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:

    MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research strengthens the suspected connection between a virus called enterovirus D68 and the sudden development of paralysis in children in California and Colorado between 2012 and 2014.

    The researchers found the genetic signature of a specif...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fecal transplants, using stool from a donor, have been successful at treating a serious gut infection, researchers report.

    The infection is called Clostridium difficile. It causes diarrhea and severe abdominal pain and kills thousands of p...Full Article

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

    THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Ebola likely won't mutate into a strain that goes airborne or dodges current efforts to develop effective vaccines, tests and treatments for the deadly virus, a new study suggests.

    That's because the Ebola virus has been mutating at its normal ...Full Article

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

    WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A potentially life-threatening slowing of the heart can occur when the common heart drug amiodarone is taken with new hepatitis C medications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

    The dangerous slowing of the heart -- called symptomati...Full Article

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

    WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental Ebola vaccine shows promise in an early clinical trial, but requires much more testing, researchers report.

    The trial included 120 healthy adults in China who received either a low or high dose of the vaccine, or a placebo. Twe...Full Article

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

    SUNDAY, March 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Wouldn't it be great if humans were immune to snakes' venom? Well, opossums are, and scientists are studying the mammals with an eye to creating a new and better venom antidote.

    Such an antidote could save thousands o...Full Article

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

    THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As health officials in Kansas struggle with an outbreak of tuberculosis at a local high school, federal officials reported Thursday that the annual decline in U.S. cases is slowing.

    In 2014, there were slightly more than 9,400 TB cases in the U...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Critical Care Medicine:

    MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The condition of an unidentified American health care worker infected with Ebola in West Africa has been downgraded from serious to critical, doctors at the U.S. National Institutes of Health said Monday.

    No other details about the patient, who w...Full Article

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

    MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Pockets of unvaccinated children appear to have fueled the recent measles outbreak traced to Disney theme parks in California, researchers report.

    "The Disneyland outbreak is quite possibly a direct consequence of the growing anti-vaccination mov...Full Article

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

    TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A widely used herpes drug also seems to help people with the HIV virus, even if those people don't also have herpes, a new small study found.

    The researchers said their findings challenge the belief that drug Valtrex (valacyclovir) requires the ...Full Article

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

    FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Several other Americans may have been exposed to a U.S. health worker who was recently infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday afternoon.

    The unidentified, infected worker was flown in ...Full Article

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

    THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued final recommendations for the cleaning and sterilization of medical devices used in invasive procedures.

    The updated rules, first proposed in 2011, were released in response to last month...Full Article

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

    THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Ebola caused major disruptions to health care systems in West Africa and has put hundreds of thousands of children at risk for measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases, new research suggests.

    Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone were hardest ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adding a simple tetanus shot to another vaccine treatment for a highly lethal form of brain cancer dramatically extended some patients' survival in a small new study.

    Researchers from Duke Cancer Institute found that three of six patients with ...Full Article

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

    THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In the wake of the measles outbreak that has generated headlines for months, more Americans now say they have positive feelings toward childhood vaccinations, according to a new HealthDay/Harris Poll.

    Of more than 2,000 adults surveyed, 87 perc...Full Article