The American Academy of Dermatology has issued new recommendations regarding potentially unnecessary dermatologic tests and treatments as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign.
Metronidazole-induced encephalopathy (MIE) is uncommon but usually reversible with treatment cessation. However, a case study in Neurocritical Care is the second reported death in a patient who developed severe neurotoxicity with widespread MRI abnormalities following treatment with systemic metronidazole.
A study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine reports that older asthma patients, particularly those treated with inhaled corticosteroids, appear to be at an increased risk for treatment failure compared to those under the age of 30.
Pfizer announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Rapamune (sirolimus), the first drug approved to stabilize lung function in patients with lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM).