In the Journals Plus

Penicillin allergy testing in patients on aztreonam optimizes antibiotic use

May 21, 2018
A clinical decision support tool advocating penicillin allergy testing in patients taking aztreonam has the potential to improve antimicrobial…

Highly targeted interventions may reduce future cholera outbreaks

May 20, 2018
Two major vaccination campaigns have been implemented since January as part of the global effort to reduce cholera by 90% by 2030, according to WHO. …

Journal retracts controversial paper questioning safety of HPV vaccine

May 19, 2018
Scientific Reports has retracted a controversial 2016 article that purported to raise questions about the safety of HPV vaccines. The…
FDA News

FDA: HIV drug dolutegravir possibly linked to serious birth defects

May 18, 2018
The FDA issued a safety alert today warning patients and providers about a potential risk for neural tube birth defects in babies born to women with…
In the Journals

Conditional follow-up for febrile children warranted in Africa

May 18, 2018
Following up with children who experienced unclassified fever in Ethiopia only if they experienced continuing symptoms was noninferior to universal
Meeting News

High-dose flu vaccine proves cost-effective

May 18, 2018
Administering a high-dose influenza vaccine as opposed to standard-dose reduced health care expenditures, according to trial results presented at the…

Ebola outbreak in Congo not yet a public health emergency, WHO says

May 18, 2018
The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has not yet risen to the level of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, or…

European survey asserts insufficient HCV prevention in prisons

May 18, 2018
Results of a survey of liver patient groups from 25 European countries showed that a minority of European prisons provide adequate infectious disease…

5 developments in HIV vaccine research over the past year

May 18, 2018
In 1984 — the same year that HIV was recognized as the cause of AIDS — then HHS Secretary Margaret Heckler announced that efforts were…
In the Journals Plus

Pig coronavirus potentially harmful to humans

May 18, 2018
Scientists are concerned that a recently discovered coronavirus could emerge to cause outbreaks in humans. The virus, porcine deltacoronavirus…
In the Journals Plus

HPV vaccine follow-through rates decline sharply

May 17, 2018
Follow-through with the HPV vaccine is poor and has become worse over time, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina, Chapel…

Hotel pools cause many swimming-related disease outbreaks

May 17, 2018
Hotel pools are a frequent source of recreational waterborne disease, causing 32% of all swimming-related disease outbreaks in the United States…

Methamphetamine use may accelerate HIV progression

May 17, 2018
Methamphetamine use may alter the expression of certain genes in individuals living with HIV and worsen the disease, according to findings published…
In the Journals

Most penicillin allergy challenges tolerated; costs reduced when label removed

May 17, 2018
All children in one cohort who were labeled as penicillin allergic but tested negative for the allergy were able to tolerate a challenge, according

CDC: New rabies test may reduce unnecessary treatment

May 16, 2018
CDC researchers have developed a real-time PCR-based rabies test that the agency said is simpler and more precise than direct fluorescent antibody…
FDA NewsPerspective

FDA approves Truvada for PrEP in teenagers

May 16, 2018
Based on findings from a single-arm, open-label clinical trial, the FDA has approved Truvada for use as an HIV-1 pre-exposure prophylaxis option for
Pharmacology Consult

Preventing meningococcal disease in patients receiving Soliris

Infectious Disease News, May 2018
Leah Molloy, PharmD
Soliris is a humanized monoclonal antibody that has emerged as a life-saving therapy for certain rare diseases but carries with it the risk for…
At Issue

Old vs. new: Choosing the right treatment for bacterial infections in children

Infectious Disease News, May 2018
The development of effective therapies for children has not kept pace with threat of infectious diseases. This is particularly true for…

Malaria in 2018: A glass half full

Infectious Disease News, May 2018
Philip J Rosenthal, MD
Malaria has been one of the most important infectious diseases of humans for millennia. Our understanding of malaria has progressed steadily, from…
Cover Story

ID treatment in children: Slow to evolve, impossible to ignore

Infectious Disease News, May 2018
The pediatric population is one that relies primarily on adults for health advocacy and care, and as such, their protection and medical treatment is…