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New Candida Guidelines

December 03 2012

After a 2 year process, the ESCMID Fungal Infection Study Group has this week published new guidelines on the diagnosis and management of Candida infections. The 2012 recommendations are published in the ESCMID journal ‘Clinical Microbiology and Infection’ as 6 papers occupying a full supplement. Link to Journal. The papers detail: The development an process of the guideline development Diagnostic procedures Diagnosis and management in non-neutropenic adult patients Prevention and management of invasive infection in neonates and children Diagnosis and management of adults with haematological malignancy and after HSC transplantation Diagnosis and management in HIV and AIDS patients.
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LIFE advisors visit UNAIDS in Geneva

November 19 2012

Juan Luis Rodriguez Tudela, Jag Jugessur and David Denning visited UNAIDS at their offices in Geneva to discuss areas of common interest. UNAIDS is the driving force behind efforts to greatly reduce the burden of HIV infections worldwide and specifically to “Achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2015”. Their current focus is on ‘Getting to Zero’ which translates into “Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths”. Progress has been made in that AIDS-related deaths in 2011 had fallen to 1.7 million from 2.3 million in 2005.
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Tania Sorrell becomes a LIFE advisor

November 19 2012

LIFE is delighted to announce that that Professor Tania Sorrell joins the LIFE Advisors. Trained as a physician in Infectious Diseases with a focus on infections immunocompromised patients, cryptococcal disease, novel diagnostics and resistant micro-organisms, she brings decades of relevant experience from the southern hemisphere to LIFE’s activities. Currently Sorrell is the Director of the Sydney Institute for Emerging infectious Diseases and Biosecurity (SEIB) and Professor of Clinical Infectious Diseases at the University of Sydney. Her clinical work is at Westmead Hospital, Sydney.
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Worldwide Initiative Awards Fungal Art Prize to North West Pupils

November 06 2012

Sixteen school pupils from across the North West and Wales were recognised last night for their outstanding artistic talents at the PROJECT LIFE (Leading International Fungal Education) Competition, the world’s first art competition to educate young people about the importance of fungal research.
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Sudden infant death syndrome linked to Pneumocystis infection

November 06 2012

Research in Chile has shown a link between pneumocystis occurrence and increased mucus production in 82% of SIDS cases.
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