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AKI Risk increased by Higher Uric Acid Levels in Critically ill Patients


Date: January 21st, 2017

How the study was done

The prospective study was done on 115 patients receiving treatment at the intensive care units. The study was conducted by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston under the leadership of Anand Srivastava, MD, MPH. The investigators found out that of the 115 patients, the 29 who experienced AKI depicted a significant high mean plasma uric acid levels contrasted to the 86 patients who had none. The rate was 5.5 versus 4.2 mg/dl. After multivariable analysis, for every 1 mg/dl increase in uric acid at the intensive care unit admission, a 29% rise in the AKI incident was depicted. This record was shown after a number of adjustments on sex, age, APACHE II score and baseline estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR).

First cases of Candida auris reported in United States


Date: January 18th, 2017

Of all the 13 cases, 7 happened between May 2013 and August 2016 and their details have been outlined in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) that was first published on November 4th. The other six cases are still under investigation because their discovery happened after the report was taken online.

The CDC released a clinical alert to U.S. health care facilities in June and stated that the C. auris had emerged globally. The alert went to request that laboratories to notify the state and local health departments. Ever since the alert, the CDC has collaborated with various state and local health departments to carry out C. auris investigations.

Zika Virus don’t stop at Microcephaly


Date: December 4th, 2016

Zika virus has been rapidly spreading and new cases have been reported in Southeast Asia and Florida. The knowledge of the virus is widely known and most people are already aware that the most damaging effect of the virus is on development of the foetus during pregnancy.

Hearts Impacted by Fitful Sleep


Date: December 2nd, 2016

The researchers measured the loss of sleep both objectively and subjectively. They found out that there is a link between the thickening of the artery walls and the building up of plaque in the blood vessels.

A lead researcher and director of the Women’s Biobehavioral Health Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh, Rebecca Thurston said that the research results show that short or poor sleep leads to an increase in heart attack and stroke. She added that the increased risk is between moderate and small, it is not large.

Teens with Western origin more prone to CD


Date: November 30th, 2016

The study was done on over 2 million teens who were subjected to medical examination for more than two decades. It found out that celiac has become a common diagnostic disease now more than in the past.

What is Celiac Disease?

Abbreviated as CD, celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that leads to damages of the small intestines and thus interfering with the absorption of food nutrients. Individuals suffering from CD have to keep off from gluten, rye and barley. If the correct diet is not followed, CD can turn out to be complicated causing malnutrition, infertility, low bone density and lactose intolerance.

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