Urgent Updates | November 24, 2022 

FDA panel supports approval of two-drug asthma inhaler for adults, split on adolescents The fixed-dose combination of budesonide and albuterol sulfate metered dose inhaler (Avillion, AstraZeneca), or BDA, has been submitted to FDA for review for the as-needed treatment or prevention of bronchoconstriction and to prevent asthma exacerbations among patients with asthma aged 4 years

Urgent Updates | November 17, 2022

Highlights From Infectious Disease Week 2022—COVID-19, HIV, Monkeypox, and PolioThis year’s Infectious Disease Week highlighted several topics, ranging from evaluations of COVID-19 treatment to updates on the monkeypox outbreak. The good news is even though monkeypox was on the rise, it’s actually going down right now. The New York State Department of Health also investigated

Urgent Updates | November 10, 2022

MATERNAL HYPERTENSIVE DISORDER OF PREGNANCY AND MORTALITY IN OFFSPRING FROM BIRTH TO YOUNG ADULTHOOD: NATIONAL POPULATION BASED COHORT STUDYAll 2 437 718 individuals live born in Denmark, 1978-2018, with follow-up from date of birth until date of death, emigration, or 31 December 2018, whichever came first. The primary outcome was all cause mortality. Secondary outcomes were 13

Urgent Updates | November 03, 2022

INFLUENZA INCIDENCE AND VACCINE EFFECTIVENESS DURING THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE INFLUENZA SEASON — CHILE, 2022In 2022, influenza A (H3N2) virus, circulated in Chile months earlier than during prepandemic influenza seasons and was associated with 1,002 hospitalizations. Like certain Southern Hemisphere countries during the 2022 influenza season, Nothern Hemisphere countries might face influenza activity with atypical timing

Urgent Updates | October 27, 2022

ANTIMICROBIAL UPDATE: OPTIMIZING PRESCRIBING FOR COMMON INFECTIONSAt the 2022 AAP National it was discussed how pediatric clinicians can employ best practices when prescribing medications for common childhood infections. Antibiotics can cause adverse events, microbiome alteration, C. difficile infections, and be costly for families, making choosing the right antibiotic for the right amount of time even more crucial.

Urgent Updates | October 20, 2022

BIG RISE IN E-SCOOTER INJURIES AMONG U.S. KIDSIn the past decade, the number of patients admitted to hospitals after an e-scooter accident rose from one in 20 to one in eight. Moreover, those injuries have become more severe. Researchers collected data on nearly 1,500 e-scooter injuries reported to a national database of pediatric injuries from

Urgent Updates | October 13, 2022

LONG-TERM HOUSEHOLD CONTAMINATION WITH MONKEYPOX VIRUS INVESTIGATEDAn investigation by CDC and state health authorities in Utah found monkeypox virus on many frequently used household surfaces, blankets, furniture, and other objects in a home where residents had been isolating for weeks. They recommended that individuals living with or visiting an infected person’s home wear a mask,

Urgent Updates | October 6, 2022

INTERIM INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HEALTHCARE PERSONNEL DURING THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) PANDEMICThe CDC no longer recommends universal masking in health care settings unless the facilities are in areas of high COVID-19 transmission. The CDC said that these updates were made to reflect the high levels of vaccine- and infection-induced immunity, as

Urgent Updates | September 29, 2022

Urgent Updates | September 29, 2022 EXCESS ANTIBIOTICS AT DISCHARGE, MRSA BACTEREMIA IN COVID PATIENTSA study conducted at Johns Hopkins Hospital found that three-quarters of patients evaluated were prescribed excess antibiotics at discharge, and durations were frequently longer than recommended, researchers reported last week in the American Journal of Infection Control. During the study period, 196

Urgent Updates | September 22, 2022

TWO CASES OF MONKEYPOX-ASSOCIATED ENCEPHALOMYELITIS — COLORADO AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, JULY–AUGUST 2022Two patients had confirmed systemic MPXV infections with encephalomyelitis appearing within 5 and 9 days of illness onset. The underlying pathology behind this is unclear but might represent either MPXV invasion of the CNS or a parainfectious autoimmune process triggered by systemic