Infectious Disease

Reports of high-impact infectious disease studies by medical professionals

Novel Mid-East coronavirus (MERS-CoV): First detailed report

Image: PD 1. Two cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in France were identified in this report. 2. Incubation time of the virus was...

[Physician Comment] Pneumocystis linked to Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths

Image: PD 1.  84% of infants with unexplained death were colonized with Pneumocystis, versus 66% of infants whose deaths were explained. 2. Pneumocystis colonization was associated with...

Varicella vaccine provides 14-year protection against chicken pox

Image: PD 1. The varicella (VZV) vaccine was 90% effective in preventing moderate to severe chicken pox over a 14-year period.  2. Risk of herpes zoster...

H1N1 vaccine likely safe for pregnant mothers

Image: PD 1. Pregnant mothers vaccinated with the MF59 A/H1N1 vaccine showed no differences in spontaneous delivery, post-partum intensive care admission, perinatal death, or low-birth...

Prone positioning decreases mortality in severe ARDS (PROSEVA Trial)

Image: CC/JHeilman 1. ICU patients with severe Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) who underwent prone positioning had lower 28-day and 90-day mortality rates than those...

Low adult vaccination rates due to financial barriers

Image: PD  1. From a survey of general internists (GIMs) and family practice physicians (FMs), the most common barriers of physician-provided adult vaccines were financial,...

Continuous infusion of beta-lactams may be superior to bolus therapy

Jan 9th - Continuous infusion of beta-lactam antibiotics yielded a higher plasma concentration and higher rates of clinical cure in patients with severe sepsis.  Image: PD 1. ...

New AAP guidelines against albuterol for bronchiolitis

1. A new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Clinical Practice Guideline has been released for the diagnosis and management of bronchiolitis. 2. These guidelines include...

New antiviral drug pritelivir may reduce symptoms of HSV-2

Image: PD  1. Patients with HSV-2 treated with the helicase-primase inhibitor, pritelivir, had reduced viral shedding over 28 days when compared to patients treated with...

E. coli in mid-stream urine highly sensitive for cystitis

Image: PD  1. Detection of E. coli at concentrations as low as 10 CFU/ml in mid-stream urine specimens was strongly predictive of E. coli detection...

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