Dr. Brad Spellberg, MD

Bio

Specialties:

  • infectious disease

Affiliation:

  • David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Activity

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A review of the data suggests that the antiviral drug Tamiflu shortens the length of flu symptoms by about a day, and reduces the risk of flu-related complications such as pneumonia.

    The findings come from an analysis ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- After a rough start to the flu season, the number of infections seems to have peaked and is even starting to decline in many parts of the nation, federal health officials reported Thursday.

    "We likely reached our highest level of activity and in...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatric Infectious Disease:

    THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a development that could dramatically widen the scope of a measles outbreak that began last month at Disney parks in California, Arizona health officials said Wednesday that up to 1,000 people in that state may have been exposed to the highly infecti

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  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Early results suggest an experimental Ebola vaccine triggers an immune response and is safe to use.

    However, larger clinical trials in West Africa are needed to determine if the immune response generated by the vaccine is large enough to prote...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of measles cases linked to the outbreak at Disney amusement parks in southern California has reached 87, health officials are reporting.

    The California Department of Public Health said Monday that the vast majority of infections -- 7...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- West Africa's Ebola epidemic has slowed significantly, but health officials are hesitant to say the lethal virus is no longer a threat.

    Ebola infections have killed more than 8,600 people and sickened 21,000, mostly in the countries of Liberia, ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The overuse of antibiotics to treat travelers' diarrhea may contribute to the spread of drug-resistant superbugs, a new study suggests.

    Antibiotics should be used to treat travelers' diarrhea only in severe cases, said the study authors.

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  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials have hard numbers to back up their warnings that this season's flu shots are less than perfect: A new study finds the vaccine reduces your risk of needing medical care because of flu by only 23 percent.

    Most years, flu vac...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of many types of hospital-acquired infections are on the decline, but more work is needed to protect patients, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

    "Hospitals have made real progress to reduce some types ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- If the current high rates of monitoring and hospitalization continue, the Ebola epidemic in Liberia could be halted by the middle of this year, researchers report.

    After including data collected as of Dec. 1, 2014, a computer model projected tha...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Dermatology:

    FRIDAY, Jan. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research dispels the widely held belief that spiders are a common cause of skin infections in people.

    "Although spider bite may be an attractive and tenable causative agent of a bacterial infection, the data show this is highly improbable," the...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Public Health:

    FRIDAY, Jan. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- With flu now widespread across the United States, experts recommend you take several steps to reduce your risk.

    Getting a flu shot is crucial, said Dr. Saul Hymes, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics and a specialist in pediatric infectious ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Obstetrics & Gynecology:

    FRIDAY, Jan. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The injectable birth control Depo-Provera is associated with an increased risk of HIV infection in women, according to a review of research in Africa.

    Women who receive the so-called "birth control shot" have about 40 percent higher odds of becomin...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Dermatology:

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Psoriasis is more than just a troublesome skin condition for millions of Americans -- it also causes up to $135 billion a year in direct and indirect costs, a new study shows.

    According to data included in the study, about 3.2 percent of the U.S...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Laboratory researchers say they've discovered a new antibiotic that could prove valuable in fighting disease-causing bacteria that no longer respond to older, more frequently used drugs.

    The new antibiotic, teixobactin, has proven effective agai...Full Article