CHICAGO—Medicine is in the middle of an infectious-disease “revolution” that seems almost destined to lead to prevention through immunization of many diseases, including rheumatic illnesses, that never were previously thought to involve transmissible agents, an infectious disease specialist said in a session at the ACR’s 2016 State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium.
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An array of unlikely and fascinating connections between infections and diseases have been discovered over the past several decades—links of viruses and cancer, the discovery that the key to peptic ulcer disease isn’t acid, but the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, to name a couple of examples. And the rate of research in this area is mushrooming, said Bennett Lorber, MD, MACP, professor of medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.
A Paradigm Shift
“There’s been a giant paradigm shift in our understanding of the relationship between microorganisms and human beings,” said Dr. Lorber, who himself is barely able to contain his excitement at some of the amazing findings. “We’re in the middle of a scientific revolution.”