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Antibiotics for acute rhinosinusitis in adults – Cochrane Library (free for a limited period)

Summary: Antibiotics for sinus infection of short duration in adults – Cochrane Library (free)

“Considering antibiotic resistance, and the very low incidence of serious complications, we conclude there is no place for antibiotics for people with uncomplicated acute rhinosinusitis.”

 


Screening for Syphilis Infection in Pregnant Women: US Preventive Services Task Force Reaffirmation Recommendation Statement – JAMA (free)

Editorial: Congenital Syphilis—Still a Shadow on the Land (free)

“The USPSTF recommends early screening for syphilis infection in all pregnant women. (A recommendation)”

 


Primary antifungal prophylaxis for cryptococcal disease in HIV‐positive people – Cochrane Library (free for a limited period)

Summary: Preventing cryptococcal disease in HIV-positive people – Cochrane Library (free)

“Antifungal prophylaxis reduced the risk of developing and dying from cryptococcal disease. Therefore, where CrAG screening is not available, antifungal prophylaxis may be used in patients with low CD4 counts at diagnosis and who are at risk of developing cryptococcal disease.”

 


Extended antibiotic infusions could save lives: Here’s how to do it – PulmCCM (free)

Related Research: Mortality lower with prolonged vs. short-term IV infusion of antipseudomonal beta-lactams (free)

“The simplest (and cheapest) technique is simply to reduce the time between doses.”

 


Seven days of antibiotics were as good as 14 for gram-negative bacteremia – PulmCCM (free)

Related Commentary: Seven-day antibiotic course delivers similar outcomes to 14-days for Gram-negative bacteraemia – European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, via EurekAlert (free)

“It’s important to note that source control was believed to be achieved in all enrolled patients. If source control cannot be achieved (e.g., an abscess, or an infected heart valve or indwelling catheter that cannot safely be removed), prolonged antibiotic courses are often advisable.”

 


Rotavirus Vaccination and the Global Burden of Rotavirus Diarrhea Among Children Younger Than 5 Years – JAMA Pediatrics (free)

“Rotavirus-associated mortality has decreased by 48.2% in children under 5 between 1990 and 2016” (via @IHME_UW see Tweet with infographics)

 


Anti-Vaccine Activists Have Taken Vaccine Science Hostage – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

“Should researchers not publish findings when there’s a chance they might be misinterpreted and scare the public?” (via @NYTHealth see Tweet)

 


Increasing tolerance of hospital Enterococcus faecium to handwash alcohols – Science Translational Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Study finds increased alcohol tolerance in common hospital pathogen – CIDRAP (free) AND Superbugs now also becoming resistant to alcohol disinfectants – Reuters (free) AND Some Bacteria Are Becoming ‘More Tolerant’ Of Hand Sanitizers, Study Finds – NPR (free)

“Researchers found that E faecium isolates collected in 2 Australian hospitals after 2009 were 10x more tolerant to alcohol than those collected before 2004, and that the date of isolation was a much better predictor of survival than the genotype” (via @CIDRAP_ASP see Tweet)

 


Reports from the task force on tropical diseases by the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine:

Sepsis in tropical regions

Intensive care in severe malaria

Dengue fever

Ebola virus disease

Leptospirosis

Zika virus

Chikungunya

Source: Critical Care Reviews Newsletter

 


Antibiotics should be restricted for COPD – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (free)

Commentaries: Antibiotics should be restricted for COPD, says NICE – OnMedica (free) AND UK officials recommend limits on antibiotics for COPD – CIDRAP (free)

“The draft antimicrobial guidance recommends that antibiotics should be offered to people who have a severe flare up of symptoms, also known as a severe acute exacerbation”

 


Editorial: HPV vaccination: balancing facts – Cochrane Library (free)

Related Cochrane Review: Prophylactic Vaccination Against HPV to Prevent Cervical Cancer (link to review and commentaries)

 


The flu vaccine is being oversold – it’s not that effective – The Conversation (free)

See Related Cochrane Systematic Reviews: Vaccines for Preventing Influenza and Its Complications (free)

“The infection rate in adults drops from 2% per year to 1%. You could say that’s halved, but it effectively only drops by 1%. So this means that out of every 100 healthy adults vaccinated, 99 get no benefit against laboratory confirmed influenza”.

 


Continuous low-dose antibiotic prophylaxis to prevent urinary tract infection in adults who perform clean intermittent self-catheterisation: the AnTIC RCT – Health Technology Assessment (free)

“The results of this large randomised trial, conducted in accordance with best practice, demonstrate clear benefit for antibiotic prophylaxis in terms of reducing the frequency of UTI for people carrying out CISC”.

 


Tracing Spread of Zika Virus in the Americas – NIH Director’s Blog (free)

Original Article: Genomic Epidemiology Reconstructs the Introduction and Spread of Zika Virus in Central America and Mexico – Cell Host & Microbe (free)

 


Rapid Recommendations: Atraumatic (pencil-point) versus conventional needles for lumbar puncture: a clinical practice guideline – The BMJ (free)

We issue a strong recommendation for use of atraumatic needles in all patients (adults and children) undergoing lumbar puncture because they decrease complications and are no less likely to work than conventional needles”

 


Low-dose corticosteroids for adult patients with septic shock: a systematic review with meta-analysis and trial sequential analysis – Critical Care Medicine (free for a limited period)

Source: Critical Care Reviews Newsletter

“In adults with septic shock treated with low dose corticosteroids, short- and longer-term mortality are unaffected, adverse events increase, but duration of shock, mechanical ventilation and ICU stay are reduced”.

 


Managing epidemics: Key facts about major deadly diseases – World Health Organization (free)

“Managing epidemics. This @WHO manual provides concise, up-to-date knowledge on 15 infectious diseases that have the potential to become international threats, and tips on how to respond to each of them”. (via @Onisillos and @claireekt see Tweet)

 


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)

 


World Immunization Week, 24-30 April 2018: Twelve things you didn’t know about immunization – UNICEF (free)

source: Global Health NOW Newsletter

 


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