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News Scan for Jun 11, 2021

News Scan for Jun 11, 2021

CDC-led study finds major racial disparities in MIS-C incidence A surveillance study of US children during the first wave of the pandemic found that multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) was a rare complication associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection, but incidence was significantly higher in non-White racial and ethnic groups, US researchers reported yesterday in JAMA

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Jun 11, 2021

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Jun 11, 2021

New WHO documents focus on tailored antimicrobial stewardship The World Health Organization (WHO) this week release three new documents that aim to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR) through a behavioral insights approach. The documents are based on the Tailoring Antimicrobial Resistance Programmes (TAP) approach, which aims to help stakeholders develop targeted stewardship interventions that are tailored

News Scan for Jun 10, 2021

News Scan for Jun 10, 2021

Immunoglobulin may benefit those with COVID vaccine-related blood clots High doses of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) in conjunction with an anticoagulant were associated with resolved vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT) in three patients, according to a report yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine. VITT occurs when antibodies attack protein factor 4 (PF4), leading to

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Jun 10, 2021

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Jun 10, 2021

FDA finalizes guidance for topical, injectable antibiotics used in animals The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that it has finalized guidelines to bring the remaining medically important antibiotics still sold over-the-counter (OTC) for use in animals under the supervision of veterinarians. The finalization of guidance for industry (GFI) #263 means that the roughly

Delta variant makes up 6% of US COVID-19 cases

Delta variant makes up 6% of US COVID-19 cases

The Delta variant, a highly contagious COVID-19 variant first identified in India and also known as B1617.2, now accounts for about 6% of US infections, Anthony Fauci, MD, the chief medical adviser to the White House, said yesterday. The variant has become the dominant strain not only in India but also the United Kingdom, where

Global COVID-19 patterns reflect dual-world track

Global COVID-19 patterns reflect dual-world track

Though global COVID-19 cases fell last week for the sixth week in a row, some countries in every part of the world are reporting rises, painting a complicated picture of the current pandemic status, layered with worries about more transmissible variants and slim vaccine supply in many nations. Tough struggles in many countries In its

News Scan for Jun 08, 2021

News Scan for Jun 08, 2021

Study: 1 in 5 physicians highly distressed during first COVID-19 triages A survey of 164 New York physicians found that one in five were severely distressed during their first COVID-19 triage decisions and last-minute training did not appear to alleviate stress, according to a study yesterday in Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. The researchers

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Jun 08, 2021

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Jun 08, 2021

CARB-X to fund development of rapid diagnostic test for sepsis CARB-X announced today that is awarding Tucson, Arizona–based Accelerate Diagnostics $578,000 to develop a diagnostic test for sepsis based on new fiber optic technology. The award will help the company develop a compact instrument that uses Stimulated Raman Spectroscopy to identify bacteria from positive blood