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Health Tip: Prevent Germs at the Doctor's Office

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

-- The last place you should fear getting sick is in a doctor's waiting room. The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidelines for pediatricians to prevent the spread of germs. The group says all pediatric medical offices should: Equip waiting rooms with alcohol-based hand sanitizers and masks. Put up visual reminders for kids and caregivers to cover mouths with elbows instead of hands when sneezing. Avoid filling waiting rooms with plush toys that are difficult to clean and may be prime breeding grounds for germs. Encourage kids to bring their own toys or books from home. Read more

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Health Tip: Deciphering Cosmetic Labels

Posted 13 days ago 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" does not mean it cannot trigger an allergic reaction. Organic or Natural: The fact that a product is labeled "organic" or "natural" does not make it safer to use. Expiration Date:The law does not require any cosmetic to have an expiration date, but many manufacturers display one. The agency recommends keeping track of the date you first used a cosmetic, which will help you determine its age later. Read more

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Health Tip: Handle Chicken With Care

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Chicken is a mainstay in many American households, but it may lead to food poisoning if not cooked properly and handled with care. Foodsafety.gov suggests how to help keep your family safe: Wash handswith warm soapy water for 20 seconds before and after handling chicken. Do not wash raw chicken.Its juices can contaminate other foods, utensils and countertops during washing. Use a separate cutting board for raw chicken. Wash cutting board, utensils, dishes, and countertops with hot soapy water after preparing chicken. Never place other foods on dirty plates, cutting boards, or other surfaces that held raw chicken. Use a food thermometerand cook chicken to the safe internal temperature of 165 degrees F. If you are served chicken that appears undercooked, send it back for more cooking. Refrigerate or freeze leftover chicken within 2 hours (or within 1 hour if the temperature is higher ... Read more

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Climate Change May Bring 'Browner' Waters, More Disease

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – A surge of diseases could become a consequence of climate change, scientists warn. Extreme rainfall and melting permafrost associated with a warming climate are causing more organic matter to wash into lakes, rivers and coastal waters. This so-called "browning" of the world's waters reduces the ability of the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays to disinfect them effectively, and could lead to an increase in diseases caused by waterborne germs, the researchers said. The finding stems from a study that analyzed water samples collected from lakes around the world, from Pennsylvania to New Zealand. Using a model from the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research, the investigators calculated the ability of UV radiation from the sun to destroy pathogens in the water of each lake, known as the solar inactivation potential. The researchers determined how much UV light ... Read more

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Robots May Be Cleaning Your Hospital Room Soon

Posted 17 days ago 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 Staphylococcus aureus) and VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci). The medical center's first inpatient area to utilize the germ-killing robots will be the Vanderbilt Regional Burn Center. After patients are sent home, their rooms will be cleaned with the usual liquid disinfectants and then a robot will be wheeled into the room to perform additional cleaning. The robot will flood the room with enough ultraviolet (UV) radiation to kill microscopic germs that may still be lurking on surfaces, ... Read more

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Does Time of Neurosurgery Matter?

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 – Patients who have neurosurgery overnight are more likely to have complications than those whose operations occur during the day, a new study finds. Risk of complications was 50 percent higher when surgeries began between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m., said University of Michigan researchers. They reviewed more than 15,800 neurosurgical procedures and their outcomes. When accounting for the length of the surgery, the research team found the odds of a complication more than doubled. Patients in the study underwent neurosurgery in the University of Michigan Health System between 2007 and 2014. There were 785 complications, including mild medication reactions, infections, heart attack and death. Complications became more common after hours, but not necessarily more severe except in the case of emergency surgeries, the researchers said. They noted that as it got later in the ... Read more

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Creepy Creatures Can Be Medical Marvels, Too

Posted 23 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, OCT. 22, 2017 – Creepy crawlers like leeches, maggots, snakes and ticks might make you squeal in fear or disgust, but they could save your life. All of them protect one thing people can't live without: blood. And that means they have a role to play in modern medicine, according to the American Society of Hematology. Leeches have a substance in their saliva called Hirudin that helps prevent blood clots in microsurgical procedures. Doctors use them to maintain blood flow to surgical sites. Without leeches, blood would pool in tissue, which could lead to disfigurement. Leeches have also been used around the world to remove blood from patients. Ticks and mosquitoes also have useful saliva that could be important in development of naturally derived blood thinners (anticoagulants). Maggots, meanwhile, are used to clean some types of wounds. Disinfected maggots are placed into a wound ... Read more

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Kids, Don't Touch the Toys at the Doctor's Office

Posted 23 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 23, 2017 – Avoid the stuffed animals at your pediatrician's office. Or better yet, take your own playthings when your child has a doctor's appointment. That's one of the tips in updated guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to prevent the spread of germs in doctors' offices. The guidelines say waiting rooms should not have plush toys, which can harbor germs and are difficult to clean. Instead, parents should bring toys from home for their children. Infection control in doctors' offices or other outpatient locations should be as strict as in hospitals, according to the academy. Cough and sneeze etiquette and hand hygiene are key measures for curbing infections. Pediatricians should post visual reminders for people to cover their nose and mouth with their elbows rather than their hands when coughing and sneezing, and to properly dispose of tissues, the AAP ... Read more

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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 pre-sports physicals to rule out skin infections and ensure that players are up to date on vaccines. Read more

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3 Factors That Could Raise Your Risk of Bloodstream Infection

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 – Serious bloodstream infections are more common among smokers who are both obese and inactive, a new Norwegian study reveals. The bloodstream infection is known as sepsis. People who develop sepsis have an over 20 percent risk of death from the infection, the researchers noted. Each year, sepsis claims the lives of 6 million people worldwide. To see what might boost the risk of this deadly infection, the investigators reviewed the records of nearly 2,000 Norwegian sepsis patients. The findings showed that smoking combined with obesity and an inactive lifestyle was a major threat for blood poisoning. People with those three factors faced nearly a five times higher risk of sepsis than their non-smoking, normal-weight peers. The body mass index (BMI) of people used in that calculation was 35. Body mass index is a rough estimate of body fat based on height and ... Read more

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Helping Preemies Avoid Unnecessary Antibiotics

Posted 5 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 – Researchers say they have identified three criteria that suggest an extremely premature infant has a low risk of developing sepsis, which might allow doctors to spare these babies early exposure to antibiotics. Sepsis is an infection of the blood, and it's a serious, life-threatening condition. But it isn't always easy to tell if these very small babies are sick due to an infection such as sepsis, or because their tiny bodies are so underdeveloped. "These babies can die very quickly of sepsis, which makes it very difficult to choose who really needs antibiotics," said Dr. Rick Stafford, director of neonatology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. Stafford was not involved in the study. At the same time, doctors are trying to reduce the use of unnecessary antibiotics, because when antibiotics are given to someone who doesn't need them, it ... Read more

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Germs May Be Valuable Passengers on Mission to Mars

Posted 4 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 – Astronauts on space missions to Mars may need more germs on the ship with them to stay in good health, a new study suggests. As scientists prepare for a mission to Mars in the coming decades, the health and safety of astronauts is a top priority. In this new research, scientists honed in on the microorganisms that would be living in close quarters with crews aboard spacecraft. Researchers from Germany, the United Kingdom and Austria, led by the German Aerospace Center, enlisted a crew of six male "Marsonauts." They lived inside a mock spacecraft in Moscow from June 2010 to November 2011. During the mock Mars mission, the researchers monitored how the composition of bacteria changed over time. What they found was that the diversity of germs dropped dramatically during the equivalent of a space flight to Mars. "Until now, little was known about the influence of ... Read more

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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 pigments in tattoo dyes are not government regulated. Though somewhat uncommon, an allergic reaction to a pigment would be a challenge to reverse since tattoo ink normally is difficult to remove. Granulomas – These are nodules that can form around material that the body thinks is foreign, such as tattoo pigment. Keloids – These are overgrowths of fibrous tissues. People who tend to get these may be at even greater risk of them after getting a tattoo. Read more

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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 the importance of good hygiene," said the report's lead author, Dr. H. Dele Davies. He's a member of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases. "Besides showering and washing hands, athletes should be discouraged from sharing their water bottles, towels, mouth guards and other personal items," he said in an AAP news release. Most sports-related infections are spread by skin contact, contaminated food or water, respiratory droplets or airborne particles. According to report co-author Dr. Mary Anne ... Read more

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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 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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