The Handoff: Your Week in Infectious Disease News – 2/3/17

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 study published in PLOS One found that research used to justify hospital policies requiring that all employees receive flu shots may be flawed.

–Researchers from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Makerere University have received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to undertake HIV research in Uganda.

–Breathalyzer test, anyone? University of Texas professor Perena Gouma has developed a “portable, single-exhale device” that can be used to detect the flu virus. A paper on the device was published in the journal Sensors.

–Two new studies have found that both fingolimid (Gilenya®, Novartis) and abatacept (Orencia®, Bristol-Myers Squibb) may provide pain relief to patients with Chikungunya virus infections. 

–North Dakota State University’s Center for Immunization Research and Education has undertaken an ongoing project to increase childhood immunization rates in the state (currently some of the lowest in the country). 

–A study published in Public Health Reports found that a majority of youth community organizations do not offer either HIV testing or resources to refer youth for HIV testing. Johns Hopkins researchers say the findings demonstrate that youth centers should work to improve collaboration with health care clinics.

–A newly-launched initiative, Addressing HIV Care and Housing Coordination Through Data Integration to Improve Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum, is aiming to improve health outcomes and reduce homelessness in those living with HIV. 

–A research group from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies plans to study the way that Salmonella Typhimurium inhibits patients’ loss of appetite in an effort to understand infection transmission and treatment. Watch the video below to learn more.