Infectious Disease

What We’re Reading: Travel to England Eased for Vaccinated; ICU Visitors Valued; COBRA Subsidy to End

July 28th 2021, 3:54pm

Article

Americans traveling to England will no longer need to quarantine; lack of ICU visits during COVID-19 pandemic affected patient health; sign-up window for COBRA subsidy to close.

Medical Groups Call for Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations for Health Care Staff

July 26th 2021, 4:35pm

Article

With nearly all parts of the country seeing a steady increase in COVID-19 infection, health care and medical groups are calling for mandatory vaccinations of their staff, and on Monday, the Department of Veterans Affairs, New York City, and California also announced vaccine requirements for workers.

Meta-analysis Confirms Acid Suppressors Raise Recurrent CDI Risk

July 25th 2021, 3:55pm

Article

Clinicians should avoid prescribing acid-suppression medications in general, and especially proton-pump inhibitors, to patients with Clostridioides difficile infection, according to the study.

Proton Pump Inhibitors Appear to Heighten Community-Associated C difficile Risk

July 24th 2021, 11:30am

Article

Patients prescribed proton pump inhibitors had roughly double the risk of community-associated Clostridioides difficile infection compared with those not taking the drugs.

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Shows Dip in Effectiveness Against Delta Variant

July 21st 2021, 9:00pm

Article

With the delta variant now dominant in the United States, study results highlight the need for officials to do everything they can to increase vaccine uptake.

IBD May Make Patients More Susceptible to Clostridioides difficile, Study Posits

July 14th 2021, 12:30pm

Article

Altered microbiota and inflammation associated with irritable bowel disease (IBD) appear to make it more difficult for patients to fight off Clostridioides difficile infection, according to a recent study.

Could Repeated Face Touching Confer Evolutionary Protection Against Infection?

July 12th 2021, 5:15pm

Article

Touching one’s face can heighten infection risk, but it may also help protect the body by fostering microbial diversity, according to a recent study.

Pfizer, BioNTech to Pursue COVID-19 Booster Shot; CDC Updates School Guidance

July 9th 2021, 6:00pm

Article

Pfizer and BioNTech said they will seek approval for a booster shot of their COVID-19 mRNA vaccine, while US health authorities said a booster is not necessary. In addition, the CDC emphasized in-person learning for schools this fall in updated guidance.

Quelling COVID-19 Also Capped Clostridioides difficile—Will It Continue?

July 6th 2021, 9:30pm

Podcast

This episode of Managed Care Cast features interviews with experts who discuss how the same efforts to stamp out COVID-19 also reduced Clostridioides difficile and the prospects for such mitigation efforts to continue.

Microbiota-Based Therapeutic May Reduce Clostridioides Difficile Infection Recurrence

July 1st 2021, 8:30pm

Article

New data suggest a microbiota-based therapy can reduce C diff recurrence in patients where donor microbiota and patient microbiota successfully converge.