West Nile May Lead to Kidney Disease (CME/CE)
ORLANDO (MedPage Today) -- It's unlikely that traditional risk factors play a role in the development of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in patients who've had West Nile virus, researchers reported here. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - April 5, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

CDC on Trail of Vaccine for New Bird Flu
(MedPage Today) -- As the number of cases of a novel bird flu rises in China, the CDC is taking early steps toward a vaccine. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - April 5, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

C. Diff Dangerous in ESRD
ORLANDO (MedPage Today) -- Kidney dialysis patients who are infected with Clostridium difficile have a greater risk of infection relapse and also have a higher all-cause mortality that patients who do not have kidney disease, researchers said here. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - April 4, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Program to Cut HIV Transfer to Babies Gets High Marks
(MedPage Today) -- The African nation of Malawi is getting an A+ for its aggressive approach to preventing HIV transmission from mothers to babies. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - March 1, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Lab Notes: Still Hearing Things? It's the Wine
(MedPage Today) -- Turns out drinking red wine at clubs may not only be chic, but protective against hearing loss when the DJ gets cranking. Also this week, omega-3s good for the brain, and a new class of drug for flu. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - February 23, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

ACIP Strengthens Pneumococcal Vaccine Guidance (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Children and teens ages 6 through 18 who have certain high-risk conditions should receive the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13, Prevnar 13), according to strengthened recommendations from the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - February 20, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Meningitis Death Toll at 47, but Outbreak Slows
(MedPage Today) -- A trickle of new cases of disease linked to contaminated injections is still being reported to the CDC, 5 months after the first case of fungal meningitis caused nationwide alarm. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - February 20, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Readers React to the Sunshine Act
(MedPage Today) -- If Congress wants medical companies to report all the gifts they give to physicians, it should require the same accountability for itself, said MedPage Today readers responding to our recent survey. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - February 18, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Denver Cluster of New Superbug Largest Yet
(MedPage Today) -- The CDC has reported the largest U.S. outbreak yet of bacteria that contain a worrisome antibiotic resistance gene. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - February 15, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Contraception: Condoms Are King, Plan B Takes Hold (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- In the realm of contraception, the condom reigns supreme, but one in 10 have used emergency contraception such as Plan B, according to two reports on the contraceptive methods used by women of reproductive age in the U.S. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - February 15, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New Coronavirus Cases Linked
(MedPage Today) -- Two confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus hCoV-EMC within 2 days add to evidence that person-to-person transmission, although rare, is possible, according to U.K. health officials. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - February 13, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

FDA Reviewers Positive on Botulism Antidote
WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) -- A treatment for botulism under review by the FDA received positive feedback from agency staff after two successful animal trials, documents released before an advisory committee meeting showed. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - February 11, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Mutations in Pertussis May Account for Rise in Cases
(MedPage Today) -- The rising incidence of whooping cough in the U.S. and elsewhere may be a result of new mutations in Bordetella pertussis that may diminish vaccine efficacy, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - February 6, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Novel TB Vaccine Fails to Protect Infants (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- A tuberculosis vaccine candidate was safe and immunogenic but not efficacious in infants, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - February 5, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

CDC Advises on Meningitis Vax for Babies (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Infants ages 6 weeks to 18 months who are at high risk for meningococcal disease should be vaccinated with four doses of Hib-MenCY-TT (MenHibrix), the CDC recommended in a new guidance. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 24, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Rotavirus Vaccine: Protection for the Family (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Vaccinating children against rotavirus may help prevent disease in adults, too, researchers found. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 24, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Shorter Wean Time Seen with Tracheostomy (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Using a tracheostomy collar enables earlier weaning from mechanical ventilation than pressure support in patients who need prolonged ventilation, researchers reported here. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 22, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Flu Still Blankets Most of U.S.; Eases in Parts
(MedPage Today) -- Influenza activity remains widespread throughout the country, although some areas may have passed their peak, according to updated CDC numbers. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 18, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Sepsis in Spotlight at Critical Care Meeting
(MedPage Today) -- SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Updated guidelines from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign will be released when the annual meeting of the Society of Critical Care Medicine gets started here this weekend. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 18, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Drug Shortages Hamper MDR-TB Treatment
(MedPage Today) -- Drug shortages have affected most U.S. health programs that deal with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), according to the CDC. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 17, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Cell-Culture Flu Vaccine Gets FDA OK
(MedPage Today) -- The FDA has approved a new cell-culture seasonal influenza vaccine -- Flublok -- that does not require the use of either live influenza virus or chicken eggs to manufacture and shortens the time needed for production. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 17, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

No Fetal Harm with Pandemic Flu Vaccine (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- An adjuvanted vaccine administered during the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic in Norway was not associated with a greater risk of fetal death, researchers found. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 16, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Childhood Vaccine Schedule Safe, IOM Says
(MedPage Today) -- Existing evidence suggests the childhood immunization schedule is safe, although research looking for potential safety concerns should continue, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 16, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

FDA Clears Test for 11 GI Pathogens
(MedPage Today) -- A test that can identify 11 different pathogens that can cause infectious gastroenteritis has received FDA clearance, the agency announced. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 16, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

DTaP Shot to Arm May Cause Local Reaction (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Children getting the diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine in the arm rather than the thigh are at increased risk of having a medically attended local reaction, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 14, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Cholera Outbreak Hit Hard in Haiti (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Over its first 2 years, the cholera outbreak in Haiti sickened more than 600,000 people and killed nearly 7,500, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 10, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Flu Season Gains Momentum
(MedPage Today) -- The influenza season, which started about a month earlier than usual this year, is picking up in intensity, according to the CDC's latest FluView report. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 7, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Antibiotic Tied to Higher Risk of Miscarriage (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Use of the antibiotic clarithromycin (Biaxin) in the first trimester of pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of miscarriage, Danish researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 6, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

D.C. Week: 'Fiscal Cliff' Bill Cancels Medicare Pay Cut
WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) -- Congress finally passed a bill Tuesday to avert the "fiscal cliff" and stave off a pending 26.5% cut in Medicare reimbursements. In the meantime, life went on at the FDA and other federal health agencies. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 5, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Refractory Lyme Arthritis May Be Autoimmune (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Activated T- and B-cell responses to an autoantigen in synovial tissue may explain the development of resistant arthritis among a small number of patients with Lyme disease, researchers suggested. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 3, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

FDA Approves Diarrhea Drug for HIV/AIDS Patients
(MedPage Today) -- SILVER SPRING, Md. -- The first drug specifically for relieving diarrhea associated with antiretroviral therapy in HIV/AIDS patients has been approved by the FDA. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 2, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Sirturo Approved for MDR-TB
(MedPage Today) -- SILVER SPRING, Md. -- The FDA has approved bedaquiline (Sirturo) for treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis as part of combination therapy, the agency announced. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 2, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news