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Two-day course of dexamethasone effective for asthma flares

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Adult patients with asthma exacerbations do as well with 2 days of oral dexamethasone as with 5 days of oral prednisone, according to a report in the Annals of Emergency Medicine online February 18. The authors point out...

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Empiric MRSA coverage not necessary in uncomplicated pediatric skin infections

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Despite the fact that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is usually isolated nowadays from purulent skin and soft tissue infections in children, treatment with an antibiotic active against MRSA doesn’t...

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New anticoagulant added to recommendations for treating atrial fibrillation

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A “focused update” to existing guidelines on the management of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) states that the recently approved oral direct thrombin inhibitor dabigatran (Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim) is a...