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Opioid use lowered HCV incidence in young adult injection drug users

December 26, 2014

Young adult injection drug users showed a decreased incidence rate for hepatitis C virus infection after undergoing maintenance opioid agonist treatment, according to study data.

Researchers, including Judith I. Tsui, MD, MPH, of the department of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, conducted an observational cohort study with 552 injection drug users from San Francisco negative for anti-HCV antibody or HCV RNA between 2000 and August 2013. All of the patients were younger than 30 years and underwent HCV testing and reported any substance use treatment every 3 months. Options for treatment for substance use reported by the patients included non-opioid agonist methods, opioid agonist methods, detoxification or maintenance therapy, or no treatment at all.

Sean O'Leary, MD, MPH

Personalized approach may be key to addressing vaccine-hesitancy

December 26, 2014
NEW YORK — An individualized approach may be best when addressing concerns of vaccine-hesitant parents, according to a presenter at the 2014 Infectious Diseases
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Legionellosis death after water birth sparks call for stricter infection control protocols

December 26, 2014
Improved infection control standardization and compliance may be required for midwives overseeing home water births in Texas, according to recent findings…
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NFID: Recommend HPV vaccine strongly with other routine vaccines

December 23, 2014
To increase HPV vaccine uptake, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases recommends physicians make stronger recommendations to parents and include HPV vaccine in…
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Rectal colonization associated with infection after transrectal prostate biopsy

December 23, 2014
Rectal colonization with fluoroquinolone-resistant Escherichia coli before a transrectal prostate biopsy was associated with a post-procedure infection when …
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Student education, immunization requirements necessary to prevent outbreaks on college campuses

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NEW YORK — James C. Turner, MD, executive director of the department of student health and the National Social…
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