World AIDS Day is on Saturday 1st December 2012 and the theme for this year is “Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero deaths from AIDS-related illness. Zero discrimination”.
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The advent of a new generation of symptom checker finally empowers patients to make sense of medical information using their own pattern of symptoms and take greater control of their health. In this new era the patient will be able to work more collaboratively with their doctor rather than be a passive recipient.
Post by Jason Maude, co-founder of Isabel Healthcare
Meningococcal infections (occur in various forms known as meningococcal meningitis, meningococcal septicemia, meningococcal disease) are caused by Neisseria meningitides which is found at the back of the nose. In most people who have this bacteria it causes no harm, but occasionally it can enter the bloodstream and cause systemic illness or can spread within the respiratory tract. Transmission of the bacteria can occur by inhalation of respiratory droplets or by direct contact with infected respiratory secretions.
UK Offers Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccine to All Pregnant Women
The Chief Medical Officer for England, Dame Sally Davies announced that all pregnant women will be offered the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine due to concerns about a serious increase in prevalence of the disease in the UK which has resulted in nine infant deaths this year. The UK Health Protection Agency (HPA) stated that by August 2012, it had received reports of 4,691 cases of whooping cough so far this year. The total number of cases so far this year in the UK is now more than four times higher than the annual total number cases of 1,118 reported in 2011 and the 908 cases reported in the last ‘peak’ year which for the UK was 2008.
DDX tools could help to avoid diagnosis errors in the ICU
The idea for the Isabel diagnosis support tool first came to us while sitting in the ICU. A decade ago, my family and I were spending long hours in the ICU caring for our toddler, Isabel Maude, after she was diagnosed late with necrotising fasciitis. We realized the ICU doctors often can see the long perspective of what happened to a patient, as they see how the patient got there and what mistakes were made along the way. With the luxury of hindsight they can see, for example, that if only a clinician had, metaphorically, turned left instead of right then the patient would not have ended up in ICU.
Young girl contracts rare case of Bubonic Plague in Colorado. Early diagnosis is critical.
Sierra Jane Downing, age 7 is recovering from Bubonic plague which she contracted whilst on holiday in Colorado after burying a dead squirrel.
Texas is experiencing an outbreak of West Nile Virus which so far has killed 10 people, and an additional 200 people are currently suffering from West Nile Virus. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that nearly half of all cases of West Nile so far this year are in the Texas region.
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