Intradermal influenza vaccination with a dissolvable microneedle patch was well tolerated with robust antibody responses, as well as being preferred over conventional vaccination with needles and syringes, according to the first-in-human TIV-MNP 2015* study.
The macrolide antibiotic azithromycin may be an effective adjunctive therapy for individuals whose asthma symptoms persist despite treatment with corticosteroids and bronchodilators, a recent study found.
The risks of four common infectious diseases after bariatric surgery show a varied pattern, such that the risks of skin and soft-tissue infection and respiratory infection are lower while those of intra-abdominal infection and urinary tract infection are elevated, according to US-based researchers.
A 10-day course of clindamycin or trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole after incision and drainage of a small abscess is associated with a better clinical cure rate than incision and drainage alone, according to a recent study.
A recent study conducted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) revealed that 4.4 billion people worldwide are infected with Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium associated with both peptic ulcer disease and gastric cancer.
Outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy (OPAT) yields desirable outcomes for community-acquired skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI), a new single-centre retrospective study in Singapore reveals.Particularly, IV ceftriaxone or IV cefazolin is effective and results in a low hospital readmission rate.
The implementation of antibiotic stewardship programmes, particularly alongside infection control measures, reduced the incidence of infections and colonization caused by several strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria among hospital inpatients, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Malaria patients infected with Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax have reduced serum concentrations of sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P), reveals a new study. S1P levels are also correlated with anaemia and thrombocytopenia in P. falciparum malaria.
The Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) classification system appears to better predict the overall survival of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) compared with the Hong Kong Liver Cancer (HKLC) classification system in a real-world setting comprising Asian patients, a recent study found.
Elderly pneumonia patients who underwent osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) in addition to conventional care with antibiotics had a shorter duration of hospitalization and a lower risk of in-hospital death compared with those who had conventional care only (CCO) or “light-touch” (LT) control intervention, according to a subgroup analysis of the MOPSE* study.