This Week in Infectious Disease: H7N9 Is Back
(MedPage Today) -- As expected, the H7N9 avian flu has come back in China, with the number of reported hospital admissions growing sharply. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 25, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Culture Shock: Reviving Ancient Cholera
(MedPage Today) -- Sequencing the DNA of ancient pathogens can offer clues to the evolution of their modern descendants -- and it's cool science, too. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 24, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Morning Break: Fire that Doc!
(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 - January 23, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

H7N9 Cases Spike in China
(MedPage Today) -- After a slow fall season, China has seen a recent wave of H7N9 avian influenza cases, according to the World Health Organization. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 20, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

This Week in Infectious Disease: Old Pandemics, New Media
(MedPage Today) -- Can social media help track disease? And what's the latest on TB prevention. Those and other topics will be under review this week. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 20, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

XDR-TB Spreading as Uncured Patients Go Home (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) appears to be spreading in South Africa, fueled by patients who are discharged despite failing therapy, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 17, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Hot Topics 2014, HIV/AIDS: Saag, Cohen, Richman, Del Rio
(MedPage Today) -- What will be the most important clinical developments in HIV/AIDS in 2014? We put that question to four high-profile specialists in the field and, in this video, they give their insightful answers -- ranging from growing understanding of how to cure the infection to the role of the Affordable Care Act in providing expanded treatment. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 17, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

HCV Combo Works Without Old Standbys (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Chronic hepatitis C can be treated effectively without any of the standard drugs, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 16, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New Herpes Drug Blocks Viral Shedding (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- An investigational drug with a novel mechanism of action reduced the rate of viral shedding in patients with genital herpes simplex-2 (HSV-2) infection, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 16, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Small Risk Seen with Rotavirus Vax (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- The risk of intussusception after rotavirus vaccination was slightly higher in post-licensure studies done in infants and children than previous reports have shown, which could influence calculations of risk versus reward for the vaccine, researchers suggested. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 14, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

STD Rates Up, Men Lead Increase
(MedPage Today) -- Rates of reported gonorrhea and syphilis rose in 2012, compared with 2011, but the increases were mainly among men, according to a CDC report. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 9, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

How to Get More Women Speakers at Conferences
(MedPage Today) -- A new study of the programs at two meetings, one in the U.S. and one in Europe, suggests one way organizers might improve gender disparities. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 7, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Early Antibiotics Cut Pneumonia Deaths in ICU
(MedPage Today) -- The recent shift toward early antibiotics and combination therapy for community-acquired pneumonia in the ICU has saved lives, a study showed. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - December 29, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

CDC Warns of New Virus Threat in Caribbean
(MedPage Today) -- A holiday trip to the Caribbean could lead to infection with a virus brand-new to the Americas, the CDC is warning. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - December 26, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Experts Applaud FDA Plan on Antibiotic Soaps
(MedPage Today) -- The FDA's proposed rule on antibiotic-containing hand soaps and body washes is justified, infectious disease experts say. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - December 17, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Report: States Failing on Public Health Front
(MedPage Today) -- Most states scored 50% or lower on a report card assessing their ability to respond to infectious disease threats, according to an analysis released Tuesday. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - December 17, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Antibiotic IV Combo Tied to Kidney Injury
ORLANDO (MedPage Today) -- Concomitant IV use of vancomycin and piperacillin/tazobactam, regardless of extended or traditional infusion, appeared to result in acute kidney injury in roughly one out of every five cases, researchers reported here. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - December 16, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Morning Break: Blue States Red Hot in ACA Sign-Ups
(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 - December 13, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Morning Break: Asleep at the Wheel, Forced C-Section
(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 - December 4, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Supplement Combo Lessens HIV Progression (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Early in HIV infection, a combination of multivitamin and selenium supplements slowed the progress of the disease, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - November 27, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Antibiotic Combo Matches Standard Drug for UTI
(MedPage Today) -- The investigational antibiotic combination ceftolozane/tazobactam did as well as a standard drug in treating complicated urinary tract infections, according to the company developing the drug. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - November 25, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Calif. Exchange Draws Plenty of Young Enrollees
SACRAMENTO (MedPage Today) -- In a state considered crucial to the success of Obamacare, older people have enrolled in California's new health insurance marketplace in large numbers as expected, but younger people also have showed up in force. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - November 23, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Compounding Bill Clears Congress
WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) -- Supporters of a soon-to-be law that creates a new class of FDA-certified compounding pharmacies are cautiously optimistic newly passed legislation will prevent future public health crisis. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - November 19, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Princeton Will Offer European Meningitis Vax
(MedPage Today) -- To combat an unusual and slow-moving meningitis outbreak, Princeton University says it is planning to offer an investigational vaccine to most students starting early in December. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - November 19, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New Bird Flu Surfaces in Taiwanese Woman (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- A novel variant of avian influenza A infected a 20-year-old woman in Taiwan, investigators there are reporting. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - November 14, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Voided Urine Under Fire as Cystitis Test (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Voided midstream urine cultures frequently contained bacteria not found in paired urethral catheter specimens, questioning the value of voided urine culture for diagnosis of acute bladder infection, investigators reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - November 13, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Morning Break: Obamacare Site Asks for Second Chance
(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 - November 13, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New HCV Drugs Offer Hope After Transplant
WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) -- The advent of new all-oral regimens for hepatitis C (HCV) offers hope to patients who have undergone liver transplant and had the disease recur, a researcher said here. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - November 6, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tactics Can Cut Infection in Leukodystrophies
AUSTIN, Texas (MedPage Today) -- It may be possible to reduce care-related infections in children with leukodystrophies using standardized prevention efforts in the hospital setting, researchers reported here. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - November 4, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tell, Don't Ask When It Comes to Vaccinating Kids
(MedPage Today) -- Pediatricians who told parents their child needed a vaccination rather than asked if they wanted one met less parental resistance, researchers found. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - November 4, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Unusual Cases in Pulmonary Care
CHICAGO (MedPage Today) -- What was the most bizarre or striking case report here at the CHEST meeting? Here's a run down of some attendees' favorites. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - November 2, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tainted Steroid Shots Led to Varying Ailments
(MedPage Today) -- Patients made sick by contaminated steroid injections had a "broad spectrum of disease," ranging from stroke to abscess, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - October 23, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

AIDS-Free World? Doable, but Not Easy
(MedPage Today) -- The prospect of a world without AIDS is real, but getting there won't be easy. That's the bottom line in a series of papers on the topic published in three journals in advance of a translational medicine conference on the topic slated for early November in San Francisco. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - October 23, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Just 1 CF Patient per Meeting?
(MedPage Today) -- Cystic fibrosis researcher Paul M. Quinton, PhD, planned to attend his field's major conference this week, but there was just one problem: He has the disease himself. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - October 18, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Clean Water, Sanitation Ease Cholera in Haiti (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Clean water and improved sanitation reduced the rate of cholera in part of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - October 15, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gauge Varicella Status in IBD on Titers, Not Hx (CME/CE)
SAN DIEGO (MedPage Today) -- Reliance on a history of varicella exposure or vaccination was inadequate among patients with inflammatory bowel disease receiving immunosuppressive therapy who could be at serious risk if exposed to the virus, a researcher reported here. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - October 14, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Combo Therapy May Harm Kids With Bacteremia (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- For children with gram-negative bacteremia, two antibiotics are not better than one, researchers reported, and they may be worse. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - October 9, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Malaria Vaccine Candidate Has Protective Effect
(MedPage Today) -- A candidate vaccine against malaria had significant efficacy in a randomized controlled phase III trial in Africa, a researcher reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - October 8, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Hypothermia Has No Benefit in Meningitis (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Patients with severe bacterial meningitis were not helped by induced hypothermia in a randomized trial and may actually have been harmed, researchers said. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - October 8, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Bugs Still Get Through Despite Gloves, Gowns (CME/CE)
SAN FRANCISCO (MedPage Today) -- Having intensive care workers wear gloves and gowns during all patient contacts did not reduce the risk of transmission of two major multidrug-resistant pathogens, a researcher said. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - October 7, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Morning Break: ACA Gridlock, Big Pharma on Campus, and More
(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 - October 4, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Readers Back Broader Use of NPs, PAs
(MedPage Today) -- More use of physician assistants and nurse practitioners received overwhelming support from MedPage Today readers as the best means to ease the physician shortage. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - September 30, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Morning Break: Healthcare Shuts Down in Syria
(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 - September 17, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Morning Break: Overdiagnosis, Pesky Patient Reviews, More
(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 - September 16, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

HSV Vaccine Linked to Lower Viral Shedding (CME/CE)
DENVER (MedPage Today) -- A therapeutic vaccine for herpes simplex type 2 (HSV-2) virus reduced viral shedding and had an acceptable safety profile, researchers reported here. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - September 14, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Decision Tool Cuts ED Pneumonia Deaths (CME/CE)
BARCELONA (MedPage Today) -- Use of an electronic decision tool that suggests treatment algorithms improved emergency department triage and significantly reduced in-patient pneumonia mortality, researchers said here. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - September 12, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Simple Tactic Cuts Antibiotic Overuse (CME/CE)
BARCELONA (MedPage Today) -- A simple low-tech notation to stop prescribing antibiotics after a guideline set period dramatically reduced overuse of antibiotics -- and adverse reactions to those treatments, researchers said here. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - September 11, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Frieden Trumpets Public Health's Worth
WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) -- Public health is more needed now and has a greater potential than ever, despite suggestions that it's become "passe,”according to CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - September 11, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

URI Spray Cuts Symptoms but Not Incidence (CME/CE)
DENVER (MedPage Today) -- A novel preventive throat spray for upper respiratory tract infections (URI) reduced self-reported frequency and severity of symptoms, but didn't reduce incidence compared with placebo, researchers reported here. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - September 11, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Drug-Resistant Bug Test Fast and Accurate (CME/CE)
DENVER (MedPage Today) -- A rapid chromogenic test for drug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae shaved time off time to diagnosis and can shave dollars off treatment, researchers reported here. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - September 11, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news