Infectious Diseases

Ledipasvir-Sofosbuvir OK for Transplant Recipients With Hepatitis C

Ledipasvir-Sofosbuvir OK for Transplant Recipients With Hepatitis C

The researchers found that all patients treated for 12 and 24 weeks achieved sustained virologic response at 12 weeks after therapy ended.

Zika Virus Found in Spermatoza

Zika Virus Found in Spermatoza

Investigators examined semen samples under a microscope and found Zika present in spermatoza as well.

Ebola Virus Can Stay in Semen for a Year or More

Ebola Virus Can Stay in Semen for a Year or More

And virus is more likely to be found in male survivors older than 40, researchers report

Flu Vaccine May Reduce Hospitalizations, Deaths in Type 2 Diabetes

Flu Vaccine May Reduce Hospitalizations, Deaths in Type 2 Diabetes

Significantly lower rates of admission for stroke, heart failure, pneumonia/influenza, all-cause-death.

Any Sex Partner Can Transmit Zika, CDC Says

Any Sex Partner Can Transmit Zika, CDC Says

While mosquitoes are by far the most common form of transmission, cases of sexual transmission can occur.

Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea Increasing

Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea Increasing

CDC statistics for 2013 to 2014 show troubling increase in resistant strains.

Zika Infection Linked to Meningoencephalitis

Zika Infection Linked to Meningoencephalitis

The link was discovered after an elderly cruise ship patient fell ill with the Zika virus.

Zika Virus Can Be Sexually Transmitted

Zika Virus Can Be Sexually Transmitted

Men returning from a Zika-infected area should abstain from sex or use a condom.

Risk Factors for HD Patient Hospitalization for Infections Identified

Risk Factors for HD Patient Hospitalization for Infections Identified

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These factors include lower serum albumin levels and vascular access other than an arteriovenous fistula at dialysis initiation.

Hepatitis, CMV More Common in Commercial Transplants

Hepatitis, CMV More Common in Commercial Transplants

Overall one- and ten-year survival rates of the transplanted organs in commercial recipients compared with controls were 91% and 22% vs. 98% and 44%.

Ebola Virus Can Remain in Semen of Survivors

Ebola Virus Can Remain in Semen of Survivors

Two studies describe sexual transmission from survivor, persistence of Ebola virus RNA in semen.

Culture-Directed Prophylaxis Cuts Post-Cystectomy Infection Rates

Culture-Directed Prophylaxis Cuts Post-Cystectomy Infection Rates

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Researchers report a significant drop in 30-day post-operative infection rate.

Diabetes Patients Not Following Vaccine Guidelines

Diabetes Patients Not Following Vaccine Guidelines

Ubiquitous nonadherence to 2011 Advisory Committee's hepatitis B recommendation.

<i>B. cenocepacia</i> Abundant in Men with Chronic Pelvic Pain

B. cenocepacia Abundant in Men with Chronic Pelvic Pain

Species and genus composition differ for men with urologic chronic pelvic pain syndrome, controls.

Diabetes Patients Have Higher Mortality from Infections

Diabetes Patients Have Higher Mortality from Infections

Risk up for various infections; increased risk seems greater for type 1 than type 2 diabetes.

BCG Vaccine Phase II Trial Approved for Type 1 Diabetes

BCG Vaccine Phase II Trial Approved for Type 1 Diabetes

Researchers will look at effects of the Bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccine in people with longstanding type 1 diabetes.

Infections Hike Cardiovascular Event Risk in Kidney Disease Patients

Infections Hike Cardiovascular Event Risk in Kidney Disease Patients

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The magnitude of the increased risk was similar to that of having a previous cardiovascular event.

Whatever Happened to the AIDS Crisis?

Whatever Happened to the AIDS Crisis?

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Chronic diseases such as end-stage renal disease (ESRD) have now surpassed opportunistic infections as the leading cause of death among HIV-infected patients.

Kidney Transplantation More Successful in HIV Than Hepatitis C

Kidney Transplantation More Successful in HIV Than Hepatitis C

Refuting common wisdom, research shows that HIV patients fared better than those with hepatitis C.

Never Share Diabetes Pens, FDA Warns

Never Share Diabetes Pens, FDA Warns

Even if the needle is changed, diabetes pens may harbor traces of blood on other parts.

Extranasal S. aureus Common In Maintenance HD Patients

Extranasal S. aureus Common In Maintenance HD Patients

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Extranasal Staphylococcus aureus is a common cause of healthcare-associated infections in hemodialysis patients.

Vancomycin May Cause Kidney Damage in Children

Vancomycin May Cause Kidney Damage in Children

The higher the dose of vancomycin, the greater the risk, researchers found.

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