Articles matching the ‘Infectious Diseases’ Category

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November 19th, 2015

Podcast 190: Last line of antibiotic defense breached

The Lancet Infectious Diseases has just published a worrying account from China about a dangerous antibiotic resistance factor carried on plasmids. The factor, called MCR-1, confers resistance to colistin — a last line of defense against multi-resistant Gram-negative bacilli. The co-author of a helpful commentary in that journal, Dr. David L. Paterson of the University of […]


July 18th, 2015

Podcast 180: A sketch of community-acquired pneumonia

The CDC’s Seema Jain is our guest, talking about a study she did with her team to characterize the causes of community-acquired pneumonia in U.S. adults. (They don’t mention finding Webster’s Micrococcus lanceolatus.) Medicine has come a long way since 1925, but Dr. Jain says that clinicians still need better diagnostic tools to pinpoint the causes […]


January 13th, 2011

Podcast 112: MRSA guidelines from IDSA

The Infectious Diseases Society of American last week issued clinical practice guidelines on dealing with methicillin-resistant S. aureus infection. We interview the principal author of those guidelines, Dr. Catherine Liu of the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Liu responds to the criticism leveled earlier this week against all IDSA guidelines, for their apparent lack of […]


April 23rd, 2010

Podcast 84: One year later, what have we learned from 2009 H1N1? A conversation with Richard Wenzel.

I’d forgotten that it’s only been a year since 2009 H1N1 (remember when we called it “swine flu”?) struck, but then I saw Richard Wenzel’s op-ed essay in the New York Times. Dr. Wenzel kindly agreed to a conversation, and that’s our offering this week. Interview-related links: Wenzel’s op-ed piece in the New York Times CDC’s estimates […]


January 11th, 2009

Podcast 25: Drs. Nicola Thompson and Joseph Perz talk about their Annals of Internal Medicine paper on the epidemiology of viral hepatitis outbreaks in nonhospital healthcare settings

Hospitals don’t have many outbreaks of viral hepatitis, owing to a strong culture of infection control. However, health care is moving increasingly to nonhospital settings like outpatient clinics and longterm care facilities where infection control is less established. We talk with Nicola Thompson and Joseph Perz of the CDC about their paper detailing the causes […]


October 31st, 2008

Podcast 18: News plus an interview with Prof. Riccardo Utili about infective endocarditis in the elderly

This week we look at why infective endocarditis among the elderly has characteristics very different from its manifestations in younger patients. Prof. Riccardo Utili of the Second University of Naples is our guest. And of course we start with a brief news roundup. Journal Watch links: Breast Cancer Less Likely to Recur in Women with […]


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