New test aids decision between intravenous and oral antibiotics for childhood infection

A simple new test developed at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and University of Melbourne will help clinicians decide whether to use oral or intravenous antibiotics to treat childhood infections. Developed and validated in children attending The Royal Children’s Hospital with a common skin infection, the Melbourne ASSET Risk Score is the first clinical risk score to help clinicians decide […]

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The standard diagnostic test for chronic cystitis have been ineffective

Urinary tract infections (cystitis and pyelonephritis) are of great prevalence, but their accurate diagnosis is often difficult. The authors of the new study argue that the standard methods for the detection of bacteria in urine does not give accurate results in most chronic patients. Each year urinary tract infections (UTI) faces about 150-200 million people worldwide. Many people, especially young […]

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Is it brain infection or cancer? A new rapid test could hold the answer

When patients present with neurologic symptoms such as severe headaches or seizures, the symptoms could suggest anything from infection, cancer, or an autoimmune disease of the brain or spinal cord, leaving physicians scrambling to find the cause in a short amount of time. The differences in diagnosis can mean having mere hours to act or being able to take days […]

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New drugs, test offer TB hope for millions

Thousands of scientists, activists and disease survivors Saturday wrap up a global conference on lung health dominated by the announcement of several breakthroughs in the battle against tuberculosis. The following is a round-up of developments in how doctors and aid workers are tackling the world’s deadliest infectious disease. Miracle drug Some strains of TB—a severe lung infection that can spread […]

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