Despite ongoing meningitis outbreak, vaccinations low among gay men, study shows
Despite a yearlong outbreak of invasive meningococcal disease in Southern California primarily affecting gay and bisexual men, less than 27 percent of men who have sex with men in Los Angeles County have been vaccinated for meningitis.The findings released today by the California HIV/AIDS Policy Research Center in collaboration with the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, the Los Angeles LGBT Center and AIDS Project Los Angeles Health call for more education about the disease and more places offering immunization throughout Southern California at venues where gay and bisexual men socialize.More than 500 men were interviewed about their knowledge of the meningitis outbreak by UCLA Luskin ’s Ian Holloway, an assistant professor of social welfare, and teams of researchers who visited venues throughout Los Angeles County. Most of the canvassers were current UCLA students or recent graduates.“Our rapid-response research suggests that coordinated efforts to standardize data collection about sexual practices in conjunction with immunization will enable better tracking of meningitis vaccination among gay and bisexual men,” said Holloway, who is also director of the UCLA Luskin-based Southern California HIV/AIDS Policy Research Center.Meningococcal disease is often characterized with sudden onset of high fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, stiff neck and confusion, which can lead to rapid septic shock and death if not treated quickly. Vacc...
(Lancet. 2018;391:1197–204) Among patients who undergo lumbar puncture, up to 35% return to the hospital with a postdural puncture headache, which is caused by continuing leakage of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from the dural defect created by the spinal needle. Conventional needles are most frequently used in clinical practice by nonanesthesiologists and have a sharp slanted tip designed to cut through the dura with a distal opening for injection of drugs or collection of CSF. As these needles cut through tissues, they cause irregular lacerations that can increase the potential for CSF leakage. In contrast, atraum...
The objectives of this study were to assess for abnormal lumbar anatomy in women sustaining unintentional dural punctures during labor epidural placement utilizing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound.
E.coli symptoms include a high fever, diarrhoea, and having stomach cramps. The public have been warned to avoid eating romaine lettuce after an outbreak of the bacterial infection was reported in the US. These are the warning signs of the E.coli bacterial infection to look out for.
China on Wednesday issued new rules to tighten notification of cases of African swine fever, including incentives for whistleblowers, amid concerns that outbreaks of the highly contagious disease are being under reported.
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An investigation into an outbreak of healthcare-associated C. auris infections provides insight into the colonization, transmission, and prevention of these infections.Emerging Infectious Diseases
[UN News] A spokesperson for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has condemned any violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that could slow down the humanitarian response to the Ebola outbreak in the vast country's north-east, following an attack on a UN base and nearby hotels housing UN staff, in the city of Beni on Friday.
Authors: Hidalgo JA, Florez A, Agurto C, Pinedo Y, Ayarza R, Rodriguez L, La Rosa A, Gutierrez R Abstract Background: There is scarcity of data about the prevalence of non-AIDS defining comorbidities among stable HIV-infected patients in Peru. Objective: We aimed to describe the most frequent cardiometabolic comorbidities found among ambulatory adults on ARV in Peru. Methods: A review of records for patients attending regular visits at 5 clinics in Lima-Callao in January-February 2016 is presented. Patients were adults on ARV for>6 months, with no recent AIDS-defining condition. Results: Three hundre...
To determine if outpatient infusion therapy is a possible treatment for pediatric patients with post-concussive headaches.
Since the inception of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, an increasing number of veterans have sought treatment from the Department of Veterans Affairs for combat-related injuries. Many veterans experience postconcussive symptoms, traumatic stress, chronic pain, sensory deficits, and/or headaches. The goal of this article was to highlight some of the challenges treatment providers may face, while providing rehabilitation specialists with important evaluation and treatment considerations in working with this population to maximize outcomes for these veterans.