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Tracking Progress to Address AMR (Antimicrobial Resistance)
AMR Industry Alliance. 01/2018 This 108-page report identifies best practice, opportunities, and gaps where further efforts may be required by industry and other stakeholders to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR). It is based on analysis of the data about AMR-relevant products: therapeutic agents or technologies that have the potential to treat or prevent infectious diseases and/or combat resistance, including but not limited to antibiotics, vaccines, diagnostics, and novel approaches to address AMR. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Global Health: New Index Rates Drug Companies in Fight Against ‘ Superbugs ’
Glaxo and Johnson& Johnson top a new measure of how drugmakers do against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which are becoming a global emergency. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Antibiotics Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Antimicrobial Resistance World Health Organization Access to Medicines Foundation Davos (Switzerland) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Source Type: news

GSK leads drugmakers’ fight against superbugs
Report says generics manufacturers trailing in battle against antibiotic resistance (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - January 23, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Flu Taking Its Toll on EDs, Hospitals
(MedPage Today) -- But not as bad as H1N1 pandemic year in 2009-2010, experts say (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 23, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Co-managing HIV, Hepatitis C, and Opioid Abuse Co-managing HIV, Hepatitis C, and Opioid Abuse
Treating or even curing these infections isn't enough. Without treatment for opioid abuse, the patient will die.Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Expert Column Source Type: news

Drug companies told to do more to tackle 'superbug' crisis
LONDON (Reuters) - Drugmakers' response to the threat posed by "superbugs" remains patchy even after years of warnings, according to the first analysis of individual companies' efforts to tackle the antibiotic resistance crisis. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Surfers May Be Swallowing Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Surfers May Be Swallowing Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
Surfers and body-boarders were three times more likely to have potentially dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their guts than non-surfers, new research from the UK shows.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Nigeria:16,000 HIV Positive in Bauchi Get Treatment
[Daily Trust] Bauchi -The Bauchi State Agency for the control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis/Leprosy and Malaria, (BACATMA) has disclosed that it has provided treatment, care and support to 16,000 HIV positive patients in the state from 2015 to 2017. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - January 23, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Avian Influenza A(H7N2) Virus in Human Exposed to Sick Cats Avian Influenza A(H7N2) Virus in Human Exposed to Sick Cats
A veterinarian was diagnosed with influenza A(H7N2) virus after exposure to an infected cat at an animal shelter.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Flu infection study increases understanding of natural immunity
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) People with higher levels of antibodies against the stem portion of the influenza virus hemagglutinin (HA) protein have less viral shedding when they get the flu, but don't have fewer or less severe signs of illness, according to a new study. This NIAID study is the first of its kind to evaluate pre-existing levels of these antibodies as a predictor of protection against influenza. The findings could have implications for flu vaccine development. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 23, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Dolutegravir-Rilpivirine Effective for Maintaining HIV Suppression Dolutegravir-Rilpivirine Effective for Maintaining HIV Suppression
The recently approved combination of dolutegravir and rilpivirine is effective for maintaining virological suppression in adults with HIV-1, according to results from the SWORD-1 and SWORD-2 noninferiority studies.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - January 23, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

At Least 30 Children Have Died From This Season ’s Flu. Some of Them Were Perfectly Healthy
Thirty children have died from confirmed influenza-related causes so far this flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) most recent weekly report, released last Friday. The total includes deaths between Oct. 16 and Jan. 13. CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald has described the 2017-2018 flu season as “very active,” and has said that much of the country is experiencing “widespread and intense flu activity.” During a Jan. 12 press update, Fitzgerald said that influenza A, H3N2, has been the most common strain of flu virus reported this year. “These ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amanda MacMillan Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Judge Orders New Olympus Trial Over Superbug Death Judge Orders New Olympus Trial Over Superbug Death
A Seattle judge said Olympus Corp. failed to properly disclose internal emails that raised safety concerns about a redesigned medical scope as early as 2008, several years before the device was publicly tied to deadly superbug outbreaks.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: 'Just breathing' is enough to spread flu
New research reveals that the flu virus can spread in aerosol droplets that are formed during normal breathing, and not just through coughing and sneezing. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news

From the Blogs: Curbside Consults Complex and Silly, the Medicolegal Angle, and a Whole Podcast About Curbsides
Curbside consults have been much on Dr. Paul Sax's mind this week. From a particularly complex HIV patient to a puppy with an infectious disease... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:It's Possible to Eliminate Paediatric HIV
[Zimbabwe Standard] Eliminating paediatric HIV is not the work of a day or even a year. It requires concerted efforts on many fronts with government, civic society and citizen leaders all pulling together. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - January 22, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria:Nigerian Institute Develops Drugs for Ebola, Malaria
[Premium Times] The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, NIPRD, has successfully researched and developed six traditional herbal products for the treatment of Ebola, malaria and other diseases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - January 22, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Researchers find latent HIV reservoirs inherently resistant to elimination by CD8+ T-cells
(George Washington University) A research team at GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences found that latent HIV reservoirs exhibit resistance to elimination by CD8+ T-cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 22, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

A better HIV test
(Stanford University) Stanford researchers have developed a reliable, hassle-free HIV test -- just what public health officials need to screen large numbers of people and head off potential outbreaks. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 22, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New long-acting approach for malaria therapy developed
(University of Liverpool) A new study, published in Nature Communications, conducted by the University of Liverpool and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine highlights a new 'long acting' medicine for the prevention of malaria. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 22, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Improving vaccines for the elderly by blocking inflammation
(University College London) By identifying why skin immunity declines in old age, a UCL-led research team has found that an anti-inflammatory pill could help make vaccines more effective for elderly people.The study, published today in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, found that an excessive inflammation reaction in older people can obstruct the immune system. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 22, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Using social and risk networks helps identify people undiagnosed with HIV
(New York University) Conducting HIV testing among the social and risk networks of those recently diagnosed with HIV helps identify undiagnosed cases of HIV at significantly higher rates and at a lower cost than other testing approaches, finds a new study conducted in Ukraine by an international research team. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 22, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

European science on the map at Davos summit
(European Research Council) The European Research Council (ERC) will bring cutting-edge science to the forefront at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) from 23 to 26 January in Davos, Switzerland. Using ideas arising from this year's meeting theme: 'Creating a shared future in a fractured world', the ERC's President, Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, and eleven remarkable scientists and scholars will feed into the debate, via fourteen sessions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 22, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Researchers borrow from AIDS playbook to tackle rheumatic heart disease
(Case Western Reserve University) Billions of US taxpayer dollars have been invested in Africa over the past 15 years to improve care for millions suffering from the HIV/AIDS epidemic; yet health systems on the continent continue to struggle. What if the investments and lessons learned from HIV could be used to improve care for those with other serious chronic conditions? (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 22, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New neuron-like cells allow investigation into synthesis of vital cellular components
(Penn State) A new method to create synthetic neurons allows researchers to investigate how the human brain makes metabolic building blocks essential for the survival of all living organisms. A new study describes a core enzyme involved in the synthesis of these building blocks, called purines, and how the enzyme might change during infection by herpes simplex virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 22, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Yellow fever – Brazil
Disease news outbreak for yellow fever in Brazil. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - January 22, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:Amid Wet Weather, Zimbabwe's Mutare Sees Hike in Malaria Deaths
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Mutare, Zimbabwe -After years in which the disease presented only a limited threat, this city in eastern Zimbabwe is seeing a hike in malaria deaths, with more than 30 recorded in 2017, city officials say. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - January 21, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Purulent drainage: Color, types, and treatment
Purulent drainage is a thick and milky discharge from a wound that is often a sign of infection. Learn more about this and other types of drainage. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) PS18-1802: Integrated HIV Surveillance and Prevention Programs for Health Departments Component A Funding Table
Annual funding amounts for PS18-1802 award recipients. (Source: CDC HIV/AIDS Prevention)
Source: CDC HIV/AIDS Prevention - January 19, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Malaria Stalks Yemen Amid Collapsing Health System Malaria Stalks Yemen Amid Collapsing Health System
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

2018 Quick Reference Guide: Recommended laboratory HIV testing algorithm for serum or plasma specimens
This updates the 2014 Laboratory HIV Testing algorithm guidance as a key HIV supplemental test was withdrawn from the market and replaced with a newer rapid HIV supplemental test that is automatically read, and has multiple interpretations for users. (Source: CDC HIV/AIDS Prevention)
Source: CDC HIV/AIDS Prevention - January 19, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Antibiotics, Antidepressants Dominate New FDA Watch List Antibiotics, Antidepressants Dominate New FDA Watch List
Presence on list does not mean a drug has been linked to a risk, only that new safety information is available or potential risk has been identified and further review will be or has been completed.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - January 19, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Tanzania:Voluntary 'Cut' Mission Starts On Positive Note
[Daily News] Iramba -THE campaign on voluntary male circumcision that aims at reducing the risk of HIV/Aids infections and other diseases has successfully kicked off in Singida Region, with a high number of people turning out for the free service. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - January 19, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Announcements: Registration not possible for users in China
At the moment, we have observed users connecting from China can't register on the journal site, getting an error stating "You must complete the validation check used to prevent spam submissions."We are aware of the problem, which is due to the chinese state firewall, preventing connections to certain Google servers, where the CAPTCHA system is hosted.The problem will be resolved as soon as we will perform the site upgrade to the new version, which is scheduled soon.In the meantime,users from China are encouraged to send an email to the webmaster@jidc.org, containing their details,so we can manually add you to the...
Source: The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries: Announcements - January 19, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Older hospitalized adults are infrequently tested for influenza
(Wiley) This year's flu season is shaping up to be an especially serious one, and it's important for clinicians to promptly recognize, diagnosis, and treat influenza in hospitalized patients, especially in vulnerable populations such as older individuals. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 19, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Mice immunized with synthetic horsepox protected against vaccinia virus
(PLOS) Immunization with a synthetic horsepox virus offers mice similar protection to immunization with vaccinia virus against a lethal dose of vaccinia, according to a study published Jan. 19, 2018, in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Ryan Noyce from the University of Alberta, Canada, and colleagues. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 19, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Hunting dogs as possible vectors for the infectious disease tularaemia
(University of Veterinary Medicine -- Vienna) The zoonosis Tularaemia is life-threatening for rodents, rabbits and hares, but which can also infect humans and dogs. While contact with contaminated blood or meat makes hunters a high-risk group, the frequency of infections among hunting dogs has not been much studied. Researchers from Vetmeduni Vienna now confirmed a relevant prevalence of infections in Austrian hunting dogs. This could intensify the debate whether the often asymptomatic animals represent an additional risk of infection for people. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 19, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

How a New Test Could Solve a Costly Problem
There's a costly problem affecting orthopedic patients and hospital systems, and a European molecular diagnostics company wants to be part of the solution.  Patients who have had a prosthetic joint replacement sometimes find themselves back in the hospital in excruciating pain that could either be caused by an invasive joint infection or a mechanical issue. The surgeon can puncture the joint to collect a fluid sample and have it sent to a lab for a culture test, but that takes up to two weeks to produce a result using the current standard of care technology, Curetis CEO Oliver Schacht told MD+DI.  "...
Source: MDDI - January 19, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: IVD Orthopedics Source Type: news

MIPS: Are You in or Are You Out?
(MedPage Today) -- Docs aren't sure, and CMS isn't helping (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 18, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Patient Reminders Effective at Improving Receipt of Vaccines
(MedPage Today) -- Text messages, postcards, and autodialer calls worked best (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 18, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

A special invitation to authors
The editors of Clinical Microbiology Newsletter welcome proposals for review articles on topics relevant to clinical microbiologists and infectious disease physicians. If you would like to prepare a brief manuscript on such a topic, please contact one of the Editors with your proposal (see contact information and general guidelines below) to discuss the details of the potential submission: (Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter)
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - January 18, 2018 Category: Microbiology Source Type: news

With big bucks (and drugs) in hand, George Scangos' startup stakes out space in infectious diseases
Vir Biotechnology is going where Big Pharma has largely backed away — infectious diseases, such as HIV, hepatitis B and tuberculosis — and it's doing so with $600 million in backing from ARCH Venture Partners and others. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - January 18, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

NIH scientists find microbes on the skin of mice promote tissue healing, immunity
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Beneficial bacteria on the skin of lab mice work with the animals' immune systems to defend against disease-causing microbes and accelerate wound healing, according to new research from scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. Researchers say untangling similar mechanisms in humans may improve approaches to managing skin wounds and treating other damaged tissues. The study was published online today in Cell. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 18, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Genetic sequencing points to endemic origin of monkeypox virus outbreak in Nigeria
(US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases) Scientists working to control a human outbreak of monkeypox virus (MXPV) in Nigeria performed genetic sequencing of patient samples, revealing that the outbreak likely originated from a source within the country. Their results emphasize the value of local surveillance for the early detection of viral spillovers and the need for advanced genetic characterization to help determine the origins of outbreaks. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 18, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Reminding people about vaccinations can increase rates of immunization
(Wiley) Rates of immunization against infectious diseases in children and adults are improving, but under-vaccination remains a problem that results in vaccine-preventable deaths and illnesses. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Lymphatics limp along after MRSA
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - January 18, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Pujanandez, L. Tags: twis Source Type: news

WHO Recommends Yellow Fever Shot to Sao Paulo Visitors WHO Recommends Yellow Fever Shot to Sao Paulo Visitors
The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that the whole of Sao Paulo state, which includes Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, should be considered at risk for yellow fever and recommended foreign travelers get vaccinated before visiting.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Assessment of the Potential Health Impacts of Climate Change in Alaska
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. 01/08/2018 This 77-page document provides a broad overview of the potential adverse human health impacts of climate change in Alaska, and presents examples of adaptation strategies for communities to consider when planning their own response efforts. Health effect topics include Mental Health and Wellbeing, Infectious Diseases and Toxins from Microorganisms, and Water and Sanitation. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Treating Chronic Hepatitis C Infection in Primary Care Treating Chronic Hepatitis C Infection in Primary Care
New treatment guidelines aim to support primary care clinicians in the treatment of hepatitis C infection.Medscape HIV/AIDS (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Commentary Source Type: news