Infectious Disease

What We’re Reading: CDC Recommends Booster; Vaccine Skepticism Declining; STI Screening Recommendations Updated

September 24th 2021, 2:15pm


The CDC says yes to COVID-19 booster shots; a new survey shows vaccine hesitancy and skepticism are falling; the US Preventive Services Task Force updates screening suggestions for 2 sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

New Study Questions Classification of “Severe” CDI in Elderly Patients

September 23rd 2021, 5:00pm


Advanced dementia and serum albumin levels were better predictors of poor outcomes, the investigators said, among older patients with Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI).

Study: Antibiotic Stewardship Programs Do Not Worsen Outcomes in Elderly Patients

September 19th 2021, 2:45pm


A new report shows patient readmissions and mortality dropped among patients aged 65 and older following the institution of an antibiotic stewardship program.

Dr Colleen R. Kelly on the Lack of Evidence to Support Probiotics for C difficile 

September 18th 2021, 8:30pm


Clinicians are finding that there really is no basis to recommend probiotics for patients with Clostridioides difficile infection, that instead they may cause harm, said Colleen R. Kelly, MD, FACG, gastroenterologist and associate professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

FDA Committee Votes Against COVID-19 Vaccine Booster for General Population

September 17th 2021, 8:35pm


The advisory committee voted against COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for individuals 16 years and older, but unanimously voted for booster shots for people 65 years and older or who are at high risk of severe COVID-19.

What We’re Reading: Billions Spent on Preventable COVID-19 Hospitalizations; US Seeks to Bar Texas Abortion Law; States Limit Public Health Officials

September 15th 2021, 3:59pm


COVID-19 hospitalizations among the unvaccinated cost billions between June and August; the Department of Justice called for a temporary block on the Texas abortion law; legislators limited the power of public health officials in at least 26 states, a report shows.

US to Require Most Firms to Mandate Vaccination Against COVID-19

September 9th 2021, 8:03pm


The Department of Labor rules will affect employers with 100 or more workers.

CDC Data Chart Rises in Health Care–Associated Infections Throughout 2020

September 3rd 2021, 6:45pm


New CDC data show an increase in some health care–associated infections during COVID-19.

Race, Ethnicity, and Education Factor Into HPV Diagnosis Gap, Study Suggests

September 1st 2021, 9:45pm


The findings of this study suggest possible poor communication about human papillomavirus infection (HPV), the authors said, since they do not align with epidemiologic evidence.

High-Touch Surfaces, Objects Drive C difficile Transmission, Even With Regular Cleaning, Study Says

August 19th 2021, 9:26pm


A new mathematical model highlights the challenges of preventing Clostridioides difficile transmission in the hospital.