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Is CMV a Major Contributor to Cardiovascular Disease in RA?

Is CMV a Major Contributor to Cardiovascular Disease in RA?

An expert Q&A with Florian Kern, PhD, deputy director of research at Brighton and Sussex Medical School in the UK, who makes the case that cytomegalovirus is a major driver of cardiovascular disease in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

The relative risk for healthcare-associated infections has decreased in the last 15 years due to improvements in awareness of risk associated with devices, infection control, and evidence-based practice regarding use of devices.

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Oral Bacteria Tied to Cerebral Microbleeds Point to Stroke Risk

Oral Bacteria Tied to Cerebral Microbleeds Point to Stroke Risk

Microbleeds in the brain that lead to stroke and cognitive impairment may be tied to Streptococcus mutans.

Herpes Zoster Vaccine Rates Improved with Electronic Vaccine Tracking System

Herpes Zoster Vaccine Rates Improved with Electronic Vaccine Tracking System

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are often not appropriately vaccinated against herpes zoster, despite vaccine recommendations.

US National Shingles Vaccination Coverage Rates

US National Shingles Vaccination Coverage Rates

Rates of herpes zoster vaccination coverage vary significantly on national and state-by-state levels.

Burden of Osteoarticular Infections Increased by β-Hemolytic Streptococi

Burden of Osteoarticular Infections Increased by β-Hemolytic Streptococi

Patients 67 years and older were more likely to be affected by group B streptococci or group C and G streptococci strains.

Periodontitis May Impact Risk For Dementia

Periodontitis May Impact Risk For Dementia

Individuals with periodontitis have a higher risk of developing dementia than those without.

Experimental HZ Subunit Vaccine Studied in Older Adults

Experimental HZ Subunit Vaccine Studied in Older Adults

Nearly 14,000 adults age 70 and older received either 2 doses of the experimental HZ/su vaccine or a placebo.

Pain and Itch Highly Prevalent in Patients With HZ

Pain and Itch Highly Prevalent in Patients With HZ

Pain caused by HZ has a large impact on quality of life.

Herpes Simplex Virus Antibody Levels Tied to Incident Frailty And Mortality

Herpes Simplex Virus Antibody Levels Tied to Incident Frailty And Mortality

Antibody levels were associated with unadjusted risks of incident frailty and mortality in community-dwelling older women.

Number of Seniors Taking Supplements in Addition to Medications

Number of Seniors Taking Supplements in Addition to Medications

Many do not tell their doctors, putting them at risk for dangerous drug interactions.

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