February 5th 2024
Reported cases of chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea in the US surpassed 2.5 million for the third time in 5 years, according to CDC.
January 30th 2024
Measles cases are reported in 6 states, which is not a surprise to one pediatrician who points to the ongoing consequences of falling vaccination rates.
December 20th 2023
Infections with the JN.1 Omicron descendent have doubled since mid-November and now comprise 1 in 5 cases of COVID-19 in the US.
December 19th 2023
Vaccination against all 3 cocirculating viruses are lower than this time last year and hospitalizations are up across age groups, according to a CDC Health Advisory.
October 27th 2023
The 100 mg dose prefilled syringes are in particularly short supply and while the
shortage of the 50 mg dose is not as severe, supply will be limited this season.
COVID-19 Monovalent Vaccines: An ACIP Recommendations Quiz
A 2-question quiz on the ACIP's recommendations on the new COVID-19 monovalent vaccines that provide protection from currently circulating strains.
ACIP Recommends Maternal RSV Vaccine to Protect Newborns
Members of the ACIP voted on Friday to recommend Pfizer’s maternal bivalent RSVpreF vaccine to protect newborns from severe RSV illness.
CDC Updates HCV Screening Guidelines to Increase Linkage to Care
The CDC update recommends ending screening strategies that require multiple clinic visits for sample collection, favoring 1 visit and automatic HCV RNA testing.
CDC Endorses GSK, Pfizer RSV Vaccines for Older Adults
The 2 new vaccines are authorized for adults aged 60 years and older and with CDC Director Walensky's final nod, should be available this fall.
CDC: Drug Overdose Death Rates Involving Fentanyl Rose 279% between 2016 and 2021
Overdose deaths involving heroin and oxycodone decreased during this time, according to new report.
RSV Circulation Approximating Prepandemic Seasonality, Suggest New CDC Data
Onset of the 2022-2023 RSV season and its end were closer to historical patterns but atypical circulation may continue, say researchers writing in MMWR.
Candida auris: US Case Count Rising Rapidly
Drug-resistant cases of Candida auris continue to spread across the US after an alarming 95% rise in cases of the fungal infection in 2021.
Changes to the ACIP 2023 Adult Immunization Schedule
Get a quick topline look at specific revisions and additions included in the ACIP's recommendations for routine immunization of those aged ≥19 years in the US.
CDC Releases First Estimates of Bivalent mRNA COVID-19 Booster Effectiveness against XBB/XBB.1.5
Preliminary estimates showed relative bivalent booster dose vaccine effectiveness against XBB/XBB.1.5 for at least the first 3 months after vaccination.
2022 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids: A 10-question Quiz
Get up-to-date on the newest guidance for clinicians managing acute, subacute, and chronic pain in adults with this quick quiz.
ACIP 2023 Vaccination Schedule Update, At-a-Glance
Among the CDC vaccine advisory group's recommendations are adding COVID-19 vaccines to the Vaccine for Children program and allowing PCV20 shots for those who previously received PCV13.
CDC Real-world Studies Show Bivalent Boosters Protect Against Severe COVID-19 Disease
One study showed the boosters provide significant protection against hospitalization and ED care and the other found vaccine effectiveness of 84% in older adults.
Daily Dose: Statin Prescribing in Primary Care
Your daily dose of clinical news you may have missed.
Influenza Update: Hospital Admissions Double During post-Thanksgiving Week
The inpatient flu census doubled after Thanksgiving travel and gatherings and ICU beds are full. More at-a-glance stats on Flu in the USA, here.
Tripledemic Virus Spread Could Jeopardize Holiday Season 2022, says CDC Director Walensky
Flu rates are up after the Thanksgiving holiday week, COVID-19 hospitalizations are increasing, and RSV may or may not be on the wane as Christmas approaches.
Opioids for Pain Management: Guideline Topline for Primary Care
A guideline topline of the CDC's 2022 clinical guidance for prescribing opioids for pain in adults.
CDC Releases Updated, Expanded Clinical Guidance on Prescribing Opioids for Pain
The 2022 guidance covers acute, subacute, and chronic pain and replaces the 2016 guidelines.
COVID-19 Bivalent Booster Shot Q&A for Clinicians
Get answers to 7 questions you may have regarding bivalent booster dose vaccination for patients from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
William Schaffner, MD: "If It's Not Flu and It's Not COVID, It's Probably RSV"
Respiratory virus season is top of mind for Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, and he says it's going to be a challenge.
CDC Director Announces Broad Agency Restructuring Following External Review
The CDC's COVID-19 pandemic response was cited as a key factor driving plans to increase the agency's responsiveness and accountability.
New CDC COVID-19 Guidelines Reduce Quarantine Requirement after Exposure
After exposure to COVID-19, asymptomatic individuals in low-risk settings no longer need to quarantine, says the CDC; masking is still recommended.
Less Than One-third of Adults with HCV Get Timely Treatment, According to New CDC Report
Timely initiation of DAA treatment, regardless of insurance type, is crucial in reducing HCV-related death, disparity, and transmission, concluded CDC researchers.
Impact of HPV Vaccination in US is Rising, and Herd Immunity is Getting Stronger, According to New Research
Investigators from CDC warned, however, that HPV vaccinations missed due to the COVID-19 pandemic could stymie this progress.
COVID-19 Updates: US Vaccinations, Booster Doses, & Global Data as of July 22, 2022
Data from the CDC on boosters and US vaccination rates and from the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 interactive map on cases and deaths in the US and worldwide.
US Drug Overdose Deaths 2019-2020: 5 Findings on Striking Health Disparities
Drug overdose deaths increased approximately 30% between 2019 and 2020, likely driven by fentanyl and COVID-19 pandemic, according to new CDC report.
COVID-19 Updates: US Vaccinations, Booster Doses, & Global Data as of July 20, 2022
Monkeypox Treatments May be Close at Hand
There are no specific drugs to treat the monkeypox virus but research into existing antivirals is well under way to determine their potential efficacy.
COVID-19 Updates: US Vaccinations, Booster Doses, & Global Data as of July 19, 2022
COVID-19 Updates: US Vaccinations, Booster Doses, & Global Data as of July 18, 2022
Nonopioid Prescriptions for Pain Increased After 2016 CDC Guidelines Set Limits on Narcotics
A new study describes growth in prescribing of over-the-counter analgesics and other nonopioid treatments for chronic pain in the 3 years following the CDC guideline.
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