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Do Nursing Home Workers Change Gloves Often Enough?

Posted 1 day 3 hours ago 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 hygiene. The observations should be shared with staff to improve behaviors and reduce the risk of disease transmission," said Burdsall, from the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Her team assessed inappropriate glove use among 74 certified nursing assistants performing everyday tasks such as toileting care. These assistants are often the main providers of care in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Inappropriate glove use was defined as a failure to change gloves and touching ... Read more

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Antibacterial Scrubs for Nurses No Match for Germs

Posted 15 days ago 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 lead study author Dr. Deverick Anderson. Anderson directs the Duke University Medical Center's Center for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention. For the study, researchers tracked 40 nurses who wore three types of scrubs over three 12-hour shifts in which they monitored one or two patients each in medical or surgical intensive care units. The scrub types included: a traditional cotton-polyester blend; one treated with silver-alloy inside fibers; and one treated to kill bacteria. The ... Read more

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Harvey's Health Hazards Will Continue During Cleanup

Posted 18 days ago 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 expert Dr. Frank Esper. The water that entered their homes was loaded with bacteria from raw sewage, and likely also included chemicals and toxins from businesses and industrial sites, said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. Esper warned that "even after the floodwaters have receded, the bacteria will remain a threat to health. You need to make sure you are cleaning anything that could have been contaminated by these floodwaters." Alcohol-based ... Read more

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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 completely flooded and are backing up through the drains into the standing bodies of water that are around and in people's homes," Esper said. "Every time a person is wading across the street to get from one place to another, or down the road to get to higher ground, they are encountering much, much higher loads of bacteria." But beyond that short-term threat, other hazards and medical problems will crop up due to the lack of modern amenities in Harvey's aftermath, experts said. Dr. Bruce Farber is ... Read more

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Time for a Makeup Refresh?

Posted 3 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 – You love a certain shade of lipstick, but do you know how long ago you bought this particular tube of it? Makeup has a shelf life and, after a set amount of time, many cosmetics need to be tossed out, even if they haven't been used up. Manufacturers aren't required to put an expiration date on makeup, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), but many do. So, consider buying brands that do a lot of safety testing and list results on packages. The FDA cautions that any expiration date is often just a guideline and a product's safety may expire long before its date if not properly stored. For example, if it's been exposed to high temperatures or sunlight. Yet when kept under ideal conditions, it may be usable long after the expiration date. Know that products marked "all natural" and those without traditional preservatives may have a short shelf ... Read more

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The Couple That Lives Together Shares Skin Bacteria Together

Posted 26 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 – While it's often said that couples start to look alike over time, new research suggests their skin bacteria may do the same. The study, of 20 couples who were living together, found that partners showed similarities in their skin's "microbiome." In fact, those similarities were strong enough that a computer algorithm could identify couples 86 percent of the time, based on their skin microbiome alone. "Microbiome" refers to the trillions of bacteria and other microbes that inhabit the human body, inside and out. The skin is covered in a variety of microbes --- most of which are either harmless or beneficial. Researchers are only beginning to understand how the skin microbiome affects health, according to study senior researcher Josh Neufeld, a professor of biology at the University of Waterloo in Canada. But the "microbial community" there does interact with ... Read more

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Bacteria May Explain Why Uncircumcised Face Higher HIV Risk

Posted 25 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 – For the first time, bacteria that live under the foreskin of uncircumcised straight men have been linked to a rise in the risk for contracting HIV, new research indicates. Researchers found four specific types of bacteria tied to a higher risk of the AIDS-causing virus. These bacteria are part of the microbiome – a collection of microorganisms found in a particular area – of the area on the penis located under the foreskin. The study of African men revealed that whenever these bacteria increase in quantity by a factor of 10, HIV risk appears to rise by as much as 63 percent. "We found that heterosexual men who carried certain kinds of bacteria on their penises were more likely to get infected by HIV," explained study lead author Dr. Cindy Liu. She's an assistant professor of environmental and occupational health with George Washington University's Milken ... Read more

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Not All Fidos Are Friendly

Posted 17 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – Kids love dogs – dressing them up, tugging on them, kissing them, and even riding them like a horse. But sometimes, things can end badly, a pediatricians' group says. That's probably why children account for more than half of the 800,000 Americans who receive medical care for dog bites annually. Children are much more likely than adults to suffer serious injuries when bitten by a dog, and children are most likely to suffer bites from familiar dogs, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The group offered the following dog-bite prevention tips. Never leave a small child and a dog alone together. And that advice holds true even if it's the family dog, a dog that you know, or a dog that you have been assured is well-behaved. Any dog can bite. Don't let your child play aggressive games with a dog, such as tug-of-war or wrestling. Teach children to ask a ... Read more

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The Neighborhood Sandbox: A Breeding Ground for Germs

Posted 7 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 7, 2017 – Kids love to play in sandboxes, and it helps them develop motor and social skills. But have you ever considered what kind of germs might be lurking in that communal sand? Sandboxes can be breeding grounds for bacteria, parasites and other infectious germs, whether brought in by animals using them as litter boxes or by kids interacting with other kids, researchers say. Dr. Marc Siegel, a professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, describes sandboxes as "swimming pools without disinfecting chlorine." In a new study, researchers found that a particularly nasty bacteria called Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) was present in nearly 53 percent of sandboxes tested in Spain. "We do not consider our paper as alarming," said lead researcher Dr. Jose Blanco, from the department of animal health at Complutense University of Madrid. "We have a ... Read more

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Many Parts of the World Lack Soap for Hand-Washing

Posted 6 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 – For many families in poor countries, soap is a luxury that they do without, a new study finds. Hand-washing with soap can help prevent the spread of diseases, especially pneumonia and diarrhea. These ills caused about 1.6 million child deaths worldwide in 2013, the researchers said. "Hand-washing prevents leading causes of the 6 million deaths that occur annually in young children around the world. Never before has hand-washing been systematically measured in so many countries," said study co-author Dr. Pavani Ram. She is director of the University at Buffalo's Community for Global Health Equity in New York. "These data are useful to public health programs and policy makers because they underscore the deep inequities that persist globally and within countries, contributing to these preventable child deaths among people living in poverty and in rural areas in ... Read more

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Group Urges Tougher Limits on Chemical in Soaps, Cosmetics

Posted 20 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 – The germ-fighting chemical triclosan has got to go, an international coalition of scientists claims. Triclosan is found in thousands of products ranging from soap and cosmetics to toothpaste and common household items. But evidence has shown that antimicrobials like triclosan not only fall short in killing bacteria, but they may also harm human health, the coalition said in urging much stricter limits on use of the chemical. This follows action last year by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban triclosan, triclocarban and 17 other microbial agents from hand soap and body wash sold in the United States because they "are not generally recognized as safe and effective." The FDA's move prompted major manufacturers – such as Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble – to begin phasing them out. But triclosan still is found in hundreds of consumer products, ... Read more

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U.S. Hospitals Still Prescribe Too Many Antibiotics: Study

Posted 15 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 – About 20 percent of U.S. hospital patients who receive antibiotics experience side effects from the drugs, researchers report. The new study included nearly 1,500 hospitalized adults who were prescribed antibiotics. The findings revealed that one-fifth of those who experienced antibiotic-related side effects didn't require the drugs in the first place. The results add to growing evidence that antibiotics are overused, according to the Johns Hopkins Hospital researchers. "Too often, clinicians prescribe antibiotics even if they have a low suspicion for a bacterial infection, thinking that even if antibiotics may not be necessary, they are probably not harmful. But that is not always the case," said Dr. Pranita Tamma. She is director of the hospital's Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. Antibiotics can cause real harm and doctors should always consider ... Read more

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Staph Aureus Rates Of Resistance To Certain Antibiotics Show A Decrease Over Time

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 – Staphylococcus aureus infections among U.S. hospital patients have been less resistant to key antibiotics in recent years, a new study finds. Between 2009 and 2015, researchers tested antibiotic resistance in more than 19,000 S. aureus samples from 42 medical centers nationwide. "Results showed that S. aureus' rates of resistance to certain antibiotics decreased over time, which isn't often seen," study co-author Dr. Helio Sader said in an American Society for Microbiology news release. Sader is senior director of microbiology and surveillance at JMI Laboratories in North Liberty, Iowa. Rates of S. aureus resistance to the antibiotic oxacillin (Bactocill) fell from 47.2 percent in 2009 to 43.6 percent in 2015 to 42.2 percent in 2016. S. aureus resistance to other antibiotics, such as levofloxacin (Levaquin), clindamycin (Cleocin) and erythromycin, also ... Read more

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Hand Washing Works Whether the Water's Hot or Cold

Posted 1 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 – You don't need to scald your hands to get rid of germs. For effective hand hygiene, water temperature matters less than time, new research states. The finding runs counter to U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines recommending that food establishments and restaurants deliver water at 100 degrees Fahrenheit for hand washing, the researchers said. Scientists at Rutgers University in New Jersey said they found that cold water is as effective as hot in getting rid of harmful bacteria and other germs. What's more important, they said, is that people scrub their hands with soap for at least 10 seconds. "People need to feel comfortable when they are washing their hands, but as far as effectiveness, this study shows us that the temperature of the water used didn't matter," said Donald Schaffner, a specialist in food science at the university. And, using cold ... Read more

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1 in 4 Nursing Home Residents Has Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Posted 31 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 30, 2017 – Multidrug-resistant bacteria, such as E. coli, can be found in more than one-quarter of people living in nursing homes, a research review finds. Reviewing eight prior studies, researchers reported rates ranged from 11 percent of residents to an alarming 59 percent, with 27 percent the average. "Nursing home residents are at higher risk to become colonized with these bacteria," said study author Sainfer Aliyu, a doctoral candidate at Columbia University School of Nursing in New York City. But just because nursing home residents are colonized with the bacteria doesn't mean they have an illness. "Someone who is colonized has the bacteria on them, but may not know it. They may not show any symptoms. But they can spread the germ to others, and they have the potential to become sick themselves," Aliyu said. As the nation's "superbug" list grows, health officials are ... Read more

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