Eye on ID

B. microti: Looks like malaria, smells like malaria, but isn’t malaria

Infectious Disease News, October 2019
Donald Kaye, MD, MACP
Babesiosis in humans is a tick-borne infection. In the United States, babesiosis is usually caused by the protozoan Babesia microti, an obligate…
Feature

Tesamorelin ‘very promising’ for reversing liver disease in people with HIV

October 22, 2019
The injectable hormone tesamorelin reduces liver fat and prevents liver fibrosis in patients living with HIV, suggesting it may provide significant…
Meeting NewsPerspective

H. pylori resistance to clarithromycin doubles in Europe

October 22, 2019
Over the last 20 years, Helicobacter pylori resistance to clarithromycin — an antibiotic commonly used to treat the infection — has more…
Meeting News

Everyday solutions to reduce implicit bias in health care

October 21, 2019
NEW ORLEANS — Unconscious biases remain pervasive in everyday interactions between health care providers and patients and lead to worse…
Feature

Public reporting may impede access to valve surgery in endocarditis

October 21, 2019
Study findings indicate that an increased scrutiny of surgical outcomes has contributed to an approximately 30% decline in valve surgeries for…
Meeting News

Routine flu vaccination for adults hospitalized with pneumonia can reduce readmissions, mortality

October 21, 2019
NEW ORLEANS — In-hospital influenza vaccination may reduce 30-day readmissions, mortality, morbidity and health care resource utilization in…
FeaturePerspective

‘Like insects in amber’: ART ‘freezes’ latent HIV reservoir

October 21, 2019
The latent HIV reservoir is mostly formed soon after the initiation of treatment, suggesting that ART indirectly affects the host environment to…

Researchers ‘encouraged’ by early data from universal flu vaccine study

October 19, 2019
Researchers were “encouraged” by the interim results from a phase 1 study of a novel influenza vaccine approach they hope will one day…

WHO: Ebola outbreak still a global public health emergency

October 18, 2019
An emergency committee convened by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, MSc, met for a fifth time to review the ongoing Ebola…
Feature

Flu shot timing: What PCPs need to know

October 18, 2019
The estimated burden of the 2017-2018 influenza season was 48.8 million illnesses, 959,000 hospitalizations and 79,400 deaths, according to the CDC…
In the Journals

Substance use disorder increases mortality risk after endocarditis surgery

October 17, 2019
High rates of morbidity and mortality after valve replacement surgery were seen in patients with substance use disorder-related infective…
FDA News

FDA advisory committee supports approval of cefiderocol for complicated UTIs

October 17, 2019
An FDA committee voted to recommend the approval of cefiderocol for the treatment complicated UTIs, or cUTIs, in patients with few or no alternative…
FDA News

FDA approves Xofluza for patients at high risk for flu-related complications

October 17, 2019
The FDA has approved Xofluza for the treatment of patients aged 12 years or older who are at high risk for developing influenza-related complications…

WHO: 7 million people diagnosed and treated for TB in 2018

October 17, 2019
Seven million people were diagnosed and treated for tuberculosis in 2018 — a more than 9% increase from 2017 and a step toward meeting one of…
Perspective

Vaccine exemption rate rises among US kindergarteners

October 17, 2019
The rate of vaccine exemptions rose slightly among children entering kindergarten in the 2018-2019 school year, with 2.5% having an exemption from at…
In the Journals

Study: Syphilis is three times more common in patients with ESKD

October 17, 2019
Compared with the general population, researchers found that the incidence of syphilis was more than 3 times greater in patients with ESKD…

Disparities in HBV rates present between ethnic groups, U.S. and foreign-born patients

October 17, 2019
Recent study data showed disparities in hepatitis B virus infection rates between ethnic groups as well as among between U.S.-born and foreign-born…
In the Journals

Interventions push NICU vaccination coverage beyond 90%

October 17, 2019
A set of interventions aimed at increasing provider knowledge of routine newborn immunizations and addressing parental vaccine hesitancy improved…
In the Journals

HCV cure improves survival in post-DAA liver cancer development

October 16, 2019
Patients who developed hepatitis C-related hepatocellular carcinoma after achieving sustained virologic response with interferon-free direct-acting…
Feature

How common is pneumococcal urinary antigen testing?

October 16, 2019
Despite guidelines recommending its use, pneumococcal urinary antigen testing, or UAT, is not performed often in the United States, even though it…