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Fusarium infections
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Source: Notes from Dr. RW - January 21, 2015 Category: Internists and Doctors of Medicine Tags: infectious disease Source Type: blogs

Update: January 21, 2015
GIDEON what’s new summary: January 19 to January 21, 2015 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (3 updates) 3 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (102 updates) 33 Diseases69 Country notesMap Infectious Diseases – Drugs (3 updates) 3 Susceptibility database – Update Microbiology – Bacteria (13 updates) 12 Bacteria1 New Bacteria Synonyms Added Microbiology – Mycobacteria (3 updates) 3 Mycobacteria Microbiology – Yeasts (6 updates) 4 Yeasts2 New Yeast Synonyms Added (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - January 21, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Measles in Disneyland is entirely preventable
NPR recently reported, “Measles makes an unwelcome visit to Disneyland.” Nine people who visited Disneyland theme parks in California over winter break had caught measles, almost all of them unvaccinated children. The next day, ABC reported that the number of cases has grown to 19. Of these, only two had been fully vaccinated. Some of the cases were too young to receive vaccines, others apparently chose not to get vaccinated. Since measles is one of the most contagious illnesses on earth — it can spread just through the air, with infectious particles floating around for hours after a victim has left the room ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 20, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Conditions Infectious disease Pediatrics Source Type: blogs

Is it Different this Time Around?
Every culture throughout recorded history had its seekers after agelessness, all of whom were deluding themselves. As science replaced alchemy the seekers remained just as prevalent, but adopted the superficial trappings of science in their futile quest. A few even adopted the scientific method, or emerged from the scientific community of the time, and were thus much more rapidly and reliably disappointed by the results of their experiments. The power of the scientific method lies as much in its ability to close off potential paths ahead as to open up new ones: it clears out wishful thinking and delusion for those willing ...
Source: Fight Aging! - January 20, 2015 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Activism, Advocacy and Education Source Type: blogs

The strain of the influenza epidemic on emergency departments
Influenza has arrived refusing to be ignored or be the ugly step-virus to Ebola any longer. This influenza season is officially an epidemic. The Washington Post’s Wonkblog reported earlier this month that December 2014 was “one of the worst flu months in years.”  In fact, they found that it was “the worst December since the polling organization started tracking flu season in 2008.” Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 19, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Conditions Emergency Infectious disease Source Type: blogs

Healthcare Update Satellite — 01-19-2015
Penicillin allergy? It’s associated with increased bad outcomes, but not for the reasons you think. The allergies themselves are mostly not allergies. And no, “my mother said I had a rash when I was a baby” isn’t an allergy. However, when compared with patients who don’t have penicillin “allergies”, patients with penicillin allergies have longer hospital stays and are between 14% and 30% more likely to get resistant infections while in the hospitals – possibly because the penicillin “allergic” patients are being treated with much stronger antibiotics that kill of...
Source: WhiteCoat's Call Room - January 19, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: WhiteCoat Tags: Healthcare Update Source Type: blogs

Update: January 19, 2015
GIDEON what’s new summary: January 17 to January 19, 2015 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (3 updates) 3 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (238 updates) 1 Clinical note84 Diseases153 Country notesMap Microbiology – Bacteria (186 updates) 186 Bacteria Microbiology – Mycobacteria (26 updates) 26 Mycobacteria Microbiology – Yeasts (14 updates) 14 Yeasts (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - January 19, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

MKSAP: 74-year-old man with fever and chills
Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 74-year-old man is evaluated in the emergency department for a 3-day history of fever and chills as well as confusion. He has a 5-week history of a nonhealing ulcer on the plantar surface of his left foot. He has diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and peripheral vascular disease for which he takes metformin, glyburide, lisinopril, chlorthalidone, and aspirin. He has no known medication allergies. On physical examination, temperature is 39.0 °C (102.2 °F), blood pressure is 92/60 mm Hg, pulse rate is 108/min, a...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 17, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Conditions Diabetes Infectious disease Source Type: blogs

Update: January 17, 2015
GIDEON what’s new summary: January 15 to January 17, 2015 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (3 updates) 3 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (103 updates) 2 Clinical notes37 Diseases63 Country notes1 New Disease Synonym AddedMap (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - January 17, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Top stories in health and medicine, January 16, 2015
From MedPage Today: Current Flu Vaccine Half as Effective as Previous Years. People receiving this year’s seasonal influenza vaccine are 23% less likely to seek medical treatment for flu-type symptoms relative to unvaccinated individuals, according to an interim CDC estimate based on reports submitted so far for the current season. New Board Offers New Recert Route. The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has competition for the board recertification process: the newly established National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS). Post TIA Microbleed Signals Recurrent Risk. The presence of cerebral microbl...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 16, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: News Cancer Infectious disease Neurology Source Type: blogs

Update: January 15, 2015
GIDEON what’s new summary: January 13 to January 15, 2015 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (2 updates) 2 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (414 updates) 1 Clinical note67 Diseases346 Country notesMap Microbiology – Bacteria (22 updates) 21 Bacteria1 New Bacteria Synonyms Added Microbiology – Mycobacteria (1 updates) 1 Mycobacteria (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - January 15, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Top stories in health and medicine, January 15, 2015
From MedPage Today: CDC: Most Nosocomial Infections Fall. Rates of most major types of healthcare-associated infections have declined markedly in recent years. RA Patients More Likely to Abandon Remicade. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients were more likely to discontinue infliximab (Remicade) than adalimumab (Humira) and etanercept (Enbrel) in the first year of biologic treatment, and were more likely to stop adalimumab than etanercept. Vyvanse Effective Option for Treating Binge Eating. Adults with binge eating disorder treated with lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (Vyvanse) saw improvements in binge eating behavior and its ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 15, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: News Infectious disease Psychiatry Rheumatology Source Type: blogs

Scared of the flu vaccine? Let’s see what’s really inside it.
Dangerous ingredients, like toxins, antifreeze, and mercury, are touted by many as reasons to decline vaccination against influenza. However, toxin is an inaccurate term regarding vaccines (a toxin is a poisonous substance made by cells or organisms and is definitely not in any vaccine), mercury is a non-issue (see below), and there is no antifreeze in vaccines (although some contain propylene glycol, while technically this can be used as antifreeze it is also used in lots of processed foods and baked goods and medications and is most definitely not the antifreeze you buy at the auto parts store). Continue reading ... Yo...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 15, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Meds Infectious disease Source Type: blogs

Update: January 13, 2015
GIDEON what’s new summary: January 11 to January 13, 2015 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (3 updates) 3 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (57 updates) 24 Diseases33 Country notesMap (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - January 13, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Top stories in health and medicine, January 12, 2015
From MedPage Today: Statins and RA: No Joint Benefit. The use of statins does not reduce onset of new joint pain or stiffness in middle-age or older women but their use is associated with poor physical functioning and poor self-rated health. Expert Groups Clarify HPV Testing Recommendations. Primary cervical cancer screening with a test for human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA represents a reasonable and effective alternative to cytology or co-testing with cytology and the HPV assay. Is ESRD Finally on the Decline? New cases of end-stage renal disease in the U.S. have declined for the third year in a row, potentially signaling...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 12, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: News Heart Infectious disease Nephrology Rheumatology Source Type: blogs

Update: January 11, 2015
GIDEON what’s new summary: January 9 to January 11, 2015 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (5 updates) 5 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (334 updates) 1 Clinical note55 Diseases278 Country notesMap Infectious Diseases – Vaccines (1 updates) 1 New Vaccine Synonyms Added (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - January 11, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

MKSAP: 46-year-old woman undergoing a dental cleaning
Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 46-year-old woman is evaluated before undergoing a dental cleaning procedure involving deep scaling. She has a history of mitral valve prolapse without regurgitation and also had methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA) aortic valve endocarditis 10 years ago treated successfully with antibiotics. The patient notes an allergy to penicillin characterized by hypotension, hives, and wheezing. The remainder of the history is noncontributory. On physical examination, vital signs are normal. Cardiopulmonary...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 10, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Conditions Heart Infectious disease Source Type: blogs

People Are Stupid
I heard Isaac Asimov speak when I was in college and that's how he started his talk. And by the way, it wasn't about science fiction, it was about a progressive vision for the planet.Anyway, he was right. You may recall that Amber Vinson, the nurse who cared for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan and later contracted the disease herself, visited Cleveland before she became symptomatic, causing mass hysteria. While there, she shopped for a wedding dress at a store called Coming Attractions. The store has been forced to close due to loss of business -- to this day, people are afraid to come in.That largely speaks for itself, b...
Source: Stayin' Alive - January 9, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

MOC – my wish list
During the MOC “debate” that JAMA sponsored, I was asked what I would do if “I were king” of MOC. As an internist I believe in first making a diagnosis, then prescribing a treatment. So I have spent time diagnosing my needs as an internist. When I passed my boards I showed knowledge competency. But medicine changes over time. We have major advances and changes since I took my boards. Some examples follow: Calcium channel blockers ACE-I ARB Many new antibiotics Home oxygen The field of electrophysiology (both diagnostic and therapeutic) Imaging advances Ulcers are usually an infectious disease HIV G...
Source: DB's Medical Rants - January 9, 2015 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: rcentor Tags: Medical Rants Source Type: blogs

Update: January 9, 2015
GIDEON what’s new summary: January 8 to January 9, 2015 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (2 updates) 2 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (509 updates) 91 Diseases417 Country notes1 New Disease Synonym AddedMap (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - January 9, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Postdoc position in Computational Biology / Infectious Disease w/ Ashlee Earl at the Broad
My friend, the brilliant Ashlee Earl is recruiting a post doc ... posting this for her.POSTDOC – COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGIST (INFECTIOUS DISEASE)Requisition Number: 1571 http://www.broadinstitute.org/careers/job-openings/job-openings-0The goal of the Bacterial Genomics Group at Broad is to develop and implement genomic and metagenomic methods to answer pressing questions related to bacteria and their role in human health. Specifically, we seek to understand the evolution and spread of bacterial pathogens (and antibiotic resistance) including the interactions that these pathogens have with their host and host-associated micro...
Source: The Tree of Life - January 9, 2015 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: Jonathan Eisen Source Type: blogs

3 ways to use bacon as medical treatment
You might think of bacon, that thing of gustatory beauty that is salted, cured pork, as just pleasure for your taste buds, however, one of the first medical facts I learned in 2015 was that bacon has medicinal purposes (apart from making you feel better after eating it). With this new knowledge at hand, the time just seemed right for a bacon post in case you needed other reasons besides breakfast (or lunch or dinner) to keep it in your fridge. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 8, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Conditions Infectious disease Source Type: blogs

New Antibiotic Teixobactin Holds Promise Against Resistant Organisms
Researchers at Northwestern University have found and grown a new type of antibiotic that kills many of the deadly antibiotic organisms that are developing today, such as MRSA, tuberculosis, and Clostridium difficile. The antibiotic, dubbed teixobactin, is still in clinical trials with animals. The post New Antibiotic Teixobactin Holds Promise Against Resistant Organisms appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - January 8, 2015 Category: Surgery Authors: Editor Tags: Infectious Disease Pharmacology antibiotic MRSA resistance teixobactin tuberculosis Source Type: blogs

A scary new medical intervention…
This is a story about a new medical intervention. It’s an important one because it affects all doctors—and therefore all patients. 1. It’s expensive. Of course. 2. There is no credible evidence that it works. But its marketing is aggressive. 3. The overwhelming majority of physicians disapprove of it. 4. Cheaper alternatives exist. 5. The company that makes the treatment is rich and influential. It’s hard to believe something like this could be approved in the United States. But not only is this new intervention approved; it is being forced on physicians—and patients—by eminence-based fiat. The treatment is the...
Source: Dr John M - January 8, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr John Source Type: blogs

Update: January 7, 2015
GIDEON what’s new summary: January 5 to January 7, 2015 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (2 updates) 2 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (167 updates) 60 Diseases106 Country notes1 New Disease Synonym AddedMap Infectious Diseases – Drugs (2 updates) 2 Susceptibility database – New (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - January 7, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Update: January 5, 2015
GIDEON what’s new summary: January 4 to January 5, 2015 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (1 updates) 1 DiseaseMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (122 updates) 48 Diseases74 Country notesMap (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - January 5, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Update: January 3, 2015
GIDEON what’s new summary: January 1 to January 3, 2015 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (1 updates) 1 DiseaseMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (29 updates) 12 Diseases17 Country notesMap (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - January 3, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Wash your hands for 20 seconds, as long as it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice - Mayo Clinic video
From Mayo Clinic: Running your hands under the faucet with some soap for a few seconds isn't enough to kill germs. To help avoid catching the flu and other illnesses, wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and warm water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, particularly before leaving a restroom, eating or touching your face. Wash your hands for about 20 seconds, about as long as it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice. When visiting a public restroom, use a paper towel to turn off the faucet and open the door when leaving. Posted at Clinical Cases and Images. Stay updated and subscribe, follow us on Twitter an...
Source: Clinical Cases and Images - Blog - January 2, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Infectious Diseases Mayo Clinic Source Type: blogs

Fat Cells in Skin Kill Bacteria
Scientists reported today that adipocytes in mouse and human skin produce an antimicrobial peptide (AMP) called cathelicidin is response to Staph aureus infections, including MRSA. Experimental animals that were deficient in the AMP were more susceptible to skin infections. Adipocytes may recognize S. aureus by detecting bacterial peptides with toll-like receptors (TLRs), but more work is needed to fully understand the mechanisms.This finding adds more to our understanding of human skin as a vital part of our body's defenses against infection.  It also opens the door to understanding how diabetes, metabolic syndrome, ...
Source: The A and P Professor - January 2, 2015 Category: Physiology Authors: Kevin Patton Source Type: blogs

The microbiology versus the psychology of kissing
This year, we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. So, last week, one evening, I told my wife about a news story I heard on National Public Radio (NPR) about the microbiology of a kiss. My wife smiled. A group of researchers, I said, looked at the oral bacterial flora of 21 couples to determine how many bacteria were transferred by a kiss. One partner was given a yogurt with specific bacteria and then the couples were asked to kiss, and then the mouths were swabbed and cultured. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how. ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 1, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Conditions Infectious disease Source Type: blogs

Update: January 1, 2015
GIDEON what’s new summary: December 30, 2014 to January 1, 2015 Infectious Diseases – Diseases (384 updates) 1 Clinical note83 Diseases300 Country notesMap Infectious Diseases – Drugs (2 updates) 2 New Drug Synonyms Added Microbiology – Bacteria (1 updates) 1 Bacteria (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - January 1, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Update: December 30, 2014
GIDEON what’s new summary: December 27 to December 30, 2014 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (7 updates) 7 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (69 updates) 14 Diseases55 Country notesMap (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - December 30, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Our fascination with Ebola exposes a double standard
Since Ebola was first discovered in 1976, there have been an estimated 16 to 22 recorded outbreaks. In August, the World Health Organization designated the most recent outbreak a global emergency. Ebola is a deadly infection and the scope of the current epidemic in West Africa is unprecedented. More than 17,000 people have contracted Ebola virus disease (EVD) with more than 6,000 estimated deaths. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - December 29, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Conditions Infectious disease Source Type: blogs

Update: December 26, 2014
GIDEON what’s new summary: December 24 to December 26, 2014 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (4 updates) 4 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (129 updates) 46 Diseases83 Country notesMap (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - December 26, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Update: December 24, 2014
GIDEON what’s new summary: December 23 to December 24, 2014 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (7 updates) 7 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (187 updates) 70 Diseases117 Country notesMap Infectious Diseases – Drugs (2 updates) 1 New Drug Synonyms Added1 Interacting drugs – New (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - December 24, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Research and Reviews in the Fastlane 063
This study was made in healthy volunteers crossing over 10′ of 6L NC and then 15L NC. There was more discomfort while at 15L compared with 6L but resolved quickly after termination. There were no adverse outcomes.Recommended by: Daniel CabreraPublic Health, Infectious Diseases Gonsalves G, Stanley P. Panic, Paranoia, and Public Health – The AIDS Epidemic’s Lessons for Ebola. NEJM 2014. PIMD: 25372947Excellent editorial from two AIDS activists looking at our response to the current Ebola pandemic through the lens of living through the initial AIDS panic. There are obvious parallels in the media and public...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - December 24, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Anand Swaminathan Tags: Education airway critical care emergency Emergency Medicine Intensive Care R&R in the FASTLANE recommendations Review Trauma Source Type: blogs

Guest Post: Scholarly Mad Libs and Peer-less Reviews
Health Care Renewal presents a guest post by Marjorie Lazoff, MD, a Board certified internist with a clinical background in academic emergency medicine.  She is currently a full time freelance editor and independent consultant specializing in evidence-based clinical content and medical informatics. On December 17, 2014, Scientific American published an investigative report by journalist Charles Seife documenting a new and curious form of scholarly publication fraud, For Sale: “Your Name Here” in a Prestigious Science Journal. As an editor and supporter of evidence-based medicine I am both appalled by, and sympath...
Source: Health Care Renewal - December 22, 2014 Category: Health Management Tags: China deception medical journals Source Type: blogs

Update: December 22, 2014
GIDEON what’s new summary: December 21 to December 22, 2014 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (5 updates) 5 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (448 updates) 1 Clinical note32 Diseases415 Country notesMap Infectious Diseases – Vaccines (1 updates) 1 Vaccine (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - December 22, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Update: December 20, 2014
GIDEON what’s new summary: December 18 to December 20, 2014 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (5 updates) 5 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (86 updates) 34 Diseases52 Country notesMap (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - December 20, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

How antibiotics are killing us and the new ones can’t come fast enough
I stared down at the tired, deteriorating woman sprawled across a bariatric bed before me. A breathing tube was in her throat while multiple catheters pierced her arms and neck, pouring powerful medications directly into her veins. Among several functions, these infusions would maintain her blood pressure high enough to keep her organs alive. This was my initial, visual impression of a patient I was responsible for during my first several months as a physician. Like the many providers who came before me, I sifted through her medical record in order to elucidate the primary cause of her suffering. Where did modern medicine ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - December 19, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Meds Infectious disease Source Type: blogs

The flu vaccine is imperfect, but please get it anyways
This year’s flu vaccine, as you likely know, is taking a drubbing. The contention is that CDC flubbed, and didn’t get quite the right flu strains in the mix. That is apparently true, although more the “fault” of the influenza virus and its natively wily ways, than of the CDC. Either way, the drubbing is disproportionate to any flubbing. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - December 19, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Meds Infectious disease Primary care Source Type: blogs

Top stories in health and medicine, December 19, 2014
From MedPage Today: High-Dose Flu Vaccine Better for Frail Elderly. For frail older people living in long-term care, a high-dose inactivated influenza vaccine is a better option than the standard drug. Look into SGLT2 Fracture Risk, Researchers Urge. Look deeper into the potential relationship between SGLT2 inhibitors and bone fractures. JIA Parents Lose Significant Work Time. Parents of a child with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JIA) missed nearly triple the work hours as parents whose child did not have the disease. Ebola Response on Track: WHO. The response to the Ebola epidemic is on track to meet U.N. targets. You...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - December 19, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: News Diabetes Endocrinology Infectious disease Rheumatology Source Type: blogs

Update: December 18, 2014
GIDEON what’s new summary: December 17 to December 18, 2014 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (7 updates) 7 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (445 updates) 1 Clinical note86 Diseases357 Country notes1 New Disease Synonym AddedMap (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - December 18, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Top stories in health and medicine, December 18, 2014
From MedPage Today: OmniCarb Study: Cutting Carbs No Silver Bullet. Overweight and obese people who followed a low glycemic index diet in the context of an overall DASH-type diet had no greater improvements in insulin sensitivity, lipid levels or systolic blood pressure compared to study subjects who ate high glycemic index foods. Men Still Drive STD Increases. The CDC’s annual snapshot of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) has both good news and bad news for 2013. WHO: True Ebola Toll Hidden. The toll in the West African Ebola epidemic is now more than 18,000 reported cases and 6,800 known deaths, the World Heal...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - December 18, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: News Infectious disease Obesity Source Type: blogs

Global Life Expectancy Has Risen by Six Years Since 1990
This study confirms other work that shows the ballpark growth in life expectancy at birth is something like one year with every four calendar years. Adult life expectancy is also climbing, but more slowly - perhaps one year each decade. This present pace will change as the research community starts to deliberately target aging for treatment, which has not previously been the case. Past gains in life expectancy at age 30 or 60 due to improvements in medicine have been somewhat incidental, side-effects rather than deliberately obtained results. Global life expectancy for both sexes increased from 65.3 years in 1990, to 71.5...
Source: Fight Aging! - December 18, 2014 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Update: December 16, 2014
GIDEON what’s new summary: December 12 to December 16, 2014 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (11 updates) 11 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (249 updates) 39 Diseases209 Country notes1 New Disease Synonym AddedMap (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - December 16, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Top stories in health and medicine, December 16, 2014
From MedPage Today: Painful Hands, Hurting Hearts? Symptomatic osteoarthritis (OA) of the hands was associated with an elevated risk for coronary heart disease events, analysis of data from the Framingham Heart Study showed. Can Social Media Aid Public Health? Here’s an angle Mark Zuckerberg has probably not yet mined: restaurant reviews and bookings as surveillance tools for public health departments. Lyme Disease, Fibromylagia Link Evaporates. Lyme disease is not a trigger for fibromyalgia, according to a long-term assessment of patients with culture-confirmed Lyme disease. Senate Passes Budget Deal; No SGR Fix I...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - December 16, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: News Infectious disease Rheumatology Source Type: blogs

Top stories in health and medicine, December 15, 2014
From MedPage Today: ED Throughput: A Fixable Problem. As I travel the freeways of the various cities I visit, I often come across billboards announcing waiting times at the local ED, or billboards promising no wait at all. Sometimes they just advertise “faster” care, whatever that means. Mumps Checks NHL Players. It has been a bad year for mumps and not even elite athletes are immune. Watch for Axial Back Pain in Psoriatic Pts. Patients with psoriasis have a higher prevalence of lower axial back pain than the general population while inflammatory back pain (IBP), spondyloarthritis (SpA), and alternating butto...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - December 15, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: News Emergency Infectious disease Rheumatology Source Type: blogs

The paranoia surrounding hospital infection rates
No one wants a hospital-acquired infection — a wound infection, a central line infection, or any other kind.  But today, the level of concern in American hospitals about infection rates has reached a new peak — better termed paranoia than legitimate concern. The fear of infection is leading to the arbitrary institution of brand new rules. These aren’t based on scientific research involving controlled studies.  As far as I can tell, these new rules are made up by people who are under pressure to create the appearance that action is being taken. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How t...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - December 14, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Physician Hospital Infectious disease Source Type: blogs

Update: December 12, 2014
GIDEON what’s new summary: December 10 to December 12, 2014 Infectious Diseases – Diagnosis (4 updates) 4 Countries Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (5 updates) 5 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (85 updates) 35 Diseases50 Country notesMap (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - December 12, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs