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A test that measures the level of procalcitonin in the blood has been cleared for expanded use by the FDA. When used in conjunction with other clinical information, the test may help healthcare practitioners avoid unnecessary antibiotic treatment without risking patients' safety. Photo source: NIAID
Recently updated guidelines recommend a newer blood test, called an interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA), to detect tuberculosis (TB) infection rather than the traditional TB skin test (TST) in most situations.
CRE superbugs that are resistant to almost all antibiotics appear to be more diverse and harder to identify than health experts had realized, say researchers, and testing for CRE should be expanded beyond current practice. Photo source: NIAID