John Bishara

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We aimed to assess differences in bacterial intensities of Bacteroidetes phylum and different clostridial species in the human intestines with respect to C. difficile infection. Patients with a stool assay for C. difficile toxin were identified via the microbiology laboratory in our institute. Bacterial populations were quantified from stool samples of four(More)
Asymptomatic bacteriuria (AB) is frequent among kidney transplant patients during the first year post transplantation. Currently, there are no clear guidelines for the antibiotic treatment of AB among these patients. We examined the outcomes of treatment versus no treatment of AB in kidney transplant patients during the first year post transplantation. A(More)
Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (SAB) is a fatal disease. We aimed to describe risk factors for long-term mortality with SAB. We analyzed data from a retrospectively collected database including 1,692 patients with SAB. We considered variables of infection and background conditions for the analysis of long-term survival. The Kaplan–Meier procedure was used(More)
Persistent tachypnea and failure to thrive during infancy have a broad differential diagnosis which includes pulmonary and cardiovascular disorders. Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (DAH) is a rare entity in children. DAH requires an extensive work-up as certain conditions may need chronic therapy. Cardiovascular disorders are included in the etiology of DAH. We(More)
Several studies have shown an association between exposure to statins and favorable clinical outcomes for various types of infections. We aimed to assess the impact of statin use on mortality, disease severity and complications among hospitalized patients with Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). Data were analyzed from a retrospectively collected(More)
Obesity is associated with co-morbidities and increased risk of acquiring infections with worse outcomes. Paradoxically, a few studies indicate that obesity may have a decreased mortality in hospitalized patients with pneumonia. The objective of this study was to determine the impact of body mass index (BMI) on short-term all-cause mortality and clinical(More)
Data on risk factors for Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in diabetic patients are scarce. Recently, it has been shown that metformin increases the Bacteroidetes/Firmicutes ratio; therefore, it may yield a protective effect against CDI. We aimed to assess risk factors for CDI in diabetic patients beyond antibiotic treatment, and to determine the impact(More)
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