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Statins Slow Liver Disease in HIV/HCV Patients
Having HIV puts patients co-infected with hepatitis C at far highere risk. A Baltimore team looked at using statins to slow the course of the liver disease.
Using "big data" a research team from the University of Chicago and other institutions found that where infectious disease training programs are more common, patients with HIV/AIDS do better.
Percutaneous liver biopsy is a proven way to rate the fibrosis stage both in hepatitis in chronic hepatitis C patients and hepatitis B patients. But it is uncomfortable for patients, risks complications and is prone to assembling errors. Reporting at ID Week 2015 in San Diego, CA, Tuma Demirdal, DR, and colleagues at the Katip Celebi University in Izmir, Turkey compared these invasive tests with non-invasive methods.
Study results show patients with atrial fibrillation who stopped taking warfarin before surgery received no benefit from temporary "bridging" with low-molecular-weight heparin. Patients who received no anticoagulation while off warfarin did not experience significantly more thromboembolic events, but they did experience significantly lower fewer incidents of serious bleeding.
Tea time was hazardous at a Tokyo pediatric hospital. In a cautionary tale for other hospitals, Kenta Ito, MD and colleagues reporting at ID Week 2015 in San Diego, CA, said researchers found carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in a contaminated tea dispenser.
Eye banks are generally thought to be a safe place to get tissue for corneal transplant. But a New Hampshire team reporting at ID Week 2015 in San Diego, CA said they found two post-operative candida infections in corneal transplant recipients .
In ethnically diverse groups of hospital workers latent tuberculosis infection may need to be addressed. Exposure to Mycobacterium tuberculosis is higher in health care workers who were not born in the US. Reporting at ID Week 2015 in San Diego, Cal, researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center said the hospital had more success with some treatment regimens for such workers than with others.


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