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Infant Respiratory Syncytial Virus Increases Bronchiolitis, Pneumonia Risks

The development of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) bronchiolitis in infants within the first 6 months of life was associated with increased odds of pneumonia, otitis media, and filling of antibiotic prescriptions in the second 6 months of life, according to study results published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. This was a population-based cohort study of infants…

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Resistance-Guided Antimicrobial Therapy for Mycoplasma genitalium Infection

For infections with Mycoplasma genitalium, resistance-guided therapy using doxycycline followed by azithromycin or moxifloxacin led to high levels of microbiologic cure and low levels of de novo resistance, according to data published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. A total of 383 patients who attended Melbourne Sexual Health Centre in Australia between 2017 and 2018 with sexually…

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DAA Therapy Associated With Higher Survival in HCV-Related Comorbidities

Patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) and comorbidities, including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), clinically significant portal hypertension, and cirrhosis were shown to have significantly higher survival rates when treatment included directly acting antiviral agent (DAA) therapy, according to the results of several studies presented at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases’ The Liver…

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New EMR-Based Tools Improve Hepatitis Screening in Various Care Settings

New diagnostic tools used to identify hepatitis C virus (HCV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) utilize simple questionnaires and emergency medical records (EMR) to alert physicians in both primary care and high-volume care settings about patients at risk for viral hepatitis infection or reactivation. The results of these studies were presented at the American Association…

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