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By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Influenza-season severity and vaccine effectiveness (VE) do not appear to affect flu-vaccination rates in children, according to new research. Dr. Melissa S. Stockwell of NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City…
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By Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) - Nearly twice as many people are dying in the United States from antibiotic-resistant infections than previously believed, U.S. health officials said on Wednesday, as so-called "superbugs" alarm experts with their rate of growth and spread. Issuing its first…
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By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is significantly less frequent among sexually active female adolescents who have received the quadrivalent vaccine than among their unvaccinated peers, according to new research. "This study provided real-world…
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Individuals with HIV have an increased risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). However, findings of a new review1 presented at IDWeek 2019 show that individuals with HIV are not receiving adequate-intensity statins to prevent ASCVD. There are no current guidelines for prescribing…
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By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A blood test can identify a subgroup of pneumonia patients at increased risk for developing acute respiratory failure or sepsis, according to new research. Pinpointing the host processes dysregulated in CAP patients, "especially in those who develop…
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The American Thoracic Society (ATS) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) have released updated guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of adults with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP).  “Although some recommendations remain unchanged from the 2007 guideline, the availability of…
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Individuals with hospital-onset sepsis have a 2-fold higher risk of mortality compared with those who have community-onset sepsis, according to a new analysis.  To reach this conclusion, the researchers analyzed electronic clinical data on 2,216,032 hospitalizations of patients aged 20 years or…
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The American Thoracic Society has released a new clinical practice guideline on laboratory testing for the diagnosis of fungal infections in pulmonary and critical care practice. The authors of the guidelines examined available literature on the diagnosis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis,…
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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a drug safety warning about the use of 3 medications for hepatitis C virus (HCV) among individuals with moderate to severe liver impairment. The warning comes after 63 individuals who received treatment for chronic HCV with glecaprevir/…
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By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Vaccinated individuals are unlikely to transmit the vaccine-strain varicella-zoster virus (Oka strain; vOka) to others and might do so only if a rash is present, a systematic review reveals. The review "indicates that transmission of vaccine virus…
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