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Do Nursing Home Workers Change Gloves Often Enough?

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MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 – Nursing home workers often fail to change their gloves when they should, which increases the risk of patient infections, a new study finds. "Glove use behavior is as important as hand washing when it comes to infection prevention," lead study author Deborah Patterson Burdsall said. "These findings indicate that glove use behavior should be monitored alongside hand hygiene. The observations should be shared with staff to improve behaviors and reduce the risk of disease transmission," said Burdsall, from the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Her team assessed inappropriate glove use among 74 certified nursing assistants performing everyday tasks such as toileting care. These assistants are often the main providers of care in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Inappropriate glove use was defined as a failure to change gloves and touching ... Read more

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Tattoo Today, Regret Tomorrow: Tips to Parents From Pediatricians

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MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 – That tattoo and nose ring may look cool now, but what about tomorrow? Teens should pause before getting inked – especially with the name of their current sweetheart. That's some of the advice in a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, a leading group of doctors who care for children. Tattoos and body piercings may have hit the mainstream, but the report details some of the risks – from skin infections to potentially damaged job prospects. But the point is not to put the kibosh on body art, said Dr. Cora Breuner, the lead author of the report. "This isn't necessarily something to be looked down upon. We just want young people to be aware," said Breuner, an attending physician at Seattle Children's Hospital. It's difficult to know how often tattoos or piercings cause infections or other complications, because it's not specifically tracked, Breuner ... Read more

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Traces of Tattoo May Reach the Lymph Nodes

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 – Microscopic particles from tattoos can travel within the body and reach the lymph nodes, researchers say. Along with pigments, tattoo inks contain preservatives and contaminants such as nickel, chromium, manganese and cobalt. "When someone wants to get a tattoo, they are often very careful in choosing a parlor where they use sterile needles that haven't been used previously. No one checks the chemical composition of the colors, but our study shows that maybe they should," said study co-author Hiram Castillo. He's a scientist at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France. The researchers said the study is the first to offer evidence that microscopic particles called nanoparticles from tattoos can travel into the body and reach the lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped organs that produce blood cells designed to help fight ... Read more

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Health Highlights: Sept. 13, 2017

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Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Infections Strike Young Heart Surgery Patients in New Orleans Incision infections have been reported in at least a dozen children who had heart surgery at Children's Hospital New Orleans earlier this year. The children are receiving intravenous antibiotics and are responding to the treatment, said Dr. John Heaton, the hospital's senior vice president and chief medical officer, the Associated Press reported. Heaton said the mycobacteria infections were caused by contamination in a machine that regulates a patient's temperature during heart surgery. Mycobacteria is common in water, soil and dust, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It also said contaminated medical devices can cause infections in the skin and soft tissues under the skin, the AP reported. ... Read more

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'Microbiomes' May Hold Key to Kids' Ear Infections

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TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 – Recurrent ear infections are the bane of many children – and the parents who have to deal with their care. Now, research suggests that naturally occurring, "helpful" bacterial colonies in the ear – called "microbiomes" by scientists – may help decide a person's vulnerability to these infections. "The children and adults with normal middle ears differed significantly in terms of middle ear microbiomes," concluded a team of Japanese researchers led by Dr. Shujiro Minami of the National Institute of Sensory Organs in Tokyo. One expert in the United States said the study is an important first step in learning more about ear infections. "What this study tells us is that we have lots of bacteria living in our middle ears, regardless of whether or not we have chronic ear infections," said Dr. Sophia Jan, chief of pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center in ... Read more

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New Guideline Aims to Help Doctors Diagnose Head, Neck Masses

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TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 – Neck masses are common in adults, but the cause is often hard to pinpoint. Now, doctors have a new guideline to help them make that call. The guideline from the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery dovetails with a rise in head and neck cancers related to the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus (HPV). "A neck mass may indicate a serious medical problem. It does not mean the patient has cancer, but it does mean they need more medical evaluation to make a diagnosis," said Dr. M. Boyd Gillespie, assistant chairman of the group that developed the guideline. In an academy news release, he called the new guideline "an important instrument for the early diagnosis and treatment." A neck mass – an abnormal lump – can be any size and can be due to a number of reasons. It can be a sign of viral or bacterial infection. A neck mass could ... Read more

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People Picking Up Infection From Pet Store Puppies' Poop: CDC

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MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 – Bacterial infections that have sickened 39 people in seven states have been linked to puppies sold through Petland, a national pet store chain, U.S. health officials say. Campylobacter infections have been reported between September 2016 and August 2017 in Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nine people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. "Evidence suggests that puppies sold through Petland are a likely source of this outbreak," according to a CDC news release. "Petland is cooperating with public health and animal health officials to address this outbreak." Campylobacter is a bacteria that causes people to develop diarrhea (sometimes bloody), cramping, abdominal pain, and fever within two to five days of exposure to the organism, said Dr. ... Read more

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Harvey's Wrath Still Poses Risks to Children

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TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 – Safety measures must be a priority for children returning to Houston and other communities affected by flooding from Hurricane Harvey, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. For starters, environmental hazards pose greater risks to children than to adults. "Children are more susceptible to toxic exposures that can impact their development, both before birth and during early childhood," Dr. Jennifer Lowry, chair of the AAP Council on Environmental Health, said Tuesday in an academy news release. "Children are naturally curious, so they often come into direct contact with materials that adults would avoid. Before children return to any area impacted by flooding, it's important that the area be cleaned. Children and teens should be the last group to return," she advised. Priorities in restoring flood-affected areas include rehabilitating drinking water ... Read more

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Throat Bacteria Linked to Bone and Joint Infection in Kids

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TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 – The presence of a particular germ in kids' throats may also mean they have the same infection in their bones or joints, researchers report. The new findings could lead to improved treatments for the potentially devastating and deadly infections, the researchers said. Scientists previously believed that most bone and joint infections in children were caused by several types of bacteria, including Staphylococcus and Streptococcus. Now, scientists are able to do a better job of identifying the germs that cause the infections, including the one that's the focus of the new study – Kingella kingae. For the study in the Sept. 5 issue of CMAJ, researchers examined 77 kids in Canada and Switzerland. The children were 6 months to 4 years old and confirmed to have bone or joint infections. The investigators compared them to almost 300 other children. "Using improved ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Vancomycin Hydrochloride for Injection, USP, 750 mg/vial by Hospira: Recall - Presence of Particulate Matter

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ISSUE: Hospira is voluntarily recalling one lot of Vancomycin Hydrochloride for Injection, USP, 750 mg/vial (NDC 0409-6531-02) lot 632153A, to the hospital/retailer level. The recall was due to a confirmed customer report for the presence of particulate matter, confirmed as glass, within a single vial. To date, Hospira has not received reports of any adverse events associated with this issue for this lot. Hospira has initiated an investigation to determine the root cause and corrective and preventive actions. In the event the particulate is administered to a patient, it may result in phlebitis, end-organ granuloma or micro-embolic effects, or gastrointestinal trauma. The risk is reduced by the possibility of detection. The label contains a clear statement directing the healthcare professional to visually inspect the product for particulate matter and discoloration prior to ... Read more

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White Kids More Likely to Get Unneeded Antibiotics

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TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 – White children are about twice as likely as black or Hispanic kids to get unneeded antibiotics when treated in U.S. emergency rooms for viral respiratory infections, a new study finds. For years, scientists have warned that unnecessary use of antibiotics is making germs stronger and more resistant to medications. "It is encouraging that just 2.6 percent of children treated in pediatric emergency departments across the nation received antibiotics for viral acute respiratory tract infections, since antibiotics are ineffective in treating viral infections," said study leader Dr. Monika Goyal. "However, it is troubling to see such persistent racial and ethnic differences in how medications are prescribed," said Goyal. She is the director of research in the division of emergency medicine at Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C. Upper respiratory ... Read more

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Antibacterial Scrubs for Nurses No Match for Germs

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MONDAY, Sept. 4, 2017 – Special antibacterial scrubs for nurses don't fend off germs any better than traditional nursing garb, a new study finds. "Health care providers must understand that they can become contaminated by their patients and the environment near patients. Although not effective, we looked to eliminate this risk for contamination by changing the material of nurses' scrubs," said lead study author Dr. Deverick Anderson. Anderson directs the Duke University Medical Center's Center for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention. For the study, researchers tracked 40 nurses who wore three types of scrubs over three 12-hour shifts in which they monitored one or two patients each in medical or surgical intensive care units. The scrub types included: a traditional cotton-polyester blend; one treated with silver-alloy inside fibers; and one treated to kill bacteria. The ... Read more

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Harvey's Health Hazards Will Continue During Cleanup

Posted 1 Sep 2017 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 – Hurricane Harvey is finally winding down, but residents and volunteers in the Houston area must remain on guard against health hazards that will continue during the cleanup effort, public health officials say. Floodwater contamination will be the first and foremost problem people face as they return to their homes and businesses, said Cleveland Clinic infectious disease expert Dr. Frank Esper. The water that entered their homes was loaded with bacteria from raw sewage, and likely also included chemicals and toxins from businesses and industrial sites, said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. Esper warned that "even after the floodwaters have receded, the bacteria will remain a threat to health. You need to make sure you are cleaning anything that could have been contaminated by these floodwaters." Alcohol-based ... Read more

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Harvey's Floodwaters Harbor Many Health Hazards

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 – Texans trapped in the unprecedented flooding wrought by Hurricane Harvey now face untold health hazards, officials say. The filthy water that has inundated the city of Houston poses the most immediate danger, said Cleveland Clinic infectious disease expert Dr. Frank Esper. "Those floodwaters are being contaminated with sewage, because the sewers themselves are completely flooded and are backing up through the drains into the standing bodies of water that are around and in people's homes," Esper said. "Every time a person is wading across the street to get from one place to another, or down the road to get to higher ground, they are encountering much, much higher loads of bacteria." But beyond that short-term threat, other hazards and medical problems will crop up due to the lack of modern amenities in Harvey's aftermath, experts said. Dr. Bruce Farber is ... Read more

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Expert Tips to Avoid Accidental Poisonings at School

Posted 25 Aug 2017 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 – At schools and daycares, an army of sanitizers and detergents is used to keep germs at bay. But poison-control experts warn these products contain chemicals that can be harmful to young children. "Each year, approximately 28,000 exposures occur in a school," said Stephen Kaminski, executive director of the American Association of Poison Control Centers. His organization has partnered with the National Pesticide Information Center "to promote poison safety in the classroom and ensure that schools and daycares, where children spend most of their days, are healthy and safe environments," he said in an association news release. Many schools and daycares use antimicrobial sanitizers and disinfectants to kill bacteria and illness-causing viruses. "While these cleaning substances play an important role in protecting public health by increasing productivity, lowering ... Read more

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