Medical Societies Call for Treatment Approvals Based on Science
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
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3y ago
While the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 continue to highlight needs for new and proven tools to combat the spread and effects of this novel coronavirus, the development, evaluation and use of treatment strategies must be guided by science. Establishing the safety and efficacy of potential therapies is essential to ensuring their appropriate and effective use. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration must continue to base any approval, including Emergency Use Authorization of treatments and vaccines, on established scientific standards. Promising results among small numbers of patients to approaches ..read more
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President’s Letter from Dr. Kris Bryant
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
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3y ago
One year ago, we had just wrapped up IDWeek 2019 in Washington, DC. The meeting planning committee was celebrating what many were calling “the best IDWeek ever.” More than 300 people celebrated at the PIDS Foundation “Party on the Potomac.” The meeting ended on an inspiring note, with the closing plenary devoted to the importance of vaccines. Notably, two of the three talks were given by pediatricians (Dr. Peter Hotez and Dr. Penny Heaton). Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke about “Vaccines for Emerging Diseases: From Science to Implementation.” Who could have imagined in October of 2019 the current race ..read more
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PIDS Sponsored Programming at IDWeek
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3y ago
The PIDS IDWeek Program Chairs are pleased to announce exciting PIDS-sponsored programming at IDWeek ..read more
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What’s in the News: Parents Report Difficulty Finding COVID-19 Testing for Children
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
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3y ago
Parents in some parts of the country are finding it difficult to get their children tested for COVID-19, according to a recent article in The New York Times. Many testing sites, including those run by cities and states, do not test children or have age minimums that exclude young children, the newspaper reported. A related article in The Washington Post noted that Walgreens’ age limit is 18 at its pharmacy testing sites, while CVS announced on Sept. 11 that it would lower the age limit at its drive-through testing sites from 16 to 12 years of age. “The limited testing hampers schools’ ability ..read more
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PIDS Member Spotlight - Dr. Annabelle de St. Maurice
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
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3y ago
Dr. Annabelle de St. Maurice is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases and is the Co-Chief Infection Prevention Officer at University of California Los Angeles/Mattel Children’s hospital. Dr. de St. Maurice was born in Paris, France and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania. She obtained her medical degree at the University of Rochester and completed her Pediatrics residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC ..read more
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PIDS Journal Club - Early-Onset Neonatal Sepsis 2015-2017
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
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3y ago
This prospective observational study used data from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network (NRN). Surveillance for EOS and early onset meningitis was performed at 18 NRN centers. All infants with gestational age greater than 22 weeks and birth weight greater than 400 g born between April 1, 2015 and March 21, 2017 were included. EOS was defined as growth of a pathogen in blood culture within 72 hours of birth and treatment with antibiotics for at least 5 days or until death. Meningitis was defined using the same criteria ex ..read more
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Discussion on Antimicrobial Stewardship in Limited Resource Settings
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
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4y ago
The Global Health Subcommittee of the PIDS Pediatric Committee on Antimicrobial Stewardship, in collaboration with the SHARPS group, will host a discussion on Antimicrobial Stewardship in limited resource settings on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 1 pm Eastern. Details are below. We hope that you can join us ..read more
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President’s Letter from Dr. Kris Bryant
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
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4y ago
The last 8 months have been the best of times and the worst of times… for science. Forgive me the Dickensian melodrama and let me explain. In December of 2019, an outbreak of viral pneumonia occurred in Wuhan, China. On January 9, Chinese public health authorities and the World Health Organization confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of the outbreak, and a few days later, the full sequence of the viral genome was reported. Since then, the tempo of scientific discovery has been incredible. The spectrum of clinical manifestations associated with SARS-CoV-2 has been described, includi ..read more
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Using Antibiotic Therapy vs Laparoscopic Appendectomy
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
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4y ago
Appendicitis remains one of the most common indications for surgery in children with tens of thousands of appendectomies performed in the U.S. each year. This procedure is associated with the risk of anesthesia as well as post-operative pain and post-operative complications in up to 15% of patients. On the other hand, non-operative management is associated with less post-treatment disability and is successful in up to 75% of patients at one year. Most children and adolescents with appendicitis undergo appendectomies rather than non-operative management with antibiotics alone. However, it is un ..read more
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PIDS Program and Meetings Committee Update
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4y ago
The primary goal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) Program and Meetings Committee is to oversee and coordinate the pediatric infectious disease programming for the annual Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) meeting and IDWeek meeting. This includes reviewing proposed sessions, obtaining and reviewing abstract scoring data, and proposing a program that includes novel, innovative, and cutting-edge topics of interest to the PIDS membership and our colleagues. The committee strives to ensure that a variety of topics are presented during the meeting to appeal to the various infecti ..read more
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