Rx Switching Tied to HIV Viral Breakthrough
(MedPage Today) -- MELBOURNE, Australia -- Patients on stable antiretroviral regimens who switch to another therapy have a significantly increased risk of experiencing HIV virologic failure, a retrospective database analysis suggested. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 24, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tox-Sparing HIV Regimen Falls Short
(MedPage Today) -- MELBOURNE, Australia -- Another HIV regimen intended to avoid known toxicities has foundered, researchers said here. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 23, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

'Kick' Study Excites AIDS Meeting
(MedPage Today) -- MELBOURNE, Australia -- A trial with only six patients and no dramatic clinical outcomes rarely creates much of a buzz, but delegates to the International AIDS Conference here are talking up just such a study. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 23, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Real-Life PrEP Works as Hoped
(MedPage Today) -- MELBOURNE, Australia -- Despite dire warnings, the real-world experience of a daily pill to prevent HIV infection has been that it's both safe and effective, a researcher reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 23, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Antiviral Group: 'Biomedical' Tx Could Slow HIV (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- MELBOURNE, Australia -- Nearly all people living with HIV could be rendered noninfectious by a suite of "biomedical interventions," according to new recommendations for HIV prevention from the International Antiviral Society-USA. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 21, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Small Payday May Up Circumcision for HIV Prevention
(MedPage Today) -- MELBOURNE, Australia -- Modest economic incentives appeared to increase the chance that uncircumcised men in HIV-endemic areas would undergo circumcision within a couple of months, researchers reported here. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 21, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

HIV Diagnosis Rates in U.S. on the Decline
(MedPage Today) -- MELBOURNE, Australia -- The U.S. annual rate of HIV diagnoses fell by more than 30% over a 10-year period, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 20, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Home HIV Tx Hikes Treatment Start Rates (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- MELBOURNE, Australia -- The option of starting HIV therapy at home, instead of going to an HIV clinic, increased the proportion of people who actually began treatment, researchers reported here. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 19, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Home HIV Tx Hikes Treatment Start Rates
(MedPage Today) -- MELBOURNE, Australia -- The option of starting HIV therapy at home, instead of going to an HIV clinic, increased the proportion of people who actually began treatment, researchers reported here. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 19, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

AIDS Conference Mourning Six Lost in Crash
(MedPage Today) -- MELBOURNE, Australia -- Six AIDS researchers and activists were beginning their journey to the International AIDS Conference here when their airliner was shot down over Ukraine. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 19, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tweet of the Week: What Beer Are You?
(MedPage Today) -- Welcome to another edition of the MedPage Today Tweet of the Week! Every Friday, the editorial team highlights its favorite 140-character contribution from the healthcare twittersphere. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 18, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Morning Break: Smallpox Lost-and-Found, Pricey Generics
(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web, gathered by the MedPage Today staff. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 9, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Antibiotics No Help After Gallbladder Surgery
(MedPage Today) -- Postoperative antibiotics after gallbladder removal do not reduce the risk of infection, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 8, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Morning Break: Rx Marijuana in NY, 'Whining' Docs
(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web, gathered by the MedPage Today staff. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 8, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Get Rid of Surgeon General? Not So Fast, Says This SG
(MedPage Today) -- Get rid of the politics surrounding selection of the U.S. Surgeon General rather than scrapping "the nation's doctor," a former Surgeon General tells MedPage Today. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 6, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Codpieces a Cover for Syphilis? That's Improbable!
(MedPage Today) -- A weekly report from our friends at Improbable Research. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 5, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

HOT TOPICS 2014: AIDS Revisited
(MedPage Today) -- Early this year, MedPage Today asked top experts in HIV/AIDS for their ideas of what would happen in 2014. How have their predictions panned out so far? (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 3, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

HIV Prophylaxis May Cut Herpes Risk
(MedPage Today) -- Drug therapy to prevent HIV infection also appeared to reduce the risk of catching another virus, herpes simplex 2, among heterosexual men and women, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 1, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Outbreak Watch: Ebola Needs 'Drastic Action'
(MedPage Today) -- The World Health Organization is urging ?drastic action? to halt the resurgent Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 27, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

ACIP Urges Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine
(MedPage Today) -- Say goodbye to needles and tears -- if there's a choice, doctors should give children their flu vaccine as a nasal spray rather than a shot, a CDC committee has urged. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 26, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Simpler HIV Tests Speed Results
(MedPage Today) -- A simpler HIV testing algorithm will get results to more people more rapidly, the CDC said. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 26, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Culture Shock: Superbug Slayer?
(MedPage Today) -- In the battle of man against microbe, the bugs -- after some reverses in the early days of antibiotics -- appear to be making a comeback. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 26, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Pelzman's Picks: Last Week in Primary Care
(MedPage Today) -- Pelzman's Picks is a compilation of links to blog posts, articles, tweets, journal studies, op-eds, and news briefs related to primary care that caught the eye of Fred Pelzman, MD, over the past week. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 23, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Screening for Bacteria May Help Pregnancy Outcomes
(MedPage Today) -- NASHVILLE, Tenn. ? Pregnant women who were screened and treated for asymptomatic urogenital infections seemed to have fewer preterm births and less preterm labor than women who were treated only when they were symptomatic, researchers reported here. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 23, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

FDA OKs Tedizolid for Skin Infections
(MedPage Today) -- Tedizolid phosphate (Sivextro), a protein synthesis inhibitor that targets Gram-positive organisms, is approved to treat acute skin and soft tissue infections. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 22, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Skin Infections: Practical Guide for Clinicians (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Accurate diagnosis is the key to treating skin and soft tissue infections, according to new guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 20, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Teens: Smoking and TV Lose Appeal
(MedPage Today) -- Current cigarette smoking among high school students is at its lowest level in more than 2 decades, the CDC is reporting. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 12, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Michigan Ties Behavior Change to Medicaid
(MedPage Today) -- This spring, the Wolverine state became the second after Iowa to offer lower premiums and cost-sharing to recipients who agree to do a health risk assessment with their doctor every year and to commit to improving their health. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 12, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Men: Want to Be Healthy for the Rest of Your Life?
(MedPage Today) -- Marriage is good for a man?s health. And it?s actually having a marriage license that matters -- not just living with a partner, according to data from the 2011?2012 National Health Interview Survey. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 11, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Next-Gen DNA Testing IDs Rare Infection (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Next-generation DNA sequencing allowed presumptive diagnosis and successful targeted treatment for neuroleptospirosis in an immunocompromised adolescent boy, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 5, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Big NIH Bucks Allotted to Fall Prevention
(MedPage Today) -- The National Institute on Aging will spend $30 million for a 5-year, multicenter clinical trial to search for the best ways to keep seniors on their feet. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 5, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

NIDA Review Catalogs Cannabis Risks (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- "Marijuana has been associated with substantial adverse effects, some of which have been determined with a high level of confidence," concluded a review by top officials at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 4, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

HypeWatch: Does Wi-Fi Really Disturb Fetal Brains?
(MedPage Today) -- Even without much evidence to support concerns that prenatal exposure to wireless radiation leads to ADHD, the BabySafe Project is still promoting a "better safe than sorry" campaign to pregnant women. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 4, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Obese Patients Have More Postop Problems
BOSTON (MedPage Today) -- Morbidly obese individuals undergoing elective hip replacement surgery had a higher rate of postoperative complications and infections than patients in other weight classifications, researchers reported here. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 28, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

IgG Stable With Rituxan in Autoimmune Disease
(MedPage Today) -- Repeated doses of rituximab in patients with vasculitis or lupus had no association with increased rates of low immunoglobulin (Ig)G, an important infection-fighting component of the immune system, a retrospective study found. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 28, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

MERS Watch: No Saudi Cases for 2 Days
(MedPage Today) -- For the second day in a row, Saudi Arabia is not reporting any new cases of the Middle East coronavirus (MERS). To keep track of the coronavirus outbreak, MedPage Today?s MERS Watch will update you as the numbers change. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 27, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Chikungunya Cases Rising in Caribbean
(MedPage Today) -- In just a few months, a virus new to the Americas has made itself quite at home in the Caribbean. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 24, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Vaccines and Biologics: Questions Remain
(MedPage Today) -- Vaccinations for patients with autoimmune diseases -- specifically patients being treated with biologics -- bring with them a variety of issues, including disease-specific, medication-related, and vaccine-associated factors, researchers suggested. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 24, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Cystic Fibrosis: Once-A-Day Antibiotic Durable
SAN DIEGO (MedPage Today) -- A once-daily inhaled antibiotic appeared to offer long-term benefits in cystic fibrosis patients with chronic Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection, researchers said here. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 21, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Sepsis Contributes to Half of all Hospital Deaths
SAN DIEGO (MedPage Today) -- Sepsis, the inflammatory response to infection, appears to be a contributor to or major cause of as many as half of in-hospital deaths, researchers reported here. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 19, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

MERS Watch: Florida Patient Leaves Hospital
(MedPage Today) -- A patient in Florida with the Middle East coronavirus (MERS) has recovered, tested negative for the virus, and been discharged from hospital, state health officials said. To keep track of the coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, MedPage Today?s daily MERS Watch will update you as the numbers change. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 19, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

CDC Guidelines Codify HIV Prophylaxis (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- For people at high risk of acquiring HIV, doctors should consider prescribing antiretroviral drugs as a preventive measure, the CDC said. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 15, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

MERS Watch: Second U.S. Case in Florida
(MedPage Today) -- A healthcare provider who lives and works in Saudi Arabia is the second confirmed case of the Middle East coronavirus (MERS) in the U.S., the CDC says. To keep track of the coronavirus outbreak, MedPage Today?s daily MERS Watch will update you as the numbers change. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 12, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Culture Shock: No 'Mississippi Baby' in Canada
(MedPage Today) -- There is no "Canada baby" to put against the U.S. "Mississippi baby," an infant who had been infected with HIV at birth, was given full-scale antiretroviral therapy within hours, and is now without HIV. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 11, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

MERS Watch: No Easing of Outbreak
(MedPage Today) -- The outbreak of Middle East coronavirus shows no sign of easing, with 32 new cases in Saudi Arabia and more throughout the region. MedPage Today?s daily MERS Watch will update you as the numbers change. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 9, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Antibiotics Cut Recurrent UTIs in Children
(MedPage Today) -- Antibiotic prophylaxis for children with vesicoureteral reflux after urinary tract infection substantially reduced the risk of recurrence, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 8, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Emerging Fungus Found in New York State
PHILADELPHIA (MedPage Today) -- An emerging pathogen, once thought to be restricted to the Pacific Northwest, has appeared in New York state, a researcher said here. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 1, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

MERS Watch: Another 16 Cases
(MedPage Today) -- MERS, Ebola, Measles and Mumps: There is no shortage of infectious disease news, but to keep track of the coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East MedPage Today's daily MERS Watch keeps you updated as the numbers change. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - April 30, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The Case for Post-Experiment Consent (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Should the U.S. allow post-experiment consent? Mohini Banerjee, a research assistant at the Hastings Center in Garrison, N.Y., argues the ethical grounds for informed consent after the fact. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - April 29, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

MERS Watch: New Cases, New Antibodies
(MedPage Today) -- The MERS story continues to unfold, and to keep track of the coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, MedPage Today?s daily MERS Watch will update you with the latest information. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - April 29, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news