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STD Awareness in April: Infectious Disease Experts Are Working to Advance the Development of Vaccines for Sexually Transmitted Infections

April 20, 2022

During April, STD Awareness provides an opportunity to talk about STIs and encourage individuals to be proactive about their sexual health and promotes regular STI/HIV screening and testing. Although research in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) has evolved rapidly on multiple fronts, a critical remaining challenge is the development of safe and effective vaccines for diseases that pose … Continued

García Receives ISAR’s 2022 Diversity Speaker Award

April 7, 2022

J. Victor García-Martinez, PhD, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and Director of the International Center for the Advancement of Translational Science was keynote lecturer at the 35th International Conference on Antiviral Research (ICAR) last month. During the conference he was presented the second 2022 Diversity Speaker … Continued

DVT Awareness Month: Spotlighting Hematology Trial That Serves COVID Patients, BRC’s Thrombosis Related Research

March 14, 2022

March is Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month, a public health initiative that seeks to aid understanding of a commonly occurring and potentially life-threatening medical condition among the general population. DVT is commonly referred to as a blood clot (thrombus) that forms in one or more veins located deep inside the body. Did you know, almost one … Continued

Does a Mask Protect You If No One Else Is Wearing One?

March 10, 2022

As schools and cities and counties begin to drop their mask mandates, some people are rushing to take the masks off, but others still want that protection. So how effective is your mask if you’re the only person wearing one? Dr. Emily Sickbert-Bennett, associate professor of infectious diseases and director of infection prevention at UNC Medical … Continued

Use of Iron Agents in CKD Anemia Management

March 10, 2022

Abhi Kshirsagar, MD, MPH, the Covington Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, participated in the “Controversies in optimal anemia management: Conclusions from a Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Conference.” Controversies Conferences review the latest evidence, explore new and ongoing controversies, assess change implications for the current KDIGO anemia guideline, and … Continued

Batsis Discusses Five Common Medications That Can Cause Weight Gain

March 10, 2022

Side effects are common with almost any medication. What’s less common are side effects that can complicate your recovery from the very condition you’re looking to treat. Case in point: medications that can cause weight gain. “Often, we think of side effects that cause more [physical] symptoms — dizziness, stomach problems, fatigue,” said John Batsis, … Continued

Nose-Only COVID Masks Are Emerging in South Korea

March 10, 2022

Richard Boucher, MD, was interviewed for a Newsweek report about a new kind of face mask emerging in South Korea that spurs questions as to how useful it actually is to fight the spread of COVID-19. The mask, which has been seen on Twitter, covers just the nose and was created as a tool to … Continued