The Handoff: Your Week in Infectious Disease News – 1/13/17

As infectious diseases evolve, it can be challenging to stay current with the latest research. The Handoff is a weekly roundup of the most important news and updates covering the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. Keep your finger on the pulse of infectious diseases with The Handoff.

–A doctor at the Cleveland Clinic is under fire after posting an anti-vaccine blog. The doctor in question, Daniel Neides, issued an apology after the Clinic disavowed the column.

 –In other vaccine news: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.—activist, lawyer, and vaccine conspiracy theorist—has been tapped to head a commission focused on “vaccine safety and scientific integrity,” according to a report in The Atlantic. John Meigs, Jr., MD, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, joined the American Medical Association and other groups in speaking out against the commission.

–Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center may be “one step closer” to creating a vaccine for bacterial pneumonia, sinus infections, and ear infections. The mouse model research, focused on the infectious agents behind the disease, was published in Cell Host & Microbe.

–The National Cancer Institute has put out a call encouraging more parents and physicians to vaccinate children against human papillomavirus (HPV).

–ABC News published a primer on influenza ahead of peak flu season. William Schaffner, MD, a professor of preventative medicine in the division of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University, said that the worst of the worst of flu season has “yet to arrive.”

–Thanks to a $10 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases at Cornell University will work to educate vector biologists and public health practitioners in the field of vector-borne diseases.

–According to the National Law Review, federal and state legislative efforts are in the pipeline to increase the public’s focus on antimicrobial resistance.

–Flaviviruses, including Dengue, Zika, and West Nile, “hijack” cellular machinery to replicate viral particles and spread infection. Researchers in Germany published their findings in mBio, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

–Physicians at the University of Miami Health System published a case study in the New England Journal of Medicine focused on the skin manifestations accompanying Zika transmission in a local pregnant woman.

–The Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University Medical Center (GU GHSS) and the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) met earlier this week to discuss how the next presidential administration can contribute to pandemic preparedness, global health security, and domestic readiness and resilience. Watch below: