FDA warns about rare occurrences of a serious infection with SGLT2 inhibitors for diabetes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (fda) is warning that cases of a rare but serious infection of the genitals have been reported with the class of type 2 diabetes medicines called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (sglt2) inhibitors. This serious rare infection, called necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum, is also referred to as Fournier’s Gangrene. The magnitude of the problem is unclear. What should be done? Please … Continue reading FDA warns about rare occurrences of a serious infection with SGLT2 inhibitors for diabetes

Progress on Hepatitis C, but many don’t know they have it

Check out the great op-ed by my friend and colleague, Dr. Charlie Van der Horst. “With an expectant smile and raised eyebrows, my patient watched me enter the exam room. Dressed in slacks with a straight crease and neat shirt, he was looking for an answer…” Read more here: Continue reading Progress on Hepatitis C, but many don’t know they have it

Ayanna Pressley upends Massachusetts political order, toppling Michael Capuano

Ayanna Pressley, the first African-American woman elected to the Boston City Council, made history again, defeating representative Michael Capuano, a 10-term incumbent heavily backed by the political establishment. She is now poised to become the first African-American from Massachusetts to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. “I’m not running to keep things as they are,” Ms. Pressley often says. “i’m running to change … Continue reading Ayanna Pressley upends Massachusetts political order, toppling Michael Capuano

West Nile and Legionella in New England

here in new england, there has been significant media coverage of the uptick in west nile cases, and legionella outbreak in new hampshire. (to be clear, west nile virus and legionella are unrelated. west nile is transmitted by mosquitos, and legionella is transmitted by water). to me, the media attention to west nile and legionella points to the importance of infectious diseases and public health. but … Continue reading West Nile and Legionella in New England

ebola species found in bats ahead of any potential outbreak

scientists have, for the first time, discovered a new ebola species before detection in a sick human being or animal. the discovery of bombali virus adds further support for bats as hosts of ebolaviruses. bombali virus was detected in free-tailed bats in sierra leone (little free-tailed (chaerephon pumilus) and angolan free-tailed (mops condylurus). the bats were found roosting inside houses, indicating the potential for human transmission. however, … Continue reading ebola species found in bats ahead of any potential outbreak