Use of Probiotics as Part of In-Hospital Care

More patients are receiving probiotics as a part of their inpatient hospital care, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control. The study, performed by Drs. Sarah H. Yi, John Jernigan, and L. Clifford McDonald of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the CDC in Atlanta, GA, was designed to assess the prevalence of inpatient probiotic use in a sample of hospitals in the United States. According to the authors, probiotics confer a health benefit on the host and are used among the general population for health maintenance […]

See What You Missed at December Medical Conferences

In the last month, MDLinx editors covered a number of interesting and cutting edge conferences in a number of specialties, including hematology, medical oncology, and breast cancer. Here are some of the highlights. The 57th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting & Exposition (ASH) was held in Orlando, FL, December 5-8, 2015. Dietger Niederwieser, MD, of the University of Leipzig in Leipzig, Germany, reported that younger patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) had more favorable molecular markers than the elderly counterparts. There was a similar distribution of cytogenetic risk in both groups (favorable: 12% in both age groups, intermediate: 66% […]