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Common Meds May Help Spur Antibiotic Resistance, Study Finds

Posted 17 hours ago by

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 – More than one-quarter of non-antibiotic medicines inhibit the growth of bacteria in the human gut and may contribute to antibiotic resistance, new research suggests. Many species of bacteria live in the human gut – collectively known as the gut microbiome – and antibiotics can affect the balance. But the effect of non-antibiotic medicines on gut bacteria had been ...

Study Weighs Heart Danger of Antibiotics for Older Women

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THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 – New research finds that, for women over 60, there's a link between long-term use of antibiotics and heightened odds for heart-linked death. But the study of more than 37,000 U.S. women couldn't prove that the bacteria-fighting meds were the cause of the troubling trend, or whether the culprits were the illnesses the antibiotics were intended to fight. "It isn't yet ...

Health Tip: Comparing Soap and Other Body Cleansers

Posted 19 Feb 2018 by

-- Traditional soaps are made by combining fats or oils with an alkali, such as lye. Most body cleansers, however, are actually synthetic detergent products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. There are very few pure soaps on the market today, the agency says. The product's ingredients and marketing determine how it's regulated, the FDA says. It offers these details: To be regulated as ...

1 in 10 Worldwide Gets Wound Infection After Abdominal Surgery

Posted 15 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 – Globally, more than one in 10 patients develops a surgical-site infection after a gastrointestinal operation, a new study finds. Rates vary widely, with overuse of antibiotics in poorer countries likely contributing to higher prevalence, the researchers said. "Worldwide, large amounts of antibiotics were consumed to prevent and treat surgical-site infections," said Dr. ...

Who Gets Unneeded Antibiotics Most Often?

Posted 12 Feb 2018 by

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – Some patients are more likely than others to get antibiotics they don't need, new research shows. White adults and children, along with those who had private insurance and lived in urban areas, were more likely to receive a prescription for an antibiotic for common conditions caused by viruses, the researchers said. Antibiotics only work against bacterial infections, not ...

Are Germs Falling From the Sky?

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – As if you weren't worried enough about the germs on surfaces around you, new research suggests that viruses and bacteria are literally dropping down on your head. Scientists report that large numbers of all manner of germs circulate in, and fall from, the Earth's atmosphere. Not only that, the virus that lands on you may have traveled from another continent, the ...

Wastewater Systems A Hidden Source of 'Superbugs' in Hospitals?

Posted 6 Feb 2018 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 – Hospital wastewater systems may play a role in antibiotic resistance, a new study suggests. U.S. National Institutes of Health researchers collected samples from pipes beneath a hospital's intensive care unit and from manholes covering sewers draining hospital wastewater. Most of the samples tested positive for bacterial plasmids (ring-shaped pieces of DNA) that can make ...

Surfers Swallow Lots of Seawater. So Is It Harmful?

Posted 30 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 – Surfers aren't just catching waves. They're also three times more likely to have antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their digestive tracts than land lubbers, a new British study shows. "Antimicrobial resistance has been globally recognized as one of the greatest health challenges of our time, and there is now an increasing focus on how resistance can be spread through our ...

Health Tip: Control Impetigo

Posted 22 Jan 2018 by

-- Impetigo is a common childhood disease that is usually treated with an antibiotic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The skin infection typically produces blisters and sores in young children, most often around the nose and mouth, neck, hands and diaper area. The highly contagious disease is caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes. It typically infects ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Levofloxacin in 5 Percent Dextrose 250mg/50mL by AuroMedics: Recall - Presence of Visible Particulate Matter

Posted 22 Jan 2018 by

ISSUE: AuroMedics Pharma LLC is voluntarily recalling one lot of Levofloxacin in 5% Dextrose Injection 250mg/50mL in a Single-Use flexible container NDC 55150-243-46, Lot CLF160003, Expiry date May 2018, to the hospital level. The product has been found to contain visible particulate matter tentatively identified as mold. This problem was discovered as a result of a product complaint in which the ...

Reduce Stress and Eat Healthy to Fight Infection

Posted 22 Dec 2017 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 22, 2017 – A hectic holiday pace not only tires you out, it makes it easier to pick up an infection. Reducing stress, getting enough sleep and healthy eating are among the things you can do to stay healthy if you're traveling over the holidays, one expert suggests. Stress levels can rise at this time of year, so it's important to acknowledge and manage your anxiety, said Dr. James ...

Health Tip: Applying Makeup Safely

Posted 18 Dec 2017 by

-- Most eye makeup is safe, assuming it's used properly. But there's always a risk of spreading infection, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The agency says you can stay safer by: Stopping makeup use if it causes any type of irritation, inflammation or signs of infection. If symptoms persist, see a doctor. And throw out any makeup used while you had symptoms of infection. Washing your ...

FDA Launches New Tool for Sharing Information That Allows Doctors to Better Manage Antibiotic Use

Posted 13 Dec 2017 by

December 13, 2017 – Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is announcing a new approach to get critical updates regarding antibiotics and antifungal drugs to health care professionals as part of an overall effort to combat antimicrobial resistance. The agency created a website that will provide direct and timely access to information about when bacterial or fungal infections are likely to ...

Germs on International Space Station Just Like Those Back Home

Posted 8 Dec 2017 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 – Some thiings never change: Scientists say the bacteria circulating in the International Space Station are similar to those in homes on Earth. That's the conclusion of researchers at the University of California, Davis, who analyzed bacteria collected by astronauts. "So 'is it gross?' and 'will you see microbes from space?' are probably the two most common questions we get ...

Health Tip: Diagnosing Pneumonia

Posted 5 Dec 2017 by

-- Pneumonia is a lung infection that most often spreads through coughing, sneezing or touching. Most people recover in one to three weeks, but pneumonia can be deadly, especially among people with weaker immune systems. The American Lung Association explains how pneumonia may be diagnosed: Physical exam: Your doctor will listen to your lungs with a stethoscope. If you have pneumonia, your lungs ...

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