Western Connecticut State University outbreak sickens dozens

By | 2018-04-23T15:16:59+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|

An outbreak of unknown etiology has sickened dozens on the campus of Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) and to date the source of the outbreak has not been pinpointed. University spokesman Paul Steinmetz says between 40 and 50 students became sick beginning Thursday. School officials can only say that illness is manifested with symptoms of vomiting [...]

Conditions That Can Change Your Personality

By | 2018-04-23T13:54:53+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|

About Personality It’s all the ways you think, feel, and act — it’s what makes you, well, you. It’s your habits, quirks, and how you react to the world around you. Even though your moods change and you learn and grow over the years, there’s still a certain you-ness to it all. But some health [...]

Epidemiology and clinical relevance of Staphylococcus aureus intestinal carriage: a systematic review and meta-analysis

By | 2018-04-23T13:12:39+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|

ABSTRACT Introduction: Recent data highlight the importance of screening more than one site for improving the detection of S. aureus colonization. Intestinal carriage is frequently under-investigated and its clinical impact ought to be defined a better way. Areas covered: This review and meta-analysis provide an updated overview of prevalence, characteristics and clinical significance of S. aureus intestinal carriage in [...]

Age, Exposure to Antiretrovirals Affect Diabetes Risk in HIV

By | 2018-04-23T12:45:13+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|

Patients with HIV who are older and have a longer duration of exposure to antiretroviral medications have a significantly increased risk for type 2 diabetes, according to results published in PLoS One. The results of this study highlight the need for effective diabetes prevention and management strategies that target conventional and HIV-specific risk factors. The study [...]

Overview of the influenza virus

By | 2018-04-23T12:35:21+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|

  Overview of the influenza virus Influenza viruses are responsible for the highly contagious flu disease that can range in severity from mild to serious illness. This virus is important globally. For centuries influenza infections have caused both epidemics (the rapid spread of infectious disease to a large number of people) and pandemics (the worldwide [...]

Living with COPD: the struggle for breath and for lung volume reduction therapies

By | 2018-04-23T12:21:29+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|

Abstract Access to lung volume reduction for advanced emphysema http://ow.ly/Iqru30jbvbE Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an incurable disease of high prevalence and is the third leading cause of death worldwide [1]. The disease is characterised by progressive breathlessness that in advanced cases, causes intractable breathlessness, a significantly impaired quality of life, progressive disability, and increased [...]

High Prevalence of Insomnia and Sleep Apnea Found Among Patients with Diverse Neuro Diseases

By | 2018-04-23T12:01:56+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|

Should sleep history be incorporated into routine neurological care? Both obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and insomnia are found in a high percentage of patients with a variety of neurological diseases, according to new research from Cleveland Clinic investigators presented at the 2018 annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). “These associations are of [...]

‘Biomedical tattoo’ might catch cancer early

By | 2018-04-22T19:38:11+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|

Often, cancer goes undetected until its advanced stages, when treating it becomes very difficult and the outlook less promising. But researchers from Switzerland are developing an implant that could alert “wearers” to the presence of cancer early on. A biomedical tattoo that looks like a brown mole when it ‘lights up’ could alert its ‘wearer’ [...]

Are hand dryers safe for clinical settings?

By | 2018-04-22T17:20:53+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|

I edited a paper for Journal of Hospital Infection a few years ago on the potential risk of warm air dryers and especially jet air dryers compared with paper towels in spreading microbial contamination via the air. The paper showed that hands dipped in a concentrated bacterial suspension resulted in fairly widespread bacterial contamination of the air; jet air [...]

What to do about MDR-GNR? A rapid reflection from ECCMID 2018

By | 2018-04-22T17:20:36+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|

There have been a few important updates on the prevention and control of MDR-GNR from ECCMID, here in Madrid. I thought I’d share a couple of key reflections. I did a talk on ‘Before an outbreak – what to do after first MDR Gram-negatives enter your hospital?’. (You can download the slides here, and see the [...]