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FDA approves addition of genital swab claim to HSV 1, 2 test

September 3, 2015

Quest Diagnostics announced today that the FDA has given the company clearance to add a genital swab claim to its molecular test for herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2, according to a press release.

The Simplexa HSV 1 & 2 Direct molecular test is the first FDA-approved assay to use cerebrospinal fluid from patients suspected of herpes simplex virus (HSV) central nervous system infection, including encephalitis, according to the release. The test is designed to be used on the 3M Integrated Cycler and uses real-time PCR technology to detect DNA or RNA of viruses, bacteria and other substances. It uses a proprietary process that eliminates nucleic acid extraction, and results are delivered in approximately 1 hour.

Kathyrn McIsaac In the Journals

Breast-feeding may reduce risk for infection among indigenous infants

September 3, 2015
Breast-feeding could significantly reduce otitis media infections, gastrointestinal infections, hospitalizations due to lower respiratory tract infections and the rate…
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Needle exchange in Washington, D.C., averts 120 new HIV cases in 2 years

September 3, 2015
The needle exchange program in Washington, D.C., prevented 120 new cases of HIV infection in the span of 2 years — saving approximately $44 million in health care…
Aric Prather, PhD In the Journals

Sleep duration influences infection susceptibility

September 2, 2015
Sleeping less than 6 hours each night may be associated with an increased risk for infection, according to recently published data.“Short sleep was more important…

Children infected with vaccine-derived polio in Ukraine

September 2, 2015
Two children have contracted circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 with accompanying paralysis in southwestern Ukraine, according to WHO.“Discussions are…
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The Patient with Protozoan Illness

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VIDEO: Cure is ‘next frontier’ of HIV

VIDEO: Cure is ‘next frontier’ of HIV

July 1, 2015
Timothy Brown – the Berlin patient – has led researchers to the next frontier of HIV research, according to…
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The Patient with Conjunctivitis

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This CME activity will focus on the diagnosis and management of patients with conjunctivitis.
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