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.
Professor Arnaldo Colombo joins the LIFE advisory team
October 17 2012
LIFE has acquired a new advisor, Professor Arnaldo Colombo from Sao Paulo, Brazil...
Aspergillus meningitis outbreak in the USA related to corticosteroid injections in the back
October 09 2012
In a never before seen outbreak leading to the death of 8 people so far, a patient at a Tennessee ambulatory surgery center developed Aspergillus meningitis approximately 19 days following epidural steroid injection...
September 24 2012
One of the highlights of the recent ICAAC meeting in San Francisco was extensive discussion of the new Lateral Flow Assay (LFA) for cryptococcal meningitis. Many speakers highlighted to simplicity and sensitivity of the LFA including Jeremy Day (Vietnam), David Boulware (Minnesota), Nelesh Govender (South Africa), Matt Binnicker (Mayo Clinic, Rochester) and David Denning (Manchester). A summary of all published data indicates a sensitivity in serum or plasma exceeding 99% and a specificity of ~100%. In many instances asymptomatic infection could be diagnosed and if treated, meningitis prevented.
Histoplasmosis kills 16 year old
September 19 2012
A tragic death of a 16 year old athlete has been attributed to the fungal infection histoplasmosis.