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Friday, November 21, 2014
By Gale Scott
In the first test of an Ebola virus vaccine in the US, the University of Maryland announced it will soon start human trial.
Friday, November 21, 2014
The effects of trials to improve medication adherence are inconsistent, with few studies of the highest quality demonstrating improvement in both adherence and clinical outcome, according to a review published online Nov. 20 in The Cochrane Library.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Bacteria that are known to cause soft tissue and skin infections have been found in association with hidradenitis suppurativa lesions, according to a study published in the December issue of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Friday, November 21, 2014
By Catherine Kolonko
The maker of Sovriad (simeprevir) has revised the drug's package insert labeling on the order of Japanese health officials following the deaths of three people who took the hepatitis C drug.
Friday, November 21, 2014
By Catherine Kolonko
Patients with cirrhosis who took part in a study that tested a triple combination drug for hepatitis C with ribavirin saw normalization of key laboratory tests after three and six month treatment periods, an indication of improved liver condition.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
A three-month course of levofloxacin does not prevent BK viral reactivation in the urine (BK viruria) in kidney transplant recipients, according to a study published online Nov. 15 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The research was published to coincide with the American Society of Nephrology's Kidney Week 2014, held from Nov. 11 to 16 in Philadelphia.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
By Richard Robinson
Study results show that antibiotic use in childhood more than doubles the risk of developing juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
A new drug regimen produced high sustained virologic response rates in a small group of liver transplant patients with recurrent hepatitis C virus genotype 1 infection. The report was published online Nov. 12 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Monday, November 17, 2014
By Catherine Kolonko
Researchers have found that maintenance treatment with methadone or buprenorphine may help prevent hepatitis C infection among injection drug users, a population with the highest risk of infection of the virus.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Aggressive fluid and electrolyte replacement successfully improved the condition of two patients with Ebola virus disease, according to case reports published online Nov. 12 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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