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Pre-emptively updating flu vaccine strains may improve effectiveness

November 28, 2014

Forestalling virus evolution with pre-emptive influenza vaccine updates may improve vaccine effectiveness in people who were previously exposed, according to researchers.

“Faced with uncertainty about how and when the flu virus might evolve, it’s better to gamble than to be conservative,” study researcher Judith M. Fonville, PhD, a member of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Modeling, Evolution and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, told Infectious Disease News. “If you update early, you still stimulate protection against current strains — much worse is if you update too late.

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Student education, immunization requirements necessary to prevent outbreaks on college campuses

November 28, 2014
NEW YORK — James C. Turner, MD, executive director of the department of student health and the National Social Norms Institute at the University of Virginia…
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African adolescents less likely to follow up with ART vs. adults

November 26, 2014
Data from a retrospective study conducted in seven African countries with a predominantly young female cohort indicated adolescents were less likely to follow up with…
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FDA requests data on daclatasvir in combination with other agents

November 26, 2014
The FDA issued a complete response letter to Bristol-Myers Squibb in response to its new drug application for daclatasvir, an NS5A complex inhibitor.The FDA is…
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CDC: 30% of people with HIV achieved viral suppression

November 26, 2014
Of the approximately 1.2 million Americans with HIV, just 30% achieved viral suppression in 2011, according to November’s Vital Signs report in MMWR.Data from the…
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Regimen Selection in HIV: Considering New Options to Optimize Outcomes

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

More than two decades into the antiretroviral therapy (ART) era, there are numerous options for HIV treatment. The goal…
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Policies needed to address endemic polio in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria

Policies needed to address endemic polio in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria

November 25, 2014
NEW YORK — Walter A. Orenstein, MD, an Infectious Diseases in Children Editorial Board member, offers his…
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Advances in Pharmacokinetic Enhancers in HIV Treatment: What You Need to Know to Optimize Outcomes

Advances in Pharmacokinetic Enhancers in HIV Treatment: What You Need to Know to Optimize Outcomes

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Protease inhibitors (PIs) have played an instrumental role in decreasing mortality andmorbidity among HIV-infected…
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