Infection with Helicobacter pylori is inversely associated with long-segment Barrett’s oesophagus (LSBE) but is significantly correlated with short-segment (SS)BE in individuals without reflux esophagitis, according to a recent study in a Japanese population.
Researchers in China have recently proposed the study of bee venom as a potential treatment for or preventive agent against infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Vitamin D, which is known to protect against acute respiratory infections, is associated with a reduced risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), suggests a recent study, which has yet to be peer-reviewed.
Patients who have failed initial Helicobacter pylori eradication therapy are at heightened risk of upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB), with the risk increasing progressively with longer time until retreatment, according to a recent study.
Using sofosbuvir-based direct antiviral agents (DAAs) may accelerate the decline of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections, reports a new study.
SER-109, an investigational microbiome drug consisting of a consortium of bacterial spores from healthy donors to prevent recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI), has shown a favourable safety profile in a phase II trial. Early engraftment of SER-109 dose-species helps reduce the risk of recurrence, although engraftment kinetics suggests a higher dosing to increase efficacy.
Adjuvanted FLU-v, a broad-spectrum influenza vaccine that induces antibodies and cell-mediate immunity, has demonstrated immunogenicity in a phase IIb trial, warranting phase III development to explore its safety and efficacy.
A wristwatch-like device that monitors pulse, breathing and blood oxygen levels of the user allows physicians to provide care remotely both in hospital and nontraditional settings, and may help in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
The use of a vaginal cleansing intervention prior to Caesarean delivery reduced the incidence of surgical site infections (SSIs), according to a study presented at ACOG 2020. However, the addition of intravenous (IV) azithromycin prophylaxis had no added impact on SSI rates.
Persons suffering from asthma should pay particular attention to SARS-CoV-2 precautionary measures such as social distancing, regular handwashing, and wearing of masks on top of keeping their asthma in control. This is because data collected so far paints a bleaker picture for asthmatics than the normal population should they catch COVID-19.
A comprehensive review of neurological disorders reported during the current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic demonstrates that infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) affects the central nervous system (CNS), the peripheral nervous system (PNS) and muscles, leading the Environmental Neurology Specialty Group of the World Federation of Neurology to propose implementation of international neurological registries.