‘You are our angels’

Her words hung in the hushed air.“Thank you for saving our boy,” the mother said, her voice choked by emotion.Devra Schwartz, and her husband, Jeff, recently had a chance to express their gratitude to eight of the 100 strangers whose blood donations provided a lifeline for their son, Judah, now 4. The Santa Monica youngster nearly died last year when his kidneys failed due to foodborne E. coli infection.Toxins in the E. coli bacteria ruptured Judah ’s red blood cells, leading to massive blood loss. His platelets — critical to clotting and preventing hemorrhage — plummeted to 13,000. A healthy person’s platelet count is 250,000 to 450,000.Judah underwent 47 transfusions in 21 days, his 37-pound body hooked to a dozen machines in the pediatric intensive care unit at  UCLA Mattel Children ’s Hospital.“At Judah’s first transfusion, we were terrified and hopeful,” recalled Jeff Schwartz, during a Jan. 10 event organized by the UCLA Blood&Platelet Center to recognize its top blood donors. “We sat by his bed and prayed that platelets would be the answer to his recovery.”When his kidneys shut down, Judah required 24-hour dialysis to clean his blood. Seizures and small strokes wreaked havoc in his brain. To lessen stress on his body and support his breathing, UCLA doctors placed Judah on a ventilator and induced a medical coma.“We were not confident that Judah’s story would have a po...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

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AbstractHemolytic uremic syndrome is commonly caused by Shiga toxin-producingEscherichia coli (STEC). Up to 15% of individuals with STEC-associated hemorrhagic diarrhea develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (STEC HUS). Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is a disorder comprising of thrombocytopenia, microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, and acute kidney injury. The kidney is the most commonly affected organ and approximately half of the affected patients require dialysis. Other organ systems can also be affected including the central nervous system and the gastrointestinal, cardiac, and musculoskeletal systems. Neurological complicat...
Source: Pediatric Nephrology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
Conclusion The impact of sepsis on the gut is manifold, e.g., sepsis mediated alteration of the gut-blood barrier and increase in the intestinal permeability, which may correlate with the phenomena of bacterial translocation and lymphatic activation (“toxic-lymph”). Systemic consequences of sepsis are widespread and concern to the coagulative system, the microbiome as well as enzymes, such as pancreatic proteases, MMPs and IAPs. Nevertheless, the therapeutic approaches for modulating the mucosal immune system are still rarely effective in daily routine. Recent published studies showing that treatment with FMT,...
Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
Background: Sickle cell disease (SCD) patients (pts) are at increased risk of infection. This susceptibility is partially explained by the loss of spleen function, but other factors such as inflammatory status might also play a role. Despite adequate immunization and antimicrobial prophylaxis, bacterial infection remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in SCD pts. Toll-like receptors (TLR), transmembrane proteins that recognize a wide range of pathogen molecular patterns, are key receptors in innate immune response. The association among TLR and infections in SCD has scarcely been explored.Objective: To analyze if...
Source: Blood - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: 113. Hemoglobinopathies, Excluding Thalassemia-Basic and Translational Science: Poster III Source Type: research
Conclusions—Although the analysis was limited by small and heterogeneous study populations, limiting determination of microbiological causality, this review suggests aerobic Gram-negative bacilli and Gram-positive cocci are frequently associated with pneumonia complicating stroke. This supports the need for appropriately designed studies to determine microbial cause and a consensus-based approach in antibiotic usage and further targeted antibiotic treatment trials for enhanced antibiotic stewardship.
Source: Stroke - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Complications, Meta Analysis, Cerebrovascular Disease/Stroke, Intracranial Hemorrhage, Ischemic Stroke Original Contributions Source Type: research
​BY NOURA MAHDI; DARRON LEWIS; JEREMY OSBORNE; &AHMED RAZIUDDIN, MDA 73-year-old man was brought to the emergency department from his nursing home for rectal bleeding and anemia. The patient mentioned he had had episodes of bright red rectal bleeding and constipation for a few months. A colonoscopy had been done prior to the visit, which revealed a large intestine tumor and biopsy confirming adenocarcinoma. He was awaiting an appointment with his surgeon.The patient reported bloody rectal leakage, and a CBC done at the nursing home showed a hemoglobin level of 7.2. He also complained of dyspnea but denied any other s...
Source: The Case Files - Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Blog Posts Source Type: research
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. How a single drop of blood can detect sepsis Sepsis can be identified by a single drop of blood, thanks to a lab-on-a-chip device from the University of Illinois. Researchers at the University of Illinois and the Carle Foundati...
Source: Mass Device - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news
CONCLUSIONS: Death from snake bite remains rare in Australia, and has maintained a steady rate for over 20 years. Usually considered a 'rural issue', and with varying recorded causes of death, a nationally co-ordinated effort to further review the national picture of envenoming in Australia can inform education and resource needs within state and local contexts. PMID: 28288937 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Toxicon - Category: Toxicology Authors: Tags: Toxicon Source Type: research
I was one of the first doctors to talk about the incredible benefits of the super-nutrient pyrroloquinoline quinone, or PQQ for short. I was also one of the first doctors to recommend it to patients. Now I recommend this essential nutrient and powerful antioxidant to almost everyone who comes to see me at my wellness clinic. Researchers have only just recently begun to understand the many important roles of PQQ on the body’s cellular processes. Not only does it possess extraordinary energy-giving qualities and have the power to ease nerve pain and battle Alzheimer’s, it has the potential to become the world&rsq...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Anti-Aging Cancer CoQ10 Source Type: news
CONCLUSIONSDementia proportions in many hospitalization categories have increased. The variable effect of dementia on home discharge suggests that dementia has a differential influence on hospital discharge disposition depending on the DRG. These findings have implications for healthcare allocation and long‐term care planning. Journal of Hospital Medicine 2015. © 2015 Society of Hospital Medicine
Source: Journal of Hospital Medicine - Category: Hospital Management Authors: Tags: Original Research Source Type: research
Conclusion: Upon review of the literature, ischemic infarction and intracerebral hemorrhage are uncommon complications of TTP. Our case demonstrates a unique case of subarachnoid hemorrhage as the initial neurological manifestation of TTP.Disclosure: Dr. Wei has nothing to disclose. Dr. Ramesh has nothing to disclose. Dr. Farmakidis has nothing to disclose. Dr. Nalleballe has nothing to disclose. Dr. JADEJA has nothing to disclose.
Source: Neurology - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Cerebrovascular Disease and Interventional Neurology II ePosters Source Type: research
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