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A Pan-Tuberculosis Regimen: The Debate Continues

A Pan-Tuberculosis Regimen: The Debate Continues

Last month the South Africa National Tuberculosis Program decided to make oral bedaqualine available for all rifampin-resistant TB (RR-TB) in place of — the often more toxic — injectable drugs.

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Interleukin-8 Enhances Diagnosis of Invasive Aspergillosis in High-Risk Patients

Interleukin-8 Enhances Diagnosis of Invasive Aspergillosis in High-Risk Patients

High serum levels of IL-8 were highly specific and showed high sensitivity when combined with either the BALF, LFD, or BALF Aspergillus PCR, for differentiating probable invasive aspergillosis from cases with no infection.

Tobramycin Efficacy Decreased by Human Airway Mucus

Tobramycin Efficacy Decreased by Human Airway Mucus

Human airway mucus alters the susceptibility of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms to tobramycin, but not colistin.

Data Support FDA Restrictions on Child Cough and Cold Medicines

Data Support FDA Restrictions on Child Cough and Cold Medicines

New research supports expanded restrictions on opioid-containing cough and cold medications for children.

Drop in Childhood Pneumococcal, Hib Deaths From 2000 to 2015

Drop in Childhood Pneumococcal, Hib Deaths From 2000 to 2015

Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) deaths in children decreased between 2000 and 2015.

Community-Acquired Pneumonia In-Hospital Deaths Are Not Indicative of Lapse in Care

Community-Acquired Pneumonia In-Hospital Deaths Are Not Indicative of Lapse in Care

Most deaths related to community-acquired pneumonia that occurred at tertiary-case hospitals were not preventable.

CDC: Updated Recommendations for Latent TB Infection Treatment

CDC: Updated Recommendations for Latent TB Infection Treatment

The CDC has issued updated recommendations regarding the use of 3HP for the treatment of latent tuberculosis.

Respiratory Viruses Linked to Treatment Failure in Asthma Exacerbations

Respiratory Viruses Linked to Treatment Failure in Asthma Exacerbations

Respiratory pathogens were associated with an increased risk for treatment failure in children with asthma exacerbations.

Priority Review Granted to Novel Oral Influenza Treatment

Priority Review Granted to Novel Oral Influenza Treatment

Baloxavir marboxil, an investigational, oral treatment for acute uncomplicated influenza in those aged ≥12 years has been granted Priority Review by the FDA.

Increase in VA Legionnaires' Disease Rates From 2014 to 2016

Increase in VA Legionnaires' Disease Rates From 2014 to 2016

There was an increase in Legionnaires' Disease (LD) from 2014 to 2016.

Mandatory Influenza Vaccination Advised for Healthcare Personnel in VA, Non-VA Hospitals

Mandatory Influenza Vaccination Advised for Healthcare Personnel in VA, Non-VA Hospitals

A national survey was conducted to assess influenza prevention practices in Veterans Affairs and non-Veterans Affairs hospitals in the United States.

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