National Influenza Vaccination Week focuses on preventing complications

December 6, 2019
In light of National Influenza Vaccination Week, which is taking place through Saturday, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases is…

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New chemical formulation fights resistance in malaria bed nets

December 6, 2019
During a trial in Uganda, long-lasting insecticidal nets, or LLINs, augmented with a chemical called piperonyl butoxide were more effective in…

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Despite intervention, USPSTF-recommended HCV screening varies in practices serving disadvantaged groups

December 3, 2019
HCV screening varied among practices that served disadvantaged populations in the United States despite the implementation of an intervention to…

Top stories in infectious disease: Risky antibiotic use, an ‘unusual’ flu season, E. coli from romaine lettuce and more

December 3, 2019
A new survey found that about half of adults expect prescriptions for antibiotics when they visit the doctor — one of the top stories in…

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Q&A: PCPs play ‘vital role’ in combating HIV epidemic

December 1, 2019
PCPs play a major role in ending the HIV epidemic, according to a special communication published recently in JAMA Internal Medicine. The…

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An ‘unusual’ start to flu season: Influenza B predominates early

November 27, 2019
The proportion of outpatient visits attributed to influenza-like illness climbed above the national baseline for the first time this season…

Top stories in infectious disease: ‘Intense’ variation in antibiotic prescribing at urgent care centers, Wolbachia bacterium stamps down dengue

November 26, 2019
A recent study of 1.1 million urgent care visits found that there was “intense” variation in antibiotic prescribing practices between…

EU conditionally OKs Ebola vaccine, CDC updates antibiotic resistance figures — top stories in infectious disease

November 19, 2019
News that the European Union granted conditional approval of Merck’s investigational Ebola vaccine, Ervebo — which has been used…

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Q&A: More vaccine-preventable diseases lead to more pro-vaccine bills

November 19, 2019
An increased incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases is associated with an increase in proposed bills restricting vaccine exemptions, according to…

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Distributing HIV self-tests online increases testing frequency in MSM

November 18, 2019
Distributing free HIV self-tests may be an effective way to increase testing frequency among men who have sex with men, according to results from a…

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New group A strep strain may pose global scarlet fever threat

November 13, 2019
Researchers recently identified a new strain of group A Streptococcus that became the predominant cause of scarlet fever in England and may be…

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EMR hard stop reduces repeat C. difficile testing

November 12, 2019
A hard stop clinical decision support tool embedded in the electronic medical record significantly reduced repeat Clostridioides difficile toxin…

FDA OKs Talicia, US sues Gilead over HIV PrEP patent — top stories in infectious disease

November 12, 2019
The FDA’s approval of Talicia for Helicobacter pylori infection, which is associated with up to a six-fold increased risk for gastric cancer…

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Stress-related diagnosis may increase risk for severe infections

November 11, 2019
Findings from a study conducted among more than 144,000 people in Sweden indicated that post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, and other…

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Herpes zoster vaccine uptake ‘low’ among older Nucala recipients

November 10, 2019
HOUSTON — Few patients with severe asthma treated with Nucala received herpes zoster and influenza vaccines in the years that followed, despite…

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Takeda’s tetravalent dengue vaccine candidate effective in children

November 6, 2019
Results of an ongoing phase 3 trial of Takeda’s tetravalent dengue vaccine candidate, known as TAK-003, suggest that the vaccine is effective…

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Mailed HPV tests increase cervical cancer screening

November 6, 2019
Mailing HPV testing kits to women who were overdue for recommended Pap testing led to 50% more cervical cancer screenings but they did not increase…

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Religious vaccine exemptions increasing in US

November 5, 2019
Religious exemption rates are increasing in the United States and appear to be associated with the availability of personal belief exemptions…

Top stories in infectious disease: Most antibiotics for toothaches unnecessary, new TB vaccine shows promise

November 5, 2019
The top story in infectious disease last week was about new a guideline from the American Dental Association, which stated that treating toothaches…

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VIDEO: How students can promote HPV vaccination to their peers

November 1, 2019
NEW ORLEANS — At the AAP National Conference & Exhibition, researchers reported on the steps and struggles associated with running a…