Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Strain In Hawaii A First For U.S.
A drug-resistant cluster of gonorrhea infections in Hawaii have health officials worried that the sexually transmitted disease could soon prove untreatable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this week that an antibiotic-resistant strain was discovered earlier this year in seven patients in Honolulu. All the individuals ― six men and one woman ― were successfully treated using the CDC-recommended two-drug combination of ceftriaxone and azithromycin. Laboratory tests, however, showed the strain had “decreased susceptibility to ceftriaxone and very high-level resistance to azithromycin,” according to the CDC. It marks the first time a cluster of infections in the U.S. has been shown to resist the last line of defense. Dr. Alan Katz, a professor of public health at the University of Hawaii, told The Huffington Post it’s important to understand that gonorrhea, at least for now, is still treatable ― that this potenial “superbug” has not yet arrived. What has Katz and others worried is that the strain could continue mutating. “If it develops more resistance, then it can potentially become a problem,” Katz said. The Hawaii discovery comes just two months after a CDC report warned about the looming threat of drug-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae ― the bacteria that causes gonorrhea ― and the World Health Organization released new guidelines for treating the STD. “Our last line of ...
This guideline covers diagnosing and managing Lyme disease. It aims to raise awareness of when Lyme disease should be suspected and ensure that people have prompt and consistent diagnosis and treatment. It does not cover preventing Lyme disease. The guideline was updated in October 2018. Treatment for Lyme carditis in haemodynamically unstable children aged 9-12 was changed to IV ceftriaxone. First alternative was changed to oral doxycycline (DX). Footnote was added on using clinical judgement to determine doses of DX in children
You may have heard melasma referred to as “the mask of pregnancy,” because it is sometimes triggered by an increase in hormones in pregnant women. But while the condition may be common among pregnant women, you don’t have to be pregnant to experience melasma. “It’s not only associated with pregnancy, but can affect women at all stages of life,” says Dr. Shadi Kourosh, director of the Pigmentary Disorder and Multi-Ethnic Skin Clinic at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. And it may last for many years. “Women who develop melasma in their teens or 20s or 30s may see it...
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