San Diego skyline, Photo by Michael Seljos

ICAAC/ICC 2015 took place September 17-21 in San Diego, California.


Monitoring microbiome may help reduce infection in AML

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Published: 09/23/15

Patient receiving chemotherapy
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Monitoring the microbiome during chemotherapy might help reduce infections in leukemia patients, according to research presented at ICAAC/ICC 2015. The researchers studied buccal and fecal samples from patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who were undergoing induction chemotherapy. This revealed that decreased microbial diversity was associated with an increased risk of infection. [Read Article]

Readmissions due to infection after HSCT

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Published: 09/22/15

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A retrospective study has provided insight into hospital readmissions related to opportunistic infection following hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT). Of the roughly 4200 HSCT recipients studied, 26% were readmitted to the hospital due to opportunistic infection. About 1 in 3 infection-related readmissions were due to double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) viral infections, and cytomegalovirus (CMV) infections were the most common. [Read Article]


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