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Mouthwash Helps Kill Gonorrhea Germs in Mouth, Throat: Study

Posted 20 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 – A commercial brand of mouthwash can help control gonorrhea bacteria in the mouth, and daily use may offer a cheap and easy way to reduce the spread of the sexually transmitted disease, a small study from Australia contends. Gonorrhea rates among men are on the rise in many countries due to declining condom use, and most cases occur in gay/bisexual men, researchers said. The maker of Listerine mouthwash has claimed as far back as 1879 that it could be used against gonorrhea, though no published research has ever proved it. In laboratory tests, the authors of this new study found that Listerine Cool Mint and Total Care (which are both 21.6 percent alcohol) significantly reduced levels of gonorrhea bacteria. A salt water (saline) solution did not. The researchers then conducted a clinical trial with 58 gay/bisexual men who previously tested positive for gonorrhea ... Read more

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13 Cases of 'Superbug' Fungal Infection in U.S.

Posted 4 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 4, 2016 – Federal health officials say 13 cases of a potentially deadly, drug-resistant fungal infection have been reported in the United States. Four of those cases ended in death, but health officials said it's not clear if the deaths were due to the infection or the patients' underlying health conditions. Candida auris fungal infection is emerging as a health threat worldwide, and it appears to spread in hospitals and other health care facilities, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We need to act now to better understand, contain and stop the spread of this drug-resistant fungus," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in an agency news release. "This is an emerging threat, and we need to protect vulnerable patients and others." Of the 13 U.S. cases reported between May 2013 and August 2016, seven are described in the CDC's Nov. 4 Morbidity ... Read more

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Health Tip: Recognizing Signs of Nail Fungus

Posted 18 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

-- If you frequent public showers or pools and don't always don your shoes, you may be more prone to nail fungus, a condition medically known as onychomycosis. The Mayo Clinic says common symptoms include nails that are: Unusually thick. Crumbly and brittle. Ragged. Dull with no shine. Abnormally shaped. Unusually dark. Read more

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Health Tip: Home Remedies to Ease Dandruff

Posted 26 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Dandruff is an embarrassing problem, but there are home remedies available to help ease flakiness and itching. The Mayo Clinic advises: Keep stress under control, as stress can worsen flaking. Shampoo every day, especially if your scalp is oily. Limit use of styling products, such as hair spray, gel and wax. These can build up and make the scalp oilier. Eat a nutrient-rich diet that includes plenty of zinc and B vitamins. Allow your scalp a bit of safe exposure to sunlight, but take care not to burn. Read more

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Health Tip: Avoid Canker Sore Pain

Posted 3 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Canker sores are painful lesions that tend to develop inside the cheek or lips, on the gums or under the tongue. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this advice to help ease canker sore pain: Avoid chewing gum. Steer clear of foods that are particularly spicy, crunchy or hard. Use a soft toothbrush after every meal, and floss daily to rid your mouth of lingering food. Talk to your doctor if you develop frequent canker sores. Read more

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Smarten Up About Antibiotics, CDC Urges

Posted 18 Nov 2010 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 18 – Knowing when to take antibiotics – and when not to – can help fight the rise of deadly "superbugs," say experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About half of antibiotics prescribed are unnecessary or inappropriate, the agency says, and overuse has helped create bacteria that don't respond, or respond less effectively, to the drugs used to fight them. "Antibiotics are a shared resource that has become a scarce resource," said Dr. Lauri Hicks, a medical epidemiologist at the CDC. She's also medical director a of new program, Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work, that had its launch this week. "Everyone has a role to play in preventing the spread of antibiotic resistance," Hicks said. The stakes are high, said Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, CDC's associate director for health care-associated infection prevention programs. Almost every type of bacteria ... Read more

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