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A new scale for rating the severity of mononucleosis can identify patients at risk for more serious cases

New Scale Helps Identify More Serious Cases of Mononucleosis

Scale identifies college students at increased risk for corticosteroid Rx, chronic fatigue syndrome
Standardizing demographic data can improve the accuracy of patient matching

Standardizing Demographics Ups Accuracy of Patient Matching

Standardization of address and last name improved sensitivity from 81.3 to 91.6 percent
The ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo is of "deep concern" but does not yet qualify as a global emergency

WHO: Congo Ebola Outbreak Still Not a Global Emergency

Outbreak, which began on Aug. 1, 2018, is second deadliest in history
The 555 confirmed cases of measles reported in 20 states between Jan. 1 and April 11 this year represent the second highest number of measles cases reported in the United States since measles was eliminated in the nation in 2000

CDC: 555 Confirmed Measles Cases in U.S. Since Jan. 1

20 states have reported measles cases
Extragenital (rectal and pharyngeal) chlamydia and gonorrhea are prevalent among men who have sex with men

Prevalence of Extragenital STDs High in Men Who Have Sex With Men

Extragenital STDs mostly seen in throat and rectum, contribute to risk for drug-resistant gonorrhea and HIV
For patients with cystic fibrosis

Cytomegalovirus Linked to Faster Progression of Cystic Fibrosis

Faster progression to end-stage lung disease observed among patients with CMV IgG positivity
For physician mothers in procedural specialties

Domestic Responsibilities Tied to Physician Mothers’ Satisfaction

Being responsible for at least five tasks linked to desire to change career for moms in procedural specialties
The risk for surgical site infection after cesarean delivery is increased for women covered by Medicaid versus private health insurance

SSI Risk Up After C-Section for Medicaid Beneficiaries

Odds of surgical site infection increased for women covered by Medicaid versus private insurance
The United States has had more than 600 cases of infection with a type of fungus called a "serious global health threat" by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC: Superbug Fungus Has Sickened 600 Americans

Candida auris can survive on surfaces after routine cleaning and is often drug-resistant
For gay and bisexual men

STI Incidence Up After Receipt of HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis

Younger age, greater partner number, group sex, but not condom use, linked to increased risk of STI