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Roshini Claire Anthony, 4 days ago

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.

Tristan Manalac, 19 May 2018
Taking oral antibiotics appears to increase the risk of nephrolithiasis, according to a recent study. Moreover, the risk seems to be compounded for individuals with recent antibiotic exposure and those who were exposed at a younger age.
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Patients with inflammatory bowel disease are at increased risk of developing acute myocardial infarction (AMI) or heart failure, although the prevalence of traditional risk factors for such cardiovascular disorders appears to be low, as reported in a recent study.
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Early renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) blockade with renin-angiotensin system inhibitors (RASI) leads to better short- and long-term renal outcomes in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients with antiphospholipid-associated nephropathy (aPLN), according to a study, adding that this renal protective effect is independent of RASI’s antihypertensive and antiproteinuric effects.

Pokémon Go may improve psychological distress

28 Sep 2017
Playing Pokémon GO, a mobile game application, appears to yield benefits to the mental health of adult workers in Japan, a new retrospective cohort study has shown. Moreover, the game may also help in improving psychological distress.

In the study sample of 2,530 workers, who had accomplished both the baseline and the follow-up online self-report questionnaires, after the game’s release, 9.7 percent (n=246; mean age 37.09±10.85 years) had continued playing the game for longer than 1 month. Those who refused to respond for unknown reasons and who had lost their jobs were excluded.

Generalized linear models revealed a significant effect of time on psychological distress (p=0.025) where distress improved over time. Participants who remained playing showed greater improvements (baseline estimated mean 42.00±0.64; follow-up estimated mean 39.86±0.67) compared with those who discontinued play (baseline estimated mean 40.38±0.21; follow-up estimated mean 40.40±0.22).

On the other hand, time had no significant effect on the secondary outcomes of physical complaints (p=0.447) and work performance (p=0.377).

However, despite being statistically insignificant, continued Pokémon GO play yielded improvements in physical complaints (estimated means from baseline to follow-up 20.85±0.43 to 20.32±0.45) and reductions in work performance (estimated means from baseline to follow-up 59.70±1.13 to 57.87±1.14).

The Cohen’s d values, at 95 percent CI, of psychological distress, physical complaints and work performance were -0.20 (-0.33 to -0.07), -0.07 (-0.20 to 0.07) and -0.07 (-0.21 to 0.06), respectively, confirming the relatively higher significance of psychological distress.

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Roshini Claire Anthony, 4 days ago

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.

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