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AAN Issues Guideline Update for Immunization in Patients With MS

AAN has issued a practice guideline update for vaccine-preventable infections and immunizations for individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS). A subcommittee of the AAN — tasked with developing, disseminating and implementing these guidelines — found improvements and additions to the recommendations previously issued in 2002.
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Should Community Pharmacies Have Prescribing Power for the Treatment of Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease, a vector-borne illness caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, is transmitted to humans by deer ticks. It is currently nearing endemic levels of infection in North America; the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a 130.6% increase in confirmed cases between 1997 and 2017 (12,801-29,513 cases, respectively)1. Other…
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Decreasing Hepatitis C Infection Rates: Considerations for a Vaccine

Infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a significant public health problem throughout the world and constitutes a major global cause of morbidity and mortality. Recent estimates indicate that the global rate of HCV seroprevalence increased to 2.8% in the last decade, which corresponds to >185 million cases of HCV worldwide.1 To reduce the…
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Infection Control and Prevention Strategies for Patients With Cancer

Infection control and prevention (ICP) strategies represent an integral part of care for patients with oncologic diseases. Although the relevant guidelines often include established practices such as hand hygiene, barrier isolation, control of air quality, prevention of device-related infections, and prophylactic antifungal and antibiotic use, there are currently no consensus recommendations pertaining to ICP strategies…
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Oncovirus and Aggressive Malignancy

Researchers found data that showed infection-associated cancers are attributable to hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, human papillomaviruses, and the bacterium Helicobacter pylori. Approximately half of all cancers in the United States are preventable. Also, the CDC suggests that identifying organ donors who are at high risk for oncoviruses and providing post-treatment to donor recipients for infection will mitigate oncovirus risks.