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Infections In Medicine Journal

Infections In Medicine Journal

A novel H1N1 influenza virus has emerged from swine and is causing a worldwide pandemic. Children and young adults have been most affected, in terms of both numbers of cases and severity of disease. Perhaps the most striking feature of the pandemic so far is that fewer than half of those hospitalized or killed by this virus have had identifiable prior medical conditions or risk factors.

THAT BLUE LIGHT KILLS methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was demonstrated in the article “Visible 405 nm SLD Light Photo-Destroys Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) In Vitro,” in the December 2008 issue of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. Concerns about the clinical safety of the wavelength used (405 nm, spectral width 390 to 420 nm), which contains traces of ultraviolet light, led Chukuka Enwemeka, PhD, and colleagues from the School of Health Professions, Behavioral and Life Sciences at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, to recapitulate the experiment using a wavelength of 470 nm with similar results.

THE VALUE OF THE PEDIATRIC heptavalent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7) in preventing pneumococcal meningitis has been confirmed by a study, the results of which were recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Case studies of athletes with isolated axillary neuropathy provide an overview of this injury's anatomy and function, which are key to definitive diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Scrub typhus, which is caused by Orientia tsutsugamushi, has various systemic manifestations, including GI symptoms. We describe one patient with scrub typhus who presented with symptoms that suggested acute appendicitis and another who presented with symptoms of acute cholecystitis.

The human papilloma viruses (HPVs) are among the widespread sexually transmitted pathogens infecting women. Like HIV, HPV–s

Clostridium difficile infections account for most cases of antibiotic-associated colitis.1 However, there is increasing evidence that Klebsiella oxytoca infection contributes to the development of C difficile–negative antibiotic-associated hemorrhagic colitis. Most cases have been reported in France,2-12


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