Category Archives: Journal

Quality microbiological diagnostics and antimicrobial susceptibility testing explained

Our recent ‘Lessons from the Field’ paper is now (freely) available via the Western Pacific Surveillance and Response journal It is focused on implementation of quality testing in Pacific Island nations.  Clinicians and others may be interested in the answers … Continue reading

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Excellent new Lancet series of tuberculosis papers

See this recent Lancet edition.  Article list below. Editorial comment Richard Horton et al (excerpt) : This latest Lancet Series is led by Salmaan Keshavjee, from Harvard Medical School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. He helped bring together … Continue reading

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UK Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) – Making sense of evidence

This is an excellent starting place for clinicians who seek to read the literature critically. CASP was initiated in 1993 in response to the need for developing skills in health care staff to meet the challenge of Evidence Based Medicine.  The … Continue reading

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How long should we treat Intra-abdominal Infections for? RCT evidence

Originally posted on AIMED – Let's talk about antibiotics:
A recent randomised trial has shown that patients who receive fixed duration antibiotic therapy (approximately 4 days) had similar outcomes to patients who received longer courses (approximately 8 days). 518 patients…

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Human-to-Human Transmission of Ebola Virus- what’s the real evidence?

This short, excellent review from Centers for Disease Control, USA is worth reading in full! “During the 1995 Ebola outbreak in Kikwit, Democratic Republic of Congo, 80 (25%) of the 315 case-patients were healthcare personnel, and all of the healthcare … Continue reading

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