Center for Biomedical Statistics coordinates trial comparing the use of antibiotics instead of surgery for appendicitis

Treating appendicitis solely with antibiotics may be a good option for some people, but not others, according to results from the Comparing Outcomes of antibiotic Drugs and Appendectomy (CODA) Trial published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Careful planning needed to counter release of weakly effective COVID-19 vaccine

The world needs efficient, speedy, and reliable evaluation of COVID-19 vaccine candidates, according to a recent article in the Lancet, but careful planning must be in place to counter the danger that political and economic pressures might lead to release of a weakly effective COVID-19 vaccine, a situation that could potentially worsen the pandemic.