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CDC: 22 More Kids Die from Flu-Related Causes

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:35:01 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- But other flu indicators ticked down from last week (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)

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‘Not a Magic Potion.’ Flu Death Puts Antiviral Drugs in the Spotlight

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:56:28 +0100

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas elementary school teacher who died almost a week after getting sick from the flu became a talking point online after her husband said she didn’t immediately fill her prescription for an antiviral drug after deeming the $116 insurance co-pay too high. While her husband told the Wall Street Journal that he picked up the prescription the day after she refused it and she then started taking the medication, Heather Holland, 38, died three days later on Feb. 4. Doctors told The Associated Press that while it’s ideal to start taking antiviral medication as quickly as possible, it’s no guarantee that one’s condition will not drastically worsen. Antivirals make it “not zero, but less likely” that complications will develop, said Dr. W...



Influenza or Influenza-like Illness: Does It Matter? Influenza or Influenza-like Illness: Does It Matter?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:15:00 +0100

Dr Andrew Pavia sheds light on the differences between ILI and flu, including the use of antivirals.Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Automated Vaccine Reminders

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Do you use these in your practice? (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)



World leaders join new drive to beat noncommunicable diseases

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +0100

WHO is announcing today a new high-level commission, comprised of heads of state and ministers, leaders in health and development and entrepreneurs. The group will propose bold and innovative solutions to accelerate prevention and control of the leading killers on the planet – noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart and lung disease, cancers, and diabetes. The WHO Independent Global High-level Commission on NCDs is co-chaired by President Tabar é Vázquez of Uruguay; President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka; President Sauli Niinistö of Finland; Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Healthcare of the Russian Federation; and Sania Nishtar, former Federal Minister of Pakistan. (Source: WHO news)



Recommendations of the ACIP for Use of Herpes Zoster Vaccines Recommendations of the ACIP for Use of Herpes Zoster Vaccines

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:15:15 +0100

This report updates recommendations for herpes zoster vaccine in light of the newly approved recombinant Zoster Vaccine, Shingrix.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Expanding Hepatitis C testing to all adults is cost-effective and improves outcomes

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Boston Medical Center) According to a new study, screening all adults for hepatitis C (HCV) is a cost-effective way to improve clinical outcomes of HCV and identify more infected people compared to current recommendations. Using a simulation model, researchers from Boston Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Stanford University found that this expanded screening would increase life expectancy and quality of life while remaining cost-effective. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



First multiplex test for tick-borne diseases

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) A new blood test called the Tick-Borne Disease Serochip (TBD Serochip) promises to revolutionize the diagnosis of tick-borne disease by offering a single test to identify and distinguish between Borrelia burgdorferi, the pathogen responsible for Lyme disease, and seven other tick-borne pathogens. Led by scientists at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, the research team report details on the new test in the journal Nature: Scientific Reports. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



TSRI scientists receive $15 million to study viral outbreak survivors

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Scripps Research Institute) 'Our goal is to help eradicate these diseases by building better diagnostics, designing new drugs and informing vaccine design,' says principal investigator Kristian Andersen, PhD. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



UCLA scientists receive $7.7 million grant to study HIV recurrence

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:07:06 +0100

The virus that causes AIDS is known to hide in certain rare cells. When people with HIV stop taking their medications, the virus can re-emerge and multiply, or “rebound,” from those hiding places. To better combat HIV, scientists have been working to understand how and why the virus re-emerges.“It’s the resurrection of virus that you couldn’t see in the body before,” said Jerome Zack, professor of medicine and chair of the UCLA department of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Zack, who is director of the  UCLA Center for AIDS Research, and colleagues recently received a grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases called “Defining Factors Controlling HIV Rebound.” The five-year, $7.7 mill...



ID Docs Best Poised to Lead Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs ID Docs Best Poised to Lead Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:13:49 +0100

The eclectic expertise of infectious disease specialists uniquely qualifies them to lead antimicrobial stewardship programs, according to a joint statement from several medical societies.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Flu Vax Efficacy 25% Against Predominant H3N2 Strain So Far (CME/CE)

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:35:02 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Vaccine still effective at preventing deaths, experts say (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)



CRISPR scissors, Cas12a, enable cutting-edge diagnostics

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:17:25 +0100

CRISPR research from the University of California might transform diagnostics. The scientists behind the new study are hopeful that it will speed up cancer and infectious disease diagnoses. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



DIY faecal transplants carry risks including HIV and hepatitis, warn experts

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:00:23 +0100

Faecal transplants have been used in medical settings to tackle superbugs, but following YouTube videos at home is too risky, say researchersConcerns have been raised about the growing trend for DIY faecal transplants, with experts fearing such attempts could put individuals at an increased risk of HIV and hepatitis as well as conditions ranging from Parkinson ’s and multiple sclerosis to obesity and sleep disorders.Thetransfer of faeces from one human to another has gained attention as a growing number of studies have suggested links between microbes in the gut anda host of health problems, from autoimmune diseases to anxiety.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)



Flu Vaccine Efficacy Low, Interim Estimates Show Flu Vaccine Efficacy Low, Interim Estimates Show

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:39:02 +0100

CDC advised everyone age 6 months or older to get vaccinated and urged early use of antivirals for very sick or high-risk patients who present with flu symptoms.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Flu Vaccine Just 25% Effective Against Dominant Strain This Year Flu Vaccine Just 25% Effective Against Dominant Strain This Year

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:39:02 +0100

CDC advised everyone age 6 months or older to get vaccinated and urged early use of antivirals for very sick or high-risk patients who present with flu symptoms.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)

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2016 Monitoring and Evaluation Report Comprehensive HIV Prevention Programs for Health Departments PS12-1201

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:45:00 +0100

An overview of progress on selected PS12-1201required and recommended program components in 61 CDC-funded health departments in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, 2016. (Source: CDC HIV/AIDS Prevention)



Namibia:Some HIV Patients Trash ARVs

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:10:07 +0100

[New Era] Windhoek -Some people living with HIV and AIDS are a hinderance to government efforts to contain the spread of the virus as they are apparently in the habit of throwing away their antiretroviral therapy tablets. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)



New Studies Target Gene Therapy Against AIDS

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +0100

Title: New Studies Target Gene Therapy Against AIDSCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/14/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/15/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet HIV General)



Nigeria:Polio, Lassa and Yellow Fever - Where Is the Political Will?

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:54:02 +0100

[Guardian] Since the conception of Nigeria as an independent country it has struggled with a number of deadly viruses and diseases. The most prominent and reoccurring have been polio, Lassa fever and yellow fever. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)



Probe speeds detection of deep lung infections in patients

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Edinburgh) A medical imaging technology under development has enabled doctors to see bacteria deep inside patients' lungs for the first time. Fast diagnosis would enable critically ill patients to be given the right medicine quickly and could avoid unnecessary use of antibiotics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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Infection outbreaks at hospitals could be reduced by copper-coated uniforms

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Manchester) Doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals could soon be wearing uniforms brushed with tiny copper nanoparticles to reduce the spread of bacterial infections and viruses, such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), at hospitals. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Biochemical networks mapped in midgut of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Colorado State University) Scientists have mapped for the first time the midgut metabolites of the Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that can transmit viruses that cause dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever to humans. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Immune system simulation shows need for multi-target treatments for sepsis

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(PLOS) Using a computational model of the human immune system, scientists have shown that efforts to combat sepsis might be more effective if they targeted multiple steps in the molecular processes that drive the illness. This finding is presented in PLOS Computational Biology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Antioxidant treatment prevents sexual transmission of Zika in mice

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(PLOS) The antioxidant drug ebselen can prevent sexual transmission of Zika virus from male to female mice, according to new research published in PLOS Pathogens by Yogy Simanjuntak and colleagues at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. The results hint at a potential role for ebselen in preventing Zika spread among humans. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Genetics makes Asians, Europeans susceptible to dengue shock syndrome

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(PLOS) As globalization and climate change spread tropical diseases around the globe, not all populations are equally susceptible to infection. Gene variants common in people of Asian and European ancestry, for instance, make them more prone than those of African origin to developing severe dengue shock syndrome, according to a new study in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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All Your MIPS Questions Answered — Sort Of

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 22:35:01 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Still in the works: Determining real-time eligibility (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)



Fewer Scientists Are Studying Insects. Here ’s Why That’s So Dangerous

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:30:26 +0100

In the summer of 2016, Jerome Goddard, a medical entomologist in Mississippi, received an email from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with a desperate ask. The agency was conducting an “urgent” search for insect scientists around the U.S. who could take up to a six-month paid leave from work to help the CDC fight the Zika outbreak in the U.S., and possibly respond to areas with local transmission if needed. “That’s how bad it is—they need to borrow someone,” says Goddard, an extension professor of medical entomology at Mississippi State University. “We can’t find people to investigate an outbreak.” Medical entomology—the study of insects and arthropods that impact human health—has been a shrinking f...



ID Break: Clean Hands, Fewer Abx; $11 Million HIV Cure?; MenB Vax for Kids

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:00:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the world of infectious diseases (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)



A Potentially Powerful New Antibiotic Is Discovered in Dirt

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:57:01 +0100

The world is facing an epidemic of infections that no longer respond well to the drugs used to treat them—also known as super bugs. In the United States, an estimated 2 million Americans are diagnosed each year with an infection that doesn’t respond to antibiotics, and 23,000 will die from those infections. But New York and New Jersey researchers published a new paper in the journal Nature Microbiology about their hopeful discovery: a potentially new class of antibiotic that they found in dirt. In the lab, the researchers used a method to extract, clone and sequence DNA from soil samples to see if there are genes that could produce molecules with antibiotic potential. Using their method to search through hundreds of soil samples, they discovered the new antibiotic class, called...



Could a Rare, Deadly ‘ Superbug ’ Fungus Be Gaining a Foothold? Could a Rare, Deadly ‘ Superbug ’ Fungus Be Gaining a Foothold?

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:16:02 +0100

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of confirmed cases of Candida auris in the U.S. has climbed from seven in 2016 to at least 200.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Tanzania:PM On Infectious Diseases...

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:49:49 +0100

[Daily News] THE government is optimistic that Tanzania could likely eradicate zoonotic diseases by 2020 if the National One Health Strategic Plan and One Health Coordination Desk are fully implemented Zoonotic diseases are highly infectious and can be transmitted either way between animals and humans. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Africa:Drug-Resistant TB - 'Some of Our Patients Simply Can't Wait for Clinical Trials'

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:08:23 +0100

[MSF] Drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) remains a major threat to global health: Of the ten million people who fell ill with TB in 2016 alone, over half a million are estimated to have resistance to the most effective drugs used to treat TB, rifampicin and isoniazid. For those with highly resistant strains of TB, very few treatment options exist. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)



Malawi:Malaria Still Remains Major Health Problem, Says Malawi Health Official

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:29:41 +0100

[Nyasa Times] Ministry of Health has said malaria still remains major public health problem in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)



National Partners' Response to the Opioid Epidemic and Infectious Diseases: Part 1- State Government Perspectives

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:08:18 +0100

February 22, 2018 3:00-4:30pm ET. More information can be foundhere. (Source: HSR Information Central)



National Partners' Response to the Opioid Epidemic and Infectious Diseases: Part 2-Health Policy Perspectives

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:05:32 +0100

March 8, 2018 3:00-4:30pm ET. More information can be foundhere. (Source: HSR Information Central)

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Shingrix: Is the Hype Justified? Shingrix: Is the Hype Justified?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:01:59 +0100

Dr Paul Offit compares Shingrix with Zostavax ® and lays out the recommendations for the new vaccine.Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



‘ Seoul Virus ’ Can Jump From Pet Rats to Owners ‘ Seoul Virus ’ Can Jump From Pet Rats to Owners

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:22:21 +0100

People with pet rats should practice safe rodent handling and good hand hygiene to avoid catching a virus that can jump from rats to humans, infectious disease experts warn.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)



Crystal Whitley on life support after two strains of flu  

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:16:02 +0100

Crystal Whitley, 35, of Mullin, Texas, is on life support after contracting two strains of the flu virus. She was diagnosed with sepsis, double pneumonia, and MRSA, (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Promising MSF Research Highlights Immense Benefits, Need for Expanded Use of DR-TB Drug Combination

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:02:32 +0100

Press releasePromising MSF Research Highlights Immense Benefits, Need for Expanded Use of DR-TB Drug CombinationFebruary 14, 2018NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 14, 2018—New research published today inThe Lancet Infectious Diseases journal by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides strong evidence that a combination of two new drugs fortuberculosis (TB) —the world’s leading infectious disease killer—could be used to treat drug-resistant (DR-TB) fo (Source: MSF News)



Bill and Melinda Gates: Trump ’s Proposed Cuts to Foreign Aid Will Lead to More Deaths

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:20:28 +0100

Bill and Melinda Gates used their 10th annual letter to answer tough questions about their work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — and to defend funding for health work and international aid, just a day after President Donald Trump’s budget proposed slashing resources to these areas. The Gates Foundation donates billions of dollars to health and humanitarian causes including vaccine delivery, child and maternal health as well as infectious disease prevention. “These efforts save lives,” Bill Gates wrote in the letter, which was published Tuesday. “They also create U.S. jobs. And they make Americans more secure by making poor countries more stable and stopping disease outbreaks before they become pandemics. The world is not a safer place when more peopl...



New antibiotic has literally been unearthed

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:57:28 +0100

Researchers from The Rockefeller University in New York found an antibiotic family, known as malacidins, can kill several 'superbugs' without causing any side effects in rats. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



In soil-dwelling bacteria, scientists find a new weapon to fight drug-resistant superbugs

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +0100

It ’s a new class of antibiotic that promises to live up to its rough Latin translation: killer of bad guys.In a reportpublished this week in the journal Nature Microbiology, researchers describe a never-before-seen antibiotic agent that vanquished several strains of multidrug-resistant bacteria.... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)



Tanzania:'Anti-HIV Adverts Should Be Removed From Zanzibar

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 08:38:06 +0100

[Daily News] CHAKECHAKE lawmaker, Mr Suleiman Sarahani Said has asked the government to abolish anti- HIV adverts from streets, saying it sends a wrong message to tourists and outside boarders. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)



NIH study will assess biomarker as indicator of viral lower respiratory tract infection

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) A new clinical trial sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, aims to determine whether low blood levels of the protein procalcitonin can reliably indicate whether a person's lower respiratory tract infection will improve with antibiotic treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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New antibiotic family discovered in dirt

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 03:51:05 +0100

The compounds are called malacidins and can kill several stubborn infections, including superbug MRSA. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Teacher, 35, on life support after catching the flu  

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:35:05 +0100

Crystal Whitley, 35, of Mullin, Texas, is on life support after contracting two strains of the flu virus. She was diagnosed with sepsis, double pneumonia, and MRSA, (Source: the Mail online | Health)



‘Seoul virus’ can jump from pet rats to owners

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:45:49 +0100

(Reuters Health) - - People with pet rats should practice safe rodent handling and good hand hygiene to avoid catching a virus that can jump from rats to humans, infectious disease experts warn. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Tanzania:Why Diabetic Patients Must Watch Out for Tuberculosis

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:46:34 +0100

[Citizen] Patients with diabetes are more likely to develop tuberculosis. This is called TB-DM co-morbidity. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)



Worst Flu Season Yet?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:35:02 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Three years ago was worse, CDC says (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)

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Measles vaccine increases child survival beyond protecting against measles

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Frontiers) Analysis of more than 38,000 children in Ghana shows that all-cause mortality is significantly lower in children who received the measles vaccine after the third diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) vaccination. The study adds to growing evidence that, when administered in the WHO recommended sequence, measles vaccination provides non-specific benefits to child survival. The findings have implications for achieving the Millennium Development Goal 4 of reducing child mortality. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Opioid use increases risk of serious infections

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Vanderbilt University Medical Center) Opioid users have a significantly increased risk of infections severe enough to require treatment at the hospital, such as pneumonia and meningitis, as compared to people who don't use opioids. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Oregon woman first human infected with eye worms once only seen in cattle

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Burness) North Americans may be more vulnerable than previously thought to irritating and potentially dangerous infections with two different types of tiny but tenacious eye worms, according to two studies published today in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



OHSU, CDC unravel mysterious eye infection

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Oregon Health& Science University) A 26-year-old Oregon woman was the first known case of a human being infected with the cattle eyeworm Thelazia gulosa, which normally affects large animals. She was likely infected while being around cows near her rural home, experts conclude in a paper published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Safety blunders expose lab staff to potentially lethal diseases in UK

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 03:01:31 +0100

Exclusive: breaches investigated involve dengue virus, anthrax and other deadly pathogensSafety breaches at UK labs that handle harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi have spread infections to staff and exposed others to potentially lethal diseases, the Guardian has learned.The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has investigated a series of mistakes over the past two years that led to scientists falling ill at specialist labs run by hospitals, private companies, and even Public Health England (PHE), the government agency which exists to protect and improve the nation ’s health and wellbeing.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

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CDC: One in Ten Deaths Were Flu-Related in Most Recent Data

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 20:35:02 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- This flu season is'on track to break some recent records'(Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)



This UV Lamp Could Prevent the Flu Virus From Spreading in Public Places

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 20:33:52 +0100

Researchers have developed an ultraviolet (UV) lamp that kills the influenza virus but isn’t harmful to human skin or eyes, according to a new study in Scientific Reports. They hope the technology can be commercialized and marketed to prevent the spread of seasonal flu in public places, such as schools, hospitals, and airports. “We’ve known for a century that UV light is extremely efficient at killing microbes, bacteria, and viruses,” says study leader David Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. For that reason, UV devices are often used for sterilization — for medical equipment in hospitals, for example, or drinking water for backcountry campers. But conventional germicidal lamps aren’t ...



Global Health: Promising Malaria Drug Has a Striking Drawback: Blue Urine

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 19:15:28 +0100

Methylene blue, a laboratory dye, safely kills parasites before mosquitoes can pass them on — but has a vivid side effect that patients dislike. (Source: NYT Health)



Pentax Medical recalls ED-3490TK duodenoscopes

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 19:07:20 +0100

Hoya‘s Pentax Medical is recalling its ED-3490TK duodenoscopes looking to replace parts of the scopes to prevent leakage of patient fluids into the device, according to an FDA release. The company is looking to replace the forceps elevator mechanism, o-ring seal and distal end covering to prevent leakage of fluids into the closed elevator channel and under the distal cap, according to the FDA release. The federal watchdog said it cleared updated design and labeling for the duodenoscope, and that it is closely monitoring the association between so called ‘superbug’ outbreaks and the use of reprocessed endoscopes. Pentax posted a letter it delivered to owners of the devices, instructing users to discard old copies of the operations manual and to replace them with a newly provided man...



Flu Season as Intense as 2009 Pandemic Flu Season as Intense as 2009 Pandemic

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 19:02:23 +0100

Ten more children have died of influenza, the CDC said in their weekly flu update; infections are still on the rise.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Africa:To Eliminate Malaria It's Vital We Vaccinate... Mosquitoes?

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 10:45:35 +0100

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] What if a vaccine could prevent mosquitoes getting malaria from humans? (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)



Gambia:Gambia's Award of Excellence in Malaria Control

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:02:18 +0100

[Foroyaa] Joy Phumaphi, Executive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance on Thursday 1st February 2018, in an interview with Foroyaa, said the African Leaders Malaria Alliance has given awards to six African countries including the Gambia for the sharp decline registered in malaria cases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)



Africa:Why Africa Needs to Start Focusing On the Neglected Issue of Mental Health

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 06:50:32 +0100

[The Conversation Africa] Mental health has historically been neglected on Africa's health and development policy agenda. Faced with many challenges, including intractable poverty, infectious diseases, maternal and child mortality, as well as conflict, African political leaders and international development agencies frequently overlook the importance of mental health. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Special UV light safely kills airborne flu virus, finds study

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Columbia University Medical Center) Overhead far-UVC light, a type of ultraviolet light that is harmless to humans, effectively killed airborne flu virus, found researchers at Columbia University. The lighting may offer a new weapon against the spread of flu virus in public spaces. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



NIH scientists adapt new brain disease test for Parkinson's, dementia with Lewy bodies

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) NIH scientists have modified a test for early diagnosis of prion diseases with the goal of improving early diagnosis of Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies. The NIAID-led group tested cerebral spinal fluid samples from people with Parkinson's disease; people with dementia with Lewy bodies; and controls, some of whom had Alzheimer's disease. The test correctly excluded all the controls and diagnosed both Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies with 93 percent accuracy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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Long-Term E-Cigarette Use Could Increase Pneumonia Risk (CME/CE)

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 22:35:02 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- In vitro, in vivo studies show increased pneumococcal airway adhesion (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)



Norovirus Outbreak Worsens at Olympics Though Athletes Unaffected Norovirus Outbreak Worsens at Olympics Though Athletes Unaffected

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 19:13:14 +0100

The number of people struck down by a virus causing vomiting and diarrhea at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics has more than doubled to 86, though athletes remain unaffected, the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Liberia:David Beckham Launches Malaria Must Die

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:46:22 +0100

[FrontPageAfrica] London -David Beckham Wednesday launched an ambitious new global malaria campaign, Malaria Must Die, So Millions Can Live calling upon leaders to "unite and fight" malaria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)



Therapy Duration and Follow-up Blood Cultures in Bacteremia Therapy Duration and Follow-up Blood Cultures in Bacteremia

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:42:19 +0100

Two recent studies can help streamline therapy of gram-negative bloodstream infections.Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)



Nigeria:Kano Releases N344M As Counterpart Funding for Polio Immunisation

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 06:31:29 +0100

[This Day] Kano -Kano state government has released the sum of N344, 671, 368 million as part counterpart funding in fulfillment of the tripartite agreement with Dangote Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the 2018 routine immunization against poliomyelitis. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)

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Human antibodies undermine parasite sex

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Radboud University Nijmegen) Some people develop an immune response following a malaria infection that stops them from infecting other mosquitos. The antibodies that these people produce are sucked up by the mosquito and destroy the malaria parasite in the mosquito's stomach. Researchers from Radboud university medical center discovered that 1 in 25 malaria patients prevent the disease from spreading in this way. They also unraveled the defense proteins responsible, and these could be used to make a vaccine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Blood test cuts time to diagnosis for common, deadly yeast infection, national trial shows

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) A new blood test seems to perform as well as, if not better than, traditional blood cultures at detecting candidemia, a type of fungal yeast infection that commonly strikes hospital patients. Quick detection of the infection has the potential to stop its spread and slow drug resistance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Ebola virus infects reproductive organs in monkeys

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Ebola virus can infect reproductive organs of male and female macaques, according to a new study, suggesting humans could be similarly infected. Prior studies have revealed sexual transmission of Ebola virus, and viral RNA persisting in semen following recovery. While little is known about viral persistence in female reproductive tissues, pregnant women with Ebola virus disease have a maternal death rate of more than 80 percent and a fetal death rate of nearly 100 percent. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Competing for blood: How ecologists are solving infectious disease mysteries

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Princeton University) By looking at malaria infections and hookworms as competitors battling over a key resource -- red blood cells -- Princeton ecologists Andrea Graham and Sarah Budischak were able to explain why co-infected patients often got sicker after being dewormed: without the hookworms to keep it in check, the malaria infection ran rampant. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Smart Thermometer improves flu forecasting

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Iowa Health Care) A new approach tested by researchers at the University of Iowa shows that de-identified data from a 'smart thermometer' connected to a mobile phone app can track flu activity in real time at both population and individual levels and the data can be used to significantly improve flu forecasting. The findings are published online Feb. 8 in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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At Least 33 Infected With HIV in India After'Quack'  Uses Tainted Syringe - Police At Least 33 Infected With HIV in India After'Quack'  Uses Tainted Syringe - Police

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 21:20:47 +0100

At least 33 people have tested positive for HIV in the northern Indian town of Bangarmau after an unqualified medical practitioner injected some of them with an infected syringe, a government official said.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)



Socially Active Older Women Benefit From Flu Vaccine Socially Active Older Women Benefit From Flu Vaccine

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 20:23:00 +0100

Flu shots may be especially important for older women who are socially active, a study from Japan suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Free app tracks infectious disease incidence down to the zip code

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:19:32 +0100

With influenza running rampant and several other infections waiting in the wings, some may be interested in knowing whether a specific disease is common in their community. With the recent release of the free Doctors Report Illness Tracker, the public has another resource where they can easily check how often doctors have reported a selection of 15 diseases within a specific US zip code. (Source: mobihealthnews)



Yellow Fever Cases in Brazil Raise Concern in Latin America Yellow Fever Cases in Brazil Raise Concern in Latin America

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 16:27:08 +0100

The outbreak of yellow fever in Brazil is a cause for concern in the region and in neighboring countries, such as Argentina.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



ID Break: Herpes Down in U.S.; $500 Billion Pandemics; Deadly Dengue Vax?

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 16:00:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the world of infectious diseases (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)

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New National License Agreement Provides Brazil with Unlimited Access to the Cochrane Library

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:09:25 +0100

John Wiley and Sons Inc. (NYSE:JW-A) (NYSE:JW-B), today announced a new license agreement with the country of Brazil that provides unlimited access to the Cochrane Library. From academics to clinicians to patients, the two-year agreement provides one-click access to 7,000 published systematic reviews in healthcare interventions to more than 207 million Brazilians.The access was possible due to the contract signed by the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES in Portuguese) and Wiley. CAPES offers a tool for accessing and sharing scientific information called the Portal de Peri ódicos—a virtual library where the Cochrane Library is available.Geraldo Nunes Sobrinho, Director of Programs and Scholarships for CAPES welcomed the move: “The national...



HIV and African Americans

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:16:00 +0100

This fact sheet provides information about HIV among African Americans. (Source: CDC HIV/AIDS Prevention)



HIV and African American Gay and Bisexual Men

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:15:00 +0100

This fact sheet provides information about HIV among African American gay and bisexual men. (Source: CDC HIV/AIDS Prevention)



Angola:Angola and Zambia Sign Memo Against Cholera and Malaria

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 13:20:26 +0100

[ANGOP] Luanda -A memorandum of collaboration in the health domain was signed last Monday, in Lusaka, between the Health Ministries of Angola and Zambia, represented by the incumbent ministers, respectively S ílvia Lutukuta and Chitalu Chilufya. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)



Rates of Herpes Simplex Virus Down in US Adults Rates of Herpes Simplex Virus Down in US Adults

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 12:08:07 +0100

New CDC data show that fewer Americans aged 14 to 49 years have herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 today than 15 years ago.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Africa:How the Placenta Can Shed Light On HIV Mothers and Their Babies

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 10:41:41 +0100

[The Conversation Africa] In many parts of the world, the human placenta (the after birth) is discarded once a baby is born and considered waste. The focus is on the child and the new mother. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)



Nigeria:Does Nigeria Have 23% of World's Malaria Cases, As an Insecticide Maker Claimed?

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 08:38:36 +0100

[Africa Check] In recent years, major insecticide brand Mortein is highly visible in anti-malaria campaigns in Nigeria. It often partners with state governments and agencies. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)



Long-term Effectiveness of the Live Zoster Vaccine Long-term Effectiveness of the Live Zoster Vaccine

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:14:59 +0100

A live attenuated zoster vaccine for the prevention of shingles has been licensed for older adults in the US since 2006. How effective has it been over the long-term, and does efficacy differ by age?American Journal of Epidemiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Smallpox vaccine study yields favorable results

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases) Officials from Bavarian Nordic yesterday announced the results of a successful Phase 3 clinical trial led by USAMRIID that demonstrated the safety and efficacy of the company's investigational, non-replicating smallpox vaccine, IMVAMUNE ® . The product is being developed as an alternative to the current U.S. licensed replicating smallpox vaccine, ACAM2000 ® , which cannot be used by certain populations, including people with atopic dermatitis and HIV. It is already approved in Canada and the European Union. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Study identifies how to improve WHO eradication strategy for skin disease

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Walter and Eliza Hall Institute) An international research collaboration published in The Lancet has found crucial evidence that could help to improve the current World Health Organization (WHO) strategy to eradicate yaws -- a chronic disfiguring and debilitating infectious disease affecting the skin, bones and joints. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Dear Colleague: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 03:30:23 +0100

February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Read more about HIV among African Americans and what CDC and its partners are doing. (Source: CDC HIV/AIDS Prevention)



Snooping around in hospital pipes, scientists find DNA that fuels the spread of superbugs

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 01:10:00 +0100

The pipes carrying away the effluvia of very sick people are bound to be nasty, dirty places.But just how unwholesome they are is made clear in anew report showing that the pipes beneath a hospital intensive care unit are a throbbing, seething hookup zone for antibiotic-resistant bacteria.Even... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)



A Hidden Source of 'Superbugs' in Hospitals?

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 18:15:12 +0100

U.S. National Institutes of Health researchers collected samples from pipes beneath a hospital's intensive care unit and from manholes covering sewers draining hospital wastewater. (Source: WebMD Health)

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A Norovirus Outbreak Hit the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Here ’s What You Need to Know

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 17:18:53 +0100

Norovirus has hit the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, just days before the 2018 Games begin. Dozens of security guards have been infected, and hundreds more are being checked for signs of the contagious virus. Here’s what you need to know about norovirus and the Winter Olympics: How many people have norovrius at the PyeongChang Olympics? Thirty-two security guards who are part of a private security group at the PyeongChang Olympics are infected with the norovirus as of Tuesday, according to the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (POCOG). Lab tests confirmed the infections and all are currently under quarantine. More than 1,000 people living in the same youth center facility in Jinbu, part of PyeongChang County, are being investigated for signs of the virus. Eleven o...



New National License Agreement Provides Brazil with Unlimited Access to the Cochrane Library

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 14:09:17 +0100

John Wiley and Sons Inc. today announced a new license agreement with the country of Brazil that provides unlimited access to the Cochrane Library. From academics to clinicians to patients, the two-year agreement provides one-click access to 7,000 published systematic reviews in healthcare interventions to more than 207 million Brazilians. The access was possible due to the contract signed by the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES in Portuguese) and Wiley. CAPES offers a tool for accessing and sharing scientific information called the Portal de Periódicos—a virtual library where the Cochrane Library is available. Geraldo Nunes Sobrinho, Director of Programs and Scholarships for CAPES welcomed the move: “The national license in Brazil wi...



Big Pharma is polluting the environment as well as your health: Pharma factories leak waste, worsening the superbug problem

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 13:00:06 +0100

(Natural News) Big Pharma’s many wrongdoings are well-documented, but most of us focus on the damage they’ve caused to human health. Unfortunately, a new report shows that the environment is also suffering because of their practices – and it’s setting a chain of events in motion that could undo all of the medical progress made... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Wastewater Systems A Hidden Source of'Superbugs' in Hospitals?

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 12:02:24 +0100

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 -- Hospital wastewater systems may play a role in antibiotic resistance, a new study suggests. U.S. National Institutes of Health researchers collected samples from pipes beneath a hospital's intensive care unit and from... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Ethiopia:HIV Prevalence Declines Substantially

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 11:51:50 +0100

[Addis Fortune] The prevalence of HIV AIDS has declined both for women and men in Ethiopia, according to the latest report by the 2016 Ethiopia Demographic& Health Survey (EDHS), launched by the Central Statistics Agency (CSA). (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)

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Africa:'Panty Condom' Hits Ugandan Market

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 10:41:59 +0100

[Independent (Kampala)] Experts say it is more pleasurable and puts power in the hands of women (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)



Workbench for virus design

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(ETH Zurich) ETH's Zurich researchers have developed a technology platform that allows them to systematically modify and customise bacteriophages. This technology is a step towards making phage therapies a powerful tool for combating dangerous pathogens. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)