Thursday, October 09, 2008

Pneumococcal vaccination and risk of myocardial infarction

Lots in this most recent issue of CMAJ! This, a study that hypothesises that pneumococcal vaccine would protect people from myocardial infarction. It seems that it might, but you can't take my word for it. Since CMAJ is an open access journal, you can read the study for yourself.

Clostridium difficile

Two items about this , in the most recent CMAJ:

One, on patterns of antibiotic use and C. diff - which finds community acquired C. diff infection in a significant number of people who had not used antibiotics.

The other, a commentary on community acquired C. diff, written by authors from Leiden.


In August this year, Canada apparently experienced the worst epidemic of listeriosis in the world, with 43 cases, and 16 deaths, caused by cold cuts of meat from a particular factory. There is an editorial about this in the most recent CMAJ, with a public health oriented primer. The editorial discusses some of the public health changes that might have aided the epidemic. Being the CMAJ, of course, the editorial is also in French.