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Hospital Privacy Curtains May Be Home to Dangerous Germs

Posted 11 days ago by

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 – Privacy curtains in hospital rooms can collect dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria, researchers report. In a new study, investigators assessed the rate of bacterial contamination on 10 freshly laundered privacy curtains in the Regional Burns/Plastics Unit of the Health Services Center in Winnipeg, Canada. Four curtains were placed in a four-bed room, four were placed ...

Half of Antibiotics Given Without Infection Diagnosis

Posted 11 days ago by

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 – After years of public health warnings about antibiotic misuse, a new study suggests the problem is far from being solved. Researchers found that of more than 500,000 antibiotic prescriptions they analyzed, nearly half were written without an infection-related diagnosis. And about 20 percent were given without an office visit – usually over the phone. It's not clear how ...

FDA Approves Nuzyra (omadacycline) for Community-Acquired Bacterial Pneumonia and Acute Skin and Skin Structure Infections

Posted 15 days ago by

BOSTON, Oct. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTK) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Nuzyra (omadacycline) for the treatment of adults with community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP) and acute skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI). Nuzyra, a modernized tetracycline, is a once-daily IV and oral antibiotic that ...

Can a 'Noah's Ark' of Microbes Save the World's Health?

Posted 16 days ago by

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 – To safeguard human health in the future, researchers envision creation of a "Noah's Ark" of beneficial human microbes. The human microbiome includes trillions of microscopic organisms that live in and on our bodies, and benefit our health in a number of ways, according to the authors of the proposal. But antibiotics, processed-food diets and other modern harms have led ...

Doctors Use Bacteria as Weapon Against Cancer

Posted 20 days ago by

SUNDAY, Sept. 30, 2018 – It's a perfect case of the enemy of my enemy is my friend. A potentially dangerous bacteria appears to target malignant cells and could provide a new means of fighting cancer, a small, preliminary study reports. The bacteria, Clostridium novyi-NT, can cause gas gangrene and sepsis if infection is allowed to run amok in a wound. But when injected into a tumor, Clostridium ...

Surprising Tactic in War Against Antibiotic Resistance

Posted 5 Sep 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 – Combining four or five antibiotics might help fight the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, researchers report. Biologists at the University of California, Los Angeles, identified more than 8,100 combinations of four or five antibiotics that appear effective against harmful bacteria. "There is a tradition of using just one drug, maybe two," said co-senior author ...

Strain of E. Coli Spread From Poultry to People, Study Suggests

Posted 31 Aug 2018 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 – An E. coli strain found in fresh chicken and turkey products can cause serious urinary tract infections (UTIs) in people, researchers say. For the study, investigators analyzed chicken, turkey and pork purchased from every major grocery chain in Flagstaff, Ariz. They also collected and analyzed urine and blood samples taken from patients at Flagstaff Medical Center. E. ...

Ancient Treatment May Help Fight 'Superbugs'

Posted 29 Aug 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 – A certain type of clay appears effective against disease-causing bacteria in wounds, including some that are antibiotic-resistant, researchers say. In some cultures, wet clay or mud is used as a skin treatment or poultice, and the use of mud as medicine stretches far back in human history. "We showed that this reduced iron-bearing clay can kill some strains of bacteria ...

Alarming Rise in Antibiotic-Resistant UTIs in U.S.: Study

Posted 28 Aug 2018 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 – Drug-resistant bacteria caused nearly 6 percent of urinary tract infections (UTIs) analyzed by a California emergency department, a new study reports. The bacteria were resistant to a majority of commonly used antibiotics and many of the patients had no identifiable risk for this kind of infection. Most of the bacteria were E. coli that were resistant to cephalosporin ...

Hundreds of Human, Pet Homeopathy Products Recalled

Posted 28 Aug 2018 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 – Hundreds of Dr. King's water-based homeopathic drugs for children, adults and pets may be unsafe to use because of high levels of microbial contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. Due to the risk of infection, consumers with these products made by King Bio Inc. of Asheville, N.C., should throw them away, the agency stressed. Products covered by ...

Germs Gaining Resistance to Hand Gels in Hospitals

Posted 2 Aug 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 – Potentially dangerous bacteria already resistant to antibiotics are now developing resistance to common alcohol-based hand gels, a new study reports. A bacteria called Enterococcus faecium is a leading cause of hospital-acquired infections, and it's been shrugging off antibiotics at an increasing rate, said senior researcher Timothy Stinear. He is a molecular ...

FDA Slaps Stronger Warnings on Potent Class of Antibiotics, Fluoroquinolones

Posted 11 Jul 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 – A powerful class of antibiotics will now come with stronger safety warnings about dangerous drops in blood sugar and neurological side effects that can include delirium and memory problems, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. Called fluoroquinolones, these drugs include levofloxacin (Levaquin), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), ciprofloxacin extended-release ...

FDA Updates Warnings for Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics on Risks of Mental Health and Low Blood Sugar Adverse Reactions

Posted 10 Jul 2018 by

July 10, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is requiring safety labeling changes for a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones to strengthen the warnings about the risks of mental health side effects and serious blood sugar disturbances, and make these warnings more consistent across the labeling for all fluoroquinolones taken by mouth or given by injection. “The use of f ...

Health Tip: If You Have an Abscess

Posted 3 Jul 2018 by

-- An abscess forms when germs enter the body through an open wound. An abscess often is raised and may feel warm and painful to the touch. The Nemours Foundation advises against popping, pushing, squeezing or touching an abscess. You can apply a warm compress to the area, which may help open and drain the wound. While many abscesses can be treated at home, some may require a doctor's care. ...

'Superbugs' Found in Vast Majority of U.S. Supermarket Meat

Posted 28 Jun 2018 by

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 – Nearly 80 percent of meat in U.S. supermarkets contains antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit environmental research organization. The bacteria – often called "superbugs" – were resistant to at least one of 14 antibiotics tested for in 2015 by the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, a federal-public ...

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