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Gram stain not accurate for assessing ventilator-associated pneumonia

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – When ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is suspected, the absence of Gram staining on a respiratory specimen reliably rules out the diagnosis. On the other hand, a positive Gram stain has a low predictive value for VAP and correlates only moderately with organisms recovered...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA) is more specific, at least as sensitive, and may better predict disease progression than the tuberculin skin test in pregnant women at risk of exposure to tuberculosis, according to a report in the June Obstetrics &...

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Second dose of meningococcal vaccine improves response rates in HIV-infected youth

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A second dose of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) 6 months after the first dose significantly improves response rates in youth infected with HIV, according to a report in the May 24th online issue of The Journal of Pediatrics. “Previous immunization...