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'Superbug' May Be More Widespread Than Thought

Posted 9 hours ago 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 15 hours ago 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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'Superbug' Resistant to All Antibiotics Killed Nevada Woman

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 – A Nevada woman in her 70s who'd recently returned from India died in September from a "superbug" infection that resisted all antibiotics, according to a report released Friday. The case raises concern about the spread of such infections, which have become more common over past decades as germs have developed resistance to widely used antibiotics. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "basically reported that there was nothing in our medicine cabinet to treat this lady," report co-author Dr. Randall Todd told the Reno Gazette-Journal. He's director of epidemiology and public health preparedness for the Washoe County Health District, in Reno. The report was published Jan. 13 in the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. As reported by Todd and his colleagues, the woman fractured her right leg while in India and underwent multiple ... Read more

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Health Tip: Help Prevent Skin Infections

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Skin infections are common in athletes, often triggered by sweaty equipment that rubs against skin. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these prevention tips: Wash your hands often with soap and water. Or use a hand sanitizer. Take a shower as soon as possible after practice or a game. After each use, wash and thoroughly dry your uniform. Never share personal items, such as razors, towels, lotions or soaps with others. Use a towel to protect your skin from equipment that is shared with others, including sauna and weight benches. Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Bacterial Skin Infection, Candida Infections, Foot Care

Health Tip: Help Young Children Make Healthy Changes

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

-- A new year means a new chance to begin healthier habits. And even preschoolers can make healthier changes as they grow. The American Academy of Pediatrics says young children can resolve to: Put away toys and and clean up messes. Allow parents to help them brush their teeth twice daily. Always wash hands after using the bathroom and before and after eating. Help parents clean the table after eating. Be kind to animals, and always ask permission before petting an unfamiliar animal. Be kind to other kids, especially to those who seem sad, lonely or need a friend. Talk to parents or other adults they trust if they feel scared or need help. Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Bacterial Skin Infection, Prevention of Dental Caries

'Superbug' Infections Down 30 Percent at VA Hospitals

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 – Rates of a deadly "superbug" called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, have dropped steadily at hospitals and long-term care health care facilities run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs over the past eight years, according to a new report. Between 2007 and 2015, rates of monthly MRSA infections rates fell 37 percent in VA intensive care units. Infections in non-ICUs fell by about 30 percent, the study found. Even larger reductions were seen in overall health care-acquired infections, which declined 80 percent or more in both ICUs and non-ICUs, researchers reported. "We speculate that active surveillance was the primary driver of the downward trends seen in the VA," said study lead author Dr. Martin Evans, who is with the agency. "Understanding how and why rates of MRSA have diminished in recent years is essential for the continued ... Read more

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Health Tip: When a Child Is Sick

Posted 26 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

-- The common cold and a mild flu don't usually require a trip to the doctor. But parents should look for warning signs that your child needs a checkup. The American Academy of Family Physicians says a doctor visit is a good idea if your child has: A fever that's above 103 degrees Fahrenheit or persists for more than three days. Cold or flu symptoms that persist beyond 10 days, or flu symptoms that initially improve but then worsen. Wheezing, trouble breathing or skin that appears blue. Discharge from the ear or complaints of ear pain, or pain in the abdomen or vomiting. Seizures, irritable behavior or difficulty waking. Diabetes, heart disease or another chronic condition that gets worse. Read more

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A Dirty Little Secret: Hand-Washing Spotty Among Day Care Staffers

Posted 1 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 – Too few child care workers follow hand-washing guidelines, a new study suggests. University of Arkansas researchers used video cameras to record the hand-washing habits of adults at an early childhood center in the state. Overall, only 22 percent of the adults followed proper hand-washing procedures before and/or after tasks such as wiping noses, emptying garbage cans, preparing food, and changing diapers, the study found. Hand-washing rates were 30 percent among caregivers, 11 percent among paraprofessional aides and just 4 percent among parents at the facility, according to the study. The study results were published in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control. "Hand-washing is an important component of reducing illness transmission among children in early childhood centers, especially for the adults in charge of their care," said study ... Read more

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How to Prevent Spread of the Skin Infection Impetigo

Posted 27 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 27, 2016 – Impetigo is a contagious skin infection that's preventable and can be treated with antibiotics, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. It's common among kids, but adults can get impetigo, too. The telltale signs are blisters or sores, usually on the face, neck, hands and diaper area. Impetigo can strike anytime but is more common during warm weather months. More than 3 million cases a year occur in the United States. It's caused by two types of bacteria that are usually harmless. They can trigger infection when someone suffers a minor cut, scrape or insect bite. "We typically see impetigo with kids 2 to 6 years old, probably because they get more cuts and scrapes and scratch more. And that spreads the bacteria," FDA pediatrician Dr. Thomas Smith said in an agency news release. Symptoms include itchy rash; itchy red sores that fill with fluid and then burst, ... Read more

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'Superbug' Common Among N.C. Hog Workers, Study Says

Posted 18 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 – Some workers at hog production facilities in the United States have skin infections from drug-resistant "superbugs," researchers report. Hogs are given antibiotics to speed their growth. But, overuse of the drugs has been linked to the development of bacteria that don't respond to many antibiotics commonly used to treat staph infections, the researchers said in background notes. "This study suggests that carrying these bacteria may not always be harmless to humans," said study leader Christopher Heaney. He's an assistant professor with the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Previously, it was known that many hog workers had these bacteria in their noses, but it wasn't clear if the workers were at increased risk of infection, Heaney said. This study included 103 hog facility workers in North Carolina and 80 child and adult ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Skin Infection, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infection, Bacterial Skin Infection, Bacteremia

Health Tip: Prevent Antibiotic Resistance

Posted 9 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Antibiotic resistance applies when bacteria are no longer eliminated by a medicine that's supposed to kill them. Experts blame the problem on improper use of antibiotic medications. Here's what you can do to help, according to the World Health Organization: Only take antibiotics when prescribed by a health professional. Always finish the entire supply of antibiotics. Stopping too soon may allow the bacteria to continue living. Never save antibiotics for later use or use leftover antibiotics, and never share antibiotics with someone else. To help reduce the risk of infection in the first place, wash your hands often, get vaccinations and limit your contact with sick people. Read more

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Skin Condition Often Misdiagnosed as Bacterial Problem

Posted 4 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 4, 2016 – Misdiagnosis of the bacterial skin condition cellulitis often leads to unnecessary antibiotic use and hospitalizations, a new study says. About one-third of people diagnosed with cellulitis don't actually have it, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found. The researchers looked at a 30-month period, examining the medical records of 259 people hospitalized for lower extremity cellulitis in the hospital's emergency department. But, 79 of the patients didn't have cellulitis. Almost 85 percent didn't need hospitalization and 92 percent didn't need the antibiotics they received, the researchers said. Looking at how their findings might reflect the nation as a whole, the researchers estimated that the misdiagnosed skin condition leads to about 130,000 unnecessary hospitalizations. The problem may cause up to $515 million in unneeded medical ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Skin Rash, Skin Infection, Bacterial Skin Infection, Skin and Structure Infection, Secondary Cutaneous Bacterial Infections, Minor Skin Conditions

New MRSA Strain Found in Denmark

Posted 23 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 – Researchers in Denmark have identified a new form of the superbug known as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) that they suspect may be spread through eating contaminated poultry. People who raise livestock are known to face a higher risk for MRSA, the researchers said. But, the new strain infected 10 urban-dwelling people who hadn't been working on a farm and had no direct contact with live farm animals. Instead, the researchers believe the MRSA patients were infected after eating or handling poultry that had been imported from other European countries. "This is one of the first studies providing compelling evidence that everyday consumers are also potentially at risk," study author Lance Price said in a news release from George Washington University (GWU), in Washington, D.C. Price serves as director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infection, Bacterial Skin Infection

Daily Baths Not a Must for Kids

Posted 22 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 – Here's welcome news for parents tired of forcing their kids to take a daily bath: Children may not need to bathe every day after all. That's the word from Dr. Robert Sidbury, an associate professor with the department of pediatrics and division chief of dermatology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis. "Depending on their age and activity level, most children only need a bath a few times a week," Sidbury said in a news release from the American Academy of Dermatology. "For children, a few germs here and there are healthy, as this is how their bodies learn to fight off bacteria and build stronger immune systems." Sidbury provides these recommendations about bathing for kids: If a child is aged 6 to 11, only two or three baths a week may be needed, and shampooing is necessary just once or twice a week. Black children or kids of any ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Bacterial Skin Infection

Cat Scratch Can Sometimes Lead to Serious Illness: CDC

Posted 21 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 – If Fluffy the cat gets out of sorts and scratches you, it's possible you could get a bacterial infection called cat-scratch disease that might even land you in the hospital. An estimated 12,000 Americans are infected each year with cat-scratch disease, and around 500 must go to the hospital, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The disease is spread by infected fleas. Cats pick up the bacteria that causes the disease – Bartonella henselae – from scratching and grooming flea excrement on their fur. They can then transfer the bacteria by scratching someone. "When cats scratch themselves they get the bacteria on their claws, so when they scratch a person the bacteria can enter the skin and infect the person," said lead researcher Dr. Christina Nelson, a CDC medical officer. People also get the illness from cat bites or through a break in ... Read more

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