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Safety and efficacy assessment of UV application for superficial infections in humans: A systematic review and meta-analysis

See — Ultraviolet (UV) light is naturally antimicrobial, but risks associated with UV overexposure have limited its clinical application. This systematic review evaluates the safety and efficacy of UV light treatment of superficial human infections. Methods MEDLINE, Embase, Cochrane CENTRAL, ANZCTR and US National Library of Medicine were searched (March 25, 2020). Clinical studies applying UV light (200–400 nm) for superficial infections and non-clinical studies evaluating the antimicrobial effects of UV light on human samples were included. Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and non- RCTs were appraised using the Cochrane risk of bias and the ROBINS-I tools, respectively. Results Eleven RCTs, seven…
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