A mother recounts her experience raising a child with congenital CMV infection. This is a skillful and moving description of congenital cytomegalovirus, and the strange obscurity of the virus that “causes more birth defects in the United States than any other nongenetic disease.” That it remains so relatively unknown is a perplexing paradox (especially in the Zika era) — one she artfully explores.
Does our president have neurosyphilis? Yes, syphilis is the “great imposter”. Yes, it sometimes can be difficult to diagnose. Yes it can cause bizarre behavior. But good grief, this is an extreme form of medical speculation. For the record, 5 different people sent me this link (you know who you are).
This site catalogues all the major HIV clinical trials. Under the direction of François Raffi, Anton Pozniak, and Pedro Cahn, ARV-Trials.com is helpful source if you can’t remember the difference between the MERIT, MOTIVATE, MONET, MONOI, MONARK, and MODERN studies. Of course you remember all the ACTG study numbers — but if not, you can find them there too. Site is also kind of a throwback to 1990s web design, in case you’re feeling nostalgic.
Vancomycin is better than metronidazole for C diff — again.I can’t think of any reason to use metronidazole for patients who actually have C diff, the real thing. Those who are just PCR positive with minimal symptoms — which really should be called pseudo-C diff — usually don’t require any treatment.
Matt Iseman won Celebrity Apprentice. And why, you must be wondering, is that being mentioned in an ID blog? Turns out he’s the son of Mike Iseman, the noted tuberculosis expert. And before he (Matt, not Mike) became a comedian, he had another job.