Use of pegylated interferon alpha 2a as an add-on therapy in chronic hepatitis B patients on tenofovir disoproxil fumarate facilitates rapid reductions in hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and core-related antigen (HBcrAg) levels, a study has shown.
In the treatment of cytokine storm syndrome due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), administering tocilizumab via the intravenous (IV) route appears to be more effective than subcutaneous (SC) therapy, leading to earlier symptom improvement and better survival, according to a study.
In paediatric patients with microbial keratitis, the most significant risk factors are contact lens wear, trauma, and existing ocular disease, while pre-existing corneal disease and delay in presentation correlate with poor visual acuity, according to a study.
A substantial proportion of COVID-19 patients shed SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA in faeces, with the virus persisting long after respiratory testing has become negative, according to the results of a meta-analysis. This suggests that the disease can be spread via the faecal–oral route.
Despite the absence of lockdown and having managed outbreaks well, Hong Kong has suffered a mental health emergency during the coronavirus pandemic, with older and underprivileged individuals being hit the hardest, according to a study.