May 2015

FDA Warns of Serious Slowing of Heart Rate with Hepatitis C Drugs and Amiodarone

May 30, 2015

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The FDA approved label warning changes for two Gilead Sciences hepatitis C drugs after one person died and nine others had serious reactions when the drugs were coadministered with amiodarone, a drug used to treat irregular heartbeat.

Reactivation of Hepatitis B Associated With Immunosuppressive Medications

May 30, 2015

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In patients with chronic HBV, the immune system may have very low levels of the virus. When reactivation occurs due to immunosuppression, these viruses begin to replicate again. Common symptoms of this event include inflammation of the liver and elevations of liver enzyme levels in the blood. In some cases, bilirubin levels may rise in response to reactivation of infection.

Households Are Long-Term Reservoirs for MRSA Strain

May 30, 2015

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American researchers suggest that households can serve as long-term reservoirs for USA300, a virulent and easily transmissible strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococus aureus (MRSA) and the predominant community-associated MRSA clone in the United States.

Survey Finds US Hospitals Falling Short on Preventing C. Difficile Infection

May 30, 2015

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A survey of 571 US hospitals regarding practices used to prevent Clostridium difficile infection indicates that nearly half of the facilities appear to not be taking steps to prevent the infection that kills nearly 30,000 people and sickens hundreds of thousands more each year, despite strong evidence that these steps work.

Ebola Present in Eyes Even After Blood Test Clears Patient

May 28, 2015

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Research has shown that Ebola virus disease (EVD) not only has the power to survive on plastic surfaces and spread through sexual transmission, the disease has also proven to last in another place.