C. Diff Rates Doubled in Decade (CME/CE)
DENVER (MedPage Today) -- The rate of Clostridium difficile infections in U.S. hospitals nearly doubled in the decade between 2001 and 2010, a researcher said here, although mortality from the disease was variable. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - September 11, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

E-Monitoring Aids TB Drug Adherence (CME/CE)
BARCELONA (MedPage Today) -- Having selected patients send in a video clip of them taking their tuberculosis medication every day is a feasible alternative when direct monitoring with home visits isn't, a pilot study showed. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - September 9, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

N.H. Hospital May Have Exposed Patients to CJD
(MedPage Today) -- Health officials in New Hampshire said eight neurosurgery patients at one hospital in the state may have been unwittingly exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - September 5, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

STDs Linked to Preterm Birth, Stillbirth (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Infection with chlamydia or gonorrhea before or during pregnancy was associated with an increased risk of birth complications, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - September 5, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ear Infections: Treat All Kids (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- All children younger than 2 with acute otitis media diagnosed according to current American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines should receive antibiotics, researchers said. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - September 3, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

ESC: Colchicine Effective in Acute Pericarditis (CME/CE)
AMSTERDAM (MedPage Today) -- The anti-inflammatory agent colchicine -- used mostly in the treatment of gout -- appears to be effective for treating acute pericarditis and in preventing recurrences of the condition, researchers reported here. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - September 1, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Morning Break: NP-MD War of Words, Pay Transparency
(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 - August 30, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Morning Break: Social Media Meets HIPAA and EHR Scribes
(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 - August 27, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Oral Health Has Role in HPV Infection (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Poor oral health is an independent risk factor for oral infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), including the strains associated with cancer, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - August 21, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Risk Seldom the Reason for HCV Testing (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Nearly half of people with chronic hepatitis C (HCV) said they were tested only after they had some clinical sign or symptom, a CDC survey showed. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - August 16, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

FDA Beefs Up Fluoroquinolone Warning
(MedPage Today) -- The risk of nerve damage that fluoroquinolone antibiotics carry may come on rapidly and perhaps be permanent, the FDA warned Thursday. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - August 15, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Pink Eye Tied to Poor Infection Control in Clinics (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Six unrelated outbreaks of epidemic keratoconjunctivitis linked to human adenovirus underscore the importance of infection control measures in ophthalmology, according to the CDC. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - August 15, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Media Helped in Tracking Cyclospora Outbreak
(MedPage Today) -- News media and digital communications technologies were instrumental in helping Iowa public health officials recognize the scale of the current Cyclospora outbreak in their state, officials said. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - August 2, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

More Healthcare Workers Hit by MERS
(MedPage Today) -- Three new cases of infection with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) -- including two more healthcare workers -- have been reported in Saudi Arabia. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - August 2, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

PML Case Seen in Patient on Gilenya
(MedPage Today) -- A patient taking the oral multiple sclerosis drug fingolimod (Gilenya) for 7 months developed progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), according to Novartis, the drug's manufacturer. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 31, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

FDA Puts Strict Limits on Oral Ketoconazole Use
(MedPage Today) -- SILVER SPRING, Md. -- Oral ketoconazole (Nizoral) should never be used as first-line therapy for any fungal infection because of the risk of liver toxicity and interactions with other drugs, the FDA said Friday. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 26, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

CDC Still Seeking Source for Cyclospora Outbreak
(MedPage Today) -- At least 285 people in 11 U.S. states appear to have contracted Cyclospora cayetanensis infections, the CDC said Thursday, but investigators remain baffled as to how. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 26, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

MERS and SARS: Similar Not Identical (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- The novel coronavirus MERS-CoV has similar clinical characteristics to SARS, but also some important differences, researchers reported, including a much higher death rate. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 26, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Deadly Deer Tick Virus on Rise in New York State (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- A new, potentially lethal tickborne threat known as Powassan or deer tick virus is emerging in New York's Hudson Valley, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 25, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Deadly Rabies Traced to Kidney Transplant (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- A third instance of rabies transmission following organ transplantation has occurred, with a patient dying 18 months after receiving a kidney from a deceased donor who was not known to be infected with the rabies virus, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 24, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Texas Experience May Help Control West Nile Virus (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Combined with information from outbreaks in previous years, a look at the 2012 West Nile virus epidemic in Dallas County, Texas -- the hardest-hit part of the country -- may provide some insights that can be used to prevent future disease, researchers found. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 17, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Mini-Livers Made from Stem Cells Work in Mice (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Starting from induced pluripotent stem cells, Japanese researchers created human liver buds complete with blood vessels that performed normal metabolic activities when implanted in mice. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 4, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Two Patients HIV-Free After Stem Cell Treatment (CME/CE)
KUALA LUMPUR (MedPage Today) -- Two HIV-positive men who got a stem cell transplant to treat blood cancers have now been off antiretroviral drugs for several weeks without evidence of the virus rebounding, a researcher said here. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - July 3, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Guidance for Kids' Sinusitus Revamped (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Guidelines for diagnosing pediatric acute bacterial sinusitis have been updated to include persistent illness, worsening cough, and severe onset of symptoms, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 24, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

H7N9 Flu: Worse than Pandemic, Better than H5N1 (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- The novel H7N9 avian flu appears to be less severe than the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu but more severe than the 2009 pandemic H1N1 flu, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 24, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New Coronavirus 'Eerily' Like SARS (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- The novel coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East is eerily similar to SARS, according to an expert who was part of a team studying a cluster of cases in hospitals in Saudi Arabia. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 19, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Britain's NHS Visits D.C. for Some Pointers
(MedPage Today) -- Physicians and nurses from Britain's National Health Service visited some healthcare facilities in Washington this week to get a few pointers on improving health outcomes. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 16, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Drug Switch May Slow Gonorrhea Resistance (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- A change in prescribing recommendations for gonorrhea in England and Wales -- prompted by rising drug resistance -- appears to have been rewarded with success, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 11, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

H7N9 Flu Outbreak Surprising, Puzzling
(MedPage Today) -- The H7N9 avian influenza outbreak in China has left experts "surprised and puzzled,” and it's too early to discount the possibility that it can develop into a pandemic, say researchers from the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 7, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Plan B One-Step Age Limit Stands
(MedPage Today) -- A federal appeals court stayed a district court judge's order requiring Plan B One-Step emergency contraception be made available over the counter with no age restriction, but denied a similar motion concerning the two-pill version. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 6, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

ASCO: Chemo Drugs Still in Short Supply
CHICAGO (MedPage Today) -- Cancer professionals are still scrambling to cope with shortages of important anti-tumor drugs, according to two surveys released here at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 3, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Mid-East Coronavirus Not Easily Spread (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- The novel coronavirus emerging from the Middle East can be transmitted between people, but not easily, according to reports in two separate journals. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 30, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Relapse of Fungal Meningitis Seen Months Later (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- The endgame of the fungal meningitis outbreak that affected 20 states is still playing out, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 29, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Well-Child Visit Gaps May Predict Hospitalization (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Children who miss well-child visits are more likely to be admitted to the hospital for preventable reasons, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 29, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tamiflu Resistance Confirmed in H7N9 Flu Cases (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Chinese researchers reported, for the first time, clinical evidence of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) resistance in patients infected with the novel avian H7N9 flu. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 28, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Alabama Outbreak a 'Pseudocluster,' Not H7N9
(MedPage Today) -- An outbreak of respiratory illness in Alabama turned out to be a "pseudocluster” of unrelated disease, an official said. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 24, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Mortality Gap Widens for Mentally Ill (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- The life expectancy gap between the mentally ill and the general population has widened, largely because of comorbidities like cardiovascular disease and cancer, a study found. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 23, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

TB Drug Shortage Hurts Treatment, Prevention (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- An unexpected shortage of the tuberculosis drug isoniazid (Nydrazid) has hampered TB control and treatment across the U.S., the CDC reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 23, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

H7N9 Flu: Most Patients Needed Intensive Care (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Most patients infected by the novel avian H7N9 influenza have required intensive care and more than a quarter of them have died, Chinese researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 22, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Vitamin C May Be Key to New TB Treatments
(MedPage Today) -- In a serendipitous discovery, researchers said they killed cultured strains of drug-resistant tuberculosis bacteria with vitamin C. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 22, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

2012 West Nile Virus Season Deadliest Yet
(MedPage Today) -- The West Nile virus season just ended saw the highest number of deaths since the virus emerged in the U.S. in 1999, according to the final CDC numbers. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 14, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

H7N9 Pandemic? Not Yet but Still Worrisome (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- The H7N9 avian influenza now circulating in China has two of the three characteristics of a pandemic virus, according to a prominent infectious diseases expert. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 14, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Clusters of New Coronavirus Add to Concern
(MedPage Today) -- Close contact can spread the novel coronavirus hCoV-EMC, but there's still no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission, the World Health Organization says. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 13, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

One in Five Dying of H7N9 Flu
(MedPage Today) -- The mortality rate in the H7N9 avian influenza outbreak has reached 20%, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 3, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

H7N9 Genes Show Evidence of Four Sources (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- At least two different variants of the novel H7N9 flu have caused disease in China, a sign the virus diverged quickly once it emerged, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 1, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

FDA Stalls Use of 2 HIV Drugs
Two HIV drugs (MedPage Today) -- part of an approved combination -- have been turned down by the FDA for use as stand-alone medications. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - April 29, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

C. Diff Infection Eludes European Hospitals (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Infection with Clostridium difficile -- a dangerous and potentially deadly condition -- appears to be substantially under-diagnosed in European hospitals, according to researchers. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - April 29, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

H7N9 Source, Links Still Puzzling
(MedPage Today) -- The novel avian H7N9 flu that has erupted in China has led to critical illness in most of the first 82 confirmed cases, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - April 25, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gene Tests Aid Microbe Hunters (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Gene sequencing alone, without help from traditional microbial culture techniques, was adequate to identify the novel bacterial strain responsible for a major European outbreak in 2011, researchers said. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - April 9, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

H7N9 Source Still Unknown, New Cases Emerge
(MedPage Today) -- Investigation continued Monday into the source of a new influenza A strain -- H7N9 -- that has now sickened 21 individuals in eastern China. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - April 8, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news