Posts Categorized: Infectious Disease

New Hepatitis C Treatments on the Horizon

Very high cure rates are possible with new Hepatitis C treatments, according to clinical trial results recently revealed at the International Liver Conference in London. The research–some of which the North Shore-LIJ Center for Liver Disease conducted and that I cowrote for the New England Journal of Medicine–evaluated promising new Hepatitis C treatments. For instance,… Read more »

MRSA Can Easily Spread in Schools

The recent MRSA infection scare at a local high school proved to be a false alarm. Nevertheless, it flagged an important point:  Places with frequent sharing and close interactions–like schools, dorms and daycare centers–pose a higher risk for spreading community-associated Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Contact sports… Read more »

Hibernating?
Cold Weather Won’t Hurt You

It isn’t necessary to stay indoors to stay healthy during cold weather. In fact, there’s no definite link between icy air and getting sick–even when you haven’t bundled up enough. Rather, since we tend to stay indoors during cold weather, that means more disease-causing microbes are inside, too. Coming into contact with more of these… posted in: Infectious Disease tags:


Cause for Hope on World AIDS Day

Tomorrow is the 25th annual observance of World AIDS Day. This year’s theme–Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation—calls for collaboration between governments, researchers and the community to improve the lives of people with HIV/AIDS. While there is no cure for AIDS, there has been significant progress in prevention and treatment: The number of… Read more »

Are You Ready for the Flu Season?

Flu season has begun, which reminds us of the need for a flu shot to prevent the sometimes-severe illness that feels awful and–for vulnerable patients like children and the elderly–can be life-threatening. Influenza (“the flu”) is a highly contagious viral infection of respiratory tract. If you get a sudden fever with muscle aches, sore throat… Read more »

A Rosy Future for Hepatitis C Treatment

Most people with hepatitis C don’t know they carry the virus and that they are susceptible to cirrhosis, liver cancer–even liver transplant. But with a diagnosis, there is hope. Hepatitis C is curable, unlike such other common blood-borne viruses as hepatitis B and HIV. And recent advances in hepatitis C treatment mean more customized therapies… Read more »

A Cure for HIV in a Newborn?

The case of a Mississippi child “cured” of HIV is a highlight of the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. The situation is unique because the baby received three high-dose antiretroviral medications starting at 31 hours old, and then fell out of care after several months. At 24 and 26 months, tests showed no… Read more »

Mary from Little House Didn’t Get Scarlet Fever

In Laura Ingalls Wilder’s semi-autobiographical Little House book series, her sister Mary became ill with fever and severe headache. “Far worst of all, (scarlet) fever had settled in Mary’s eyes, and Mary was blind,” the author wrote. Yet it was viral meningoencephalitis (a viral brain infection) that caused Mary’s illness and subsequent blindness—not scarlet fever, according… Read more »