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Update: August 2, 2014
GIDEON what’s new summary: August 2 to August 2, 2014 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (6 updates) 6 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (107 updates) 36 Diseases71 Country notesMap (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - August 2, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Can Gingko and Turmeric Help Stop Ebola?
Summary There is no known pharmaceutical currently available that specifically treats Ebola disease. One treatment modality that should be considered is the use of herbal medicines, which have both centuries old anecdotal success as well as recent modern biochemical and formal research rationales for their use. Five areas of action that could be addressed by the herbal medicines as it relates to Ebola would be: VP24/immune system evasion GP protein/replicatio; herbal strategies effective against similar hemorrhagic disease beneficial modulation of patient immune and inflammatory response systems prophylactic use for heal...
Source: Inside Surgery - August 1, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease ayurvedic baicalen cathepsin b dengue Ebola gingko herb Quercetin resveratrol rosemary sage st johns work turmeric Source Type: blogs

Can Rife Therapy Help Stop Ebola Disease?
Ebola disease. As the world watches with increasing horror the slow but sure spread of this killer, health authorities are struggling with how best to treat the afflicted while maintaining strict isolation and quarantine. Distressingly, many healthcare workers taking care of ill Ebola disease patients have themselves been infected and are in mortal danger, including Americans Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, aid workers for the charity Samaritan’s Purse. The Ebola disease is highly infectious, meaning once a patient comes in contact with the virus, a severe illness almost always develops. Patient commonly develo...
Source: Inside Surgery - August 1, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease cure Ebola kent brantly nancy writebol PERL Rife samaritans purse treatment vaccine Source Type: blogs

No Treatment or Vaccine for Ebola, but a $1000 Pill for Hepatitis C
The Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa continues to grow, and now appears to be the worst known epidemic of that disease to date.  In the US and Western Europe, press reports are now raising concerns that the disease could spread there.  For example, CNN, in an article entitled "Ebola Fears Hits Close to Home," was a section headed "Could Ebola spread to the US?" An ABC article was entitled, "How the US Government Could Evacuate Americans with Ebola."Reasons for fear of spread are the increased mobility of people made possible by air travel, and the lack of specificity of early symptoms of Ebola, so infectious p...
Source: Health Care Renewal - July 31, 2014 Category: Health Management Tags: Ebola virus economism hepatitis C neoliberalism pharmaceuticals Sovaldi Source Type: blogs

Update: July 31, 2014
GIDEON what’s new summary: July 28 to July 31, 2014 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (4 updates) 4 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (195 updates) 67 Diseases128 Country notesMap (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - July 31, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Top stories in health and medicine, July 29, 2014
From MedPage Today: Smoking Worsens Psoriatic Arthritis. Patients with psoriatic arthritis who smoke have worse patient-reported disease features at baseline and don’t respond as well as nonsmokers to anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) treatment. Heart Defects Still Often Found Late. Prenatal diagnosis of critical heart defects has increased, but more than one in 10 are still discovered only after discharge home. Drug Combos Prove Potent as HCV Therapy. The all-oral combination of two approved drugs for hepatitis C (HCV) — now widely used off label — cleared the virus in 92% of patients. HIV Tx: Cognition...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - July 29, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Meds Heart Infectious disease Rheumatology Source Type: blogs

Lyme Disease in New York
The incidence of Lyme disese in New York State has changed little over the years, in contrast to increasing rates reported on a national level. [1,2] See graph References: 1. Berger SA. Infectious Diseases of the United States, 2014. 1145 pages, 478 graphs, 12,294 references. Gideon e-books, (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - July 29, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: Ebooks Epidemiology Graphs lyme disease united states Source Type: blogs

I suppose I should say something about the Ebola outbreak
There's been considerable alarm in the blogosphere about the outbreak of Ebola virus in west Africa. Naturally, the occasion for people in the U.S. to take notice is that two U.S. citizens have become infected. It was no big deal that about 660 Africans have died from the disease. Yes, that's a bummer and horrific for the people affected. However . . .We need to get a grip. The chances that this will become a global pandemic, or even a major cause of death in Africa, are infinitesimal. Why do I say that? Although I have heard the elocutionists on National Pubic Radio call Ebola "highly contagious," actually it isn't. Trans...
Source: Stayin' Alive - July 28, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Top stories in health and medicine, July 28, 2014
From MedPage Today: Time to End Lethal Injection? The third botched execution of a death row inmate in a year should serve as proof enough that lethal injection won’t work as an execution modality. HIV Cure Still Years Away. The African journalist asked a simple, clear, and direct question: When, people want to know, will there be a cure for HIV? High Urate? Get Moving, Study Finds. Regular exercise significantly lessened the excess mortality risk associated with elevated serum uric acid. Does Healthy Pitcher’s UCL Size Matter? San Diego teenager Brady Aiken was in line to become an extremely wealthy man, unt...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - July 28, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: News Infectious disease orthopedics Source Type: blogs

Update: July 28, 2014
GIDEON what’s new summary: July 25 to July 28, 2014 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (7 updates) 7 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (157 updates) 50 Diseases107 Country notesMap (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - July 28, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Nancy Writebol 2nd American Infected With Ebola
Nancy Writebol, a healthworker with the Chrisitan missionary Samaritan’s Purse has become the 2nd American infected with Ebola. The post Nancy Writebol 2nd American Infected With Ebola appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - July 27, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease American Ebola infected Nancy Writebol Samaritans Purse Source Type: blogs

Kent Brantly, MD, First US Physician with Ebola
Kent Brantly, MD, has contracted the Ebola virus while working in a Christian medical mission in West Africa. The post Kent Brantly, MD, First US Physician with Ebola appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - July 27, 2014 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease American doctor Ebola Kent Brantly medical mission west africa Source Type: blogs

SARS versus MERS
(Source: Notes from Dr. RW)
Source: Notes from Dr. RW - July 27, 2014 Category: Internists and Doctors of Medicine Tags: infectious disease pulmonary Source Type: blogs

The Antibiotic Gap: It's All of the Above
Here's a business-section column at the New York Times on the problem of antibiotic drug discovery. To those of us following the industry, the problems of antibiotic drug discovery are big pieces of furniture that we've lived with all our lives; we hardly even notice if we bump into them again. You'd think that readers of the Times or other such outlets would have come across the topic a few times before, too, but there must always be a group for which it's new, no matter how many books and newspaper articles and magazine covers and TV segments are done on it. It's certainly important enough - there's no doubt that we real...
Source: In the Pipeline - July 25, 2014 Category: Chemists Tags: Infectious Diseases Source Type: blogs

Update: July 25, 2014
GIDEON what’s new summary: July 24 to July 25, 2014 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (8 updates) 8 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (153 updates) 63 Diseases90 Country notesMap (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - July 25, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Correlations in Dysfunction Abound in Aging
Aging is a global phenomenon, the spiraling consequences of underlying damage that accumulate in every organ and biological system of the body concurrently. Becoming damaged is a matter of wear and tear; it is a side-effect of the operation of metabolism. Over most of life and for most people at a given age environmental factors make up the largest difference in the pace of aging from individual to individual: who takes care of their health; who becomes fat; who fails to exercise; and so forth. When compared with the differences caused by advances in medical technology, this is small change, however - not something to spen...
Source: Fight Aging! - July 25, 2014 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

Sovaldi, a Quantum Leap? - Backwards to the Days Before Randomized Controlled Trials
The Sovaldi (sofosbuvir - Gilead) media circus is continuing.  The New York Times just reported that sales of the new drug for hepatitis C were about $3.5 billion for the last quarter, which should intensify the kerfuffle over its US price ($1000 per pill, $84,000 for a 12 week course of medication).Meanwhile, reports of its wondrous properties continue to appear in medical journals.The latest was announced this way in Bloomberg, Gilead Science Inc Solvadi, controversial because of its price, helps cure hepatitis C in people with HIV, according to researchers who say the drug has the potential to limit a top cause of ...
Source: Health Care Renewal - July 24, 2014 Category: Health Management Tags: clinical trials evidence-based medicine Gilead Sovaldi Source Type: blogs

Sovaldi, a Quantum Leap... Backwards to the Days Before Randomized Controlled Trials?
The Sovaldi (sofosbuvir - Gilead) media circus is continuing.  The New York Times just reported that sales of the new drug for hepatitis C were about $3.5 billion for the last quarter, which should intensify the kerfuffle over its US price ($1000 per pill, $84,000 for a 12 week course of medication).Meanwhile, reports of its wondrous properties continue to appear in medical journals.The latest was announced this way in Bloomberg, Gilead Science Inc Solvadi, controversial because of its price, helps cure hepatitis C in people with HIV, according to researchers who say the drug has the potential to limit a top cause of ...
Source: Health Care Renewal - July 24, 2014 Category: Health Management Tags: clinical trials evidence-based medicine Gilead Sovaldi Source Type: blogs

Top stories in health and medicine, July 24, 2014
From MedPage Today: Weight Watchers Tops in Efficacy Vs. Cost. Among the most popular diet programs and drugs, Weight Watchers trims the most bulge for the buck, according to a new cost-effectiveness analysis. Probiotics: Moderate Impact on BP? Probiotics cut blood pressure by roughly 4 mm Hg systolic and 2 mm Hg diastolic on average across clinical trials. Clinton to AIDS Conference: Step It Up The destruction of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 with six AIDS researchers and activists aboard is a “stark reflection” of the negative side of an interdependent world, former President Bill Clinton said here. FDA Iss...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - July 24, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: News Heart Infectious disease Obesity Source Type: blogs

Outbreaks of Non-tubercuous Mycobacterial Infection in the United States
The following chronology of nosocomial mycobacteriosis outbreaks in the United States is abstracted from Gideon www.GideonOnline.com and the Gideon e-book series. [1,2] Primary references available on request. 1987 – An outbreak (17 cases) of Mycobacterium chelonae otitis media was caused by contaminated water used by an ENT practice in Louisiana. 1988 – An outbreak (8 cases) of foot infections due to Mycobacterium chelonae subspecies abscessus infections were associated with a jet injector used in a podiatric office. 1989 to 1990 – An outbreak (16 cases) of sputum colonization by Mycobacterium fortuitum ...
Source: GIDEON blog - July 23, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: Ebooks Epidemiology Microbiology Outbreaks ProMED Non-tuberculous Mycobacteria Source Type: blogs

The LITFL Review 145
The LITFL Review is your regular and reliable source for the highest highlights, sneakiest sneak peeks and loudest shout-outs from the webbed world of emergency medicine and critical care. Each week the LITFL team casts the spotlight on the best and brightest from the blogosphere, the podcast video/audiosphere and the rest of the Web 2.0 social media jungle to find the most fantastic EM/CC FOAM (Free Open Access Meducation) around. Welcome to the 145th edition, brought to you by: Kane Guthrie [KG] from LITFL Tessa Davis [TRD] from LITFL and Don’t Forget The Bubbles Brent Thoma [BT] from BoringEM, and ALiEM Chris Ni...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - July 23, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kane Guthrie Tags: LITFL LITFL review LITFL R/V Source Type: blogs

Top stories in health and medicine, July 23, 2014
From MedPage Today: Salt Consumption Tied to Heart Risk in T2D. Higher salt intake was associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with type 2 diabetes. Three-Drug Cocktail Has Promise in TB. An experimental, three-drug tuberculosis (TB) treatment regimen demonstrated bactericidal activity in patients with drug-sensitive or multidrug-resistant disease. Antiviral Group: ‘Biomedical’ Tx Could Slow HIV. Nearly all people living with HIV could be rendered noninfectious by a suite of “biomedical interventions,” according to new recommendations for HIV prevention. ACS: What Work...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - July 23, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: News Diabetes Endocrinology Heart Infectious disease Source Type: blogs

Update: July 23, 2014
GIDEON what’s new summary: July 20 to July 23, 2014 Infectious Diseases – Diagnosis (195 updates) 195 Countries Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (6 updates) 6 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (173 updates) 41 Diseases132 Country notesMap (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - July 23, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

More Physically Aged People Have a Lower Life Expectancy
Aging is no more than damage at the level of cells and tissues and the evolved reactions of biological systems to that damage, not all of them helpful. The pace of damage accumulation is largely determined by lifestyle and environmental factors such as burden of infectious disease and available medical technology over most of a human life span. Only in very old age do common genetic differences rise in importance. Thus if you find that someone at a given chronological age is more frail and is suffering from more evident age-related conditions than their peers, you would expect them to have a shorter remaining life expectan...
Source: Fight Aging! - July 23, 2014 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Impact of a multidisciplinary sepsis team
(Source: Notes from Dr. RW)
Source: Notes from Dr. RW - July 22, 2014 Category: Internists and Doctors of Medicine Tags: critical care hospital medicine infectious disease Source Type: blogs

Research and Reviews in the Fastlane 040
In this study the role of a “1/2 dose” thrombolysis was evaluated for the reduction of pulmonary artery pressure in moderate PE. A total of 121 patients with moderate PE received either tissue plasminogen activator plus anticoagulation or anticoagulation alone with the primary end points of pulmonary hypertension and the composite end point of pulmonary hypertension and recurrent PE at 28 months. The results suggested that the ½ dose or “safe dose” thrombolysis was safe and effective in the treatment of moderate PE, with a significant immediate reduction in the pulmonary artery pressure that was ma...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - July 21, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Soren Rudolph Tags: Anaesthetics Emergency Medicine Evidence Based Medicine Featured Gastroenterology Haematology Health Infectious Disease Intensive Care Neurology Pre-hospital / Retrieval Respiratory critical care literature R&R in the FASTLANE Source Type: blogs

Update: July 20, 2014
GIDEON what’s new summary: July 19 to July 20, 2014 Infectious Diseases – Diagnosis (1 updates) 1 Country Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (5 updates) 5 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (242 updates) 56 Diseases186 Country notesMap (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - July 20, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

MKSAP: 65-year-old woman with prodrome of pain on the tip of the nose
Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 65-year-old woman is evaluated for a prodrome of pain on tip of the nose followed by a painful eruption involving the right periorbital tissue. On physical examination, all vital signs are normal. There are grouped vesicles on an erythematous base on the tip of the nose and about the right eye. Which of the following is the most appropriate first step in management of this patient? A) Apply warm compresses B) Begin ophthalmic corticosteroids C) Begin valacyclovir and obtain urgent ophthalmology consultation D)...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - July 19, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Conditions Infectious disease Source Type: blogs

Transfusion thresholds and the risk of hospital associated infections
(Source: Notes from Dr. RW)
Source: Notes from Dr. RW - July 19, 2014 Category: Internists and Doctors of Medicine Tags: hematology hospital medicine infectious disease Source Type: blogs

Update: July 17, 2014
GIDEON what’s new summary: July 16 to July 17, 2014 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (5 updates) 5 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (365 updates) 1 Clinical note70 Diseases294 Country notesMap Microbiology – Bacteria (2 updates) 2 New Bacteria Added (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - July 17, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Update: July 15, 2014
GIDEON what’s new summary: July 13 to July 15, 2014 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (2 updates) 2 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (60 updates) 2 Clinical notes24 Diseases34 Country notesMap Infectious Diseases – Drugs (2 updates) 2 Interacting drugs – New Infectious Diseases – Vaccines (1 updates) 1 New Vaccine Synonyms Added (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - July 15, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Visiting biosafety level-4 laboratories
Experiments with the most dangerous human viruses, such as Ebola virus and Lassa virus, are carried out in biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) laboratories. Since visiting the Northeast Infectious Diseases Laboratory BSL-4 and releasing the documentary video Threading the NEIDL, I was given the opportunity to tour three BSL-4 laboratories in the United States and Australia. My impressions of each facility might be of interest to readers of this blog. Rocky Mountain Laboratories, Hamilton, Montana Rocky Mountain Laboratory (RML) is located in the small and sleepy town of Hamilton, Montana (population 4,508), in the Bitterroot Vally t...
Source: virology blog - July 15, 2014 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Basic virology Information Australian Animal Health Laboratory biosecurity BSL-3 BSL-4 Doherty Institute NEIDL RML Rocky Mountain Laboratory viral virus Source Type: blogs

Research and Reviews in the Fastlane 039
Welcome to the 39th edition of Research and Reviews in the Fastlane. R&R in the Fastlane is a free resource that harnesses the power of social media to allow some of the best and brightest emergency medicine and critical care clinicians from all over the world tell us what they think is worth reading from the published literature. This edition contains 13 recommended reads. The R&R Editorial Team includes Jeremy Fried, Nudrat Rashid, Soren Rudolph, Anand Swaminathan and, of course, Chris Nickson. Find more R&R in the Fastlane reviews in the R&R Archive, read more about the R&R project or check out the f...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - July 14, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Soren Rudolph Tags: Anaesthetics Cardiology Emergency Medicine Emergency Medicine Update Featured Infectious Disease Intensive Care Pre-hospital / Retrieval Resuscitation critical care literature R&R in the FASTLANE recommendations research and revi Source Type: blogs

Update: July 13, 2014
GIDEON what’s new summary: July 11 to July 13, 2014 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (3 updates) 3 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (112 updates) 3 Clinical notes44 Diseases65 Country notesMap (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - July 13, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Update: July 11, 2014
GIDEON what’s new summary: July 8 to July 11, 2014 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (7 updates) 7 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (171 updates) 47 Diseases124 Country notesMap (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - July 11, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Research and Reviews in the Fastlane 038
This study, however, has major flaws and biases that question the validity of their conclusions. Only 19% of centers that were contacted agreed to contribute data to the Consortium. Additionally, the researchers do not assess the quality of the studies included in their meta-analysis. Regardless, observational data should not be used to trump the RCT data included in the recent, Cochrane review. Finally, Roche pharmaceuticals was a major sponsor of this research team. The accompanying editorial is a must-read. Recommended by: Anand Swaminathan Infection Control, Hand hygiene D’Egidio G et al. A study of the ...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - July 10, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Nudrat Rashid Tags: Anaesthetics Cardiology Emergency Medicine Featured Infectious Disease Intensive Care Neurology Palliative care R&R in the FASTLANE Radiology Resuscitation Trauma critical care literature recommendations research and reviews Source Type: blogs

Update: July 8, 2014
GIDEON what’s new summary: July 6 to July 8, 2014 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (3 updates) 3 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (352 updates) 1 Clinical note62 Diseases289 Country notesMap (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - July 8, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Advocate Groups Reach Out to President's Science Advisors Ahead of Antibiotics Meeting | Food Safety News
The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) will meet Friday to discuss its work on antibiotic resistance and nanotechnology and to hear from speakers about oceans policy.A group of public health, consumer, and environmental protection organizations have sent a letter to PCAST expressing concern that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Guidance for Industry #213 and a proposed Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rule do not go far enough in addressing antibiotic overuse on farms.By March, FDA had heard from 25 of the 26 drug manufacturers affected by Guidance #213...
Source: PharmaGossip - July 8, 2014 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs

Update: July 6, 2014
GIDEON what’s new summary: July 2 to July 6, 2014 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (8 updates) 8 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (78 updates) 29 Diseases49 Country notesMap (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - July 6, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

CIHR results...so depressing
The results have been released for the latest competition for operating grants from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (Canada's equivalent of NIH).  Our proposal was ranked 13/72 by its assessment committee (Microbiology and Infectious Disease), but they only funded 11.This is our 7th failed CIHR proposal in a row.  They all had good scores, and several, like this one, were very close to being funded.  The scores show that our proposals do keep getting better (this time 4.5/5), but the funding cutoffs also keep rising and we're never quite good enough.Will I try again?  Perhaps not.  This...
Source: RRResearch - July 4, 2014 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: Rosie Redfield Source Type: blogs

The importance of recognizing immunodeficiency
On a cold, blustery Cleveland day when I was a resident, a forty-year-old man walked into our infectious disease clinic at the Cleveland Clinic. The patient was undergoing routine visits in preparation for a kidney transplant. This poor man had been hospitalized six months earlier at another hospital where he caught a terrible infection and was readmitted in septic shock and multi-organ failure. Luckily he survived, but in the process lost some of his toes as well as his kidney function. Thus, he was now on dialysis and awaiting a new kidney. The organism to blame was streptococcus pneumoniae, which causes pneumonias and e...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - July 3, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Conditions Specialist Source Type: blogs

Update: July 2, 2014
GIDEON what’s new summary: June 29 to July 2, 2014 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (9 updates) 9 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (179 updates) 54 Diseases125 Country notesMap (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - July 2, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Research and Reviews in the Fastlane 037
Conclusion: Use of an age-adjusted d-dimer threshold reduces imaging among patients age <50 years with a Revised Geneva Score ≤ 10. While the adoption of an age-adjusted d-dimer threshold is probably safe, the confidence intervals surrounding the additional 1.5% of PE that was missed using an age-adjusted threshold necessitate a prospective study before this practice can be adopted into routine clinical care. Recommended by: Salim R. Rezaie,  Jeremy Fried Read More: The Adventure of the Golden Standard (Rory Spiegel) Resuscitation Wik L et al. Manual vs. integrated automatic load-distributing band CPR with equal ...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - July 2, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Nudrat Rashid Tags: Anaesthetics Cardiology Emergency Medicine Featured General Surgery Health Infectious Disease Intensive Care Neurology Neurosurgery Radiology Resuscitation Trauma critical care literature R&R in the FASTLANE recommendations Source Type: blogs

Molecular Diagnostics review
Excerpt from a book review of Molecular Diagnostics: Current Research and Applications"This book provides a broad overview of today's clinical applications of molecular diagnostics ... an abundance of wise advice and cautionary notes regarding establishing and clinically validating molecular diagnostic assays ... I would highly recommend this book ... one of the best reviews and guidelines for development of point of care testing devices using molecular diagnostics." from Valerie L. Ng (Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital, California, USA) writing in Doodys (2014) read more ...Molecular Diagnostics: Current Re...
Source: Microbiology Blog: The weblog for microbiologists. - July 1, 2014 Category: Microbiology Source Type: blogs

The Omega Man?
I wrote recently that I was losing no more than an hour of sleep each night over the prospect of a horrific global pandemic, mostly because we supposedly know what we are doing more so than the medieval folks who were decimated by the Black Death.Well, maybe, but three essays in the new BMJ should give us pause. The problem is that scientific understanding of infectious disease isn't enough if we don't have global mechanisms for putting that knowledge to work in an emergency. I think you'll only get the first paragraphs, but it isn't hard for me to hit the high points for you.First, Ilona Kickbusch (yeah yeah) and Mathias ...
Source: Stayin' Alive - June 30, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Update: June 29, 2014
GIDEON what’s new summary: June 27 to June 29, 2014 Infectious Diseases – Diagnosis (2 updates) 2 Countries Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (4 updates) 4 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (429 updates) 83 Diseases346 Country notesMap (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - June 29, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Deaths from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
During 1961 to 1970, 207 deaths were ascribed to Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF); and an estimated 612 patients died of the disease during 1983 to 1998. The highest mortality, 50 cases, was reported in 1970. In recent years, the case-fatality rate for RMSF has remained fairly constant at 0.4% to 0.8%. Among the tick-borne infections, Lyme disease has now eclipsed RMSF as a cause of death in the United States – see graph [1, 2] References: 1. Berger SA. Infectious Diseases of the United States, 2014. 1145 pages, 478 graphs, 12294 references. Gideon e-books, http://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/country/infectious-d...
Source: GIDEON blog - June 28, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: Ebooks Epidemiology Graphs ProMED Rocky Mountain spotted fever united states Source Type: blogs

Fact vs. Fiction: Judge Upholds Barring Unvaccinated Children from Public Schools
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D. Vaccination is one of the great success stories of public health. People who receive vaccinations against disease are far less likely to contract that disease. In 1900, 30.4% of all deaths from infectious disease were to children under the age of 5 and the top three causes of death were pneumonia, tuberculosis and diarrhea-enteritis. By 2010, the only infectious disease in the top ten list was influenza and pneumonia at 9th place. In 2012, 91.4% of adolescents are immunized for measles, mumps & rubella, 92.8% for Hep B, and many others.… (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - June 27, 2014 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Craig Klugman Tags: Cultural Featured Posts Health Regulation & Law Pediatrics Philosophy & Ethics Politics Public Health vaccination Source Type: blogs

Update: June 27, 2014
GIDEON what’s new summary: June 24 to June 27, 2014 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (7 updates) 7 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (437 updates) 85 Diseases352 Country notesMap Microbiology – Yeasts (1 updates) 1 Yeasts (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - June 27, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Research and Reviews in the Fastlane 036
This study found that a high percentage (49%) of patients with serious adverse outcomes after an ED visit for COPD were not initially admitted to the hospital. The authors used logistic regression to derive a decision instrument to aid in determining which patients with COPD exacerbation should be admitted based on risk stratification. The study does not show that admission improves outcomes but the instrument may prove useful for risk stratification if it is prospectively validated. Recommended by: Anand Swaminathan Emergency Medicine, Critical care, Anaesthetics Barends CRM ,Absalom AR. Tied up in science: unknotting ...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - June 25, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Nudrat Rashid Tags: Anaesthetics Emergency Medicine Evidence Based Medicine Featured Health Infectious Disease Intensive Care Respiratory Resuscitation critical care literature R&R in the FASTLANE recommendations research and reviews Source Type: blogs