The combined use of piperacillin and tazobactam does not appear to be a suitable alternative to meropenem for patients with bloodstream infections caused by ceftriaxone-resistant Escherichia coli (E. coli) or Klebsiella pneumoniae (K. pneumoniae), according to results of the MERINO* trial.
Patients hospitalized with gram-negative bacteraemia have similar outcomes regardless of whether they receive a 7-day or 14-day course of antibiotic therapy, according to a study presented at ECCMID 2018.
While a 6-day course of flucloxacillin appeared as effective as a 12-day course in curing and reducing short-term risk of relapse among patients hospitalized for cellulitis, the 6-day course led to a greater risk of relapse at 90 days, according to a study from The Netherlands.
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Nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) appear to confer more clinical benefits to elderly patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) than vitamin K antagonist anticoagulants (VKAs), suggests a study, adding that this is primarily driven by the lower rates of major bleeding.
Multiple intralesional injections with purified protein derivative (PPD) leads to faster clearance of common warts compared with a single injection, although the latter is better tolerated, as shown in the results of an open‐label, superiority trial.
Use of direct acting antivirals (DAAs) to treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is feasible during pregnancy, as these drugs are highly effective and treatment duration is relatively short, according to a study. In addition, DAA treatment helps improve maternal health and prevent vertical transmission.