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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA) is more specific, at least as sensitive, and may better predict disease progression than the tuberculin skin test in pregnant women at risk of exposure to tuberculosis, according to a report in the June Obstetrics &...

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Second dose of meningococcal vaccine improves response rates in HIV-infected youth

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A second dose of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) 6 months after the first dose significantly improves response rates in youth infected with HIV, according to a report in the May 24th online issue of The Journal of Pediatrics. “Previous immunization...

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Some rapid hepatitis B screening tests have high diagnostic accuracy

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Generally, the accuracy of antigen-based point-of-care tests for hepatitis B infection is high, but the sensitivity of antibody-based tests needs to be improved, according to the results of a meta-analysis of global data reported in the American Journal of Gastroenterology...