Tag Archives: MMWR

COVID-19: What happened here? CDC says four factors fueled unchecked spread . . .

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But agency notes continued testing, knowledge gaps . . . In late February, the United States was home to just 53 people who had been diagnosed with COVID-19. That month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had separated categories of COVID-19 case counts in a way the agency hoped would accurately reflect risks […]

COVID-19: Among patients hospitalized with coronavirus, a quarter of patients did not fit recognized high-risk categories

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With comparable outcomes, patients who were black made more than 80% of those hospitalized, disproportionate to numbers hospitalized overall One in four patients hospitalized because of COVID-19 did not fall into any of the categories recognized as putting people at higher risk for more severe illness, according to data on 305 patients admitted to eight […]

COVID-19: As awareness of coronavirus grew, exposure to cleaners and disinfectants marked rising calls to poison control centers

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A preschooler with a blood alcohol level more than three times the level most states consider too drunk to drive had fallen and hit her head when she was taken to the hospital. On the way there, she vomited and on arrival was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit. A 64-ounce bottle of ethanol-based […]

U.S. drug costs lead to lapsed treatment adherence, less viral suppression, more ER, hospital visits for people with HIV, study finds

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From 2016 to 2017, 14% of people living with HIV in the United States did something to save money on the out-of-pocket costs of their prescription medicine. Some asked their provider for a lower-priced medicine. Some bought their medicine from another country. Some used an alternative therapy. About half of them — 7 % of […]

CDC: Across 20 PEPFAR countries, index testing for HIV doubled diagnosis rates

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Tracing and offering HIV tests to exposed partners and children of people living with the virus led to twice the rate of positive tests than all other HIV testing interventions combined across 20 countries between 2016 to 2018, according to an analysis in the current Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the U.S. Centers for […]

Men lagging behind women on HIV treatment rolls, viral load monitoring gets scaled up . . . we’re reading about catching up to get ahead in a World AIDS Day MMWR, and more

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Lower levels of antiretroviral therapy enrollment among men with HIV compared with women — The latest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report includes this examination of  765,087 HIV treatment records from 12 countries, between 2002-2013, in what it says is the most comprehensive look  yet at disparity between the numbers […]

TB Week: What We’re Reading is all about tuberculosis — the impact on children, a manifesto, upcoming films, trends in the US and more . . .

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We can heal: The title of this story compilation from 30 children grappling with tuberculosis in 30 countries, are the words of a girl in Colombia, who recovered from the disease but lost much of her hearing to the treatment. The stories and photos of children losing their health, youth, and lives to a preventable […]

CDC issues interim guidelines on preexposure antiretroviral use for heterosexual adults

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released guidelines for clinicians prescribing antiretroviral medicine to prevent acquisition of HIV in heterosexual men and women, saying daily doses of Truvada can be safe and effective in reducing risk of infection. The guidelines, released in the agency’s August 10 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, emphasize that […]