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Archive for the ‘Infectious diseases’ Category

Dynasty: Influenza Virus in 1918 and Today, June 29, 2009 News Release – National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Posted by iskanbasal on July 4, 2009

This is a very interesting release from the NIH about flu virus:

“The influenza virus that wreaked worldwide havoc in 1918-1919 founded a viral dynasty that persists to this day, according to scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. In an article published online on June 29 by the New England Journal of Medicine, authors Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Jeffery K. Taubenberger, M.D., Ph.D., and David M. Morens, M.D., argue that we have lived in an influenza pandemic era since 1918, and they describe how the novel 2009 H1N1 virus now circling the globe is yet another manifestation of this enduring viral family”.

Dynasty: Influenza Virus in 1918 and Today, June 29, 2009 News Release – National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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Posted by iskanbasal on August 5, 2008

This is an interested isuue discussed at the NewYorker:

“In August, 2000, Dr. Roger Wetherbee, an infectious-disease expert at New York University’s Tisch Hospital, received a disturbing call from the hospital’s microbiology laboratory. At the time, Wetherbee was in charge of handling outbreaks of dangerous microbes in the hospital, and the laboratory had isolated a bacterium called Klebsiella pneumoniae from a patient in an intensive-care unit. “It was literally resistant to every meaningful antibiotic that we had,” Wetherbee recalled recently. The microbe was sensitive only to a drug called colistin, which had been developed decades earlier and largely abandoned as a systemic treatment, because it can severely damage the kidneys…….”

Read the full article here.

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HIV Medicine 2007

Posted by iskanbasal on December 21, 2007

HIV Medicine is the 15th edition of a medical textbook that provides a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the treatment of HIV infection (818 pages ) .

This is the source link. A free download.

And the Flying publisher for free medical information

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The protean neurologic manifestations of varicella-zoster virus infection

Posted by iskanbasal on September 18, 2007

This review at the CCJM is very interesting :

The protean neurologic manifestations
of varicella-zoster virus infection.

I will go now to print the PDf file and read it as time allows me. I remember a case of myelitis in a young adult women caused by the VHZ virus.

Thanks to Notes from Dr.RW for the link.

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Fusobacterium and Pharyngitis

Posted by iskanbasal on September 12, 2007

DB’s medical Rants posted some articles on this bacteria and discussed its role in causing serious cases of pharyngitis and the life-threatening condition Lemierre syndrome.

The Canadian Family Physician has an article, a case report, on this condition and the Fusobacterium in its current issue of Sept. First I should finish reading the articles at DB’s site then I will read the case report of the CFP. I think this will support our knowledge on this condition.

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Derm Case: Leishmaniasis, Cutaneous

Posted by iskanbasal on September 9, 2007

When I saw the ulcer I immediately recognized it : cutaneous leihmaniasis. I did not see any patient yet with this disease but it is characteristic and i remember it in my course in infectious diseases. This is the derm case from the current issue of the Canadian Family Physician. I read the answer to the derm question and was interested with the statistcs reported:

“Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) is a serious health problem worldwide and is endemic in nearly 90 countries. The World Health Organization has estimated that there are 1.0 to 1.5 million new cases of CL yearly, and more than 350 million people live in areas where CL is endemic. More than 90% of CL cases are seen in Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Brazil, and Peru.  Cutaneous leishmaniasis is also an increasing threat to travelers visiting these areas. More than 600 cases of Leishmania major acquired in Iraq and a few cases of Leishmania tropica acquired in Afghanistan have been reported in the United States military.  Leishmaniasis is a complex and diverse collection of clinical diseases caused by many species, each with its own geographic distribution, ecology, local mammalian reservoir, and sandfly vectors.

The derm case.

The answer.

(escuse me my English errors).

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Malaria’s Deadly Weapon

Posted by iskanbasal on August 16, 2007

“A molecule that constantly reinvents itself is one of the many ingenious mechanisms that P. falciparum – the mosquito-borne blood parasite that causes the deadliest form of human malaria — has evolved to protect itself against the human immune system. A new understanding of how this morphing molecule helps the parasite survive inside red blood cells could help scientists develop new treatments for the disease”.

See what intelligent strategy the parasite has to escape being destroyed: “The researchers found that PfEMP-1 also causes infected red blood cells to stick to the endothelial cells that line blood vessels. By sticking to blood vessel walls, infected erythrocytes avoid passing through the spleen where they would be filtered out and destroyed”.

Most important we know a molecule that suppresses the production of IFN-gamma but not the other cytokines, a biological mechanism in which it is suppressed. But see also how intriguing are the genetic studies performed by the researchers on the parasite.

This is what recently publishes the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

(Escuse me my English errors).

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Tuberculosis 2007

Posted by iskanbasal on July 3, 2007

Dr. B.S.Kamps video presentation:

this is the text of the presentation:

My name is Bernd Sebastian Kamps and I want to announce that a new star is born. On May the 29th, Juan Carlos Palomino, Sylvia Leão, Viviana Ritacco and 37 other clinicians and researchers published Tuberculosis 2007. The 700-page book is the winner of the 12.500 Euro Amedeo Tuberculosis Award. If you want to read the book, download it from It’s free.

You will find an outstanding source: From the latest research findings to advances in diagnosis and treatment, Tuberculosis 2007 offers comprehensive coverage of all aspects of modern tuberculosis. The authors promise to update their book regularly. If they do so, they will become THE new reference in tuberculosis within a couple of years.

The new book is the first in a series of free medical textbooks created for the Amedeo Textbook Awards. The second free textbook – which is about antibiotic treatment – is expected to be published in September and additional awards will be announced soon.

Tuberculosis 2007 is also a formidable demonstration of our power! In recent years, we (physicians and scientists) have gained full control over the publishing process. Not only do we no longer need publishing houses but, we also produce books faster and cheaper. In today’s world, the magic formula is “free PDF” and the results are overwhelming. In 10 days, the free PDF of Tuberculosis 2007 was downloaded 10,000 times – a remarkable visibility in times where visibility is all about planetary visibility. You can imagine, of course, the impact global visibility may have on your life and your career.

As a physician or scientist, try not to miss the train of free medical information! Let people around the world benefit from your knowledge and experience. Remember: The spirit of science is to share information.

Be part of it.

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Tuberculosis 2007 The Amedeo Challenge

Posted by iskanbasal on July 3, 2007

Who is Amedeo? What are the driving forces behind the project? What is Free Medical Information? How can free medical textbooks such as HIV Medicine generate money? And what the hell is Amedeo Challenge, creating awards, motivating physicians to publish, calling for donations?

A. Baghino has been the official biographer of the Amedeo project since 1999 and answers all these questions and many more: How Amedeo was born and where it will eventually take us. We are in the middle of a hurricane, which is approaching medical publishing territory. ‘The Amedeo Challenge’ describes some of the players and forces involved.

I received the above letter from Dr. Kamps the founder of Flying publisher. I admire the efforts of this man in helping free medical information and to enforce the medical knowledge, especially in fields such as HIV, TB, Antibiotics the three titles of their recent interest. This is the book on TB free to download. The HIV free book .This is a PDF that describe the history of the AMEDEO challenge.

(Escuse me my English errors)

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