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Contagion Editorial Staff

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RSV Roundtable: Disease Education, Vaccine Hesitancy, and Awareness

In the second installment of the RSV Roundtable, our panel explains how they are educating patients and parents when it comes to RSV, vaccines and preventive measures, and limited treatment availability.


Robert C. Bransfield, MD, DLFAPA

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Can Infectious Disease Physicians Help Prevent Violence?

About 1.6 million individuals die from violence each year on a global scale—do infectious disease physicians have a role in preventing it?


David S. Fedson

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A "Bottom Up" Treatment for Ebola That Could Have Been Used in West Africa

As sporadic cases of Ebola continue to arise in West Africa, a controversial approach could be utilized to increase survival rates in those who are infected.


Stephanie E. Giancola, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP*

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Treating Outpatient Cystitis in the Era of Antimicrobial Resistance

What can clinicians do now that increasing resistance has limited oral treatment options for outpatient cystitis?


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Nicolette Theriault, MPH

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Examining Real-World Evidence for Oritavancin Use in Gram-Positive Infections

The challenges of making formulary and clinical decisions based on regulatory studies are significant and the need for real-world clinical experience is increasingly important.


RACHEL MURDOCK, PHARMD

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Treating Hepatitis C Virus and HIV Coinfections in Intravenous Drug Users

Unique considerations are called for when caring for intravenous drug users with newly diagnosed HIV/HCV coinfections.


Betty Vu, PharmD

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The Time for Antifungal Stewardship Programs Is Now

The growing threat of resistance and substantial costs for treating these infections accentuates the need for programs focused on appropriate treatment.


PAUL FEUERSTADT, MD, FACG, AGAF

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Changes in Recommendations for Diagnosis, Disease Severity, and Treatment of C difficile Infection in the 2017 Update to the IDSA/SHEA Clinical Practice Guidelines

The updated guidelines recommend targeting those with active infection and avoiding treatment of “carriers” of C difficile who are colonized but not symptomatic.


JOHN WOYTANOWSKI, MD

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An Unexpected Meningitis Culprit

A team of physicians yields surprising findings in an elderly patient in shock with seizures.


Joni Meehan, BS

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The Importance of Maintaining Antibiotic Breakpoints

Laboratories that use revised carbapenem breakpoints detect significantly more carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae than laboratories that use historical ones.


Jackie Syrop

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Benefits of Azithromycin Outweigh Risks in Elderly Hospitalized with Pneumonia

Among patients aged 65 years or older who are hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia, azithromycin lowers the risk of 90-day mortality in exchange for slightly increased odds of myocardial infarction compared to other antibiotic regimens.



MICHAEL CRAIG, MPP

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Five Ways ID Clinicians Can Take On Antibiotic Resistance: Highlights From the CDC's Latest Report

A death from an antibiotic-resistant infection occurs about every 15 minutes in the United States. The CDC’s 2019 threat report dives into national infection estimates and actions we can take to combat this threat.


George Citroner

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About Half of Millennials Are Not Getting Tested For HIV

A recent CDC report finds those between 15 and 44 years of age are significantly more likely to have never been tested for HIV.


Ron Chappuis

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Accurate Data Is Key in Raising Hand Hygiene Compliance and Improving Patient Safety

The Joint Commission considers hand hygiene the most important intervention for preventing healthcare-associated infections, which are responsible for 75,000 deaths annually.



KARAM MOUNZER, MD

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Addressing Weight Gain That Follows Life-Saving Antiretroviral Therapy

Clinicians must identify when additional pounds cross the line of diminishing return.


Audrey M. Stevenson PhD, MPH, FNP-BC

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Taking Action to Address Critical Gaps in Teen Immunization

According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, millions of Americans aged 13-17 are under-vaccinated against serious infectious diseases.


CHRISTOPHER B. HURT, MD

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The State of PrEP in 2017: Recent Data and Current Challenges

Although a once-daily pill to prevent HIV exists, US populations at highest risk have the lowest rates of usage.


Mai-Chi N. Tran, PharmD, BCPS

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Investigational Treatments for Clostridioides difficile Infection

The high recurrence rates of Clostridioides difficile infection highlight the need for novel agents with unique mechanisms of action for treating the infection.


Davy James

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Pharmacists Essential to Combatting Vaccine-Preventable Disease

Pharmacists have the opportunity to take a lead role in providing education on the importance of vaccines in protecting people from preventable illnesses, according to a session which took place at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) 54th Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition.


Contagion®Editorial Staff

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Top 5 Contagion&reg News Articles for the Week of June 25, 2017

Measles in Ontario, more endoscope-related infections, a study of postnatal Zika infections, research and development on a river blindness vaccine, and using CRISPR to tackle Zika are the articles that make up this week’s Top 5.


KRISTEN L. BUNNELL, PHARMD, BCCCP

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5 Emerging Infections to Watch Out For in 2018

These pathogens can cause unique challenges for clinicians.


Elias K. Manavathu, PhD

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Medical Importance of Microbial Biofilms in the Management of Infectious Diseases

Biofilms are an emerging clinical problem despite the fact that most clinicians don’t even think of biofilms when managing infections.


W. David Hardy, MD

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HIV Treatment Advice for Community Physicians

Experts provide community physicians treating HIV with practical advice for screening, diagnosing, and managing patients with HIV.


Kenneth Bender, PharmD, MA

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Carbapenem Use in US Hospitals Diverges from Current Guidance

Spare use of carbapenem-sparing regimens reflects practice lagging behind guidance, among the challenges in implementing antimicrobial stewardship.


Ian Frank, MD

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HIV Treatment Advice for Community Physicians

Experts provide community physicians treating HIV with practical advice for screening, diagnosing, and managing patients with HIV.


Cornelius J. Clancy, MD

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Bringing Culture-Independent Diagnostic Tests for Bloodstream Infections Into Rational Patient Management

These tests have the potential to transform patient care and antimicrobial stewardship, but they have not gained widespread acceptance, partly because of uncertainty over how to use them clinically.


Danielle Mroz, MA

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SVR Possible in PWID Infected With Hepatitis C Virus Despite Imperfect Adherence to Treatment

People who inject drugs who are infected with hepatitis C virus can achieve sustained viral response, despite imperfect adherence, according to the results of a new trial.

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