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Steroid dose, TNFi use linked to increased risk of herpes zoster in patients with RA

April 25, 2017

Use of tumor necrosis factor inhibitors and a higher dose of corticosteroids correlated with an increased risk for herpes zoster in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, according to recently published data from Japan.

Masayoshi Harigai, MD, PhD, at Tokyo Women’s Medical University, and colleagues assessed 1,987 patients diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) between 2005 and 2012 who met the 1987 American College of Rheumatology criteria for the disease. Of the 1,987 patients, 672 completed the fifth and final year of the study. Overall, 81.5% were women; the average age was 60 years; and the median disease duration was 6 years. For the 43 patients who developed herpes zoster, there were five controls matched by age, gender, comorbidity and observation start year.

Connecticut infant contracts rare Powassan virus from tick bite

April 25, 2017
An infant boy in Connecticut contracted the rare Powassan virus after he was bitten by a tick likely carried into the house by a relative, according to a CDC report. The…
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Analyses show cost savings of omadacycline for ABSSSI

April 25, 2017
Two cost-benefit analyses presented at the annual meeting of the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in Vienna reported the potential of…
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Experts: We must increase access to HCV treatment for substance users

April 25, 2017
In a recent editorial, experts discussed the necessity to optimize control and treatment of hepatitis C among patients with substance abuse disorders, to further the…
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Vaccine advocacy program effective in reducing parental vaccine hesitancy

April 25, 2017
A community-based intervention using parent advocacy was successful in promoting vaccine-positive attitudes over the course of 3 years in Washington state childcare…
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HPV Immunization: Ensuring Your Patients Do Not Slip through the Cracks

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.

Vaccination rates for the human papillomavirus (HPV) continue to be below those of other vaccines recommended for…
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World Meningitis Day: Parents urged to 'trust their instincts' with symptoms, seek medical help

April 24, 2017
Vaccination against meningitis and knowledge of the disease’s symptoms and progression are stressed on this
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Fauci expects less impact from Zika virus in Americas in 2017

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