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Early doxycycline treatment needed to address tick-borne rickettsial disease

November 22, 2014

NEW YORK — Gordon E. Schutze, MD, professor of pediatrics and retrovirology at the Baylor College of Medicine, discusses treatment for the range of lesser-known tick-borne rickettsial diseases, including ehrlichiosis, babesiosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

In particular, Schutze encouraged physicians to treat all children possibly exhibiting rickettsial disease with doxycycline, since failure to respond within 3 days indicates that it is not a rickettsial illness. The treatment can be terminated 2-3 days after the patient is afebrile and at least 10 days of treatment have been administered.

CDC: Respiratory illness reports rising, enterovirus D68 cases decline

November 21, 2014
While many states are experiencing reductions in the number of new enterovirus D68-associated illnesses, the CDC recently has received data indicating that some states…
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Pathogens causing skin, soft tissue infections found in hidradenitis suppurative lesions

November 21, 2014
Hidradenitis suppurativa lesions appeared to contain bacterial pathogens known to cause skin and soft tissue infections, according to researchers from France. In a…
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TURQUOISE-II: Demographics, viral factors did not predict SVR after 3D regimen

November 21, 2014
BOSTON — Sustained virologic response rates after treatment with an all-oral regimen of coformulated ABT-450 boosted with ritonavir, ombitasvir and dasabuvir plus…
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Associations between H. pylori, asthma, related diseases in children differed across ethnic groups

November 21, 2014
Helicobacter pylori positivity was associated with physician-diagnosed asthma in children up to age 6 years, but had an inverse association with ever wheezing and…
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HCV Consults: Volume 1, Number 3

HCV Consults: Volume 1, Number 3

This activity is supported by educational grants from AbbVie and Genentech, Inc.

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Early liver transplantation could improve survival rates for patients with alcoholic hepatitis

November 17, 2014
BOSTON — Ibrahim A. Hanouneh, MD, hepatologist at Cleveland Clinic, discussed results of a study that compared…
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J490 Challenges in HIV Screening

Challenges in HIV Screening and Prophylaxis: PrEP’ing for the Future

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Gilead Sciences Medical Affairs.

A substantial proportion of Americans with HIV remain undiagnosed and suboptimally treated. Failure to follow…
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