How concerned should American clinicians be about Zika virus?

The Zika virus has been making a great many headlines recently. This flavivirus, transmitted primarily by Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes, has cut a broad swath through Brazil, Mexico, and the Caribbean in the past year, as well as parts of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. More recently, isolated cases have been noted in Puerto Rico and Hawaii, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported cases in Guyana, Barbados, and Ecuador. This is a transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of Zika virus, which is a member of the family Flaviviridae. Virus particles are 40 nm in diameter, with an outer […]

See What You Missed at the November Medical Conferences

During the month of November, MDLinx editors covered a number of interesting conferences in a number of specialties, including dermatology, ophthalmology, hepatology, cardiology, nephrology, allergy & immunology, and weight disorders. Some highlights follow: The 12th International Congress of the Society for Melanoma Research met in San Francisco, CA November 18-21. Professor Axel Hauschild of University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein reported the results of a study involving patients with BRAFV600 mutation-positive melanoma treated with vemurafenib. According to Dr. Hauschild, “…patients with prognostic factors associated with stable disease status, including a lack of brain metastases, normal LDH levels, and lower M stage, had longer PFS […]