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News Scan for Oct 20, 2021

News Scan for Oct 20, 2021

Overweight, obesity linked to more, longer mild COVID-19 symptoms COVID-19 outpatients were more likely to have more respiratory symptoms if they were overweight or obese, according to a study published yesterday in Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses. The researchers enrolled 522 people, 63.8% of whom were considered overweight or obese, from June 2020 to January

New local COVID cases prompt measures in China; Valneva reports promising vaccine findings

New local COVID cases prompt measures in China; Valneva reports promising vaccine findings

In the latest global COVID-19 developments, clusters of new local cases prompted lockdowns in a few northern areas, and France-based Valneva reported positive results for its vaccine when compared to the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine. China tracks more local flare-ups China’s National Health Commission today reported nine new local cases, the most since late September when the

New drug for Acinetobacter infections shows promise in phase 3 trial

New drug for Acinetobacter infections shows promise in phase 3 trial

Pharmaceutical company Entasis Therapeutics yesterday announced positive topline results from a phase 3 trial of sulbactam-durlobactam (SUL-DUR), the company’s investigational drug targeting infections caused by Acinetobacter baumannii. The results from the ATTACK trial, which were announced in a press release and have not yet been peer-reviewed, showed that SUL-DUR demonstrated statistical non-inferiority versus colistin for

COVID-19 Scan for Oct 18, 2021

COVID-19 Scan for Oct 18, 2021

SARS-CoV-2 dose not linked with COVID-19 severity, review says SARS-CoV-2 dose may affect infection rates, but current data do not show an association between viral dose and COVID-19 severity, according to a review of more than 100 SARS-CoV-2 studies that looks at COVID-19 infectious dose, viral load, severity, and variants. The aggregated findings were included

ASP Scan (Weekly) for Oct 15, 2021

ASP Scan (Weekly) for Oct 15, 2021

Our weekly wrap-up of antimicrobial stewardship & antimicrobial resistance scans Antibiotic prescribing guidelines, diagnostics linked to reduced resistance Implementing institution-specific guidelines (ISGs) for antimicrobial prescribing and use of diagnostics at a tertiary care hospital was associated with significant declines in antibiotic resistance rates and Clostridioides difficile infections (CDIs), German researchers reported yesterday in PLOS One. In an interrupted

FDA advisors approve J&J COVID vaccine boosters

FDA advisors approve J&J COVID vaccine boosters

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) vaccine advisory group today unanimously approved a booster dose of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine for all Americans 18 years old and older who received a single dose. Also today, the experts discussed mix-and-match dosing, raising several questions and airing multiple issues, but they took no vote on the