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Active surveillance significantly reduces SSI rates after neurosurgery

September 1, 2015

The postoperative period for neurosurgery patients is associated with risk factors for surgical site infection that may go unnoticed, but active surveillance during this time appeared to reduce infection rates, according to recent study data.

In a prospective cohort study, researchers from France evaluated 949 adult patients who underwent neurosurgery at the University Nord Hospital in Marseille from January 2009 through December 2010. They analyzed the rates, types and primary risk factors of surgical site infections (SSIs) during the postoperative period.

Pfizer continues study of Staphylococcus aureus vaccine for elective spinal fusion surgery

September 1, 2015
Pfizer Inc. announced the enrollment of the first patient in a Phase 2b clinical trial of its investigational Staphylococcus aureus multi-antigen vaccine in adults…

Daktari collaborates with Merck for rapid HCV screening test

September 1, 2015
Daktari Diagnostics announced a new collaboration with Merck over the development of its rapid hepatitis C virus infection screening test, according to a press release…
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HIV screening among older adults fluctuating in recent years

September 1, 2015
Despite the CDC’s 2006 recommendation that most health care providers screen older patients for HIV, regardless of symptoms, a large proportion of older adults are…
In the Journals

Computer decision system aided detection of invasive fungal infections

September 1, 2015
Implementation of a computer decision support system improved the accuracy in detecting invasive fungal infection risk in pediatric hematology/oncology patients…
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The Patient with Conjunctivitis

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This CME activity will focus on the diagnosis and management of patients with conjunctivitis.
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VIDEO: Cure is ‘next frontier’ of HIV

VIDEO: Cure is ‘next frontier’ of HIV

July 1, 2015
Timothy Brown – the Berlin patient – has led researchers to the next frontier of HIV research, according to…
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Infectious Disease Case Consults

The Patient at Risk for HIV Infection

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This CME activity will focus on the utilization of PrEP in patients at risk for developing HIV infection supplemented…
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