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FDA Clears Shingles Vaccine Shingrix for Adults 50 and Older FDA Clears Shingles Vaccine Shingrix for Adults 50 and Older
The approval follows a unanimous vote last month by an FDA panel that concluded that the vaccine is effective and safe for adults aged 50 years and older.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

Gates-backed Waltham biotech Arsanis plots $58M IPO
After securing funding from GV, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other private investors, Waltham-based infectious disease biotech Arsanis has announced plans to tap into the public markets. The 39-employee company said in a federal filing on Friday that it hopes to raise up to $57.5 million in an initial public offering. Shares of Arsanis would trade under the ticker “ASNS.” So far in 2017, six Massachusetts-based biotechs have gone public. With the filing, Arsanis joins five ot hers… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 23, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Max Stendahl Source Type: news

Firearm-related injury and death: a U.S.health care crisis in need of health care professionals - Taichman DB, Bauchner H, Drazen JM, Laine C, Peiperl L.
What would happen if on one day more than 50 people died and over 10 times that many were harmed by an infectious disease in the United States? Likely, our nation's esteemed and highly capable public health infrastructure would gear up to care for those... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Tanzania:South African Lawyers Arrested Dar for 'Promoting Homosexuality' Being Held 'Illegally'
[News24Wire] The two South Africans arrested for "promoting homosexuality" in Tanzania last week were being held in the country's prisons "illegally", the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) said on Monday. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - October 23, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tanzania:Over 40m Infected With HIV in Two Decades - Govt
[Citizen] Dodoma -The number of Tanzanians who are turning out for voluntary counseling and testing for HIV/Aids has increased from 1,898 in 1997 to 42, 021,146 by June, this year. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - October 23, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tanzania:U.S. Aids Relief Body Targets Over 1,2 Million People
[Citizen] In October last year, Tanzania launched an ambitious strategy known as "Test and Treat," to curtail HIV/Aids. The country aims at putting on ARV treatment everyone found to be HIV-positive, regardless of their CD4 count. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - October 23, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

ID (Infectious Disease)-Focused Hospital Efficiency Improvement Program
Infectious Diseases Society of America. 11/2016 This 21-page document is a guide to implementing services aimed at mitigating healthcare-associated infections and other infectious diseases-related issues. This program can be modified to the needs and resources of a particular facility and provides clear descriptions of activities and related metrics. It positions the infectious diseases physicians as the accountable, strategic clinical leaders of key facility/system-wide service lines that promote efficient, appropriate use of resources and mitigate risk of healthcare-associated infection-related complications. (PDF) (Sour...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - October 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Key discoveries offer significant hope of reversing antibiotic resistance
(University of Bristol) Two recent studies led by the University of Bristol provide significant new hope in the fight against antibiotic resistance. By identifying what makes some bacteria resistant to the most commonly prescribed antibiotics, and how this can be reversed, the findings have demonstrated potentially life-saving consequences and could help reverse the tide of antibiotic resistance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Firearm-related injury and death: a US health care crisis in need of health care professionals - Taichman DB, Bauchner H, Drazen JM, Laine C, Peiperl L.
What would happen if on one day more than 50 people died and over 10 times that many were harmed by an infectious disease in the United States? Likely, our nation ’s esteemed and highly capable public health infrastructure would gear up to care for tho... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Motorbikes, Trust and Pepper Soup - Ebola Tips to Tackle Deadly Diseases Motorbikes, Trust and Pepper Soup - Ebola Tips to Tackle Deadly Diseases
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Uganda Confirms One Death From Ebola-like Marburg Virus Uganda Confirms One Death From Ebola-like Marburg Virus
Uganda has confirmed one death from Marburg virus, a highly infectious hemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola, the health minister said on Thursday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

At-risk Women Often Not Tested for Rectal Chlamydia and Gonorrhea At-risk Women Often Not Tested for Rectal Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
Fewer than 1 in 1,000 women who undergo genital testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea also undergo rectal testing for those conditions, U.S. researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - October 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Closing speech at the WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Closing speech at the WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases (Source: WHO Director-General speeches)
Source: WHO Director-General speeches - October 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, director-general [subject], director-general [subject], director-general [subject], noncommunicable disease [subject], chronic diseases Source Type: news

Hidden Casualties: The Consequences of the Opioid Epidemic on the Spread of Infectious Disease
October 23, 2017 10:00-11:30am ET. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - October 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Exploring how herpes simplex virus changes when passed between family members
(Penn State) A new study offers a rare glimpse into the genetics of a herpes simplex virus transmission event -- information that may prove useful in future development of therapeutics and vaccines. The study reveals nearly perfect genetic transmission of the virus from a father to his son and lays the foundation for future studies exploring the genetic diversity of this virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Personal omics data informative for precision health and preventive care
(American Society of Human Genetics) Multi-omics profiling, the measurement and analysis of a person's genome along with other biomolecular traits, is an important step toward personal health management that provides valuable, actionable information, according to findings presented at the American Society of Human Genetics 2017 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Guidelines on Infectious Diarrhea Updated (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by Andr é Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS The Infectious Diseases Society of America has updated its 2001 guidelines on managing infectious diarrhea. Published in Clinical Infectious … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - October 19, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Desperate Quest for Herpes Cure Launched ‘ Rogue ’ Trial Desperate Quest for Herpes Cure Launched ‘ Rogue ’ Trial
Patients flocked to researcher who ignored usual patient protections, as university claimed ignorance.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Testing and Treating Latent TB Cost-effective for Some Groups Testing and Treating Latent TB Cost-effective for Some Groups
Testing and treatment for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) in U.S. residents born outside the country is cost-effective, according to simulation modeling.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - October 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Smartphone-powered tool offers point-of-care infection diagnoses
A multidisciplinary group of researchers have detailed a novel infectious disease diagnostic platform that relies on the user ’s smartphone to provide point-of-care screening. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - October 19, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

HIV Testing, Linkage to HIV Medical Care, and Interviews for Partner Services Among Women — 61 Health Department Jurisdictions, United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, 2015
Analysis of 2015 data on CDC-funded HIV tests and HIV prevention services from 61 health departments and 123 community-based organizations indicated that among women identified as having HIV infection, 62% had received a diagnosis of HIV infection before the current test, and 87% of those women were not in HIV medical care at the time of the test. Rates for linkage to medical care within 90 days of the current test date were 61% and 58% for women with newly diagnosed and previously diagnosed HIV infection, respectively. Among women with previously diagnosed HIV infection, 57% of black women and 65% of white women were link...
Source: CDC HIV/AIDS Prevention - October 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

HIV prevention drug could save NHS £1 billion over 80 years
Conclusion Evidence to support the use of Prep is building. Studies have shown that it is very effective at reducing the chances of becoming infected with HIV, for men at risk of infection through unprotected sex with men. The question is more about the cost of treatment – and who should fund it – than whether it works. NHS England previously went to court to say that it should not be responsible for funding Prep, as it is a preventive treatment, and therefore should come under health promotion budgets held by local authorities. The High Court ruled that the NHS was able to fund the drug. NHS England has since ...
Source: NHS News Feed - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Source Type: news

IDSA Updates Guidelines on Acute Gastroenteritis IDSA Updates Guidelines on Acute Gastroenteritis
New tests for infectious diarrhea are highly sensitive and may show unfamiliar organisms. Experts can help clarify best treatments. Rehydration is also crucial, especially in vulnerable groups.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Marburg hemorrhagic fever kills 1 person in Uganda
Uganda's health minister says 1 person has recently died Marburg, a highly infectious disease that, like Ebola, manifests as a viral hemorrhagic fever (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

HIV in the South Meeting Notes
On April 19, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held the HIV in the South town hall meeting to elicit individual participant feedback on addressing HIV-related health disparities in Deep South states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas). The meeting ’s town hall format allowed invited participants—who were individuals with experience and expertise in conducting HIV prevention efforts in these states—to provide l feedback on their challenges, experiences, and suggestions for addressing HIV-related health dispariti...
Source: CDC HIV/AIDS Prevention - October 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Mozambique:Malaria Remains Major Public Health Problem
[AIM] Maputo -Malaria remains one of the main public health problems in Mozambique, with between four and six million cases notified a year, according to Health Minister Nazira Abdula, cited in Wednesday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias". (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - October 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya:Malaria Cases Go Up as Over 1,000 Test Positive
[East African] More than 1,000 people have tested positive for Malaria in Marsabit, northern Kenya, weeks after the deadly disease killed more than 26 people in the expansive region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - October 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Integrated Lab-on-a-Chip Uses Smartphone to Quickly Detect Multiple Pathogens
A multidisciplinary group that includes the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Washington at Tacoma has developed a novel platform to diagnose infectious disease at the point-of-care, using a smartphone as the detection instrument in conjunction with a test kit in the format of a credit card. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - October 19, 2017 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Health Tip: Don't Spread Infectious Disease
-- While playing organized sports is a great way to get exercise, buses and locker rooms may be perfect breeding grounds for infectious disease. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to keep your team healthier: Do not share water... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 19, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Uganda:Nurse Who Battled Early HIV Storm Is Now MP
[Observer] When HIV/Aids was first reported in parts of present-day Kyotera district, only a few wanted to associate with people suffering from the then mysterious killer disease that left its sufferers looking like walking skeletons. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - October 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gut bacterium indirectly causes symptoms by altering fruit fly microbiome
(PLOS) CagA, a protein produced by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, can alter the population of microbes living in the fruit fly gut, leading to disease symptoms, according to new research published in PLOS Pathogens by Tiffani Jones and Karen Guillemin of the University of Oregon. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Flu simulations suggest pandemics more likely in spring, early summer
(PLOS) New statistical simulations suggest that Northern Hemisphere flu pandemics are most likely to emerge in late spring or early summer at the tail end of the normal flu season, according to a new study published in PLOS Computational Biology by Spencer Fox of The University of Texas at Austin and his colleagues, Lauren Ancel Meyers (also at UT Austin) and Joel C. Miller at the Institute for Disease Modeling in Bellevue, Wash. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Researchers are tracking pandemic potential of H7N9 bird flu in China
(Cell Press) As of Oct. 5, a total of 1,562 laboratory-confirmed cases of H7N9 avian flu virus have been reported to the World Health Organization, with more people getting infected each year. In a study published in the journal Cell Host& Microbe, researchers found that H7N9 viruses replicated efficiently in human airway cells and the lungs of animal models, spread among ferrets via respiratory droplets, and were minimally responsive to commonly used antiviral drugs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Last unknown structure of HIV-1 solved, another step in efforts to disarm the AIDS virus
(University of Alabama at Birmingham) UAB researchers have solved the last unknown protein structure of HIV-1, the retrovirus that can cause AIDS. Knowledge of this structure, called the cytoplasmic tail of gp41 protein, will further explain how the virus infects human cells and how progeny viruses are assembled and released from infected cells. The cytoplasmic tail appears to play a key role in virus assembly to help incorporate the envelope spike structures into the surface of viral particles. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

H7N9 influenza is both lethal and transmissible in animal model for flu
(University of Wisconsin-Madison) In 2013, an influenza virus began circulating among poultry in China. It caused several waves of human infection and as of late July 2017, nearly 1,600 people had tested positive for avian H7N9. Nearly 40 percent of those infected had died. In 2017, Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison received a sample of H7N9 virus isolated from a patient in China who had died of the flu. He and his research team subsequently began work to characterize and understand it. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Study: Sickle cell anemia treatment does not increase malaria risk in Africa
(American Society of Hematology) The drug hydroxyurea does not appear to increase the risk of malaria infection in patients with sickle cell anemia who live in malaria-endemic regions, according to a study published online today in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology (ASH). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

World Hepatitis Summit
(World Hepatitis Alliance) This is an invitation to attend the World Hepatitis Summit 2017 which is being held in S ã o Paulo, Brazil from 1 -3 November. The Summit is hosted by the Government of Brazil, who has championed the elimination of hepatitis on the world stage, and is co-organized by the World Health Organization and World Hepatitis Alliance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Wayne State receives major NIH grant to develop novel treatment for blinding eye infection
(Wayne State University - Office of the Vice President for Research) A Wayne State University research team recently received a $1.9 million grant from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health to develop new treatment approaches for endophthalmitis, a severe inflammation of the interior of the eye caused by contaminating microorganisms that enter the eye following trauma or surgery -- notably cataract surgery. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

IDSA Infectious Diarrhea guidelines recommend when to test, when to treat
(Infectious Diseases Society of America) New tests provide more detailed information about organisms associated with infectious diarrhea, but may require infectious disease expertise to interpret them. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Integrated lab-on-a-chip uses smartphone to quickly detect multiple pathogens
(University of Illinois College of Engineering) A multidisciplinary group that includes the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Washington at Tacoma has developed a novel platform to diagnose infectious disease at the point-of-care, using a smartphone as the detection instrument in conjunction with a test kit in the format of a credit card. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 19, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Governments commit to reduce suffering and deaths from noncommunicable diseases
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, noncommunicable disease [subject], chronic diseases, Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

Presidential segment of WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases
Presidenital segment of WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases (Source: WHO Director-General speeches)
Source: WHO Director-General speeches - October 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, director-general [subject], director-general [subject], director-general [subject], noncommunicable disease [subject], chronic diseases, Speech [doctype] Source Type: news

Presidenital segment of WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases
(Source: WHO Director-General speeches)
Source: WHO Director-General speeches - October 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, director-general [subject], director-general [subject], director-general [subject], noncommunicable disease [subject], chronic diseases, Speech [doctype] Source Type: news

Alnylam to partner with Scangos-led biotech on infectious disease drugs
Vir Biotechnology, a San Francisco-based startup led by former Biogen CEO George Scangos, said Wednesday that it will work with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals to develop infectious disease treatments using the Cambridge company ’s experimental technology. Under the agreement, the companies will collaborate to develop one of Alnylam’s (Nasdaq: ALNY) potential drugs for hepatitis B, plus up to four additional treatments for infectious diseases. Alnylam will be eligible to receive over $1 billion in payments… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 18, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Max Stendahl Source Type: news

Opening ceremony of WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases
(Source: WHO Director-General speeches)
Source: WHO Director-General speeches - October 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, director-general [subject], director-general [subject], director-general [subject], noncommunicable disease [subject], chronic diseases Source Type: news

Malawi:Meeting Men Halfway - HIV Clinics Are Going Mobile to Reach Toughest Patients
[Bhekisisa] For decades, we've struggled to solve the riddle: How do you get reluctant men to test for HIV. Could we finally have an answer? (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - October 18, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Malawi:Daily Struggles of the Most Vulnerable in Malawi
[MSF] Malawi -In 2016, MSF marked 30 years of presence in Malawi, initially to a refugee crisis in 1986 and then becoming heavily involved in the growing HIV response. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - October 18, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Alnyalm, Vir partner on RNAi-based drugs for infectious diseases
(Reuters) - Drug developer Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc entered into an agreement with privately held Vir Biotechnology on Wednesday to develop a new class of RNAi-based treatments for infectious diseases, including chronic hepatitis B. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Visterra inks drug development pact with Scangos startup worth up to $1B
Cambridge-based Visterra said Wednesday that it will license some of its experimental infectious diseases treatments to Vir Biotechnology, a California biotech startup led by former Biogen CEO George Scangos. Visterra, a 45-employee, privately-held company based in Kendall Square, said it would receive an undisclosed upfront payment from Vir, and could get over $1 billion in additional payments if the drugs meet certain development, regulatory and sales milestones. Vir came out of stealth mode… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 18, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Max Stendahl Source Type: news

New hope for old antibiotics: Scientists have found a way to supercharge them for increased effectiveness against superbugs
(Natural News) Quantum dots are light-activated, nano-sized crystals with unique structures made from semiconductors. They’re highly tunable and can be precisely controlled for all sorts of applications, some of which lie in the field of medicine. While they’ve been used in place of organic dyes in biological analysis, researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news