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Monthly Archives: April 2017

England’s Cancer Drugs Fund ‘failed to deliver meaningful value to patients and society’

Analysis of the drugs that were approved for use by the NHS Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) in England has shown that the fund was not good value for patients and society and may have resulted in patients suffering unnecessarily from … Continue reading

Published Friday, April 28th, 2017 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer

Symptoms of cystitis probably caused by bacterial infection, even when tests are negative

The majority of women suffering with pain when urinating, or needing to urinate often or urgently probably do have a bacterial infection, even when nothing is detected by standard urine testing. Symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) such as … Continue reading

Published Friday, April 28th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases

Link between alcohol consumption and cardiac arrhythmias found in drinkers at the Munich Octoberfest

Researchers who studied beer drinkers at the Munich Octoberfest have found that the more alcohol consumed the higher was the likelihood of developing abnormal heart rhythms called cardiac arrhythmias. The research, which is published in the European Heart Journal [1], … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Measuring immune response could be key to differentiating malaria from other infections

Vienna, Austria: Analysing a patient’s immune response could be key to quickly and accurately diagnosing malaria, according to research presented on World Malaria Day at the 27th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID). Malaria affects around 200 … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases

New test can identify dangerous bacteria with resistance to last-resort antibiotic

Vienna, Austria: New research suggests it is possible to quickly and accurately diagnose some the most dangerous and drug-resistant types of bacterial infections, using equipment already owned by most hospitals. Bacteria have been gradually evolving to become resistant to the … Continue reading

Published Monday, April 24th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases

Drug-resistant bacteria in patients’ urine or stools raise risk of drug-resistant sepsis

Vienna, Austria: People who have recently been found to have drug-resistant bacteria in their urine or stool samples have a greatly increased risk of developing a bloodstream infection that is also resistant to certain antibiotics, according to a study presented … Continue reading

Published Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases

New research sheds light on treating bloodstream infections with fewer side effects and without the need for antimicrobials of “last resort”

Vienna, Austria: Patients with bloodstream infections could avoid treatment with a combination of antimicrobial therapies if they are given the right drug as early as possible and if they are classified as at low risk of death. This would reduce … Continue reading

Published Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases

Testing urine for particular proteins could be key to preventing kidney transplant failure

Vienna, Austria: Testing for molecular markers in the urine of kidney transplant patients could reveal whether the transplant is failing and why, according to research presented at the 27th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID). Transplants are … Continue reading

Published Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases

Study of bacteria’s DNA fingerprint suggests it could be spreading around Europe via food distribution

Vienna, Austria: Foods should be investigated as a potential source of spread of Clostridium difficile, according to research presented at the 27th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID). Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) causes gut infections and can … Continue reading

Published Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases

The cost of Clostridium difficile infections: thousands of hospital beds occupied a year and patients at higher risk of death if infection recurs

Vienna, Austria: Repeated infection with the bacterium Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), which causes stomach upsets and diarrhoea, is linked to higher death rates, as well as having a significant impact on health services in terms of cost and hospital beds … Continue reading

Published Friday, April 21st, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases
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