Latest Pneumocystis pneumonia Stories

2012-12-26 12:58:52

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the fungus Pneumocystis jirovecii, an advancement that could help identify new targets for drugs to treat and prevent Pneumocystis pneumonia, a common and often deadly infection in immunocompromised patients. The study will be published on December 26, 2012 in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The organism cannot yet be isolated and grown for study in the laboratory, so details about Pneumocystis...

2011-01-03 21:11:27

The American Thoracic Society has released a new official clinical policy statement on the treatment of fungal infections in adult pulmonary and critical care patients. The statement replaces ATS guidelines published in 1988, and takes into account new medications and treatment approaches, as well as provides an overview of emerging fungi. The statement appears in the January 1, 2011, issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Pulmonary fungal infections occur...

2010-08-19 16:27:00

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A drug to treat inflammation plays a surprising role reducing the level of infection caused by an opportunistic bug that is deadly for AIDS and cancer patients and others with weakened immune systems. The drug, sulfasalazine, spurs the body to get rid of the fungal evaders by enhancing the body's ability to chew them up instead of leaving the debris to litter the lungs, where it would continue to provoke an onslaught of harmful...

2008-09-08 09:00:52

Myconostica, a UK-based medical diagnostic company, has launched a new test to assist medical and scientific professionals identify the two most common causes of fungal pneumonia. The assay, FXG: RESP (Asp +), uses real-time PCR technology to accurately and rapidly identify infections caused by both Aspergillus and Pneumocystis, the company said. According to the company, FXG: RESP (Asp +) can identify Aspergillus and Pneumocystis within four hours, which account for over 95% of cases of...

2008-06-17 03:00:09

By Wuyts, Wim A Thomeer, Michiel; Dupont, Lieven J; Verleden, Geert M To the Editor : The pulmonary perspective by Dr. Collard and colleagues (1) provides an overview of the current understanding about acute exacerbations in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). To tackle this challenging problem, we developed an algorithm (Figure 1). As a first step, we test for the presence of D-dimer and clinical probability of pulmonary embolism. If the test is positive, a specific computed tomography...

2005-09-27 14:16:53

Pneumonia doesn't appear to harm HIV-positive patients any more than those without HIV, according to a new international study conducted in part by the University of Alberta. In a two-year study that documented cases in 26 hospitals in 11 countries including the United States, Canada, South Africa, Chile and Spain, outcomes for 58 HIV-positive patients with CAP, or community-acquired pneumonia (pneumonia contracted outside of hospitals) were compared with outcomes for 174 HIV-negative...

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This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.