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Clean Skin, Hands Critical for 'Kangaroo Care' for Preemies

Posted 5 days ago by

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 – A number of infection control measures need to be taken when giving "kangaroo care" to premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, researchers say. This approach – which involves meaningful touch and skin-to-skin contact between parents and babies – is increasingly encouraged in hospitals to aid the infant's development. However, the staff at a children's ...

Colonoscopies, Endoscopies Carry Greater Infection Risk Than Thought: Study

Posted 14 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 – Getting a colonoscopy or an endoscopy may be riskier than you thought. Researchers report that the rate of infections following these procedures at outpatient ambulatory surgery centers could be 100 times higher than previously believed, a new study finds. Bacterial infections such as E. coli and Klebsiella can strike 1 in 1,000 patients after a screening colonoscopy, ...

Health Tip: Swim Safely in a Pool

Posted 16 days ago by

-- Swimming is a great way to stay active and spend time with family and friends. But if you or a family member has an intestinal bug, it's important to avoid a pool. While chlorine can help keep water safe from other germs, some diarrhea-causing germs can survive in chlorinated water for more than seven days, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The CDC suggests these ...

Health Tip: Pets Require Safety Precautions

Posted 28 May 2018 by

-- Having a four-legged friend around the house could make us happier, healthier and help us live longer. Research shows having a pet can lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides. A cat, dog or other pet can also combat feelings of loneliness and depression. But Fido and Fluffy also harbor germs that could make us sick, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The ...

Obesity May Offer Some Protection When Severe Infection Strikes

Posted 25 May 2018 by

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 – Obesity brings with it many health ills, but there could be one silver lining, new research shows. If you're in the hospital suffering from an infectious disease, you're half as likely to die if you're overweight or obese, Danish researchers report. For the study, Sigrid Gribsholt, from Aarhus University Hospital's department of clinical epidemiology, and colleagues ...

Most Hospitals Aren't Ready for Mass Tragedies, ER Docs Say

Posted 22 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 – Nine out of 10 ER doctors say their hospitals aren't fully prepared for major disasters or mass tragedies. The finding, from a new poll by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), comes as the U.S. Congress considers major disaster preparedness legislation. ACEP questioned 1,328 emergency room doctors between April 25 and May 6 and painted what is saw as a ...

Pools, Hot Tubs Can Harbor Dangerous Germs

Posted 17 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 – Pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds may be synonymous with summertime fun, but they also can be breeding grounds for dangerous germs that could make you violently ill. In some cases, they can even lead to death, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. And of all the outbreaks from waterborne germs between 2000 and 2014, one-third occurred in pools or hot tubs at ...

Armpit Thermometers Helped Spread Dangerous Fungus at UK Hospital

Posted 4 May 2018 by

FRIDAY, May 4, 2018 – Armpit thermometers led to a large outbreak of drug-resistant Candida auris fungus in the United Kingdom, researchers say. The outbreak occurred in Oxford University Hospitals' neurosciences intensive care unit. The culprit: repeat-use axillary thermometers, the kind used to measure body temperature from the armpit. "Despite a bundle of infection control interventions, the ...

Health Tip: Prevent Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Posted 30 Apr 2018 by

-- Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) most often affects infants and children younger than age 5, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Children that young lack immunity to the viruses that cause HFMD. the agency says. Typical symptoms of the highly contagious disease include: fever, painful mouth sores and a rash on the hands and feet. The CDC recommends these steps to ...

The Poop on House Mice: They Carry 'Superbugs'

Posted 17 Apr 2018 by

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 – House mice are ubiquitous in New York City, and those uninvited guests may harbor antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a new study finds. Researchers found that mice had taken up residence in all of the city neighborhoods they studied – from the wealthiest to the poorest. And some of the animals carried bacteria that cause gastrointestinal infections in humans – including ...

Health Tip: When to Wash Your Hands

Posted 16 Apr 2018 by

-- Hand washing with soap and warm water is an effective way to prevent the spread of germs. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests washing your hands at these key times: Before, during andafterpreparing food. Before eating. Before and after caring for someone who is sick. Before and after treating a wound. Aftergoing to the bathroom. After changing diapers or cleaning up a ...

'Nightmare Superbug' Outbreak Could Happen, CDC Warns

Posted 3 Apr 2018 by

TUESDAY, April 3, 2018 – Efforts to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria have uncovered hundreds of germs carrying unusual genes that could lead to a "nightmare" superbug, U.S. health officials reported Tuesday. In 2017, a new nationwide testing program found 221 instances of "unusual" antibiotic-resistance genes that had developed in bacteria causing illnesses in hospitals, nursing homes and ...

Global Antibiotic Use Soars as Resistance Fears Rise

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 – Overuse of antibiotics is one of the main causes of the dangerous health threats posed by antibiotic resistance – when the drugs are no longer effective against the diseases they were designed to fight. Yet new research finds that antibiotic use by people rose 39 percent worldwide between 2000 and 2015, adding to the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, scientists ...

Common Meds May Help Spur Antibiotic Resistance, Study Finds

Posted 24 Mar 2018 by

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 – More than one-quarter of non-antibiotic medicines inhibit the growth of bacteria in the human gut and may contribute to antibiotic resistance, new research suggests. Many species of bacteria live in the human gut – collectively known as the gut microbiome – and antibiotics can affect the balance. But the effect of non-antibiotic medicines on gut bacteria had been ...

Study Weighs Heart Danger of Antibiotics for Older Women

Posted 23 Mar 2018 by

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 – New research finds that, for women over 60, there's a link between long-term use of antibiotics and heightened odds for heart-linked death. But the study of more than 37,000 U.S. women couldn't prove that the bacteria-fighting meds were the cause of the troubling trend, or whether the culprits were the illnesses the antibiotics were intended to fight. "It isn't yet ...

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