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Travelers Bringing Drug-Resistant Bacteria to United States

Posted 2 Apr 2015 by

THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 – A drug-resistant strain of bacteria that causes diarrhea is spreading in the United States, federal health officials warned Thursday. Travelers are bringing a drug-resistant strain of the Shigella sonnei bacteria to the United States and spreading it to other people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "These outbreaks show a troubling trend in Shigella infections in the United States," Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC director, said in an agency news release. The CDC said that S. sonnei bacteria resistant to the antibiotic ciprofloxacin (Cipro) sickened 243 people in 32 states and Puerto Rico between May 2014 and February 2015. Shigella, which causes about 500,000 cases of diarrhea in the United States every year, spreads easily from person to person through contaminated food and water. The bacteria can spread especially quickly among ... Read more

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Autism Tied to Higher Risk for Gut Troubles in Children

Posted 25 Mar 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 – Children with autism tend to have more gastrointestinal problems early in life compared to other children, a new study finds. Researchers compared these GI symptoms – such as diarrhea, constipation and food allergy/intolerance – during the first three years of life among three groups of Norwegian children. One group included 195 children with autism, another included more than 4,600 children with developmental delays, and the third group included more than 40,000 children who developed typically. Compared to those with typical development, children with autism were more likely to have constipation and diarrhea when they were ages 6 months to 18 months, and more likely to have diarrhea, constipation and food allergy/intolerance when they were ages 18 months to 36 months, the researchers said. Children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were more likely ... Read more

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Vaccine for Infant Tummy Bug Cuts Hospitalizations: CDC

Posted 9 Jun 2014 by

MONDAY, June 9, 2014 – Since the introduction of rotavirus vaccine in 2006, the number of kids hospitalized for severe diarrhea has dropped dramatically, a new study finds. Rotavirus is a common cause of sometimes severe gastrointestinal infections in babies and young children. However, by 2009-2010, hospitalizations for rotavirus among children under 5 had been reduced by 94 percent due to widespread vaccination, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. "We looked at the impact of rotavirus vaccines, comparing hospitalizations and emergency department visits during the years after the vaccine was introduced, to the years before the vaccine was introduced," said lead researcher, CDC epidemic intelligence service officer, Dr. Eyal Leshem. "We saw a substantial reduction in hospitalizations, emergency department visits and outpatient visits after the ... Read more

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Bowel Issues Affect 3 Out of 4 Pregnant Women

Posted 24 May 2013 by

FRIDAY, May 24 – Nearly three out of four pregnant women experience bowel problems such as constipation and diarrhea, but these issues don't significantly affect their quality of life, a new study finds. Researchers from Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., noted that these bowel issues are due to physiological and hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy. Nutritional supplements that women take during pregnancy also can play a role. The study authors added that since women expect these problems to arise during pregnancy, they're better able to tolerate them. The study included 104 women in their first trimester of pregnancy and 66 women in their third trimester. They completed two questionnaires: one asking about the bowel disorders they experienced and another on how these problems affected their quality of life. Specifically, the women were asked if their bowel ... Read more

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Fulyzaq Approved for Diarrhea in People With HIV/AIDS

Posted 2 Jan 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2 – The first medication to treat diarrhea in people with HIV/AIDS who take antiretroviral drugs has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Fulyzaq (crofelemer) is sanctioned for people whose diarrhea is not caused by an infection or gastrointestinal disorder but by the antiretroviral drugs used to combat HIV/AIDS, the FDA said in a news release. The drug is derived from the red sap of the Croton lechleri plant. Fulyzaq's safety and effectiveness were evaluated in a clinical study involving 374 people who were HIV-positive, on stable drug therapy and who had had diarrhea for one month or longer. About 17.6 percent of people who took Fulyzaq had a positive "clinical response," compared with a positive response among 8 percent of people who took a placebo. All participants in the study were tested to confirm that their symptoms were not caused by an ... Read more

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FDA Approves Fulyzaq - First Anti-Diarrheal Drug for HIV/AIDS Patients

Posted 31 Dec 2012 by

December 31, 2012 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Fulyzaq (crofelemer) to relieve symptoms of diarrhea in HIV/AIDS patients taking antiretroviral therapy, a combination of medicines used to treat HIV infection. Diarrhea is experienced by many HIV/AIDS patients and is a common reason why patients discontinue or switch their antiretroviral therapies. Fulyzaq is intended to be used in HIV/AIDS patients whose diarrhea is not caused by an infection from a virus, bacteria, or parasite. Patients take Fulyzaq two times a day to manage watery diarrhea due to the secretion of electrolytes and water in the gastrointestinal tract. Derived from the red sap of the Croton lechleri plant, Fulyzaq is the second botanical prescription drug approved by FDA. A botanical drug product is often a complex mixture derived from one or more plant materials with varying degrees of ... Read more

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FDA Warns Against Use of Diarrhea Drug From El Salvador

Posted 19 Sep 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19 – Consumers should not use a drug product called Intestinomicina – marketed as a treatment for infectious diarrhea and acute gastrointestinal infections – because it contains an ingredient that can cause serious and potentially deadly problems, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. People who bought Intestinomicina should immediately stop taking it and consult with a health care provider, the FDA said in a safety alert issued Tuesday. Intestinomicina, which is made in El Salvador, contains a prescription drug ingredient called chloramphenicol. Earlier this year, in July, oral forms of chloramphenicol were taken off the U.S. market due to the risk of serious health problems. The most dangerous threat associated with oral chloramphenicol is bone marrow toxicity, which occurs when the body does not produce enough red blood cells, white blood cells and/or ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Intestinomicina (contains chloramphenicol) by Laboratorios Lopez: Safety Alert - Contains Drug Ingredient Withdrawn from US

Posted 19 Sep 2012 by

ISSUE: FDA is warning consumers not to use Intestinomicina, a drug product manufactured in El Salvador and marketed as a treatment for infectious diarrhea and acute gastrointestinal infections. Intestinominica contains the prescription drug ingredient, chloramphenicol. Oral forms of chloramphenicol were formally withdrawn from the United States market in July 2012 due to the risk of serious and life threatening injuries. The most serious and life-threatening injury associated with oral chloramphenicol treatment is bone marrow toxicity, which occurs when the body does not produce enough red blood cells, white blood cells, and/or platelets. Certain types of bone marrow toxicity are reversible; however, in rare circumstances it can lead to death. Patients with anemia, low white or red blood cell count, or decreased blood platelets may be at a greater risk of death or serious injury. ... Read more

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Probiotic Products May Prevent Antibiotic-Linked Diarrhea

Posted 8 May 2012 by

TUESDAY, May 8 – Consuming probiotic-rich foods may decrease the risk of diarrhea for patients who are taking antibiotics, a new study suggests. Probiotics are live microorganisms that are found naturally in foods such as yogurt and are believed to provide health benefits. About 30 percent of patients who take antibiotics will experience diarrhea because the drugs disrupt gastrointestinal microbes, and diarrhea is one of the main reasons people don't adhere to antibiotic treatment. "Diarrhea is a common problem in patients receiving antibiotic therapy and may limit their use," said Dr. David Bernstein, chief of hepatology at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. Bernstein was not involved in the new study. "While these antibiotics treat the underlying infection, they also alter the normal gut [microbes], which leads to diarrhea," Bernstein said. "Replacing [the microbes] ... Read more

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Children Usually Excluded From Clinical Drug Trials: Study

Posted 30 Apr 2012 by

MONDAY, April 30 – Children are more likely than adults to suffer from a number of diseases, but few clinical trials are conducted to test new drugs in children with these conditions, researchers have found. In a new study, researchers looked at all clinical trials registered worldwide from 2006 to 2011 for drugs to treat these common conditions: asthma, migraine headaches, schizophrenia, depression, diarrheal illness, lower respiratory infection, malaria, bipolar disorder and HIV/AIDS. While children account for 60 percent of the patients with these conditions, only 12 percent of the clinical drug trials involved children, the investigators found. The gap was widest for conditions that are widespread in low- and middle-income countries. Clinical drug trials in children are important because youngsters often respond differently to medications than adults, the study authors pointed out ... Read more

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One Antibiotic Appears to Ease Severe E. Coli Infection

Posted 13 Mar 2012 by

TUESDAY, March 13 – Patients suffering from a strain of E. coli that produces Shiga toxin, which can be deadly, appear to respond to the antibiotic azithromycin (Zithromax), according to German researchers. Starting in May 2011, an outbreak of Shiga-toxin-producing E. coli infected nearly 4,000 people in Germany, more than 800 of whom had confirmed cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which causes red blood cells to break apart, resulting in kidney failure. Current treatment discourages using antibiotics for Shiga-toxin-producing E. coli because it could increase the risk for HUS, the researchers note. "The successful decolonization of long-term carriers of the German outbreak strain is an important finding, as the legal authorities in many countries restrict long-term carriers in their social or working life," said lead researcher Dr. Johannes Knobloch, of the institute of ... Read more

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Science Probes How Probiotic Yogurts Affect Your Gut

Posted 26 Oct 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26 – Researchers have put the health promises of popular probiotic yogurts to the test and found they may alter the way in which food is metabolized. But whether that means probiotic foods and supplements can improve your health remains to be seen, they said. "Federal regulatory agencies are increasingly interested in evaluating all the health claims being made by probiotic food manufacturers," said study co-author Dr. Jeffrey Gordon, a biologist and director of the Center for Genome Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis. "So what we did was try to develop a model for the human gut that can give us a way to measure the effects." What they saw, Gordon said, "is that adding a few billion of these microbial organisms to a gut community already containing tens of trillions of bacteria can, in fact, influence the metabolism of food ingredients. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Some Shouldn't Take Antidiarrheal Drugs

Posted 18 Oct 2010 by

-- Loperamide and bismuth subsalicylate are over-the-counter drugs designed to help people with diarrhea feel better. The American Academy of Family Physicians says while they're safe for most people, not everyone should take these medicines. Among those who should avoid the drugs: Children aged 6 or younger should avoid loperamide; 12 or younger should avoid bismuth subsalicylate. Anyone with a fever, bloody or black stools, or prior allergic reaction to the drug should avoid loperamide. Anyone who has an allergy to aspirin or salicylate medications should avoid bismuth subsalicylate. Anyone aged 12 to 18 who could have the chickenpox or flu also should avoid bismuth subsalicylate. Read more

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Almost Half of Deaths in Kids Under 5 Occur in 5 Countries

Posted 12 May 2010 by

TUESDAY, May 11 – Infectious diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria and blood poisoning account for more than two-thirds of the 8.8 million annual deaths in kids under 5 years of age worldwide, a new report shows. Other leading causes of death for children include birth complications, lack of oxygen during birth and congenital defects. The authors of the report found that infectious diseases caused 5.97 million deaths among kids under age 5 in 2008. Pneumonia (18 percent), diarrhea (15 percent) and malaria (8 percent) accounted for the highest numbers. About 40 percent of the deaths were in infants aged no more than 27 days. Almost half of these deaths occurred in just five countries – China, Nigeria, India, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Pakistan. Africa (4.2 million) and Southeast Asia (2.39 million) accounted for the highest numbers of deaths. Countries with high ... Read more

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Health Tip: Drugs That May Lead to Diarrhea

Posted 20 May 2009 by

-- Certain medications are more likely than others to aggravate the digestive tract and result in loose stools, the United States National Library of Medicine says. The agency says they include: Antibiotics, which often cause diarrhea because they kill bacteria – even the good bacteria – found in the intestines. Chemotherapy drugs, used to treat cancer. Immune system-suppressing drugs, such as mycophenolate. Some herbal teas that contain senna or other substances that are natural laxatives. A laxative is meant to relieve constipation. But taking too much of a laxative can lead to problem diarrhea. Read more

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