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April 12th, 2014

Unwittingly, HCV “News” Brackets Our Current Treatment Era on Successive Days

I’ve already told you what a fan I am of Physician’s First Watch, the daily email summary of hot medical news provided by my colleagues here at the Massachusetts Medical Society. If you haven’t signed up, you must do so — let’s play a short tune (always a favorite, even if out of season) for [...]


March 10th, 2014

CROI Is Over — and a Baby Once Again Takes Center Stage

One of our fellows asked me this AM when I was posting a RRR (Really Rapid Review™) of CROI 2014, and my response was to clear my throat, make some vague excuses, and curse the respiratory viruses that seem as perpetual as the cold weather this year. It’s in the works, promise — but in [...]


February 13th, 2014

Jeter is Retiring, and Certain ID Doctors Are Getting Old(er)

It’s safe to say that most of the perspectives on Derek Jeter’s retiring from baseball will not be written by ID doctors, so let me seize the opportunity. And since it’s always risky to dwell on players from a certain team while living in Boston — I have friends for whom a central component of [...]


February 5th, 2014

Electronic Medical Records, Eye Contact — and Dogs

A few thoughts on the importance of eye contact during patient care, no doubt inspired by my puppy’s first birthday, and his insistent and adoring (at least that’s how I see it) gaze: Long piece in the New York Review of Books — all doctors subscribe, of course — by Arnold (Bud) Relman, describing his [...]


January 30th, 2014

Unanswerable Questions in Infectious Diseases: Persistent MRSA Bacteremia

Ok, here’s a favorite of adult ID specialists everywhere — a real tough one. The case goes something like this: Older person, many medical problems. Probably is on hemodialysis, with the vascular surgeons having some difficulty with access. There’s diabetes, of course, and cardiovascular disease, and oh yeah, a mechanical aortic valve that’s around 10 [...]


January 21st, 2014

Unanswerable Questions in Infectious Diseases: The Positive Cultures for Candida in an ICU Patient

OK, gang. You did such a bang-up job on Question #1 that I can’t resist getting another consult. Here’s the case:  Patient in intensive care, has been there for some time — at least a week, probably weeks. Perhaps he/she had surgery (especially abdominal surgery) that didn’t go well, or has severe cardiovascular disease, or [...]


January 15th, 2014

Unanswerable Questions in Infectious Diseases: The Abdominal Collection and Duration of Antibiotic Therapy

Each time I attend on the inpatient service, the number of questions for which we just don’t have a definitive answer continues to amaze me. And here’s the most remarkable part — many of them come up all the time! In that spirit, I will post a series of these quandaries, and you, the brilliant [...]


January 2nd, 2014

A New Year’s Snowstorm ID Link-o-Rama

Some ID/HIV items jangling around in the inbox, just dying to get out, before they are covered in snow: Interesting, balanced piece in the New York Times about the slow uptake for PrEP, in particular among gay men. This caught my eye: “Certainly, fewer people have tried PrEP than many experts had anticipated.” I wonder [...]


December 24th, 2013

Brush with Greatness: John G. Bartlett

At the IDSA meeting in 2012, John Bartlett gave a lecture called, “Infectious Diseases Update for the HIV Provider” — what a great title — which was, as usual, information-packed, practical, well-referenced, and just plain fun. It also occurred to me at the time that there is probably no other person on the planet who [...]


December 8th, 2013

Simeprevir and (Especially) Sofosbuvir Are Great Leaps Forward — and They Will Cost Plenty

Hepatitis C has been potentially curable for decades, but it’s hardly been easy. “I feel like I’m slowly killing myself,” said one of my patients, memorably, during week 24 of a planned bazillion-week course of interferon-ribavirin. (Actually it was only 48 weeks, but seemed like a bazillion weeks.) Then in 2011 came the addition of [...]


HIV Information: Author Paul Sax, M.D.

Paul E. Sax, MD

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