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Germs Gaining Resistance to Hand Gels in Hospitals

Posted 13 days ago 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 ...

Clean Skin, Hands Critical for 'Kangaroo Care' for Preemies

Posted 16 Jun 2018 by

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 – A number of infection control measures need to be taken when giving "kangaroo care" to premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, researchers say. This approach – which involves meaningful touch and skin-to-skin contact between parents and babies – is increasingly encouraged in hospitals to aid the infant's development. However, the staff at a children's ...

Health Tip: Swim Safely in a Pool

Posted 4 Jun 2018 by

-- Swimming is a great way to stay active and spend time with family and friends. But if you or a family member has an intestinal bug, it's important to avoid a pool. While chlorine can help keep water safe from other germs, some diarrhea-causing germs can survive in chlorinated water for more than seven days, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The CDC suggests these ...

Health Tip: Pets Require Safety Precautions

Posted 28 May 2018 by

-- Having a four-legged friend around the house could make us happier, healthier and help us live longer. Research shows having a pet can lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides. A cat, dog or other pet can also combat feelings of loneliness and depression. But Fido and Fluffy also harbor germs that could make us sick, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The ...

Fewer Antibiotics for Kids, But More ADHD Drugs

Posted 15 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 – American kids are taking fewer prescription medications these days – but certain drugs are being prescribed more than ever, a new government study finds. Researchers found that between 1999 and 2014, the percentage of children and teenagers who'd been given a prescription in the past 30 days dipped – from almost 25 percent, to just under 22 percent. But the trends ...

'Superbug' Surfaces at Poultry Farm in China

Posted 14 May 2018 by

MONDAY, May 14, 2018 – E. coli that's resistant to a "last-resort" antibiotic has been discovered on a commercial poultry farm in China, researchers report. Specifically, the strain found on the farm carried genes resistant to the antibiotic colistin, which is used against certain bacteria. The study was published May 14 in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. The presence of E. ...

Antibiotics Tied to Higher Kidney Stone Risk

Posted 11 May 2018 by

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 – If you or your child is taking an antibiotic, new research suggests you might want to watch closely for signs that kidney stones might be developing. "We found that five classes of commonly prescribed antibiotics were associated with an increased risk of kidney stones," explained study author Dr. Gregory Tasian. That increased risk appeared to linger for three to five ...

Don't Panic Over 'Dry Drowning' Reports, ER Docs Say

Posted 25 Apr 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 – Despite media hype this week around what's being called "dry drowning," a group representing U.S. emergency physicians says the water is still safe for kids this summer. Reports of so-called dry drowning have made headlines, and just this week the family of 4-year-old Elianna Grace of Sarasota, Fla., sounded the alarm that she had almost died from the condition. ...

The Poop on House Mice: They Carry 'Superbugs'

Posted 17 Apr 2018 by

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 – House mice are ubiquitous in New York City, and those uninvited guests may harbor antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a new study finds. Researchers found that mice had taken up residence in all of the city neighborhoods they studied – from the wealthiest to the poorest. And some of the animals carried bacteria that cause gastrointestinal infections in humans – including ...

Health Tip: When to Wash Your Hands

Posted 16 Apr 2018 by

-- Hand washing with soap and warm water is an effective way to prevent the spread of germs. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests washing your hands at these key times: Before, during andafterpreparing food. Before eating. Before and after caring for someone who is sick. Before and after treating a wound. Aftergoing to the bathroom. After changing diapers or cleaning up a ...

'Nightmare Superbug' Outbreak Could Happen, CDC Warns

Posted 3 Apr 2018 by

TUESDAY, April 3, 2018 – Efforts to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria have uncovered hundreds of germs carrying unusual genes that could lead to a "nightmare" superbug, U.S. health officials reported Tuesday. In 2017, a new nationwide testing program found 221 instances of "unusual" antibiotic-resistance genes that had developed in bacteria causing illnesses in hospitals, nursing homes and ...

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