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BACKGROUND Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a common cause of morbidity among hospitalized patients. Multiple factors have been associated with primary CDI, but risk factors for CDI relapses are less well described. METHODS This was a retrospective cohort study of patients with CDI over a 15-month period. We compared patients with relapsing and… (More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW This paper reviews recent data on the treatment of infections caused by drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, particularly methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA). This review will focus on new findings reported in the English-language medical literature from June 2003 to September 2004. RECENT FINDINGS Despite the emergence of resistant… (More)
Moraxella lacunata is a rare, usually commensal gram-negative rod most commonly associated with eye infections. We report a unique case of noniatrogenic M. lacunata bacteremia and septic knee arthritis in a patient with class III-IV lupus nephritis and speculate on the association between invasive Moraxella infection and renal impairment.
We describe the first reported case of renal zygomycosis presenting as an isolated fungus ball (bezoar) without renal parenchymal invasion. Since all previous descriptions of renal involvement have discussed tissue invasion, our case is unique in that the infection was confined solely in the renal pelvis and extended to the distal ureter without signs of… (More)
The current update of the US man-made vitreous fiber production worker cohort includes women for the first time. Preliminary comparisons of 3,820 female and 27,767 male workers from 11 participating fibrous glass plants show different hiring patterns during World War II. The gender-specific person-year distributions are similar with respect to duration of… (More)