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  1. 21 Nov 2014
    Amantadine and rimantadine to prevent and treat influenza A in children and the elderly Updated
    Review question As recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), oseltamivir (Tamiflu) is currently used for people with influenza A. In previous pandemics, the virus was susceptible to amantadine and rimantadine. If they are safe and the circulating strain proves to be susceptible to these drugs, they could be an alternative for managing influenza. ...
  2. 18 Nov 2014
    Reminder systems to improve patient attendance at tuberculosis clinics Updated
    This Cochrane Review summarizes trials evaluating the effects of reminder systems on attendance at tuberculosis (TB) clinics and completion of TB treatment. After searching for relevant trials up to 29 August 2014, we included nine trials, including 4654 people. What are reminder systems and how might they help? Effective treatment for TB requires ...
  3. 12 Nov 2014
    Adjunctive steroid therapy for managing pulmonary tuberculosis New
    Pulmonary tuberculosis is a common infectious disease. Although curable with standard anti-pulmonary tuberculosis drugs, it has been reported that an individuals recovery could be improved by adding corticosteroids to their treatment. Current clinical guidelines advise the use of corticosteroids for treatment of other types of tuberculosis; tuberculosis ...
  4. 11 Nov 2014
    Garlic for the common cold Podcast Updated
    Background Garlic is popularly believed to be useful for the common cold. This belief is based on traditional use and some laboratory evidence that garlic has antibacterial and antiviral properties. On average, adults have two to four common colds per year. Study characteristics The evidence is current to the 7 August 2014. Of the eight studies ...
  5. 6 Nov 2014
    Use of rapid point-of-care testing for infection to guide doctors prescribing antibiotics for acute respiratory infections in primary care settings New
    Review question We reviewed the evidence of the effect and safety of a rapid test of infection at point-of-care for using antibiotics in people with acute respiratory infections (ARIs) (e.g. common colds) in primary care. Background Antibiotic treatment is common in ARIs despite the fact that the vast majority are caused by viruses, against which ...
  6. 29 Oct 2014
    Quantitative versus qualitative cultures of respiratory secretions in patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia Updated
    Review question We wanted to determine whether quantitative cultures of respiratory secretions are effective in reducing mortality in immunocompetent patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia compared with qualitative cultures. We also evaluated changes in antibiotic use, length of intensive care unit (ICU) stay and mechanical ventilation. Background Ventilator-associated ...
  7. 29 Oct 2014
    The rapid test GenoType® MTBDRsl for testing resistance to second-line TB drugs New
    Background Different drugs are available to treat people with tuberculosis (TB), but resistance to these drugs is a growing problem. People with drug-resistant TB are more likely to die than people with drug-susceptible TB. People with drug-resistant TB require "second-line" TB drugs that, compared with "first-line" TB drugs used to treat drug-susceptible ...
  8. 27 Oct 2014
    Decongestants, antihistamines and nasal irrigation for acute sinusitis in children Updated
    Review question The goal of this review was to determine whether there is any evidence in the medical literature for or against the use of decongestants, antihistamines and nasal irrigation for acute sinusitis in children. Background Young children experience an average of six to eight colds per year. Out of every 10 children with a cold, one develops ...
  9. 25 Oct 2014
    Probiotics for preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia New
    Review question To critically assess the current evidence from published studies relating to the effect of probiotics for preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). Background VAP is a condition that can occur in patients who have been mechanically ventilated for more than 48 hours and can significantly increase the likelihood of death within ...
  10. 9 Oct 2014
    Antibiotics for bronchiolitis in children under two years of age Updated
    Question We reviewed the evidence on the effect of antibiotics on clinical outcomes in children with bronchiolitis. Background Bronchiolitis is a serious respiratory illness that affects babies. It is most commonly caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and is the most common reason for hospitalisation in babies younger than six months. Babies ...

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