High-dose zinc salt lozenges appear to have some benefit against SARS-CoV-2, producing symptomatic and objective improvements in COVID-19 patients, according to data from a small case-series study. This supports evaluation of the lozenges as a potential therapy for the infection in a controlled setting.
Among patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), treatment with the direct thrombin inhibitor dabigatran results in a significantly lower incidence of Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia as compared with factor Xa-inhibitors, a study has shown.
COVID-19 patients with underlying cardiovascular comorbidities, such as cardiovascular disease and hypertension, appear to face a grim outlook, with acute cardiac injury potentially signalling greater mortality risk, a study has found.
Timing of appropriate therapy is important in the management of patients with severe bacterial infections, that is any delay should be avoided to reduce mortality in this population, according to a study.
More men than women die from SARS-CoV-2 infection, although it remains uncertain whether this difference is driven by biological dissimilarities between the sexes, or disparities in behavioural habits or in rates of comorbidities, according to a study.
In frail older adults with Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is useful both for clinical cure and palliation, and the procedure may be administered at the patent’s home, according to the results of a small study.
The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic appears to have a significant impact on oncological care, according to a study, which stresses the need for psycho-oncological support for cancer patients.