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By Elvis Amao Internal Medicine , Cardiology and infectious diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890334/control-of-carbapenemase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-outbreaks-in-acute-settings-an-evidence-review
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C E French, C Coope, L Conway, J P T Higgins, J McCulloch, G Okoli, B C Patel, I Oliver
BACKGROUND: In recent years, infections with carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) have been increasing globally and present a major public health challenge. AIM: To review the international literature: (i) to describe CPE outbreaks in acute hospital settings globally; and (ii) to identify the control measures used during these outbreaks and report on their effectiveness. METHODS: A systematic search of MEDLINE and EMBASE databases, abstract lists for key conferences and reference lists of key reviews was undertaken, and information on unpublished outbreaks was sought for 2000-2015...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27753689/new-and-emerging-therapies-for-clostridium-difficile-infection
#2
Jessica Martin, Mark Wilcox
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Clostridium difficile infection has attained high prominence given its prevalence and impacts on patients and healthcare institutions. Multiple new approaches to the prevention and treatment of C. difficile infection (CDI) are undergoing clinical trials. RECENT FINDINGS: Bezlotoxumab is a monoclonal antibody against toxin B that has successfully completed phase III studies, demonstrating a significant reduction in recurrent CDI when given with standard of care antibiotics...
December 2016: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783030/new-anti-hepatitis-b-virus-drugs-under-development-and-evaluation
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Jiaqian Pan, Shuangmei Tong, Lei Kang, Jing Tang
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Although available therapies can effectively inhibit hepatitis B virus (HBV) replication in patients with active chronic hepatitis B (CHB) infection, therapeutic efficacy is limited because of potential drug resistance, and an inability to mediate viral clearance and to rectify immune impairment in CHB patients. This review will summarize the state-of-the-art for anti-HBV drugs and focus on potential drugs and targets under development and evaluation. RECENT FINDINGS: New developing drugs are evaluated for their antiviral effects in the areas of interference with the viral replication cycle, elimination of covalently closed circular DNA, modulation of host immunity and identification of the La protein and its regulator casein kinase as possible targets for the development of anti-HBV therapies...
December 2016: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798497/recent-advances-in-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-tuberculous-meningitis
#4
Nguyen T H Mai, Guy E Thwaites
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Tuberculous meningitis is a devastating infection that is hard to diagnose and treat. We have reviewed tuberculous meningitis original research published within the past 18 months, selecting studies which we consider have most advanced knowledge. RECENT FINDINGS: We review advances in diagnostic methods, anti-tuberculosis chemotherapy, and the common complications of tuberculous meningitis. New commercial molecular diagnostic tests, such as GeneXpert MTB/RIF, have an important role in tuberculous meningitis diagnosis, but as with all other available tests, they lack sensitivity and cannot rule out the disease...
October 27, 2016: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798498/hiv-associated-neurocognitive-disorder
#5
David B Clifford
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: HIV-associated neurocognitive disease is the most active topic for neuroAIDS investigations at present. Although impairment is mild in patients successfully treated with modern antiviral regimens, it remains an ongoing problem for HIV patients. It is important to update the emerging research concerning HIV-associated neurocognitive disease. RECENT FINDINGS: The virus enters the brain during acute infection, with evidence for abnormal functioning that may occur early and often persists...
October 27, 2016: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27820708/lyme-neuroborreliosis
#6
Uwe Koedel, Hans-Walter Pfister
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Lyme disease is a multistage and multisystem disease. Neurological manifestations [termed Lyme neuroborreliosis (LNB)] occur in about 10% of patients with Lyme disease. Diagnostics and treatment of early and late LNB are widely established. However, the management of persistent symptoms is still fraught with controversies, and therefore is the focus of this review. RECENT FINDINGS: The incidence of Lyme disease seems to be much higher than previously assumed...
November 4, 2016: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26600449/maternal-sepsis-and-septic-shock
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REVIEW
Ahmad Chebbo, Susanna Tan, Christelle Kassis, Leslie Tamura, Richard W Carlson
The year 2015 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ignaz Semmelweis, the Hungarian physician who identified unhygienic practices of physicians as a major cause of childbed fever or puerperal sepsis. Although such practices have largely disappeared as a factor in the development of chorioamnionitis and postpartum or puerperal endometritis, it is appropriate that this article on sepsis in pregnancy acknowledges his contributions to maternal health. This review describes the incidence and mortality of sepsis in pregnancy, methods to identify and define sepsis in this population, including scoring systems, causes, and sites of infection during pregnancy and parturition and management guidelines...
January 2016: Critical Care Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27339680/infections-in-liver-disease
#8
REVIEW
Rahul S Nanchal, Shahryar Ahmad
Infectious complications are common occurrences in end-stage liver disease (ESLD). Frequent infections precipitate decompensation of liver disease leading to acute or chronic liver failure, organ dysfunction, de-listing from transplant, and major morbidity and mortality. The spectrum of microorganisms has shifted with the emergence of multidrug-resistant strains, which has major implications for both therapy and prophylaxis. Cirrhosis is often associated with an underlying noninfectious systemic inflammatory state that makes diagnosis of infections particularly challenging...
July 2016: Critical Care Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815588/the-new-sepsis-consensus-definitions-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly
#9
EDITORIAL
Charles L Sprung, Roland M H Schein, Robert A Balk
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853353/update-on-sepsis-associated-acute-kidney-injury-emerging-targeted-therapies
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REVIEW
James F Doyle, Lui G Forni
Sepsis-associated acute kidney injury (SA-AKI) is an independent predictor of increased mortality and morbidity. It is essential that further advances in the treatment of sepsis should prioritize targeted therapies in SA-AKI in order to improve these bleak outcomes. As yet, a unique therapy that effectively reduces the impact of acute kidney injury has not been demonstrated. However, the emergence of novel targeted therapies, perhaps in combination, has the possibility of significantly reducing the long-term sequelae of an episode of SA-AKI...
2016: Biologics: Targets & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843790/trends-in-clinical-trials-of-dengue-vaccine
#11
REVIEW
Priya Marimuthu, Jamuna Rani Ravinder
Dengue is one of the most important vector-borne disease and an increasing problem worldwide because of current globalization trends. Roughly, half the world's population lives in dengue endemic countries, and nearly 100 million people are infected annually with dengue. India has the highest burden of the disease with 34% of the global cases. In the context of an expanding and potentially fatal infectious disease without effective prevention or specific treatment, the public health value of a protective vaccine is clear...
October 2016: Perspectives in Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843905/cat-scratch-disease-expanded-spectrum
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Hassan A Aziz, Thomas P Plesec, Camille Sabella, Unni K Udayasankar, Arun D Singh
BACKGROUND: To expand the spectrum of ophthalmic manifestations in cat scratch disease. METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: A 7-year-old male was referred for evaluation of his left optic disc after failing vision screening test at school. His visual acuity was 20/20 OD and light perception OS. Fundus examination showed a left optic disc lesion associated with an exudative retinal detachment and vitreous seeding. Ultrasonography revealed a 7 × 7...
October 2016: Ocular Oncology and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826287/epstein-barr-virus-diseases-linked-to-infection-and-transformation
#13
REVIEW
Hem C Jha, Yonggang Pei, Erle S Robertson
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) was first discovered in 1964, and was the first known human tumor virus now shown to be associated with a vast number of human diseases. Numerous studies have been conducted to understand infection, propagation, and transformation in various cell types linked to human diseases. However, a comprehensive lens through which virus infection, reactivation and transformation of infected host cells can be visualized is yet to be formally established and will need much further investigation...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27828810/community-acquired-bacterial-meningitis
#14
Joost M Costerus, Matthijs C Brouwer, Merijn W Bijlsma, Diederik van de Beek
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Bacterial meningitis is a medical emergency and is associated with a high disease burden. We reviewed recent progress in the management of patients with community-acquired bacterial meningitis. RECENT FINDINGS: The worldwide burden of disease of bacterial meningitis remains high, despite the decreasing incidence following introduction of routine vaccination campaigns. Delay in diagnosis and treatment remain major concerns in the management of acute bacterial meningitis...
November 8, 2016: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833929/clinical-reasoning-of-infectious-diseases-physicians-behind-the-use-or-nonuse-of-transesophageal-echocardiography-in-staphylococcus-aureus-bacteremia
#15
Heather Young, Bryan C Knepper, Connie S Price, Susan Heard, Timothy C Jenkins
In this prospective cohort with Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) was performed in 24% of cases. Consulting Infectious Diseases physicians most frequently cited low suspicion for endocarditis due to rapid clearance of blood cultures and the presence of a secondary focus requiring an extended treatment duration as reasons for foregoing TEE.
October 2016: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836717/therapeutic-agents-and-biocides-for-ocular-infections-by-free-living-amoebae-of-acanthamoeba-genus
#16
REVIEW
Linda Christian Carrijo-Carvalho, Viviane Peracini Sant'ana, Annette Silva Foronda, Denise de Freitas, Fabio Ramos de Souza Carvalho
Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) is a sight-threatening infectious disease. Resistance of the cystic form of the protozoan to biocides and the potential toxicity of chemical compounds to corneal cells are the main concerns related to long-term treatment with the clinically available ophthalmic drugs. Currently, a limited number of recognized antimicrobial agents are available to treat ocular amoebic infections. Topical application of biguanide and diamidine antiseptic solutions is the first-line therapy. We consider the current challenges when treating AK and review the chemical properties, toxicities, and mechanisms of action of the available biocides...
November 8, 2016: Survey of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837260/the-optimal-treatment-of-an-infectious-disease-with-two-strains
#17
Robert Rowthorn, Selma Walther
This paper explores the optimal treatment of an infectious disease in a Susceptible-Infected-Susceptible model, where there are two strains of the disease and one strain is more infectious than the other. The strains are perfectly distinguishable, instantly diagnosed and equally costly in terms of social welfare. Treatment is equally costly and effective for both strains. Eradication is not possible, and there is no superinfection. In this model, we characterise two types of fixed points: coexistence equilibria, where both strains prevail, and boundary equilibria, where one strain is asymptotically eradicated and the other prevails at a positive level...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837517/microarray-technologies-in-fungal-diagnostics
#18
Steffen Rupp
Microarray technologies have been a major research tool in the last decades. In addition they have been introduced into several fields of diagnostics including diagnostics of infectious diseases. Microarrays are highly parallelized assay systems that initially were developed for multiparametric nucleic acid detection. From there on they rapidly developed towards a tool for the detection of all kind of biological compounds (DNA, RNA, proteins, cells, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, etc.) or their modifications (methylation, phosphorylation, etc...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801499/six-month-therapy-for-abdominal-tuberculosis
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REVIEW
Sophie Jullien, Siddharth Jain, Hannah Ryan, Vineet Ahuja
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) of the gastrointestinal tract and any other organ within the abdominal cavity is abdominal TB, and most guidelines recommend the same six-month regimen used for pulmonary TB for people with this diagnosis. However, some physicians are concerned whether a six-month treatment regimen is long enough to prevent relapse of the disease, particularly in people with gastrointestinal TB, which may sometimes cause antituberculous drugs to be poorly absorbed. On the other hand, longer regimens are associated with poor adherence, which could increase relapse, contribute to drug resistance developing, and increase costs to patients and health providers...
November 1, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27804902/non-tuberculous-mycobacteria-epidemiological-pattern-in-a-reference-laboratory-and-risk-factors-associated-with-pulmonary-disease
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J Mencarini, C Cresci, M T Simonetti, C Truppa, G Camiciottoli, M L Frilli, P G Rogasi, S Veloci, M Pistolesi, G M Rossolini, A Bartoloni, F Bartalesi
The diseases caused by non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), in both AIDS and non-AIDS populations, are increasingly recognized worldwide. Although the American Thoracic Society published the guidelines for diagnosis of NTM pulmonary disease (NTM-PD), the diagnosis is still difficult. In the first part of the study, we collected data on NTM isolates in the Mycobacteriology Laboratory of Careggi Hospital (Florence, Italy) and analysed the epidemiological data of NTM isolates. Then, to analyse the risk factors associated to NTM-PD, we studied the presence of ATS/IDSA criteria for NTM-PD in patients who had at least one positive respiratory sample for NTM and were admitted to the Infectious Disease Unit and the Section of Respiratory Medicine...
November 2, 2016: Epidemiology and Infection
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