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Germs in Foodborne Illness Gaining Resistance to Antibiotics, CDC Says

Posted 9 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 9, 2015 – Antibiotic resistance in foodborne germs remains a public health threat despite attempts to combat the problem, according to new U.S. government data. Antibiotic-resistant infections from foodborne germs still cause about 440,000 illnesses in the United States each year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported online Tuesday. "Antibiotic resistance can arise spontaneously, but the greatest contribution to antibiotic resistance is the overuse and overprescribing of antibiotics," said one expert, Dr. Len Horovitz, an internist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He was not involved in the new report. Testing in 2013 revealed that multidrug resistance – non-responsiveness to three or more classes of antibiotics – in salmonella infections remained steady, accounting for 10 percent of foodborne illnesses, the CDC said. But antibiotic ... Read more

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Health Tip: Some Shouldn't Take Antidiarrheal Drugs

Posted 18 Oct 2010 by Drugs.com

-- 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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