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Mycotic aneurysms are a rare finding in the
post-antibiotic era but must still be considered as a cause of abdominal pain
in a patient with endocarditis. We present a
case of a 47-year-old man with a history of IV drug use and a prior episode of endocarditis who developed a mycotic aneurysm while hospitalized on IV
antibiotic therapy for aortic valve endocarditis. Due to their
life-threatening character and often lack of evident clinical picture,
mycotic aneurysms should still remain in high suspicion for a patient with
abdominal pain in the setting of endocarditis.
infection (AHI) is often marked by nonspecific and vague complaints, which make detection difficult. An 18-year-old man presented with one week history of subjective fevers with chills, nonproductive cough and
generalized body aches. He was found to have rhabdomyolysis due to AHI.
This report adds the most thoroughly investigated case of AHI-associated rhabdomyolysis to date, having ruled out erlichia, legionella, parainfluenza,
adenovirus, enterovirus, metapneumovirus, RSV and DILS.
Overweight and obese
individuals are at increased risk for many diseases and health conditions,
including but not limited to the following: hypertension; osteoarthritis;
dyslipidemia; type 2 diabetes; coronary heart
disease and stroke. Consequently, individuals who are obese are more
likely to use health services and are more likely
to use costly health services than non-obese individuals. Between 1987
and 2001, growth in obesity related health expenditures accounted for 27
percent of the growth in inflation-adjusted per capita health care spending.
Researchers, popular press and the television news media have paid considerable
attention to the effect that farm subsidies have on dietary habits and obesity.
Prominent researchers in the field have
concluded that US farm subsidies have had a negligible impact on obesity. However, even small increases in obesity rates are associated with higher health care
expenditures. The primary intent of this study is to break down the linkages
from farm subsidy to health expenditure and shed light on the unintended implications
of the farm subsidy program. We find that agricultural subsidies have the
potential to influence health care expenditures.