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Can Tracking Germs in One Hospital Make All Hospitals Safer?

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 – One hospital's germ history may help doctors curb infections in all hospitals, researchers report. Scientists analyzed more than 10,000 samples collected over 12 months from surfaces, air and water in the University of Chicago's new hospital, the Center for Care and Discovery. Samples were also taken from 252 patients. The samples were collected for two months before the hospital opened in February 2013, and for 10 months after the opening. Germ DNA was detected in 6,523 of the samples. But the makeup of those germs changed drastically once there were humans in the building. "Before it opened, the hospital had a relatively low diversity of bacteria," said study author Jack Gilbert, director of the Microbiome Center at the University of Chicago. "But as soon as it was populated with patients, doctors and nurses, the bacteria from their skin took over." Another ... Read more

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Houston, You Have a 'Superbug'

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 – A type of bacteria that's resistant to many widely used antibiotics is unusually common among people in Houston, new research reveals. The superbug, known as Klebsiella pneumoniae, is particularly prevalent in this city of 6 million people, according to scientists. "Finding the otherwise uncommon strain in our city was a very surprising discovery," said the study's senior author, Dr. James Musser. He is chair of pathology and genomic medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital. "We urgently need to identify potential vaccine targets or other new treatments, and develop new and rapid diagnostic techniques," he said in a hospital news release. K. pneumoniae normally lives in the human intestines where it doesn't cause any trouble. However, in other parts of the body and outside the body, the bacteria can cause serious infections. Hospitalized patients are at ... Read more

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FDA Warns of Tattoo Dangers

Posted 5 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 5, 2017 – Considering a tattoo? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants you to think before you ink. America's body-art craze is not without risks, the agency says. From 2004 to 2016, it received nearly 400 reports of problems with tattoos, such as infections from contaminated tattoo inks or allergic reactions. Potential concerns for consumers include unsafe practices and the ink itself, said Dr. Linda Katz, director of the FDA's Office of Cosmetics and Colors. "While you can get serious infections from unhygienic practices and equipment that isn't sterile, infections can also result from ink that was contaminated with bacteria or mold," Katz said in an agency news release. Unsafe ink "Using non-sterile water to dilute the pigments (ingredients that add color) is a common culprit, although not the only one," she said. Katz added there's no foolproof way to tell if the ... Read more

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Skin's Bacterial 'Balance' May Help Trigger Acne

Posted 6 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 5, 2017 – An unbalanced population of bacteria on the skin may play a major role in acne, according to a new, small study. Up to 85 percent of people develop acne, a disease of hair follicles on the skin, but its exact causes are unclear. One specific type of bacteria has long been suspected, but this study suggests the presence or absence of one particular strain is less important than the overall balance of bacteria on the skin. Researchers analyzed DNA from skin follicle samples of 38 people with acne and 34 without the condition. The investigators then confirmed their findings with 10 more volunteers. The results suggest "that the make-up of the bacteria in the follicles can reflect, as well as influence, the skin condition in acne or healthy skin," study leader Huiying Li said in a news release from the Microbiology Society. Li is an associate professor of ... Read more

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Infections More Common in People With Schizophrenia

Posted 4 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 3, 2017 – People with schizophrenia may face an increased risk for serious infections, a new study suggests. "The preliminary data results suggest that individuals with schizophrenia have higher prevalence of all types of severe infections compared to the background population," study author Monika Pankiewicz-Dulacz, from the University of Southern Denmark, and colleagues wrote. "Clinicians should be aware that people with schizophrenia are the risk group for severe infections. General guidelines and suggestions regarding prevention of severe infections among schizophrenia patients are needed, and they should address a wide range of areas including hygiene, diet, activities, medications, treatment of comorbid [co-existing] conditions and vaccinations," the researchers concluded. However, the study's findings only show a link between schizophrenia and certain infections, ... Read more

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Hospital Room Floors May Harbor 'Superbugs'

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – Hospital room floors may be more of a "superbug" threat than many hospital staffers realize, new research suggests. "Efforts to improve disinfection in the hospital environment usually focus on surfaces that are frequently touched by the hands of health care workers or patients," explained lead researcher Dr. Abhishek Deshpande, from the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio. "Although health care facility floors are often heavily contaminated, limited attention has been paid to disinfection of floors because they are not frequently touched," Deshpande added. Yet, items in a patient's room can come into contact with the floor, which can lead to the transfer of multidrug-resistant bacteria to hands, clothing, call buttons, medical devices, linens and medical supplies, the researchers explained. In their study, the team took samples from the floors of 159 patient rooms in ... Read more

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Many Americans Unaware of 'Superbug' Threat: Poll

Posted 27 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 – Antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" are a major public health threat, but most Americans are clueless about the dangers, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll shows. More than two-thirds of U.S. adults know "little" or "nothing" about so-called superbugs – bacterial infections that are resistant to many or all antibiotics. And around half believe, incorrectly, that antibiotics work against viruses. That's a concern because improper antibiotic use is considered the major driver of the superbug problem – a problem with deadly consequences. "This poll shows that public ignorance is a huge part of the problem," said Humphrey Taylor, chairman emeritus of The Harris Poll. "Millions of patients continue to believe that antibiotics will help them recover from colds, flu and other viral infections," Taylor said, "and they can be upset with their doctors if they will not prescribe ... Read more

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'Superbug' Infections Striking More U.S. Kids

Posted 24 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 24, 2017 – A type of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection has increased 700 percent in American children since 2007, a new investigation reveals. These infections are caused by Enterobacteriaceae bacteria – normal bacteria that can become resistant to multiple drugs. Once confined to hospitals, the tough-to-treat infections are spreading into the community at large, say researchers who evaluated eight years of data. These infections are associated with longer hospital stays and probably greater risk of death, the researchers said. "Antibiotic resistance increasingly threatens our ability to treat our children's infections," said study author Dr. Sharon Meropol. "Efforts to control this trend are urgently needed from all of us, such as using antibiotics only when necessary, and eliminating agricultural use of antibiotics in healthy animals," added Meropol. She's a ... Read more

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Docs More Likely to Prescribe Antibiotics If Patients Expect Them

Posted 17 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 – Doctors are more likely to prescribe antibiotics if they think patients expect the drugs, a new study finds. That's true even if the doctor doesn't think the patient has a bacterial infection, which means antibiotics would be ineffective, the researchers said. The study included more than 400 doctors in the United Kingdom. The researchers conducted two experiments and presented physicians with different scenarios where they had to decide if they would prescribe antibiotics. Doctors were more likely to do so if patients had high expectations of receiving antibiotics. The study was published Feb. 16 in the journal Health Psychology. Improper and excessive use of antibiotics has been linked to antibiotic resistance, a major health threat worldwide. "Much effort has been spent encouraging physicians to adhere to clinical guidelines when prescribing antibiotics. ... Read more

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Eczema May Leave Some Flu Shots Less Effective, Study Finds

Posted 13 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – It's still flu season, and not too late to get your flu shot. But a new study suggests that people with eczema should request the vaccine be given into the muscle, rather than just under the skin. That's because the effectiveness of flu shots in people with eczema appears to vary, depending on how it's given, researchers report. The problem seems to lie with the fact that the cracked, dry skin of eczema patients is often colonized by Staphylococcus bacteria. And that seems to dampen the immune response from the flu vaccine – if the shot is given into the skin, the researchers said. "Staphylococcus infections are a widespread problem among [eczema] patients, with up to 90 percent of patients with severe disease colonized by the bacteria," lead researcher Dr. Donald Leung, of National Jewish Health in Denver, said in a hospital news release. He's head of ... Read more

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8 Ways to Help Kids Dodge Germs

Posted 9 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 – There are a number of ways parents can help give a boost to their child's immune system, a family doctor suggests. "The immune system helps us fight infections," said Dr. Palak Shroff, a family medicine specialist at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. "Immunity develops over time, so the more someone gets exposed, the more the immune system develops," Shroff explained in a center news release. "Kids' whole environment is new, but over time, their immunity will develop and get better," she added. Shroff suggested eight keys to helping children minimize their risk of catching every cold and virus that comes their way: Breast-feeding is the first step. It is an important way to help your child develop a strong immune system. "During breast-feeding, the mother's immunity transfers to the child," Shroff said. Vaccination is another crucial factor. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Ward Off Infection From Ear Piercing

Posted 23 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Caring for pierced ears can help keep the piercings clean and prevent infection. Here is advice from the American Academy of Dermatologists: Never touch newly pierced ears without first washing your hands. Don't remove your first pair of earrings for at least six weeks. This helps the holes stay open. A few times each day, gently twist earrings around in your ears. At least once per day, wash ears carefully with water and soap. Clean piercings twice daily with rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab. Apply a bit of petroleum jelly afterward. See a dermatologist if your ears become swollen, red or puffy. Read more

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Health Tip: Wash Hands Often

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Washing hands regularly is a great way to help keep you and your family well. The Environmental Working Group offers these hand-washing tips: Wash children's hands often, always before eating and after playing. Wash kids' hands more often if they tend to put their hands in their mouths. Antibacterial soap does not offer medically proven benefits over plain soap and warm water, an advisory committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found. Read ingredient labels on soaps, avoiding those containing triclosan or triclocarban. If washing with soap and water isn't possible, opt for a fragrance-free, alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Read more

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'Superbug' May Be More Widespread Than Thought

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 – A type of potentially deadly drug-resistant bacteria is more widespread in U.S. hospitals than previously thought and needs to be more closely monitored, a new study suggests. Researchers checked for cases of illness caused by carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in a sample of four U.S. hospitals and identified a wide variety of CRE species. Three hospitals are in the Boston area and one is in California. The CRE family of germs causes about 9,300 infections and 600 deaths in the United States each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those numbers are on the rise, the researchers said. CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden has called CRE "nightmare bacteria" due to their resistance to carbapenems, which are last-resort antibiotics used to treat drug-resistant infections. In the study, the researchers also discovered that CRE ... Read more

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Health Tip: Ward Off Infections During Pregnancy

Posted 16 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Infections can be a serious threat to pregnant women and their fetuses. To help ward off infections while you're pregnant, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises: Wash your hands frequently, particularly when you've been around children. Stay away from people who are sick. Cook meat thoroughly, and skip foods made from raw milk Talk to your doctor about checking for group B streptococcus, and testing for sexually transmitted infections. Ask about any vaccinations you should get during pregnancy. Protect yourself from insect bites, which may transmit disease. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and insect repellent. Avoid contact with used cat litter, turtles, lizards, rodents or droppings from any of these animals. Talk to your doctor about any vitamins you should take, and the appropriate doses. Read more

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