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Phase 3 trial of vaginal ring to prevent HIV closes

July 4, 2015

A major trial testing the efficacy and safety of a vaginal ring containing the antiretroviral medication dapivirine has been completed, according to a press release from the NIH-funded Microbicide Trials Network. Results are expected early next year.

“We are hopeful that the women who took part in ASPIRE ... found the ring acceptable to use,” Thesla Palanee-Phillips, PhD, the trial’s protocol co-chair and director of clinical trials at Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, Johannesburg, South Africa, said in the release. “In order to curb the rate of HIV infections in young African women, we need to find a prevention method that is easily incorporated into their lives. The dapivirine ring has enormous potential to be that method.”

CDC grants community-based organizations $216 million for HIV prevention strategies

July 3, 2015
The CDC granted 90 community-based organizations with $216 million over 5 years to support HIV prevention strategies, according to a press release.“Community-based…

Saint Louis University receives $2.9 million to study new TB vaccine

July 3, 2015
Saint Louis University’s Center for vaccine Development has received a $2.9 million award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study a new tuberculosis…
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Physician urges FDA not to lift restrictions on drug makers’ claims about their products

July 3, 2015
Drug regulations and a governing body to mandate them is a necessity for patients’ safety and health care providers’ peace-of-mind, according to a recently…
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Body temperature not an accurate indicator of serious bacterial infection

July 2, 2015
The accuracy of an infant’s temperature measured at presentation at the emergency department is not a reliable indicator for severe bacterial infection, according…
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Management of Pediatric Conjunctivitis and Otitis/Conjunctivitis Syndrome

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Acute bacterial conjunctivitis affects approximately 1 of every 8 children each year, and 5 million cases occur in the…
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VIDEO: James A. Hoxie, MD, discusses intense energy of emerging HIV cure research

VIDEO: James A. Hoxie, MD, discusses intense energy of emerging HIV cure research

July 1, 2015
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Infectious Disease Case Consults

The Patient with Protozoan Illness

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