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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" ...

Robots May Be Cleaning Your Hospital Room Soon

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – Hospitals are jumping on a tech trend, enlisting the help of germ-killing robots to tackle a potentially life-threatening but preventable issue: health care-associated infections. For instance, Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville will begin deploying robots this month to protect hospitalized patients from harmful germs, including MRSA (methicillin-resistant ...

Health Tip: Don't Spread Infectious Disease

Posted 19 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- While playing organized sports is a great way to get exercise, buses and locker rooms may be perfect breeding grounds for infectious disease. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to keep your team healthier: Do not share water bottles, mouth guards, towels or other personal items. Encourage personal hygiene that includes frequent showers and washing of sports equipment. Enforce ...

Health Tip: Talking To Your Kids About Tattoos

Posted 3 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Although most states require parental consent for tattoos, it's still important to discuss the issue with your child. TheAmerican Academy of Pediatrics says many people are unaware of these potential risks: Infections – Used needles and instruments may spread germs, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV. A licensed tattoo parlor is more likely to be cleaner and safer. Allergies – The ...

Don't Let Your Kids Get Sidelined With Sports-Related Infections

Posted 26 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 – Organized sports provide a wide range of benefits for children and teens. But there's a risk of infections if certain safety measures aren't followed, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warns. "Joining an athletic team is a fun, physically challenging and healthy way for kids to practice teamwork and sportsmanship, but they do need to understand ...

Do Nursing Home Workers Change Gloves Often Enough?

Posted 18 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Antibacterial Scrubs for Nurses No Match for Germs

Posted 4 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Harvey's Health Hazards Will Continue During Cleanup

Posted 1 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Harvey's Floodwaters Harbor Many Health Hazards

Posted 30 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

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 ...

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