Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in HIV & AIDS for August 2011. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.
Loss of Jobs Means Loss of Health Coverage for Many in U.S.
MONDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- For American adults who lose their health insurance coverage when they lose their jobs, the majority remain uninsured, delay getting needed health care or prescriptions, and report financial difficulties paying medical bills, according to a report published online Aug. 24 by The Commonwealth Fund.
Complementary Medicine Used More by Health Care Workers
FRIDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health care workers, especially health care providers, are more likely to use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) than the general, employed U.S. population, according to a study published online Aug. 22 in Health Services Research.
Pharmaceutical Ads Often Don't Adhere to U.S. FDA Guidelines
THURSDAY, Aug. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Physician-targeting pharmaceutical advertisements have low rates of adherence to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines and provide inadequate information for safe prescribing, according to a study published online Aug. 17 in PLoS One.
CDC: 2010/2011 Flu Vaccination Coverage Studied
THURSDAY, Aug. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Influenza vaccination coverage among health care personnel (HCP) and pregnant women in the 2010/2011 influenza season was similar to coverage for the 2009/2010 season, according to two reports in the Aug. 19 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
High Cumulative Malpractice Risk for All Physicians
THURSDAY, Aug. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians in all specialties have a high cumulative risk of facing a malpractice claim by age 65; although most claims do not lead to indemnity payments, according to a study published in the Aug. 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Antiretrovirals Raise Cholesterol in HIV-Infected Children
MONDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Children with HIV receiving antiretroviral therapy have increased cholesterol levels; and hypercholesterolemia in children perinatally infected with HIV remains elevated over time, according to two studies published in the Aug. 15 issue of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.
CDC: Lower Socioeconomic Status Tied to Higher HIV Rate
THURSDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of HIV infections appears to be higher among individuals with lower socioeconomic status in urban areas with a high prevalence of AIDS, according to a report in the Aug. 12 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Cost of Interacting With Payers Higher in U.S. Than Canada
FRIDAY, Aug. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Physician practices in the United States spend considerably more on interactions with health plans than Canadian practices, according to a study published in the August issue of Health Affairs.
CDC: HIV Infections Stabilized Between 2006 and 2009
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3 (HealthDay News) -- The annual number of new HIV infections in the United States was relatively stable between 2006 and 2009; however, infections increased among young men who have sex with men (MSM), especially black MSM, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention national HIV incidence surveillance assessment published online Aug. 3 in PLoS One.
Oseltamivir-Resistant Pandemic H1N1 2009 Virus Emerging
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Clinicians should be aware of an emergence of oseltamivir-resistant pandemic H1N1 2009 virus, particularly in immunocompromised patients, according to a study published online July 29 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emerging Infectious Diseases.
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