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Testing, antivirals underutilized in older adults with suspected influenza

March 31, 2015

The use of antivirals was low among older adults hospitalized with the suspected virus in urban Tennessee, despite recommendations for the early initiation of these medications, according to recent findings. Influenza testing also remained low.

“Since the 2009-2010 H1N1 influenza pandemic, the CDC has recommended prompt use of antiviral treatment for all hospitalized patients with confirmed or suspected influenza,” the researchers wrote in PLoS One. “Use of antiviral treatment among hospitalized patients has been associated with reduced mortality, with earlier treatment resulting in better outcomes.”

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Antivirals improve CMV pneumonia outcomes after HCT

March 30, 2015
Outcomes of cytomegalovirus pneumonia after hematopoietic cell transplantation have improved modestly over the past 25 years largely due to antiviral treatment and…
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Alcoholic hepatitis prevalent in patients with cirrhosis, GI bleeding

March 30, 2015
Alcoholic hepatitis was prevalent in patients with gastrointestinal bleeding, and alcoholic cirrhosis, but survival was similar with and without gastrointestinal…

Experts discuss whether shift in Medicare will reduce costs, improve quality of care

March 30, 2015
In response to concerns over Medicare’s current fee-for-service payment system, the Obama administration announced in January that by 2018 Medicare instead will…
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HIV replicates in brain, CNS shortly after infection

March 30, 2015
HIV may begin replicating within a patient’s brain and central nervous system as soon as 4 months after infection, according to data recently published in PLoS
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Video: NIAID Ebola vaccine well tolerated, immunogenic

March 23, 2015
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Regimen Selection in HIV: Considering New Options to Optimize Outcomes

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