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Health Tip: Understanding Antibiotics

Posted 9 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- By taking an antibiotic as prescribed, you can get well faster and help prevent germs from becoming resistant to your medication. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these antibiotic guidelines: Never skip a dose of antibiotic. Always take it on schedule, as directed. Never stop taking an antibiotic early. Always take the entire prescription, unless your doctor tells ...

Pediatricians' Group Urges Cuts in Antibiotic Use in Livestock

Posted 16 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 – Overuse of antibiotics in farm animals poses a real health risk to children, the American Academy of Pediatrics warns in a new report. This common practice is already contributing to bacterial resistance to medicines and affecting doctors' ability to treat life-threatening infections in kids, according to the paper published online Nov. 16 in the journal Pediatrics. One ...

New Antibiotic-Resistant 'Superbug' an Emerging Threat, CDC Says

Posted 5 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 – A relatively new antibiotic-resistant bacteria called CRE is making inroads in some major American cities, U.S. health officials report. Surveillance of seven U.S. metropolitan areas found higher-than-expected levels of CRE in Atlanta, Baltimore and New York City, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lower-than-expected levels were found in ...

New Antibiotics May One Day Beat Superbugs

Posted 18 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 18, 2015 – As concerns over antibiotic resistance grow around the world, researchers report they've discovered a promising new group of antibiotics. These new drugs contain iridium, a transition metal that doesn't break down easily. This may help the antibiotics treat superbugs, such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), the researchers said. "We are still at the ...

Better Control of Drug-Resistant Germs Could Save Thousands of Lives: CDC

Posted 4 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2015 – An immediate, focused effort to halt the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs could save tens of thousands of lives and prevent hundreds of thousands of new infections over the next five years, a new government report suggests. As many as 37,000 lives could be saved, and 619,000 new infections prevented, if community health departments and health care facilities form ...

Antibiotic May Lower Effect of Some Blood Thinners

Posted 21 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 – The antibiotic dicloxacillin may lessen the effects of some blood-thinning medications, new research shows. "The surprise in the study was just how much of an impact dicloxacillin had," said study author Anton Pottegard, a pharmacist and research fellow at the University of Southern Denmark, in Odense. "Often, the effects in these kinds of studies are quite small. But ...

Could Antibiotics Raise a Child's Risk for Juvenile Arthritis?

Posted 20 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 20, 2015 – Here's yet another reason not to overuse antibiotics: Children treated with the antibacterial drugs may face a greater risk for developing juvenile arthritis, new research suggests. The study found that children and teens prescribed antibiotics had about twice the risk of developing juvenile arthritis compared to children the same age who were not prescribed the drugs. ...

Antibiotics Myths Still Common Among Parents

Posted 20 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 20, 2015 – Many American parents still have misconceptions about when their children should receive antibiotics and what the medications do, a new study finds. Looking at data results spanning more than a decade, researchers saw that parents with Medicaid insurance were more likely to misunderstand appropriate antibiotic use than parents with private commercial insurance. Medicaid ...

Appendicitis Can Often Be Treated With Antibiotics

Posted 16 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 – Although surgical removal of the appendix has long been a standard treatment, a new study found that almost three-quarters of people treated with antibiotics could be spared the invasive procedure known as appendectomy. "For more than a century, appendectomy has been the standard treatment," said the study's lead author Dr. Paulina Salminen, of Turku University Hospital ...

Doctors Can Cut Back on Antibiotics After Abdominal Surgery: Study

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – The length of antibiotic treatment for abdominal infections can be cut in half and still be equally effective, a new study suggests. Doing so could help efforts to battle the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, the study authors said. The study – led by researchers at the University of Virginia – included more than 500 patients in the United States and Canada ...

Improper Antibiotic Use Often Due to Misdiagnosis: Study

Posted 20 May 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 – Misdiagnosis often leads to improper antibiotic use in hospitals, new research finds. Incorrect antibiotic use can cause patient harm, reduce the effectiveness of antibiotics and increase health care costs, the researchers noted. "Antibiotic therapies are used for approximately 56 percent of inpatients in U.S. hospitals, but are found to be inappropriate in nearly half ...

Study Casts Doubt on Use of Common Antibiotic for UTIs in Women

Posted 30 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 – The antibiotic most commonly prescribed for bladder and other urinary tract infections, nitrofurantoin, may not be the most effective option, new research suggests. More than 25 percent of older adults have reduced kidney function, and bladder infections are a common complaint. Doctors often turn to nitrofurantoin to treat these and other urinary tract infections ...

Half of U.S. Hospitals Could Do More to Prevent Serious Infections, Study Finds

Posted 29 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2015 – Too few hospitals in the United States are doing everything they can to protect patients from a potentially deadly intestinal infection, a new study finds. Researchers from the University of Michigan surveyed almost 400 hospitals nationwide to determine what measures they had taken to prevent Clostridium difficile infections, which kill nearly 30,000 Americans a year ...

Antibiotic Shortages On the Rise in U.S.

Posted 23 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 – Shortages of antibiotics, including those used to treat drug-resistant infections, may be putting patients at risk for sickness and death, according to a new report. Between 2001 and 2013, there were shortages of 148 antibiotics. And the shortages started getting worse in 2007, researchers found. "Many of the drug shortages were among the only drugs to treat a ...

Antibiotics May Be Overused in Many Neonatal ICUs, Study Finds

Posted 20 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 20, 2015 – Antibiotics appear to be overused in many neonatal intensive care units, new research suggests. Just how overused these medications were varied widely, the study authors found. Some neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) gave antibiotics to newborns at a rate 40 times greater than rates at other NICUs, even when there was little difference in infection rates. "The results ...

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