bacterial infections

Study validates new test for bacterial vs viral infectionsA novel assay for distinguishing bacterial from viral infections significantly outperformed routine laboratory parameters and biomarkers in a study using serum remnants from children suspected to have acute infection.
Guided therapy can improve antibiotic resistanceResearchers share surprising findings about PCT-guided therapy in antibiotic management in patients with respiratory infections.
New antibiotic approved for acute bacterial skin infectionsFDA approved the use of a new fluoroquinolone antibiotic to treat ABSSSI.
Does extreme leukocytosis predict SBI in infants?White blood cell (WBC) count, even extreme leukocytosis, does not predict serious bacterial infection (SBI), according to a recent study.
New antibacterial treatment for plague approvedFDA has approved moxifloxacin (Avelox) for the treatment of patients with plague. Avelox has been approved under the Animal Efficacy Rule, because it was not ethical to conduct human trials.
Living in a bacterial worldIn my own personal experience, there have always been infections that are difficult to treat (e.g., acanthamoeba or fungal keratitis), but that was no less the case 20 years ago than it is today. Bacterial infections are not (in my humble opinion) particularly more a concern today than they were a decade or two ago.