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Studies of C. difficile burden in acute vs. long-term care facilities contradictory

June 23, 2017

Two studies on Clostridium difficile differ greatly on whether acute-care facilities or long-term care facilities have higher rates of the infection. Researchers in both studies, however, stressed a critical need to take steps to control its spread.

The researchers in one study, published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, found that acute-care facilities had nearly five times the number of cases of C. difficile infection (CDI) as their long–term counterparts. Long-term facilities also import far more cases from acute-care facilities than the other way around, they said.

Five French patients infected with hepatitis E strain found in rabbits

June 22, 2017
In a rare finding, researchers in France discovered five cases of human infection with a hepatitis E virus strain found in rabbits. The researchers said they could not…
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Listeria: The mystery organism

Infectious Disease News, June 2017
Donald Kaye, MD, MACP; Matthew E. Levison, MD, FACP
Listeria monocytogenes is ubiquitous in the environment. It is a foodborne pathogen, but the infecting dose is unknown. Person-to-person transmission, other than from…

‘Like a kid in a candy store’: EIS officers explain matching process

Infectious Disease News, June 2017
Each year, CDC officials and representatives from state health departments around the country conduct what amount to job interviews with members of the incoming class…
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Familial Chylomicronemia Syndrome: Cause, Effect, and Solutions to Improve Patients' Quality-of-Life

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Akcea Therapeutics™ A Subsidiary of Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Endorsed by: The National Pancreas Foundation.

Familial chylomicronemia syndrome (FCS) is a rare and potentially life-threatening genetic disease. The clinical…
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Microbiome ‘fingerprint’ shows donor microbes persist in fecal transplant recipients

June 16, 2017
Specific microbial strains from donors colonized and persisted for up to 2 years in patients who received fecal…
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Studies of C. difficile burden in acute vs. long-term care facilities contradictory

June 23, 2017
Two studies on Clostridium difficile differ greatly on whether acute-care facilities or long-term care facilities have higher rates of the…

Five French patients infected with hepatitis E strain found in rabbits

June 22, 2017
In a rare finding, researchers in France discovered five cases of human infection with a hepatitis E virus strain found in rabbits. The researchers…

Eye on ID

Listeria: The mystery organism

Infectious Disease News, June 2017
Donald Kaye, MD, MACP; Matthew E. Levison, MD, FACP
Listeria monocytogenes is ubiquitous in the environment. It is a foodborne pathogen, but the infecting dose is unknown. Person-to-person…

‘Like a kid in a candy store’: EIS officers explain matching process

Infectious Disease News, June 2017
Each year, CDC officials and representatives from state health departments around the country conduct what amount to job interviews with members of…

Cholera linked to drinking iced tea in Vietnam

Infectious Disease News, June 2017
The chances of infection from cholera were heightened for the people of Ben Tre, Vietnam, when they drank iced tea, according to a study published in…

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Organic causes of pediatric abdominal pain common in primary care

June 21, 2017
PHILADELPHIA — Between 2% and 4% of all pediatric outpatient visits reference abdominal pain, with 3% to 8% having organic causes that create…

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Celiac disease linked to early life infections

June 21, 2017
The risk for developing celiac disease was increased in children who had a gastrointestinal or respiratory infection during their first year of life…

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Adherence to H. pylori guidelines low among gastroenterologists, survey shows

June 20, 2017
An online survey developed by University of Arizona researchers showed that few gastroenterologists in the U.S. consistently adhere to the 2007 ACG…

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Antibiotic Stewardship Key, but Multifaceted Strategies Needed to Combat C. difficile Epidemic

Healio Gastroenterology, June 2017
Clostridium difficile infection is the most common cause of hospital-acquired diarrhea in the world, affecting North America and Europe for decades…

Hepatitis A outbreaks in Europe mostly affects men who have sex with men

June 16, 2017
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control advised that hepatitis A outbreaks have been spreading across Europe, with most cases reported…

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