Zulfiqar Rana, MD, MPH, FACP

Board Certified in Internal Medicine

Category Archives: Infections

A New Biomarker for Bacterial Meningitis

Patients with early bacterial meningitis might not have CSF pleocytosis. Heparin-binding protein is a promising new biomarker that might assist with early identification of bacterial meningitis in adults. HBP might play the same role in bacterial meningitis that D-dimer does in venous thromboembolic disease. Pending larger studies, an HBP level >20 ng/mL should prompt empirical therapy for bacterial meningitis while awaiting results of CSF culture and immunoassays.

Heparin-Binding Protein: A New Biomarker for Bacterial Meningitis – Emergency Medicine.

Nine Dead In Ala. After IV Treatment

A pharmacy that produces intravenous solutions is the potential common source for an outbreak of blood infections that has sickened 19 people at six hospitals. The products have been recalled.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/03/30/134984222/nine-dead-in-ala-after-iv-treatment?ft=1&f=1001

Superbug Spreads in Southern California

Roughly 350 cases of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, or CRKP, were reported in Los Angeles County between June and December of 2010, according to a study from the L.A. County Department of Public Health to be presented April 3 in Dallas at the annual meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America…

Here is the link: http://fluentnews.com/s/26598629

What Should Physicians Wear?

Evidence that physician white coats and other long-sleeved garments can be contaminated with bacteria including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has led British health authorities to ban such attire for clinicians. To examine the appropriateness of this action, researchers conducted a prospective trial in which they assessed bacterial contamination of physicians\\’ clothing.

via What Should Physicians Wear? – Infectious Diseases.

NYTimes: For Cold Virus, Zinc May Edge Out Even Chicken Soup

Scientists haven’t discovered a cure for the common cold, but researchers now say zinc may be the next best thing.

http://nyti.ms/hk1t4o