Infectious Disease

ICAAC 2012: Reducing CVC-Related Bloodstream Infections

The Particulars: Central venous catheters (CVCs) are frequently used throughout hospitals nationwide, and related bloodstream infections are common among recipients of these devices. A hospital-wide training program

ICAAC 2012 | Feature

New research was presented at ICAAC 2012, the 52nd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, from September 9 to 12 in San Francisco. The features below

Chlamydia Testing Rates in Women | News Brief

National survey data show that women with chlamydia symptoms were tested in just 16% of visits to community health centers. When other reproductive health services were performed,

Guidelines Update Vol. 3 | eMedia

Read our top interview-based articles on guidelines for managing MRSA, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetic neuropathy and more!

A New MRSA Molecular Assay | eMedia

An MRSA molecular test (BD Max MRSA, BD Diagnostics) has received marketing clearance from the FDA for use in identifying patients with the infection. The automated, bench-top

Making the Case for Earlier ART in HIV | Feature

In an analysis of people with early HIV infection, researchers have found that a limited period of antiretroviral therapy (ART) during this time appears to modestly delay the need for subsequent initiation of long-term ART.

Newly Revised Guidelines for Strep | Medical Blog

This week, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) published newly revised guidelines for Group A streptococcal pharyngitis, or “strep,” in the journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

FDA Approves New Combination Pill for HIV Treatment for Some Patients | Medical Blog

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Stribild (elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine, tenofovir disoproxil fumarate), a new once-a-day combination pill to treat HIV-1 infection in adults who

NY Hospital Installs Hand-Washing Cam | Medical Blog

A New York hospital has resorted to videotaping staff to monitor hand-washing. Why not investigate the reasons for non-compliance instead?

International AIDS Society 2012 Meeting | Conference Coverage

New research was presented at AIDS 2012, the 19th International AIDS Conference, from July 22-27  in Washington, DC. The features below highlight just some of the studies

MRSA Among Household Contacts of Children | Conference Coverage

A Washington University School of Medicine study suggests that MRSA colonization rates among household contacts of children with Staphylococcus aureus appear to be higher than those of

Text Messaging Improves Flu Vaccination Rates | News Brief

Parents living in low-income, urban areas who received text messages to have their children get vaccinated for the flu appear more likely to follow through on these

Managing HIV: A Call to Action for Primary Care Physicians | Feature

A survey of HIV primary care providers has revealed a shifting landscape in their ability to treat the growing number of patients living with HIV.

Dr. Wong Weighs in on PCPs and HIV Care | eMedia

A survey of HIV primary care providers has revealed a shifting landscape in their ability to treat the growing number of patients living with HIV.

Have We Found a Cure for HIV? | Medical Blog

Over 30 years into the epidemic, there is renewed hope that a cure for HIV may have been found following the presentation of two HIV cases at

World Hepatitis Day 2012 Message Underscores Pervasive Infection | Medical Blog

“It’s closer than you think” is the theme for World Hepatitis Day 2012, which falls on July 28.

A Look Back at Mortality Rates | News Brief

A report from the CDC has found that the age-adjusted risk of dying decreased 60% from 1935 to 2010. The report, available at, reviewed changes in

Reviewing Tuberculosis Trends | News Brief

A CDC report has found that 10,521 new tuberculosis (TB) cases were reported in 2011 in the United States, a 6.4% lower rate than was observed in

A Cost-Effective Antimicrobial Stewardship Program | News Brief

An antimicrobial stewardship program implemented at the University of Maryland Medical Center that used an antimicrobial monitoring team appeared to be highly cost-effective when measured at 7

Text Reminders Deemed Helpful in Battling HIV | News Brief

A meta-analysis of two trials indicates that weekly medication reminders sent via mobile phone text message to patients with HIV appear to be efficacious in enhancing antiretroviral

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