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Infectious Disease

Fall Risks High for Those With HIV

Feb 18, 2013

Middle-aged patients infected with HIV appear to have a high risk for falls. A study found that multiple comorbidities, medications, and functional impairment were predictive of falls. Researchers sug...

Fall Risk High for Those With HIV

Feb 14, 2013

Middle-aged patients infected with HIV appear to have a high risk for falls. A study found that multiple comorbidities, medications, and functional impairment were predictive of falls. Researchers sug...

Predicting Death From Pneumonia

Feb 09, 2013

Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) remains a frequent cause of morbidity and mortality and ranks as the top cause of death from an infectious disease in the world as well as the third leading cause of...

Hepatitis C Testing: Calling All Baby Boomers

Feb 01, 2013

Nearly 5 million Americans are infected with hepatitis C, and more than 80% of these individuals are baby boomers. Alarmingly, 75% of people with hepatitis C aren’t aware they are infected. In Au...

Patients With CKD Have Higher Rates of CDI

Jan 29, 2013

Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) appear to have a higher risk of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and hospital-associated morbidity and mortality when compared with patients who do not ...

Highlights from the 2013 Adult Immunization Schedule

Jan 29, 2013

The Advisory committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued the 2013 adult immunization schedule, posted online this week in the Annals of Inte...

Decreasing VAP Risk in the ED

Jan 28, 2013

Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) results in increased morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs. Unfortunately, clinical evidence of VAP occurs 48 hours or more after intubation, meaning it mani...

Chlamydia Retesting Rates Low

Jan 24, 2013

Data from the CDC indicate that retesting rates for chlamydia within 3 months after treatment for the infection  appear to be low. The retesting rate was 60.1% for pregnant women from 2008 to 2010, b...

Comparing Rural and Urban Care in HIV

Jan 22, 2013

Research suggests that the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in rural areas of the United States differs from that of urban and peri-urban areas. Small studies have found that sub-populations in rural areas ma...

SCCM 2013: Nutritional Deficits & Mortality Among Geriatrics With Pneumonia

Jan 22, 2013

The Particulars: Nutritional deficits have been linked topoor outcomes in geriatric patients who are hospitalized with pneumonia. Few studies have explored the role of time spent in the ED and the eff...

FDA Approves Flublok Influenza Vaccine

Jan 16, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it has approved Flublok, the first trivalent influenza vaccine made using an insect virus (baculovirus) expression system and recombinant DNA...

Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs: A Call to Action

Jan 08, 2013

Over the past 30 years, many multidrug-resistant organisms have emerged across healthcare settings in the United States. At the same time, there has been a dramatic drop in the development and approva...

Characterizing Inpatient Severe Sepsis Mortality

Jan 04, 2013

Data from general acute care hospitals in California suggest that patient demographics and health status appear to be the most important predictors of in-hospital mortality in patients with severe sep...

Pertussis Hospitalization Risk by Age

Jan 03, 2013

Patients aged 65 or older appear to be more likely to be hospitalized for pertussis than adults aged 45 to 64, according to a large cohort study. The incidence of pertussis notification did not differ...

FDA Approves Fulyzaq, First Anti-Diarrheal Drug for HIV/AIDS Patients

Dec 31, 2012

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Fulyzaq (crofelemer) to relieve symptoms of diarrhea in HIV/AIDS patients taking antiretroviral therapy, a combination of medicines used to treat H...

FDA Approves Sirturo for Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis

Dec 31, 2012

First drug to treat multi-drug resistant tuberculosis On Dec. 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Sirturo (bedaquiline) as part of combination therapy to treat adults with multi-dr...

Candidemia: Incidence & Antifungal Drug Resistance

Dec 26, 2012

During the past 20 years, adults aged 65 and older appear to have replaced infants as having the highest incidence of candidemia, according to CDC investigators. The authors noted that incidence rates...

FDA Approves Varizig for Reducing Chickenpox Symptoms

Dec 21, 2012

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Varizig for reducing the severity of chicken pox (varicella zoster virus) infections in high risk individuals when given within four days after expos...

FDA Expands Tamiflu’s Use to Treat Children Younger than 1 Year

Dec 21, 2012

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved use of Tamiflu (oseltamivir) to treat children as young as 2 weeks old who have shown symptoms of flu for no longer than two days. ...

Chembio Receives FDA Approval for DPP Point-of-Care HIV 1/2 Rapid Test

Dec 21, 2012

Chembio Diagnostics, Inc., a leader in point-of-care diagnostic tests for infectious diseases, announces receipt of approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the Company's Du...