ID Updates

September 20, 2019

If you’re experiencing joint pain you’ve never had before, there are many causes that your doctor will consider, including the onset of Rheumatoid arthritis, a case of septic arthritis, or a case of reactive arthritis.  If you have a case of septic arthritis, also called infectious arthritis, which is an acute bacterial, viral, or fungal …

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August 5, 2019

Last March, when Beth Katz came down with an ear infection and fever, she did not let it get the best of her. Her wedding, scheduled for April 22, was more than a month away; she believed it was nothing serious; and she had plenty of the usual last-minute wedding details to spend her energy …

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December 8, 2016

ID CARE and Aetna Health Plans have reached an agreement on a new contract that covers infectious diseases services for Aetna insured patients. ID CARE is the most comprehensive group of infectious disease specialists in New Jersey and the second largest of its kind in the country. ID CARE provides management and care of patients …

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October 31, 2016

NEW ORLEANS, LA—For patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection genotype (GT) 1–6, treatment with sofosbuvir/velpatasvir plus voxilaprevir (GS-9857) once daily was safe, well tolerated, and highly effective in treatment-naive and treatment-experienced patients, reported Ronald Nahass, MD, FIDSA, FSHEA, from ID Care, Inc., Hillsborough, NJ, at IDWeek 2016. Sofosbuvir is a nucleotide analog NS5B polymerase …

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October 12, 2016

Zika virus spreads to people through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitos can be found in many areas of the US including parts of southern NJ during the summer. Zika can also be passed through sex from a person who has Zika and it can be spread from a pregnant woman …

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October 5, 2016

Richard Krieger, MD, chairman of the Infection Control Committee at Chilton Medical Center, and infectious disease physician at ID care, discusses how clinicians go about diagnosing Lyme disease. Interview Transcript (slightly modified for readability) “The problem with misdiagnosing people who have chronic symptoms for Lyme disease is that some of them are so nonspecific and …

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September 13, 2016

Sir Alexander Fleming, a Scottish biologist, changed medicine forever when he accidentally discovered Penicillin in his laboratory in 1928. “When I woke up just after dawn on September 28, 1928, I certainly didn’t plan to revolutionize all medicine by discovering the world’s first antibiotic, or bacteria killer,” Fleming would later say, “But I suppose that …

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August 16, 2016

An outbreak of hepatitis C in mostly young, white , suburban heroin users who live in or near Princeton, NJ, made headlines after it was reported Oct. 7, 2015 at ID Week 2015 in San Diego, CA. Ronald Nahass, MD, was a co-author of the ID Week study. He is president of ID Care, the …

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August 8, 2016

Clostridium difficile, routinely referred to as “C diff”, is a bacteria that resides in the colon. It can produce toxins that cause fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea – a manifestation of colitis, or inflammation of the colon. Usually, the infection is caused by the use of antibiotics. It is quite common, with nearly half a million …

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July 13, 2016

Pertussis is a respiratory illness commonly known as whooping cough. It is a very contagious disease. It is spread from person to person when infected people cough or sneeze while in close contact with others. Before the availability of the pertussis vaccine, pertussis was a major childhood illness and a leading cause of death. There …

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June 29, 2016

CRG Publishing, a Division of The Curry Rockefeller Group, LLC, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) announce the launch of the third edition of the seminal reference book, Handbook of Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy For Infectious Diseases. This widely anticipated eHandbook is now available to more than 10,000 IDSA members in a first-of-its-kind …

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June 14, 2016

It seems as though every year we have a new infectious disease to worry about. This year, Zika virus has all the media attention. Indeed its unique feature of causing microcephaly, or small brain, in a baby born to a mother who contracts this infection is a serious concern that is challenging public health experts …

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June 2, 2016

18 Zika-infected adults have been reported in the state, but experts say there is still little risk of widespread outbreak While New Jersey is home to the first baby born in the continental United States with Zika-linked microcephaly and 18 cases of the virus have been diagnosed in the state, doctors say that for nearly …

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May 19, 2016

Rabies, which means, “rage” or “madness” in Latin, is a disease recognized since antiquity. It is primarily a disease of animals and exists worldwide with a few isolated exceptions. Since vaccines have become available its incidence in the United States has been dramatically reduced. However, worldwide, there are still a large number of deaths per …

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April 22, 2016

Hundreds of mostly white (92.5%), female (52.4%) suburban heroin users treated at a Princeton House, a Princeton, NJ facility for heroin detoxification were also found to have the hepatitis C virus. The findings were first reported last fall at ID Week 2015 in San Diego, CA. one that noted that about 45% of injection drug …

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April 19, 2016

Hopewell resident Patty Phillips has endured not one but two bouts ofLyme disease in the past 30 years — though she wonders if perhaps her more current symptoms are related to her original case in 1984, which she says was misdiagnosed and mistreated. While she had a high fever and flu-like symptoms years ago, recently, …

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April 19, 2016

Volume 22, Number 5—May 2016 Eda Akyar, Kathleen H. Seneca, Serra Akyar, Neal Schofield, Mark P. Schwartz, and Ronald G. Nahass Author affiliations: ID Care, Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA (E. Akyar, K.H. Seneca, S. Akyar, R.G. Nahass); University Medical Center at Princeton, Princeton, New Jersey, USA (K.H. Seneca, N. Schofield, M.P. Schwartz, R.G. Nahass); Rutgers …

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April 19, 2016

Shingles, also known as zoster, is a painful rash that develops on one side of the face or body. Nearly one out of three people in the United States will develop shingles in their lifetime. It is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays inactive …

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March 29, 2016

Thanks to dedicated vaccination efforts the United States has been polio free since 1979. In 2000 the United States had achieved measles elimination, meaning cases of transmission within the U.S. had ceased for a year. After that, however, the disease rebounded and since then cases of measles transmission within the U.S. have continued to rise …

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February 15, 2016

Hepatitis B is a virus that infects the liver which can cause a chronic infection that could lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. Chronic hepatitis B infection affects 350 million people worldwide and 1.2 million people in the U.S. Hepatitis B is not passed casually. Most cases in the world occur as a result of …

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February 4, 2016

HILLSBOROUGH – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has confirmed several dozen cases of the rapidly-spreading Zika virus in the United States and a township physician says it won’t be long before people in New Jersey are susceptible to the mosquito-borne disease. On Monday, the World Health Organization declared the Zika virus …

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February 1, 2016

Food-borne illness is a common, costly — yet preventable — public health problem. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick consuming contaminated foods or beverages. Many different disease-causing microbes, or pathogens, can contaminate food so there are many different food borne infections. In addition, poisonous chemicals, or other harmful substances, can cause food-borne diseases …

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December 15, 2015

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has identified New Jersey based ID CARE as a “Better Performer” in the recently released 2015 Performance and Practices of Successful Medical Groups Report. Based on 2014 Survey Data, ID CARE, PA was recognized for “superior operational performance compared with similar medical group practices nationwide.” The MGMA report, a …

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December 15, 2015

To the editor:  I read with great interest Philip Sean Curran’s piece (“Heroin use increase spurs need for forum”) in the Princeton Packet of Nov. 27. I have been concerned for a long time about this issue. There are a number of notable absent points in his story that we have tried to raise …

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December 15, 2015

Infectious mononucleosis (also known as mono) is caused by Epstein Barr Virus (EBV). This infection is most common in childhood and adolescence. In the United States, more than 90 percent of adults have been infected or exposed and have made antibodies to the virus. This virus is spread by oral secretions, or saliva. A common …

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December 15, 2015

Many factors can contribute to a scratchy, painful sensation in your throat. Environmental allergies, post nasal drip, exposure to cigarette smoke are among the non-infectious etiologies. Infections due to viruses are very common, and many sore throats will get better without antibiotic treatment. But a small portion of sore threats are come from Strep throat, …

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November 16, 2015

KENILWORTH, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced the presentation of results from the company’s Phase 3 C-EDGE CO-STAR clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of the investigational once-daily tablet elbasvir/grazoprevir1 (50mg/100mg) in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes (GT) 1, 4 or 6 infection …

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