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New IDSA guidelines address gaps in vertebral osteomyelitis management

July 30, 2015

The Infectious Diseases Society of America has published new guidelines in Clinical Infectious Diseases addressing research gaps in the diagnosis and management of native vertebral osteomyelitis.

A panel of nine infectious disease specialists, a spine orthopedic surgeon and a neuroradiologist wrote that native vertebral osteomyelitis (NVO), a condition in which bacteria enter the bloodstream and become embedded in a disc, is an uncommon infection that mainly occurs in older patients. According to a press release, two to six out of 100,000 patients develop NVO annually. This incidence is rising, however, due to an increase in susceptible populations, including IV drug users, patients on hemodialysis and immunocompromised hosts. Moreover, the ambiguous back and neck pain symptoms associated with NVO frequently deflect diagnosis.

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P. aeruginosa survives in sinks 10 years after hospital outbreak

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Ten years after an outbreak was resolved in a pediatric university hospital, Pseudomonas aeruginosa was still detected on various sink components by quantitative PCR…
ACP states support for eliminating non-medical vaccination exemptions

ACP states support for eliminating non-medical vaccination exemptions

July 29, 2015
The American College of Physicians has added “eliminating existing exceptions for immunizations,” other than “medical reasons,” to its list of…
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Localized transmission significantly drives MDR-TB epidemic in Peru

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Local “hot spots” of increased risk appeared to play a key role in disease transmission during a multidrug-resistant tuberculosis epidemic in Lima, Peru…
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Health care spending expected to increase over decade, but at historically low rate

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