Healthcare practitioners are split when it comes to opinions on which provider should take the lead in prescribing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which is administered to people at high risk for HIV.
Infectious Diseases & Conditions
Transplanting human donor fecal microbiota into the colon of a patient infected with Clostridiodes difficile (C. diff) may be the best treatment for those not helped by C. diff targeted antibiotics, according to an article in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is considered to be responsible for a new viral epidemic and an emergent threat to global health security.
Researchers Verify New Method of HIV Transmission Among Injection Drug Users and Effective Prevention Technique
New studies from Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University have found for the first time that HIV can be transmitted through the sharing of equipment used to prepare drugs before injection and that a simple intervention -- heating the equipment with a cigarette lighter for 10 second
Acute hepatitis C infections rose 98 percent between 2010 and 2015 nationwide, largely because more people were injecting drugs.
As of April 24, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting 695 cases of measles from 22 states. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the United States since measles was eliminated from this country in 2000.
Following a decline in notification rates in 2016, the number of gonorrhoea cases has gone up by 17 percent across the reporting EU/EEA countries with more than 89,000 confirmed diagnoses in 2017 -- more than 240 cases a day.
New Mexico State University researchers collaborating with the New Mexico Department of Health recently published a paper that shows there is widespread resistance to insecticides in one type of mosquito found in southern New Mexico – Aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito.
Healthy donor feces is a life-saving therapy, and the treatment provides huge cost savings -- fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) saves at least $1.2 million each time 50 patients are treated for Clostridium difficile at a public hospital.
In 2000, measles was declared to be eliminated in the United States, when no sustained transmission of the virus was seen in this country for more than 12 months.