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HPV Vaccine Completion Rates in Pediatric Patients Need Improvement
At IDWeek 2016, Mark Murphy, DO, Advocate Children's discussed his team's quality improvement project to improve the HPV vaccine completion rates in pediatric patients, which is an "ongoing national issue".
In a sign of the growing global problem of drug resistance, researchers from Ohio reported a steady increase in the percentages of cases of gonorrhea that did not respond to the usual antibiotics.
Jason Roberts, The University of Queensland, Australia, has observed "suboptimal outcomes" in patients whereby they end up failing treatments or even need relatively long courses of treatment, which he attributes to the idea that healthcare professionals aren't using the right doses of antibiotics.
Amesh Adalja, MD, UPMC Center for National Security and his colleagues study recent outbreaks and work on how to better prepare the country for outbreaks like this in the future.
In hospital settings, caregivers’ clothing can harbor dangerous microbes, a study of nurses’ scrubs worn in the intensive care unit has found.
“We have reached a decisive moment for the nation,” said Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH, director of the CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.
Although DAAs achieve sustained virologic response rates above 90%, they are expensive in both Canada and the US. A recent Canadian study examined the limitations hepatitis C patients there face in receiving reimbursement for their treatment.
Could the interaction of Zika virus with similar flaviviruses like Dengue and Chikungunya be the reason why Zika virus has turned so virulent after decades of being a minor illness?
An interesting discovery about some Irish women exposed to the hepatitis C virus in the late 1970s has led scientists to study the possible existence of a super immune gene.

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