Month: March 2023

Diabetic Foot Infection: Utility of Probe-To-Bone Test

Diabetic foot infections are one of the most feared complications of diabetes, since it is the most tangible consequence of the disease. While peripheral vascular disease and neuropathy may take a while, having a foot infection leading to osteomyelitis and possible amputations is disfiguring, costly, and has an impact on a person’s quality of life.

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Ticks and Stuff 2: Heartland and the Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome Viruses

In part two of “Ticks and Us” we look at two related viruses that come from ticks and lead to the same symptoms as any tick-borne illness, namely flu-like illness with thrombocytopenia and transaminitis: the Heartland and severe fever and thrombocytopenia syndrome virus! Heartland Virus: The heartland virus is part of the Phenuviridae family, genus

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Ticks and Stuff 1: The Agent of Anaplasmosis

Ehrlichiosis is the name of infections caused by obligate intracellular bacteria that are part of the Anaplasmatacae family (1). 3 different genera tend to cause disease: Ehrlichia chaffeensis, E. ewingii, and Anaplasma phagocytophilum. These organisms tend to be part of the Rickettsiacae family which require eukaryotic cells to grow (4). Leukocytes tend to be the

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