studies which used health administrative databases from Quebec and Ontario and came to opposite conclusions on the risk of pneumonia in ICS treated COPD patients...
February 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122199/current-meningitis-outbreak-in-ghana-historical-perspectives-and-the-importance-of-diagnostics
#7
REVIEW
Alexander Kwarteng, John Amuasi, Augustina Annan, Samuel Ahuno, David Opare, Michael Nagel, Christof Vinnemeier, Jürgen May, Ellis Owusu-Dabo
Bacterial meningitis continues to be one of the most dreaded infections in sub-Saharan Africa and other countries that fall in the "meningitis belt" due to recurrent nature of the infection and the sequel of deliberating effects among survivors even after treatment. Ghana has had recurrent epidemics in the past but has been free from high mortality levels. Whereas reasons for the low reported number of deaths in the past are unclear, we hypothesize that it may be due to increased vaccination from expanded program on immunization (EPI) and consequent herd immunity of the general population...
January 22, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103325/assessing-fifty-years-of-general-health-surveillance-of-roe-deer-in-switzerland-a-retrospective-analysis-of-necropsy-reports
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Mirjam Pewsner, Francesco Carlo Origgi, Joachim Frey, Marie-Pierre Ryser-Degiorgis
General wildlife health surveillance is a valuable source of information on the causes of mortality, disease susceptibility and pathology of the investigated hosts and it is considered to be an essential component of early warning systems. However, the representativeness of data from such surveillance programs is known to be limited by numerous biases. The roe deer (Capreolus capreolus capreolus) is the most abundant ungulate and a major game species all over Europe. Yet, internationally available literature on roe deer pathology is scarce...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099093/patients-with-infectious-endocarditis-and-drug-dependence-have-worse-clinical-outcomes-after-valvular-surgery
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Anthony Lemaire, Viktor Dombrovskiy, Siavash Saadat, George Batsides, Aziz Ghaly, Alan Spotnitz, Leonard Y Lee
BACKGROUND: Patients with infective endocarditis (IE) are at high risk for post-operative morbidity and death, which might be associated with drug abuse. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of drug dependence on outcomes in patients who have IE and undergo valvular surgery (VS). PATIENTS AND METHODS: The Nationwide/National Inpatient Sample 2001-2012 was queried to select patients with IE who had elective VS using International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification diagnosis and procedure codes...
January 18, 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096867/nasal-nosocomial-myiasis-infection-caused-by-chrysomya-bezziana-diptera-calliphoridae-following-the-septicemia-a-case-report
#10
Seyed Farzin Mircheraghi, Seyed Farzam Mircheraghi, Hamed Ramezani Awal Riabi, Arezoo Parsapour
A 74 yr old woman from Gonabad, southern part of Khorasan Razavi Province of Iran was admitted to a Hospital of Gonabad, because of respiratory distress, exertional dyspnea and fever. Close contact with domestic animals, history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and completely resolved pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) in remote past, were notable parts of her past medical history. Due to clinical, paraclinical and radiographic findings and because of recent hospitalization, she was admitted to internal medicine ward with the diagnosis of health care associated pneumonia (HCAP)...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080991/minimizing-fungal-disease-deaths-will-allow-the-unaids-target-of-reducing-annual-aids-deaths-below-500-000-by-2020-to-be-realized
#11
REVIEW
David W Denning
Deaths from AIDS (1 500 000 in 2013) have been falling more slowly than anticipated with improved access to antiretroviral therapy. Opportunistic infections account for most AIDS-related mortality, with a median age of death in the mid-30s. About 360 000 (24%) of AIDS deaths are attributed to tuberculosis. Fungal infections deaths in AIDS were estimated at more than 700 000 deaths (47%) annually. Rapid diagnostic tools and antifungal agents are available for these diseases and would likely have a major impact in reducing deaths...
December 5, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069652/antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-results-from-four-years-2012-2015-of-the-international-network-for-optimal-resistance-monitoring-inform-program-in-the-united-states
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Helio S Sader, Michael D Huband, Mariana Castanheira, Robert K Flamm
Pseudomonas aeruginosa represents a major cause of health-care associated infections, and inappropriate initial antimicrobial therapy is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. The International Network for Optimal Resistance Monitoring (INFORM) program monitors the in vitro activity of ceftazidime-avibactam and many comparators agents. We evaluated the antimicrobial susceptibility of 7,452 P. aeruginosa isolates collected from 79 USA medical centers in 2012-2015. The isolates were collected and tested consecutively for susceptibility by broth microdilution method...
January 9, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033143/probiotics-for-trauma-patients-should-we-be-taking-a-precautionary-approach
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Heather A Vitko, L Kathleen Sekula, Martin A Schreiber
The use of probiotics in the hospital setting is largely understudied and highly controversial. Probiotics are living organisms that, when taken internally, can produce an immunomodulating effect and improve the gastrointestinal (GI) mucosal barrier. Although used for centuries by healthy individuals for GI health, their use in the hospital setting is now gaining wide attention for the prevention of infectious complications such as antibiotic-associated diarrhea, Clostridium difficile infections, multiple-organ dysfunction syndrome, and ventilator-associated pneumonia...
January 2017: Journal of Trauma Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007477/national-and-subnational-all-cause-and-cause-specific-child-mortality-in-china-1996-2015-a-systematic-analysis-with-implications-for-the-sustainable-development-goals
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Chunhua He, Li Liu, Yue Chu, Jamie Perin, Li Dai, Xiaohong Li, Lei Miao, Leni Kang, Qi Li, Robert Scherpbier, Sufang Guo, Igor Rudan, Peige Song, Kit Yee Chan, Yan Guo, Robert E Black, Yanping Wang, Jun Zhu
BACKGROUND: China has achieved Millennium Development Goal 4 to reduce under-5 mortality rate by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015. In this study, we estimated the national and subnational levels and causes of child mortality in China annually from 1996 to 2015 to draw implications for achievement of the SDGs for China and other low-income and middle-income countries. METHODS: In this systematic analysis, we adjusted empirical data on levels and causes of child mortality collected in the China Maternal and Child Health Surveillance System to generate representative estimates at the national and subnational levels...
February 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981339/climate-change-heat-and-mortality-in-the-tropical-urban-area-of-san-juan-puerto-rico
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Pablo A Méndez-Lázaro, Cynthia M Pérez-Cardona, Ernesto Rodríguez, Odalys Martínez, Mariela Taboas, Arelis Bocanegra, Rafael Méndez-Tejeda
Extreme heat episodes are becoming more common worldwide, including in tropical areas of Australia, India, and Puerto Rico. Higher frequency, duration, and intensity of extreme heat episodes are triggering public health issues in most mid-latitude and continental cities. With urbanization, land use and land cover have affected local climate directly and indirectly encouraging the Urban Heat Island effect with potential impacts on heat-related morbidity and mortality among urban populations. However, this association is not completely understood in tropical islands such as Puerto Rico...
December 15, 2016: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974860/a-novel-microfluidic-assay-for-rapid-phenotypic-antibiotic-susceptibility-testing-of-bacteria-detected-in-clinical-blood-cultures
#16
Christer Malmberg, Pikkei Yuen, Johanna Spaak, Otto Cars, Thomas Tängdén, Pernilla Lagerbäck
BACKGROUND: Appropriate antibiotic therapy is critical in the management of severe sepsis and septic shock to reduce mortality, morbidity and health costs. New methods for rapid antibiotic susceptibility testing are needed because of increasing resistance rates to standard treatment. AIMS: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the performance of a novel microfluidic method and the potential to directly apply this method on positive blood cultures. METHODS: Minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of ciprofloxacin, ceftazidime, tigecycline and/or vancomycin for Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus were determined using a linear antibiotic concentration gradient in a microfluidic assay...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942512/treating-the-host-response-to-emerging-virus-diseases-lessons-learned-from-sepsis-pneumonia-influenza-and-ebola
#17
REVIEW
David S Fedson
There is an ongoing threat of epidemic or pandemic diseases that could be caused by influenza, Ebola or other emerging viruses. It will be difficult and costly to develop new drugs that target each of these viruses. Statins and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) have been effective in treating patients with sepsis, pneumonia and influenza, and a statin/ARB combination appeared to dramatically reduce mortality during the recent Ebola outbreak. These drugs target (among other things) the endothelial dysfunction found in all of these diseases...
November 2016: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939058/a-cleaner-burning-biomass-fuelled-cookstove-intervention-to-prevent-pneumonia-in-children-under-5-years-old-in-rural-malawi-the-cooking-and-pneumonia-study-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial
#18
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Kevin Mortimer, Chifundo B Ndamala, Andrew W Naunje, Jullita Malava, Cynthia Katundu, William Weston, Deborah Havens, Daniel Pope, Nigel G Bruce, Moffat Nyirenda, Duolao Wang, Amelia Crampin, Jonathan Grigg, John Balmes, Stephen B Gordon
BACKGROUND: WHO estimates exposure to air pollution from cooking with solid fuels is associated with over 4 million premature deaths worldwide every year including half a million children under the age of 5 years from pneumonia. We hypothesised that replacing open fires with cleaner burning biomass-fuelled cookstoves would reduce pneumonia incidence in young children. METHODS: We did a community-level open cluster randomised controlled trial to compare the effects of a cleaner burning biomass-fuelled cookstove intervention to continuation of open fire cooking on pneumonia in children living in two rural districts, Chikhwawa and Karonga, of Malawi...
14, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876075/chlorhexidine-bathing-and-health-care-associated-infections-among-adult-intensive-care-patients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#19
Steven A Frost, Mari-Cris Alogso, Lauren Metcalfe, Joan M Lynch, Leanne Hunt, Ritesh Sanghavi, Evan Alexandrou, Kenneth M Hillman
BACKGROUND: Health care-associated infections (HAI) have been shown to increase length of stay, the cost of care, and rates of hospital deaths (Kaye and Marchaim, J Am Geriatr Soc 62(2):306-11, 2014; Roberts and Scott, Med Care 48(11):1026-35, 2010; Warren and Quadir, Crit Care Med 34(8):2084-9, 2006; Zimlichman and Henderson, JAMA Intern Med 173(22):2039-46, 2013). Importantly, infections acquired during a hospital stay have been shown to be preventable (Loveday and Wilson, J Hosp Infect 86:S1-70, 2014)...
November 23, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869620/safety-and-outcomes-of-inpatient-compared-with-outpatient-surgical-procedures-for-ankle-fractures
#20
Charles Qin, Robert G Dekker, Jordan T Blough, Anish R Kadakia
BACKGROUND: As the cost of health-care delivery rises in the era of bundled payments for care, there is an impetus toward minimizing hospitalization. Evidence to support the safety of open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of ankle fractures in the outpatient setting is largely anecdotal. METHODS: Patients who underwent ORIF from 2005 to 2013 were identified via postoperative diagnoses of ankle fracture and Current Procedural Terminology codes; patients with open fractures and patients who were emergency cases were excluded...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
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