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Serum TSH may be a marker in predicting ACLF severity, mortality

March 4, 2015

In a cohort of patients with hepatitis B virus infection-related acute–on-chronic liver failure, thyroid stimulation hormone level was a useful indicator for determining severity and prognosis, according to published data.

“The purposes of this study were to investigate whether serum thyroid hormone levels [triiodothyronine3, thyroxine4, free (F)T3 and FT4] and thyroid stimulation hormone were changed in [acute–on-chronic liver failure] patients and to determine whether thyroid hormone levels can be used as prognostic markers for assessing severity and prognosis in [acute–on-chronic liver failure] patients,” the researchers wrote.

Oral swabs show potential in TB detection In the Journals

Oral swabs show potential in TB detection

March 4, 2015
Use of oral swab specimens successfully identified up to 90% of confirmed tuberculosis cases, offering a viable alternative to sputum samples, according to the results…
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Most pneumonia hospitalizations occur in children aged younger than 5 years

March 4, 2015
Seventy percent of pneumonia hospitalizations were among children aged younger than 5 years, according to study findings published in the New England Journal of
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High-dose glucocorticoids linked to PCP infection in patients with autoimmune diseases

March 4, 2015
Patients with autoimmune diseases who developed Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia were more likely to have taken high doses of glucocorticoids, according to recently…
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SHEA releases guidelines for animal visitation policies in hospitals

March 4, 2015
The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America has released infection control recommendations regarding the use of animals in health care settings. “Animals…
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Regimen Selection in HIV: Considering New Options to Optimize Outcomes

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Gilead Sciences Medical Affairs.

More than two decades into the antiretroviral therapy (ART) era, there are numerous options for HIV treatment. The goal…
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Video: Action needed to reduce CVD risks in HIV patients

February 28, 2015
SEATTLE — Steven Grinspoon, MD, of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, gives an…
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Management of Pediatric Conjunctivitis and Otitis/Conjunctivitis Syndrome

Management of Pediatric Conjunctivitis and Otitis/Conjunctivitis Syndrome

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