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  • High Prevalence Rates for Oral HPV Infection in US Men High rates of oral HPV infection are being reported in all ethnic groups of men across the United States. They are especially high among men who smoke, use marijuana, and have multiple sexual partners.
  • ACG Opioids for C diff Pain Connected to Worse Outcomes Researchers have already linked opioid use to longer hospital stays and higher white blood cell counts, and now the same investigators take a deeper dive, looking at C diff severity and mortality.
  • IDWeek Dental Antibiotics Could Be Adding to C difficile Cases Conversations about stewardship have tended to focus on hospitals and leave out dentists. A study finds prescription information often is not being shared between medical and dental providers.

 

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  • IDSA Updates Guidelines on Acute GastroenteritisNew tests for infectious diarrhea are highly sensitive and may show unfamiliar organisms. Experts can help clarify best treatments. Rehydration is also crucial, especially in vulnerable groups.
  • START Prompted New HIV Guidelines: Did Treatment Deliver?Evidence from the Starting Antiretroviral Treatment Early Improves Outcomes for HIV (START) trial instigated a new strategy, and the promise of that approach will be evaluated at European AIDS.
  • Uncontrolled Hypertension Unchanged in US AdultsNew data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics show less than half of US adults with hypertension have their blood pressure under control, basically unchanged since 2010.

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  • Should Doctors Embrace or Reject Alternative Treatments?   More consumers are using complementary and alternative treatments, and medical centers are adding nontraditional therapies. Should doctors embrace or reject these treatments?
  • How Much Is Your Practice Worth? Many doctors who have a financial stake in a practice don't know what the practice is worth. That's a mistake, say experts in practice valuation. Here's why, and what a practice valuation involves.

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