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'Superbug' May Be More Widespread Than Thought

Posted 3 days 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

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infection, Bacterial Skin Infection, Ertapenem, Meropenem, Invanz, Merrem, Cilastatin/Imipenem, Primaxin IM, Merrem Novaplus, Primaxin IV, Doribax, Doripenem

Debunking Winter Weather Myths

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 – A hot toddy may seem like a good way to stay toasty on a freezing day because it makes blood rush to your skin's surface. But drinking alcohol actually speeds heat loss, according to experts. That's just one common myth about winter and cold weather. Separating fact from fiction is key to avoiding cold-related complications like hypothermia and frostbite, researchers at the University of Rochester in New York said. Here's what they say you need to know: Warm clothes don't prevent viral illnesses. More than 200 germs cause the common cold. Bundling up may not help you avoid exposure to one of them. Wearing a hat is a good idea when temperatures tumble, but heat escapes from any part of your body that is exposed – not just your head. Heat loss from the head also depends on how thick your hair is and how much energy you burn in the cold. But kids lose much more ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Influenza, Cold Symptoms, Alcohol Dependence, Alcoholism, Sore Throat, Hangover, Viral Infection, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Health Tip: Ward Off Infections During Pregnancy

Posted 3 days 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

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Bacterial Skin Infection, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Viral Infection, Toxoplasmosis, Insect Bites, Toxoplasmosis - Prophylaxis, Prevention of Perinatal Group B Streptococcal Disease

Parents Have Mixed Views on When to Keep Sick Kids Out of School

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MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 – American parents don't always agree when to keep their children home sick from school, a new poll reveals. The poll included almost 1,500 parents nationwide. All had at least one child aged 6 to 18. The research found that 75 percent had kept their child home sick from school at least once in the past year. The main reasons for keeping a child home were concerns their illness would get worse or spread to classmates. But the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health found that parents have differing views about how sick is too sick. Or the importance of sick day consequences, such as parents missing work or kids missing tests. Parents of children aged 6 to 9 were more likely to say that health-related concerns were a very important factor in keeping children home from school. Among parents of high schoolers, 40 ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Cough, Diarrhea, Fever, Bacterial Infection, Eye Conditions, Influenza, Eye Dryness/Redness, Cough and Nasal Congestion, Diarrhea, Chronic, Conjunctivitis, Viral Infection, Blepharitis, Diarrhea, Acute

'Superbug' Resistant to All Antibiotics Killed Nevada Woman

Posted 6 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

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infection, Bacterial Skin Infection, Ertapenem, Meropenem, Invanz, Merrem, Cilastatin/Imipenem, Primaxin IM, Merrem Novaplus, Primaxin IV, Doribax, Doripenem

Heavy Kids Fare Worse in One Way After Surgery

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 – Here's yet another reason to watch your child's weight: Overweight and obese kids seem to be more likely than others to develop a wound infection after surgery, a new study suggests. Researchers have already documented this connection in adults. But, "research on this topic among children and adolescents is scarce," said study co-author Dr. Catherine Hunter, one of the study authors. "The information from this first-of-its-kind study can now be used in assessing and counseling preoperative pediatric surgical patients and their families," said Hunter. She's a pediatric surgeon at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. In the United States, childhood obesity has nearly tripled since the 1970s, which suggests more children may face these infections, she and her colleagues said. Using statistics from a U.S. surgical database, the researchers focused ... Read more

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Health Tip: Help Prevent Skin Infections

Posted 6 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

Common Viruses a Deadly Threat at Nursing Homes

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FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 – Common viruses pose a serious threat in nursing homes, often sabotaging standard infection control measures, a new case study suggests. "Long-term care facilities have unique challenges. Infection-control policies from acute care hospitals cannot simply be mirrored in this setting and expected to work," said study lead author Dr. Schaefer Spires. His report details a 16-day outbreak of two viruses – respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and human metapneumovirus (HMPV) – that swept through a long-term dementia ward in Tennessee. Nearly three-quarters of the patients became sick and five died. "RSV and HMPV are viruses that need to be taken as seriously as we take the flu, especially in older adults," said Spires, an assistant professor of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville. RSV causes infections of the lungs and ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Cough, Dementia, Cold Symptoms, Alzheimer's Disease, Upper Respiratory Tract Infection, Sore Throat, Cough and Nasal Congestion, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Viral Infection, Respiratory Tract Disease, Respiratory Syncytial Virus

Health Tip: Help Young Children Make Healthy Changes

Posted 7 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

Doctors Describe First U.S. Case of Locally Acquired Zika in Pregnancy

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THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – The first case of locally acquired Zika virus in a pregnant woman in the United States did not result in devastating birth defects, doctors report. In a case study from the University of Miami, doctors provide new insight into the mosquito-borne virus, showing fetal exposure doesn't necessarily mean infection. The report also alerts doctors to suspect Zika in patients who may have traveled to south Florida, not just to areas outside the country where the virus is more prevalent. The infant – born full-term in October – showed none of the devastating birth defects linked to Zika, such as microcephaly (an abnormally small head and underdeveloped brain). "Initially, everything with the baby looked fine," said Dr. Ivan Gonzalez. He is co-director of the Zika response team at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where the mother and baby were ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Hydrocephalus, Viral Infection, Insect Bites, Brain Anomalies incl Congenital, Zika Virus Infection

'Superbug' Infections Down 30 Percent at VA Hospitals

Posted 13 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

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

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

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Influenza, Heart Disease, Otitis Media, Cold Symptoms, Bacterial Skin Infection, Sore Throat, Diabetes Mellitus, Infection Prophylaxis, Intravenous Insulin Drip

If You're Dashing Through the Snow to a Holiday Gathering…

Posted 18 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Dec. 18, 2016 – Millions of Americans will pack up their cars and hit the road over the holidays. But sometimes the highways get jammed and the weather doesn't cooperate. To help holiday travelers stay out of harm's way and avoid putting others at risk, the Red Cross offers the following tips: Check the forecast. Be aware of the weather along your route and plan accordingly. Drive carefully. This means the driver and passengers should all wear seat belts. Don't speed or drive impaired. Be sure to leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Stay alert. It's important to stop and rest often during a road trip. Don't drive if you're overly tired. If possible, share the driving. Don't bend the rules. Obey all traffic laws, signs and regulations. This includes speed limits. Driving too fast increases your risk of an accident. Consider highway workers. Be extra ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue

U.S. Doctors Still Over-Prescribing Drugs: Survey

Posted 6 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 – Despite evidence that certain drugs aren't always necessary, doctors are still prescribing these treatments, a new survey of doctors reveals. Antibiotics are by far the drugs most frequently used in situations where they'll provide no value for patients. The survey found that more than a quarter of doctors surveyed (27 percent) said that antibiotics are often administered to patients when the drugs will do no good. In most cases, the antibiotics are prescribed to treat upper respiratory infections even though these are most often caused by viruses unaffected by the medication, said Dr. Amir Qaseem. He's vice president of clinical policy for the American College of Physicians (ACP) and chair of the ACP's High Value Care Task Force. Other treatments that doctors use frequently despite their questionable value include aggressive treatments for terminally ill ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation and Deficiency, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Viral Infection

'Superbug' Gene Spotted on U.S. Pig Farm

Posted 5 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 – Scientists have identified a troubling new type of antibiotic resistance among U.S. farm animals. The drugs at issue are the carbapenem class of antibiotics. In hospitals, such drugs are considered a last line of defense against hard-to-treat bacterial infections. In the United States, carbapenem antibiotics have been banned for veterinary use, to minimize the risk that antibiotic resistance might develop among animals and spread to humans. And though it has already been identified among European and Asian livestock, there had been no indication of a resistance problem on American farms until now. But, following a five-month screening of a single American pig farm in 2015, researchers concluded that carbapenem resistance has in fact gained a foothold in U.S. livestock. "For now, we think that this is a rare and unusual occurrence," said study author Thomas ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infection, Ertapenem, Meropenem, Invanz, Merrem, Primaxin IM, Cilastatin/Imipenem, Merrem Novaplus, Primaxin IV, Doribax, Doripenem

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