Respiratory infections potentially play a role in precipitating acute myocardial infarction (AMI), with a recent study showing that the incidence of admissions for AMI is high during the week following laboratory confirmation of influenza infection.
Use of oral capsules in the delivery of faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) appears to be equally effective as colonoscopy in terms of preventing recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (RCDI) over 12 weeks, according to the results of a trial.
Better clinical efficacy was observed among cancer patients with postoperative hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) who received prolonged infusion of the mixed preparation of the broad-spectrum β-lactamase inhibitor tazobactam and β-lactam antibiotic piperacillin (TZP) compared with those who received the traditional regimen, according to a study.
Experts from Hong Kong recently established a diagnostic cut-off value for pleural fluid adenosine deaminase (pfADA) for the diagnosis of tuberculous pleural effusion (TBPE) by restricting analysis to a level of ≤100 U/L.
Use of steroids in patients with septic shock can speed up reversal of shock, shorten the time spent on mechanical ventilation in intensive care, and reduce the need for blood transfusion, although it does not improve 90-day survival of patients compared with placebo, according to the ADRENAL* study, thus ending the debate over the role of steroids in septic shock therapy.
New drug applications approved by US FDA as of 16 - 31 January 2018 which includes New Molecular Entities (NMEs) and new biologics. It does not include Tentative Approvals. Supplemental approvals may have occurred since the original approval date.
All oral direct-acting antiviral (DAA) regimens for the treatment of genotype 1 hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection demonstrate excellent efficacy and safety in Asian patients, including the elderly and those with end-stage renal disease, according to real-world data.
Two kinds of oral bacteria were associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, according to research presented at the 2016 meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), held recently in New Orleans, Louisiana, US.
Patients with fluoroquinolone-resistant rectal vault flora appear to have higher odds of developing infectious complications following transrectal ultrasound-guided prostate needle biopsy despite targeted prophylaxis, a study has found.
Increasing daily water intake by 1.5 L can half the risk of recurrent acute uncomplicated cystitis (rAUC) in women, suggests a study presented at the recent Infectious Disease Week (IDWeek) in San Diego, California, US.