Global burden of disease 2010
December 17 2012
Fungal skin diseases came out the 4th most prevalent disease worldwide at the Global Burden of Disease 2010 launch conference in London on December 14th 2012. Hosted at the Royal Society and chaired by Richard Horton (Editor the Lancet), Christopher Murray (Institute for Health metrics and Evaluation, Seattle) and Richard Peto (University of Oxford). Over 400 delegates and 13,000 online viewers participated in the extraordinary and unparalleled data release of the work over 5 years from 486 authors from 302 institutions and 50 countries. Most fungal diseases were not assessed, but skin fungal diseases were, and are the most prevalent infectious disease globally. Fungal skin disease include tinea capitis (estimated to be 200 million), ringworm, tinea pedis, onychomycosis (fungal nail infection) and tinea versicolor. Estimated at 985 million, only dental caries, tension-type headache and migraine were more common.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.