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PEG-IFN/ribavirin therapy works equally well at 24 or 48 weeks

November 30, 2015

In southern China, peginterferon alfa-2a and ribavirin combination therapy works as well for 24 weeks as it does for 48 weeks in patients with HCV genotype 6a.

“In this investigator-initiated open-label randomized controlled trial that evaluated the role of [rapid virological response] for determining the treatment duration for HCV-6 patients, the intention-to-treat and per-protocol analyses demonstrated that 24 weeks of [peginterferon] and [ribavirin] combination therapy is noninferior to 48 weeks of therapy when a [rapid virological response] is achieved,” Qingxian Cai, PhD, of Sun Yat-Sen University of Guangdon, China, and colleagues wrote.

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Late-onset group B streptococcal sepsis exceeds early-onset pediatric cases in Switzerland

November 30, 2015
Cases of late-onset group B streptococcal sepsis were more prevalent than early-onset cases among pediatric hospitals in Switzerland, according to recent data in The
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Motavizumab reduces RSV hospitalizations in Native American infants

November 30, 2015
The use of motavizumab significantly reduced hospitalizations for respiratory syncytial virus in healthy Native American infants, according to recent findings.“To…

$2.5 million grant focuses on how vector-borne diseases become epidemics

November 29, 2015
Two Kansas State University researchers are among an international team that will use a $2.5 million grant to explore how vector-borne diseases spread across great…

Children's hospital receives grant for antibacterial strategy

November 28, 2015
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently awarded researchers at MassGeneral Hospital for Children a grant to explore a novel strategy that aims to…
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The Patient with Conjunctivitis

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This CME activity will focus on the diagnosis and management of patients with conjunctivitis.
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Despite measures, infection control in daycare centers remains daunting

November 25, 2015
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The Adolescent Patient with Meningococcal Meningitis

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Although not common, meningococcal meningitis is a serious condition, and can result in extensive morbidity and…
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