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Feb 18, 2019

Feb 18, 2019
Baby with fever

Model derived to rule out bacteria in feverish infants

A protocol involving urinalysis, absolute neutrophil count, and procalcitonin levels showed 97.7% sensitivity and 60.0% specificity.

Oct 24, 2018

Oct 24, 2018
Microbes

New test detects 100s of bacteria, resistance genes

Bacterial reads for unexplained sepsis were 1,000 times higher than with a different assay.

Oct 05, 2018

Oct 05, 2018
clinic prescription

Study: Outpatient antibiotics widely prescribed without an infection diagnosis

The new study sheds light on prescribing missed in other studies, including for conditions without an in-patient visit.

Sep 28, 2018

Sep 28, 2018
Smart phone microbe diagnostics

Smartphone-based test shows promise for rapid UTI diagnosis

Research on the device indicates it has the potential to provide quick, low-cost diagnostics.

Sep 27, 2018

Sep 27, 2018
DNA test genetic sequencing

Study heralds genetic era of TB drug susceptibility testing

Whole-genome sequencing could lead to faster, more accurate resistance testing.

Jun 08, 2018

Jun 08, 2018
Stethoscope exam on coughing patient

CDC study: Antibiotics still widely overused for respiratory infections

Fully 41% of antibiotic prescriptions written for patients with ARIs were inappropriate.

May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018
Coughing patient stethoscope exam

Trial finds procalcitonin tests don't cut antibiotic use

The study found no signifiant difference in patients with lower respiratory tract infections.

Apr 23, 2018

Apr 23, 2018
Mass spectrometer

FDA approves rapid diagnostic test for Candida auris

The test can yield results in less than an hour, compared with 24 to 48 hours for conventional tests.

Mar 06, 2018

Mar 06, 2018
Prescribing antibiotics with laptop

UK groups unveil in-depth guidance for MDR gram-negative infections

The paper reflects current, evolving data, an expert says.

Feb 28, 2018

Feb 28, 2018
Writing a prescription

UK study deems 20% of primary care antibiotics inappropriate

At least 20% of all primary care antibiotics could be classified as inappropriate.

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