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Update on herpes zoster studies presented at ACR 2015

November 25, 2015
Herpes zoster was a hot topic at this year’s American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting with no less than 13 abstracts that addressed this important opportunistic infection.

I previously commented on our work that demonstrated herpes zoster (HZ) is associated with an about 30% increased risk of stroke in the month after infection. For patients afflicted with HZ of the trigeminal nerve (i.e., herpes zoster ophthalmicus), this increase may exceed 300% for the first several months. We also demonstrated that prompt treatment may mitigate these risks. In light of these data, we were interested in what was presented in terms of understanding pathogenesis and what can be done to prevent HZ.

Turing announces hospital discount for Daraprim, but no price reduction

November 25, 2015
Turing Pharmaceuticals has announced plans to supply hospitals with Daraprim at discounts of up to 50%, but will not lower the list price of the toxoplasmosis…
In the Journals

Peripheral thermometers not clinically accurate

November 25, 2015
In circumstances where body temperature will impact clinical choices, clinicians should use central thermometers, according to a review published in the Annals of
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Top Takeaways from ASCO: HCV, head and neck cancers

November 25, 2015
Patients with hepatitis C virus seropositivity may be at increased risk for cancers outside the liver. This includes head and neck cancers, with the strongest…
In the Journals

Postoperative C. difficile infection rate, risk factors identified in VHA

November 25, 2015
In a Veterans Health Administration study, patients showed lower than expected rates of postoperative Clostridium difficile infection, further linked to the number and…
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Evolution of HIV Treatment: How to Start, How to Switch, How to Treat HIV/HCV Co-infection

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Improvements in antiretroviral therapy (ART) continue to be made with the development of simplified, single-tablet…
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Internet misinformation, dated beliefs continue to fuel vaccine hesitancy

November 24, 2015
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The Patient with Norovirus Infection

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Norovirus is highly contagious, highly persistent and often remains present after disinfection. This educational…
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