Researchers at the University of Michigan recently published data that shows that using microbiome analysis may prove helpful in screening and detecting colon cancer cases.
Researchers at Northwestern University have found and grown a new type of antibiotic that kills many of the deadly antibiotic organisms that are developing today, such as MRSA, tuberculosis, and Clostridium difficile.
The antibiotic, dubbed teixobactin, is still in clinical trials with animals.
Radiation therapy is commonly given to oncology patients as an adjunct to surgery and chemotherapy. While the aim of all radiation oncologists is to reduce damage to non-cancerous cells, radiation damage to tissues surround the tumor is unavoidable.
Depending on cell type, each cell has a different sensitivity. In descending order of radiation sensitivity these cells are:
Doxorubicin and hyperbaric oxygen are considered to be absolutely incompatible and should never be coadministered. One study that used hyperbaric oxygen as a possible antidote for doxorubicin (Adriamycin) extravasation in rats showed a 87% mortality.
Hyperbaric oxygen treatments have been shown to be helpful in healing tissue necrosis from extravasation but should only be administered at least 2-3 days before beginning treatments.
Smoke inhalation is an often lethal injury in house fires and is encountered by trauma surgeons who treat burn patients.
The mortality seen in smoke inhalation patients is sometimes greater than would be expected from the carboxyhemoglobin levels.
This is attributable, in part, to the synergistic effects of the methemoglobin resulting from the cyanide exposure – in addition to the carbon monoxide exposure.
Methemoglobin is not generally cardiovascularly significant at levels of 20 to 40%. However, couple with carboxyhemoglobin, the functional anemia can be life-threatening.
Methemoglobinemia can be treated using hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
New York City physician Dr. Craig Spencer has been diagnosed with Ebola virus disease and is in isolation at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, officials announced.
Paris – 1719
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Health officials in Sierra Leone are admitting defeat in the fight against Ebola and are trying to set up self-treat kits for patients to use at home because of the lack of hospital beds to care for the ill.
This sad development started me thinking about what I would do if I was stuck in a place with Ebola and could not receive care from a physician or in a hospital.
***Please note that any one who thinks there might be even a tiny chance that they have Ebola should present immediately to a hospital for definitive care.***
***The information below is not medical advice or recommended treatment on how to treat Ebola and should not be used as such. Treatment for a suspected or known Ebola virus infection MUST be carried out under the care of the appropriate health authorities and by a licensed physician.***
The information listed below is purely an academic exercise for my personal professional growth as a critical care physician and serves solely as a template around which to organize my current reading on the Ebola infection.
Ebola patient Ashoka Mukpo is to receive a blood transfusion from previous Ebola patient Dr. Kent Brantly the University of Nebraska Medical Center has announced.
In an incredible stroke of luck, Brantly is of the same blood type as Mukpo and was traveling in the Omaha area when contacted about donating blood. Brantly’s serum contains antibodies against the Ebola virus that physicians think might be helpful in fighting Mukpo’s infection.
Mukpo is also receiving supportive care and receiving an experimental antiviral drug from Chimerix.
This is the second blood donation Dr. Brantly has provided. His convalescent serum was given to Ebola patient Dr. Richard Sacra.
Dr. Sacra was discharged from the hospital several weeks ago without suffering the end stage disease such as cardiac, kidney, or liver failure.
Dr. Angela Hewlett of the Biocontainment Unit at the Nebraska Medical Center expressed thanks to Dr. Brantly.
“We are incredibly grateful that Dr. Brantly would take the time to do this, no once, but twice.”