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Space Travel Won't Turn Germs Into Superbugs

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 – Despite the terrifying plot lines of many a sci-fi film, there's no need to worry that germs in space might transform into ferocious, malevolent microbes that threaten the human race. Quite the opposite, new research reveals. The harsh conditions of galactic travel don't trigger genetic changes in bacteria that make them more dangerous to people, scientists discovered. ...

America Is Worried About Antibiotic Resistance

Posted 14 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 – A majority of Americans believe the health threat posed by antibiotic resistance is real and pressing, a new survey shows. The survey of more than 1,000 adults found that 65 percent believe antibiotic resistance is a public health problem, and 81 percent are worried that antibiotic resistance will make more infections difficult to treat or even deadly. The survey was ...

U.S. Hospitals Making Headway Against Infections

Posted 31 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 – You're less likely to pick up a nasty infection during a hospital stay in the United States than you were just a few years ago, a new report finds. Between 2011 and 2015, a patient's risk of catching a hospital-acquired infection dropped 16 percent, researchers said. "The findings are encouraging. Progress is being made in infections affecting hospitals in the United ...

FDA Warns of Common Diabetes Meds', SGLT2 Inhibitors, Link to Dangerous Genital Infection

Posted 30 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 – Rare but serious genital infections, as well as one death, have been reported in some patients taking a certain class of type 2 diabetes medicine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. As a result, the FDA has ordered a new warning about this risk to be added to the prescribing information and patient medication guide of all sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) ...

Ancient Treatment May Help Fight 'Superbugs'

Posted 29 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

Germs Gaining Resistance to Hand Gels in Hospitals

Posted 2 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

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

Posted 16 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Global Antibiotic Use Soars as Resistance Fears Rise

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 – Overuse of antibiotics is one of the main causes of the dangerous health threats posed by antibiotic resistance – when the drugs are no longer effective against the diseases they were designed to fight. Yet new research finds that antibiotic use by people rose 39 percent worldwide between 2000 and 2015, adding to the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, scientists ...

Surfers Swallow Lots of Seawater. So Is It Harmful?

Posted 30 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

-- 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 ...

Health Tip: Applying Makeup Safely

Posted 18 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

-- 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 Drugs.com

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 ...

The Buzz on How Flies Spread Disease

Posted 4 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 – Flies aren't just annoying. They can spread disease – and may be far better at it than scientists previously thought. Penn State University researchers analyzed the microbiome, or bacterial makeup, of 116 different houseflies and blowflies found across three continents. Both types of flies feed on rotting organic matter and feces, which exposes them to a wide assortment ...

Health Tip: Deciphering Cosmetic Labels

Posted 6 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Users of cosmetics may find it overwhelming to understand all of the information on product labels. The U.S. Food and Drug Administrationsays consumers should always read the entire product label before using a cosmetic. And the agency says you should be aware of certain label terms: Hypoallergenic: This term is not expressly defined by the FDA. So just because a product says "hypoallergenic" ...

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