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NAP6 Report: Anaesthesia, Surgery and Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions: Report and findings of the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ 6th National Audit Project (free PDF)

News Release: RCoA undertakes largest ever study of anaphylaxis in anaesthesia and surgery (free)

Infographic: Anaesthesia, Surgery and Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions (free PDF)

“The study found teicoplanin is 17-fold more likely to cause anaphylaxis than penicillin and similar drugs. As 90 per cent of patients who report penicillin allergy are in fact not allergic, better identification of true allergy would reduce risk”. (from News Release)

 


Tailored interventions based on sputum eosinophils versus clinical symptoms for asthma in children and adults – Cochrane Library (free)

Original article: Tailored interventions based on sputum eosinophils versus clinical symptoms for asthma in children and adults – Cochrane Library (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

“Tailoring asthma interventions based on sputum eosinophils is beneficial in reducing the frequency of asthma exacerbations in adults with asthma. Adults with frequent exacerbations and severe asthma may derive the greatest benefit from this additional monitoring test”.

 


Intravenous Corticosteroid Premedication Administered 5 Hours Before CT Compared with a Traditional 13-Hour Oral Regimen – Radiology (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Source: Journal Watch ($)

“Accelerated intravenous premedication with corticosteroids beginning 5 hours before contrast-enhanced CT has a breakthrough reaction rate noninferior to that of a 13-hour oral premedication regimen”.

 


Immunology, one cell at a time – Nature News (free)

“Analysing the DNA, RNA and protein of single cells is transforming our understanding of the immune system, say Amir Giladi and Ido Amit”.

 


Efficacy of Recombinant Influenza Vaccine in Adults 50 Years of Age or Older – New England Journal of Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

“Say bye to egg-grown flu vaccine? Recombinant vaccines are a little more effective & much quicker to adapt” (RT @RichardLehman1 see Tweet and brief commentaries on the study)

 


Too Clean for Our Children’s Good? – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

According to the “hygiene hypothesis”, some exposure to germs and microorganisms might be good for us because it helps develop the immune system. 

 


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