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2014-01-31 10:56:10

C. difficile infection leads to death in approximately 14,000 individuals annually in US Rhode Island Hospital researchers have identified components in Clostridium difficile (C. diff) that may lead to new diagnostic tools, and ultimately more timely and effective treatment for this often fatal infection. C. diff is a spore-forming bacterium that causes severe diarrhea and is responsible for 14,000 deaths annually in the U.S. The study is published online in advance of print in the Journal...

2011-03-24 19:57:58

New study from Rhode Island Hospital shows second half of year more common for MRSA infection A new study from Rhode Island Hospital has found a significant increase in the occurrence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in the summer and autumn months. The increase was more pronounced in the pediatric population than in adults. The study is now published online in advance of print in PloS ONE. Lead author Leonard Mermel, D.O., Sc.M., medical director of the...

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2010-04-20 12:50:27

New study identifies, quantifies and characterizes its prevalence A multi-center study led by a researcher at Rhode Island Hospital has determined that long-term elder care, HIV-infected and hemodialysis patients are at increased risk of carrying methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in their nose. The study also found that patients have vastly different quantities of MRSA in their noses, a potential indicator for their risk of developing an infection after surgery. The study...

2009-11-19 19:36:30

Commentary in the December issue of the Lancet Infectious Diseases A commentary in the December issue of The Lancet Infectious Diseases brings to light the gaps in knowledge on the transmission of a common pathogen "“ the influenza virus "“ and its impact on decisions about how best to protect health care workers. Infectious diseases specialist Leonard Mermel, DO, medical director of infection control for Rhode Island Hospital, looks at the ongoing debate in light of the H1N1...

2009-10-20 17:55:37

Research finds dramatic increase in number of transfusion-transmitted babesiosis cases Babesiosis is a potentially dangerous parasitic disease transmitted by ticks and is common in the Northeast and the upper Midwest. Babesia lives inside of red blood cells, meaning it can also be transmitted through a blood transfusion from an infected but otherwise asymptomatic blood donor. Now a new study led by researchers at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals finds a dramatic increase in the number of...

2009-06-19 08:11:09

Rhode Island Hospital infectious diseases expert proposes the concept in letter to editor A letter to the editor by Rhode Island Hospital infectious diseases specialist Leonard Mermel, DO, identifies characteristics of the outbreak of H1N1 in 1977 and speculates its impact on this pandemic. His letter is published in the June 20 edition of the journal the Lancet 2009 (vol 373 p2108-09). Mermel notes that in the late 1970s, an influenza H1N1 reappeared in humans. It had a pandemic-like spread...

2009-02-19 08:50:14

Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital have completed a study to better understand the impact of infection control measures during a possible flu pandemic. Their study focused on the likelihood of the transmission of flu from individuals showing no symptoms (asymptomatic) or from individuals who are infected but have not yet exhibited symptoms. The researchers call on the scientific community to better understand the transmission of influenza in order to provide guidelines for effective...