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newsline0709_v2.qxp 6/25/2009 3:34 PM Page 10 Newsline Syphilis returns to heterosexual population CONTRARY to a recent trend, the city of Birmingham.The num- syphilis may no longer be primari- ber of cases was also declining,with ly linked to homosexual encoun- only nine cases reported in 2002. ters, CDC investigators conclude. Both trends reversed between In Jefferson County, Ala., almost 2005 and 2007. The proportion nine out of 10 new cases involved of cases attributable to MSM heterosexual patients. dropped to 12.3% while the pro- Public health officials elsewhere portion of heterosexual cases rose in the nation “should remain alert to 87.7%.The overall number of for similar epidemiological shifts,” cases rose to 238 in 2006 before the authors recommend (MMWR. dropping to 167 in 2007. A rash on the Meanwhile, the U.S. Preventive 2009;58:463-467). Women also comprise a larger hand may be a Services Task Force recently re- During the first half of this share of new syphilis cases in the sign of syphilis. newed its recommendation that decade, men having sex with men South,the CDC reports.After de- all pregnant women be screened (MSM) accounted for almost half clining for more than 10 years, for the disease at their first prena- (46.3%) of all new syphilis cases in syphilis cases in women increased tal visit (Ann Intern Med. 2009; Jefferson County, which includes by 69% between 2003 and 2007. 150:705-709). Gastroesophageal reflux doesn’t cause asthma A NEW study debunks the theory Asthma guidelines suggest anti- tomatic GER is not a likely cause that acid reflux is partially respon- reflux treatment for individuals of poorly controlled asthma.” sible for triggering severe asthma with poorly controlled asthma and The CV study,presented in May symptoms — while other research silent GER, but this suggestion is at the Society for Cardiovascular indicates that reflux drugs may mainly based on findings regarding Angiography and Interventions
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