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Vaginal miconazole and clotrimazole show no additional risk of spontaneous abortion

July 24 2018

Vulvovaginal candidiasis is common during pregnancy but some studies have suggested a link between azole antifungals and increased risk spontaneous abortion. A new study found no significant difference between exposed and non-exposed pregnancies. However, fluconazole appears to have an increased for of spontaneous abortion, stillbirth and Tetralogy of Fallot.
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Doctors and scientists meeting in Uganda sets new standards for essential diagnostics in AIDS

July 10 2018

A report compiled by 95 experts from 27 countries at a GAFFI meeting in Kampala (Uganda) was released today, which outlined the most important diagnostic tests for fungal infections. These recommendations informed the WHO's Essential Diagnostics List.
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Burden of fungal disease for 13 countries published in Journal of Fungi

June 28 2018

The Journal of Fungi has recently published a series of papers (edited by Professors Malcolm Richardson and Donald Cole) estimating the fungal disease burden for 13 more countries: Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Mozambique, Malawi, Jordan, Romania, Serbia, Norway, Kazakhstan and Malaysia.
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Two point-of-care tests for invasive aspergillosis launched

June 21 2018

Two companies - IMMY and ISCA Diagnostics - have launched point-of-care ('bedside') testing for invasive aspergillosis, which should help to reduce mortality rates by shortening the time to diagnosis and treatment initiation.
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Review of epidemiological data for onychomycosis caused by Aspergillus spp.

June 04 2018

A recent review of 42 epidemiological studies by Dr Felix Bongomin and colleagues showed that the causative agent of onychomycosis (nail infection) was Aspergillus spp. in 1-35% of cases overall, but more frequently among the elderly and those with diabetes (up to 71%). Toenails were affected 25x more often than fingernails.
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