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Just How Clean Is That Stethoscope?

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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12, 2018 – For doctors and nurses in hospitals, hand-washing between patients is a must. But what about their stethoscopes? A new hospital study finds that stethoscopes are laden with a wide range of bacteria. Some, such as Staphylococcus aureus, can cause serious infections such as pneumonia. The findings were published Dec. 12 in the journal Infection Control & Hospital ...

Hidden Dangers in Dust

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TUESDAY, Dec. 11, 2018 – An antibacterial called triclosan is common in dust and could result in dust-dwelling bacteria becoming antibiotic-resistant, researchers report. "There is this conventional wisdom that says everything that's in dust is dead, but that's not actually the case. There are things living in there," said study leader Erica Hartmann, an assistant professor of environmental ...

Infections in the Young May Be Tied to Risk for Mental Illness: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 – Could an infection make your child or teen prone to mental health issues? New research from Denmark suggests it's possible. "The findings linking infections with mental disorders in the developing brain do add more knowledge to this growing field, showing that there exists an intimate connection between the body and the brain," said lead researcher Dr. Ole ...

Health Tip: Safe Tips For Antibiotic Use

Posted 15 days ago by

-- Antibiotics are frequently prescribed to fight bacterial infections. But if used improperly, the bacteria they are meant to kill can become resistant. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these guidelines for safe antibiotic use: Use the medicine exactly as directed. Make sure the recipient takes the entire course of antibiotics, even if the person is feeling better before the dose is ...

Ask About the Antibiotics Prescribed for Your Child

Posted 22 Nov 2018 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 22, 2018 – Parents, there are a number of questions you should ask when your child is prescribed antibiotics in the hospital, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. While antibiotics can save lives, overuse of the drugs can lead to antibiotic resistance. "It's important to select the right antibiotic dose at the right time for the right duration," said Dr. Theoklis Zaoutis, a ...

America Is Worried About Antibiotic Resistance

Posted 14 Nov 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 – A majority of Americans believe the health threat posed by antibiotic resistance is real and pressing, a new survey shows. The survey of more than 1,000 adults found that 65 percent believe antibiotic resistance is a public health problem, and 81 percent are worried that antibiotic resistance will make more infections difficult to treat or even deadly. The survey was ...

Your Showerhead May Be Bathing You in Germs

Posted 7 Nov 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 – You no doubt think that stepping into your shower will wash away dirt and germs, but a new study shows your showerhead might instead dump nasty bacteria on you that may cause lung infections. Most people know to keep their bathrooms clean, especially the toilet and sink. But researchers discovered that places in the United States and Europe where germs called ...

Worst Bedsores Still Plague U.S. Hospital Patients: Study

Posted 7 Nov 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 – Despite years of attention to the problem, U.S. hospitals have made little headway in preventing severe cases of bedsores among older Americans, a new study shows. Researchers found that across hospitals in three states, the rate of bedsores among Medicare patients dropped by 40 percent between 2009 and 2014. However, the picture looked less positive after the ...

Tropical Disease Linked to Heart Trouble Turning Up in Border Security Dogs

Posted 2 Nov 2018 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 – More than 100 dogs used by U.S. agencies for border patrols, search and rescue, drugs and explosives detection and guarding federal buildings are infected with a parasite that could cause potentially deadly heart problems, according to a new study. The parasite Trypanosoma cruzi causes Chagas disease, a tropical infection spread by the blood-sucking "kissing bug." ...

Many U.S. Parents Share Leftover Antibiotics: Survey

Posted 2 Nov 2018 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 – An "alarming" number of American parents save unused antibiotics and give them to family members and other people, a new study finds. This type of misuse helps fuel antibiotic resistance, the study authors said. Their report is scheduled for presentation Monday in Orlando, Fla., at the national conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). "This is dangerous not ...

Hospital Infections in Stroke Patients Raise Other Risks

Posted 1 Nov 2018 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 – When stroke patients get an infection while in the hospital, that may raise the chances they will wind up back in the hospital later, new research suggests. Researchers examined data on more than 319,000 U.S. patients who had an ischemic stroke (blocked blood flow to the brain) who were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. Overall, any type of ...

Health Tip: Washing Your Hands

Posted 1 Nov 2018 by

-- Germs are everywhere, and there's no getting around them. So what can you do to avoid getting sick? Frequent hand washing is an excellent start, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The CDC says you should always wash your hands: Before, during and after preparing food. Before eating food. Before and after caring for someone who is sick. After using the bathroom, changing ...

U.S. Hospitals Making Headway Against Infections

Posted 31 Oct 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 – You're less likely to pick up a nasty infection during a hospital stay in the United States than you were just a few years ago, a new report finds. Between 2011 and 2015, a patient's risk of catching a hospital-acquired infection dropped 16 percent, researchers said. "The findings are encouraging. Progress is being made in infections affecting hospitals in the United ...

FDA Approves Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) for the Treatment of Acute Uncomplicated Influenza

Posted 24 Oct 2018 by

October 24, 2018 – Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) for the treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza (flu) in patients 12 years of age and older who have been symptomatic for no more than 48 hours.“This is the first new antiviral flu treatment with a novel mechanism of action approved by the FDA in nearly 20 years. With thousands of people g ...

Hospital Bed Sheets Still Germy Despite Washing

Posted 22 Oct 2018 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 – Even after a thorough cleaning, traces of diarrhea-causing bacteria can remain on hospital bed sheets, researchers report. The new study suggests that linens could transmit Clostridium difficile infections between patients, and even between hospitals, according to the British researchers. "The findings of this study may explain some sporadic outbreaks of C. difficile ...

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