Use of telbivudine (LdT) during the second trimester of pregnancy helps prevent mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B virus, reveals a study. In addition, treatment with LdT during pregnancy is safe in the long term for both mothers and infants.
A recent study in India has found a significant association between high serum ferritin (SF) and noncommunicable disease (NCD) in adolescents. Additionally, such interaction is dependent on wealth and coexisting prediabetes.
A recent study has provided further evidence on the incidence of central nervous system (CNS) coccidioidomycosis, which is a rare and potentially dangerous complication of disseminated coccidioidomycosis. Many patients present with relatively low compliment fixation (CF) titer, and hydrocephalus often occurs.
The duration of antiviral prescribing has become much shorter with the introduction of the Biofire Filmarray meningitis/encephalitis (M/E) panel, a study has shown. However, its influence on antibiotic prescribing or health services in a paediatric hospital is minimal.
For children with uncomplicated malaria, early treatment with an ultra-short course of high-dose primaquine is noninferior to delayed treatment at preventing Plasmodium vivax infection, according to a study.
Using methylphenidate and a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) together does not appear to pose any significant risk, with both agents having been shown to be safe in adolescent patients with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and depression, according to a new-user cohort study.
Children born to mothers who were taking pravastatin during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy do not appear to have any identifiable long-term neurodevelopmental safety risks, as reported in a study.
A recent study has strengthened the view that childhood maltreatment contributes to mental health problems. In addition, findings suggest wider genetic and environmental risk factors mediate part of the overall mental health problem risk in those exposed to maltreatment.