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Bacterial Wall-Building Protein Has Been Targeted

A study determined that the wall that surrounds bacteria to shield them from external assaults has long been a tantalizing target for drug therapies. Indeed, some of modern medicine's most strong antibiotics disarm harmful bacteria by disrupting the proteins that build their protective armor. The study was published in Nature.

Effectiveness of Furosemide in Respiratory Care

Diuretic therapy—commonly given to extremely preterm infants to help them overcome respiratory problems—appears to offer no benefit for this purpose, according to an analysis by researchers at the National Institutes of Health.

Surprisingly, infants in the study who received diuretic therapy were more likely to require respiratory support, compared to extremely preterm infants with similar respiratory problems who did not receive the therapy. The study is published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Role of Palliative Care in Liver Disease

A new study published in the journal The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology suggest that use of day-case large-volume paracentesis for patients with liver disease at the end of life is associated with lower costs, reduced pressure on acute hospital services, and a lower probability of dying in hospital compared with unplanned care, highlighting the importance of advance planning of care for both patients and health-care systems.