July #125 : Measurements, Please - by Laura Whitehorn

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Barely Legal

Speaking of Sex...

La Cage Air Force

ONLINE SPECIAL: Top Models




Mouthing Off

Skeleton Key

Sneak Previews

The Big Queasy

Measurements, Please

Mass Coverage

Converse All Star

Trainer’s Bench-July 2006

Get Back

The Hunger




Preaching to the Seroconverted

Dead Men Walking

Meth Madness

Buzz Kill

Accounting 101

Kindle Kids

The Keys to Uganda

Under the Counter

Positive Bling




Editor's Letter-July 2006

Mailbox-July 2006



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV



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July 2006


Measurements, Please

by Laura Whitehorn

Bloodstream drug levels: still uncharted

If doctors could measure drug levels in your blood, they’d be sure you’re getting the right dose. They could monitor drug interactions, adjust doses after severe side effects and figure out why a combo isn’t performing. But the April 15th issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases cut the sprouting science of therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) down to size. The journal printed a small study suggesting that TDM still can’t track all drug-level variations, since levels changed even when readings were taken at the same time of day. The investigation followed ten people, who were measured three times a week over four months. Readings proved far too diverse to guide drug dosage. So the effort to tailor treatment to drug levels continues.    



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