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Origami-inspired malaria field test performs similar to PCR

February 18, 2019
A low-cost, DNA-based paper field test inspired by the art of origami was able to rapidly diagnose malaria species in Ugandan school children and…
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Measuring vancomycin use by days of therapy underestimates exposure

February 18, 2019
Using days of therapy, or DOT, to estimate vancomycin use may underestimate exposure to the antibiotic by around 10% compared with therapeutic…
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Large dental practice cuts antibiotic prescribing by 73%

February 17, 2019
A large academic dental practice saw a nearly 73% decrease in antibiotic prescribing after implementing a comprehensive antibiotic stewardship…
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Early follow-up associated with lower risk for readmission in OPAT patients

February 16, 2019
Among patients receiving outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy, or OPAT, follow-up with an infectious disease physician within 2 weeks was…

Hand-to-genital contact unlikely to cause HPV transmission

February 15, 2019
HPV transmission is unlikely to occur from hand-to-genital contact, and most infections are caused by genital-to-genital sexual transmission…
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Re-exposure to antibiotics increases risk for VRE recolonization

February 15, 2019
Findings from a retrospective cohort study showed that colonization with vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, or VRE, is significantly associated with…
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Early flu treatment associated with 30% lower mortality from H3N2

February 15, 2019
Early treatment with oseltamivir was associated with a 30% lower mortality rate compared with later treatment in patients with influenza A(H3N2)…

‘Intersecting epidemics’: Drug use doubles in women, straight men with syphilis

February 14, 2019
The prevalence of methamphetamine, injection drug and heroin use more than doubled among women and straight men with primary and secondary syphilis…

Flu vaccine 47% effective in US, early estimates show

February 14, 2019
The influenza vaccine has been 47% effective overall this season in the United States, including 46% effective against the predominant circulating…
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Among injection drug users, HIV more prevalent in women than men

February 14, 2019
Study findings showed a higher prevalence of HIV among women who inject drugs compared with men, and researchers recommended developing…
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Dalbavancin works as secondary therapy for S. aureus in patients who use drugs

February 9, 2019
A study evaluating the use of dalbavancin as secondary therapy for serious Staphylococcus aureus infections in people who use drugs found that most…
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Ceftaroline fosamil successfully treats gram-positive infective endocarditis

February 8, 2019
Researchers found that patients with gram-positive infective endocarditis, including those with infections caused by MRSA, were successfully treated…
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‘Friendly competition’ between hospitals improves hand hygiene

February 8, 2019
Overall hand hygiene compliance increased during a 2-year “friendly competition” in the Netherlands in which staff at 10 health care…
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UV devices decontaminate CT tables

February 7, 2019
Study findings showed that UV devices can capably reduce pathogens on CT patient tables, and researchers said the devices “could provide an…

New tool can measure success of HIV cure strategies

February 7, 2019
NIH-funded scientists developed an assay that may help researchers measure the success of their HIV cure strategies. According to the NIH, the assay…

Trump announces 10-year plan to end HIV epidemic in US

February 6, 2019
During his second State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Donald J. Trump asked for a bipartisan commitment to end the HIV epidemic…
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Flu vaccine was 38% effective last season, 22% effective against H3N2

February 6, 2019
The influenza vaccine was 38% effective overall during the 2017-2018 influenza season in the United States, and 22% effective against the predominant…

FDA accepts IND application for Spero Therapeutics’ investigational antibiotic for cUTIs

February 6, 2019
Spero Therapeutics announced that the FDA has accepted an investigational new drug application for SPR994, an oral carbapenem antibiotic, for the…
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FDA to review Merck agents against cUTIs, cIAIs, nosocomial pneumonia

February 5, 2019
The FDA has accepted a new drug application and supplemental new drug application for two Merck antibacterial agents, the company announced…
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New platform delivers same-day AST data for ‘virtually all’ antibiotics

February 5, 2019
A new platform for antibiotic susceptibility testing, or AST, “has the potential to revolutionize clinical practice” by rapidly providing…
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