Infectious Diseases

CDC: Elevated Flu Activity Expected to Continue for Several More Weeks

By February 16, 2018

So far this season, influenza A(H3N2) viruses have predominated, but other influenza viruses are also circulating.

How Can the U.S. Improve Its Ability to Stop a New Flu Pandemic?

February 16, 2018

As an expert in public health law, I can state two things with confidence. First, the U.S. has made enormous strides in preparing for and treating the flu. And second, we still are not nearly as prepared as we need to be for the next pandemic.

How Do HCPs Feel About Patient Involvement in Hygiene Initiatives?

February 16, 2018

Based on 19 papers, the researchers found that patients were willing to remind health care professionals, especially nurses, to wash their hands. However, health care professionals' perception toward patient involvement varied from study to study.

Influenza vaccine not associated with increased risk of epilepsy in children

February 15, 2018

No increased risk of incident epilepsy was seen among children who received influenza vaccination during the 2009-2010 influenza season in Norway.

Opioid Use May Increase the Risk for Invasive Pneumococcal Disease

February 13, 2018

Strongest associations seen for opioids that were long acting, of high potency, and used at high doses

New Tool May Help Combat the Spread of Flu, Say Researchers

By February 09, 2018

The study was designed to test if far-UVC light could efficiently kill aerosolized influenza virus in the air.

Unexpected Toxicities Identified With Concomitant HIV, Tuberculosis Tx Use

By February 09, 2018

The study had to be cut short when 2 of 4 subjects developed serious toxicities following the third isoniazid-rifapentine dose.

FDA Approves Biktarvy to Treat HIV-1 Infection in Adults

By February 08, 2018

Biktarvy combines bictegravir, an integrase strand transfer inhibitor (INSTI), and emtricitabine (FTC) and tenofovir alafenamide (TAF), two nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs).

Mogamulizumab Evaluated in Patients With HTLV-1-Associated Myelopathy

February 08, 2018

Findings in patients with HTLV-1-associated myelopathy-tropical spastic paraparesis

Three-Drug Combo Symfi Lo Approved for the Treatment of HIV

By February 07, 2018

Symfi Lo combines efavirenz (EFV), a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI), and lamivudine (3TC) and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF), both nucleo(t)side reverse transcriptase inhibitors.

Treatment for Smallpox Gets FDA Priority Review

By February 07, 2018

The treatment was developed under the FDA's 'Animal Rule'; where efficacy is determined in animal studies and human studies determine safety and appropriate dosing. The FDA have stated a target action date for TPOXX of August 8, 2018.

Norovirus Outbreak Hits Olympics in PyeongChang

By February 07, 2018

Around 1,200 security workers at the winter Olympics in PyeongChang are being kept in their rooms due to a norovirus outbreak that has already sickened 41 people.

USPSTF: Screening for Syphilis in Pregnant Women Beneficial

February 07, 2018

Draft recommendation indicates considerable net benefit to screening for syphilis infection

ACIP: 2018 Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Released

By February 06, 2018

Changes in the 2018 adult immunization schedule from the previous year's schedule include new ACIP recommendations for the use of recombinant zoster vaccine (RZV) for adults aged 50 years or older and the use of an additional dose of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) in a mumps outbreak setting.

ACIP: 2018 Immunization Schedule for Children, Adolescents Available

By February 06, 2018

The recommended childhood and adolescent immunization schedules for 2018 have been approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

New Formulation of HyperRAB Approved for Rabies Post-Exposure Prophylaxis

By February 06, 2018

Reduced volume of medication offers potential for fewer injections.

Super Bowl Revelers May Be at Increased Risk of Being Tackled by the Flu

By February 02, 2018

Influenza related deaths have been show to increase significantly in the home counties of Super Bowl participating teams compared to non-competing counties.

Avycaz Approved for Hospital-Acquired and Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

By February 02, 2018

Avycaz is a first-in-class cephalosporin + beta-lactamase inhibitor.

Edurant Dosing Recommendations Updated for Pregnant HIV Patients

By February 02, 2018

Lower exposures of rilpivirine were observed during pregnancy, therefore viral load should be monitored closely.

Influenza Vaccine Recommendations: Egg Allergies

February 02, 2018

Influenza vaccine recommendations for individuals who report an allergy to eggs.

Antiretroviral Treatments

February 02, 2018

A list of treatment options for HIV infection.

Zika-Related Flaviviruses May Also Have Potential to Cause Congenital Infection

February 01, 2018

Efficient replication was reported for West Nile virus and Powassan virus in second-trimester human maternal (decidua) and fetal (chorionic villi and fetal membrane) explants, while less efficient replication was seen for CHIKV and MAYV.

Hepatitis B Virus Treatments

January 31, 2018

Hepatitis B Usual Dosing Chart

Antiretroviral Contraindications and Drug Interactions

January 31, 2018

A list of contraindications and drug interactions for HIV medications.

Prezcobix Labeling Updated With New Drug Interactions

By January 31, 2018

Prezcobix, a combination of an HIV-1 protease inhibitor and a CYP3A inhibitor, is indicated to treat HIV-1 infection in adults.

Glecaprevir-Pibrentasvir Effective for Patients With HCV Genotype 1, 3

January 31, 2018

The researchers found that the rate of sustained virologic response at 12 weeks was 99.1% among genotype 1-infected patients in the eight-week group and 99.7% in the 12-week group.

Hepatitis C Virus Treatment Guidelines

January 31, 2018

Evidence-based treatment guidelines for HCV infection from the expert panel of the AASLD and IDSA.

Risk of Appendicitis Measured Following Colonoscopy

January 31, 2018

More frequent codes for appendicitis, appendectomy in week after colonoscopy versus next 51 weeks. This result was not affected by age subgrouping, and there was no increase in appendicitis in weeks two to four.

Viral respiratory infections associated with increased risk of acute myocardial infarction

January 30, 2018

In a self-controlled case series, patients were observed to have increased incidence of hospital admissions for acute myocardial infarction (MI) within seven-days of respiratory virus detection.

Firvanq Approved for <i>C. difficile</i>-Associated Diarrhea, <i>S. aureus</i> Colitis

By January 29, 2018

Firvanq oral solution will replace CutisPharma's FIRST-Vancomycin Unit-of-Use Compounding Kit, which was used by pharmacists to compound vancomycin oral liquid.