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 Public Health:

    FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The World Health Organization has admitted it dropped the ball with the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, according to a news report published Friday.

    In a draft internal memo obtained by the Associated Press, WHO blamed incompetent staff and ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pharmacy:

    FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An older antibiotic called vancomycin is still effective in treating dangerous Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections, a new study finds.

    The findings show that doctors should keep using vancomycin to treat ...Full Article

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

    SUNDAY, Oct. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A health care worker who helped treat the Liberian man who died of Ebola in a Dallas hospital last week has tested positive for the virus, public health officials reported Sunday.

    "We don't know what occurred in the care of the original patient in...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pharmacy:

    FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Harvoni, a daily pill that treats the most common form of hepatitis C, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday.

    It's the first combination pill (ledipasvir and sofosbuvir) approved to treat the chronic infection, and the fi...Full Article

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

    FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. troops have arrived in the beleaguered nation of Liberia, the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

    Their first mission: to set up an isolation center for doctors and other health-care workers infected with the deadly disease.

    ...Full Article
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Allergy / Immunology:

    THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although food allergies have garnered a lot of attention lately, a new study reports that medications are actually the biggest cause of sudden deaths related to allergy.

    Over a little more than a decade, nearly 60 perce...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Epidemiology:

    THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital patients don't wash their hands often, even when they use the restroom or eat meals, potentially increasing their risk of getting an infection, a new study shows.

    "This is important because getting patients to ...Full Article

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

    THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- College athletes in contact sports such as football and soccer are more than twice as likely as other college athletes to carry a superbug known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), new research finds.

    "This study shows t...Full Article

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

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Five major U.S. airports will begin screening travelers entering the country from the three West African nations hit hardest by the ongoing Ebola epidemic, federal health officials announced Wednesday.

    These five airports receive 94 percent of t...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Geriatrics:

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Infection rates within U.S. nursing homes are on the rise, and that trend will continue until better hygiene practices are put in place, a new study suggests.

    "Infections are a leading cause of deaths and complications for nursing home resident...Full Article

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

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The Dallas Ebola patient died Wednesday morning at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, hospital officials said.

    Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national, had entered the United States on Sept. 19, apparently healthy and without any Ebola symptoms...Full Article

  • Brad Spellberg, MD - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA - Infectious Disease
    Brad Spellberg, MD answered:
    The treatment for most cases of osteomyelitis in adults is surgical cleaning or removal of the infected bone plus prolonged antibiotics. For many years, physicians insisted on giving all of the antibiotics intravenously, for 6 weeks or so. It is now clear that many cases of osteomyelitis can be treated with...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States is in critical but stable condition, with machines performing life-sustaining functions as he struggles with the deadly virus, federal officials said Tuesday.

    Liberian national Thomas Eric Dun...Full Article

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

    TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An E. coli outbreak at an Illinois hospital was caused by endoscopes that had bacterial contamination despite being disinfected in the recommended way, a new study says.

    The outbreak occurred among patients who underwent procedures with duodenosco...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Epidemiology:

    TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About half of all U.S. hospital patients receive antibiotics, and these drugs are commonly the ones more likely to promote the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a new study found.

    "This is where the bad bugs spread, in the hospitals, becaus...Full Article