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Retail Health Clinics Fail to Curb Routine ER Visits, Study Finds

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 – Having retail health clinics near hospitals does not reduce emergency department visits for minor health problems, a new study finds. It was hoped that lower costs and increased convenience of clinics in drug stores or retail chains would curb emergency department visits, but these findings add to growing evidence that this is not the case, according to RAND Corp. researchers. The investigators examined five years of data from more than 2,000 emergency departments in 23 states and found that the opening of retail medical clinics did not reduce emergency department visits for 11 non-urgent ailments, such as respiratory infections and earaches. "One hope for retail clinics was that they might divert patients from making expensive visits to the emergency department for minor conditions such as bronchitis or urinary tract infections. But we found no evidence that ... Read more

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Cranberry Products May Not Prevent UTIs: Study

Posted 27 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2016 – Many American women swear by cranberry juice as a home remedy to help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). But a new study finds that cranberry capsules didn't prevent recurring UTIs in older women who lived in nursing homes. No significant difference was seen in the number of UTIs among those receiving the capsules versus a placebo pill, the researchers said. However, at least one urogynecologist believes the study couldn't prove that cranberry products, including juice, might not help some younger, uninfected women. In the study, Yale University researchers only looked at women living in nursing homes, whose average age was 86. "Cranberry products have long been thought to prevent urinary tract infections, and many different cranberry products, including capsules, tablets and powders, are promoted for this purpose, but this study did not show that this ... Read more

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Too Few Female Urologists to Meet Aging Patients' Demand

Posted 22 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 – Women prefer to see female urologists, but there are far too few to meet a growing demand, a new study reports. Researchers analyzed patient data from 2003 to 2012 for more than 6,000 urologists across the United States. Women represented 54 percent of patients for female urologists, and 32 percent for male urologists, the study found. Of an estimated 9,600 U.S. urologists, between 8 percent and 12 percent are women, according to the study. "Every day in my practice I hear women say, 'Oh, I'm so glad you're here. It has taken me a long time to find a woman in this field,'" said study senior author Dr. Sarah Flury. She is an assistant professor of urology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. "In some smaller cities, there isn't a single female urologist," Flury said. The number of female urologists did increase from 34 in 1981 to 512 in 2009, ... Read more

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FDA Bolsters Warnings About Class of Antibiotics

Posted 26 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it's strengthening label warnings on a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones because the drugs can lead to disabling side effects, including long-term nerve damage and ruptured tendons. The agency also cautioned that these bacteria-fighting drugs – including levofloxacin (Levaquin) and ciprofloxacin (Cipro) – shouldn't be prescribed for sinusitis, chronic bronchitis or simple urinary tract infections unless no other treatments options exist. "Fluoroquinolones have risks and benefits that should be considered very carefully," Dr. Edward Cox said in an FDA news release. He's director of the Office of Antimicrobial Products at the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "It's important that both health care providers and patients are aware of both the risks and benefits of ... Read more

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Dangerous Urinary Tract Infections Common in Nursing Homes

Posted 10 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 10, 2016 – Urinary tract infections (UTIs) in nursing home residents can often have serious effects, including delirium, debilitating falls and even fatal blood infections. Now, new research finds the infections are common in nursing homes, often due to a lack of proper prevention. UTIs "can have a devastating impact on frail, debilitated individuals," said Donna Armellino, a nurse and vice president of infection prevention at Northwell Health, in Lake Success, N.Y. She reviewed the new findings. "It is obvious, based on this random survey of nursing homes, that there is a lack of education and inconsistent practices that can raise the risk for infection," she said. In younger people, UTIs can be a painful nuisance that is usually treated with an antibiotic. But in the infirm elderly, the risk to health can be much greater, another expert explained. "UTIs in the elderly ... Read more

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Program Cut Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

Posted 2 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 – If you find yourself hospitalized, you've got a one in five chance of needing a urinary catheter – raising your risk for a urinary tract infection. Now, researchers report that a new program shows it might be possible to reduce both catheter use and its associated infections. "Catheter-associated urinary tract infections are common and costly patient safety problems," said lead researcher Dr. Sanjay Saint. He is a professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Roughly 250,000 such infections occur in hospitals each year in the United States, costing about $250 million, the researchers pointed out. Although about 20 percent of hospitalized patients get a urinary catheter, one-third of the time they aren't needed, Saint said. He believes that patients can play a role in reducing catheter use. "A lot of patients and families don't ... Read more

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Study Links Climate Change to Kidney Disease

Posted 5 May 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 – Climate change may boost rates of chronic kidney disease worldwide as rising temperatures and heat stress harm kidneys, researchers report. They analyzed global data and found that heat stress-related chronic kidney disease appears to be on the rise in rural communities in hot regions. The risk of heat stress-related chronic kidney disease has increased due to global warming and an increase in extreme heat waves, and is highest for certain groups of people, such as agricultural workers, according to the study authors. The authors also noted that decreasing amounts of rain contribute to the growing epidemic of heat stress nephropathy – or chronic kidney disease consistent with heat stress – by reducing water supplies and quality as temperatures rise. The study findings will be published in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of ... Read more

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Antibiotic Resistance Common in Kids' Urinary Tract Infections

Posted 16 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 – Many kids who develop urinary tract infections tied to the E. coli bacteria are now failing to respond to antibiotic treatment, a new review warns. The culprit, according to the British researchers: Drug resistance, following years of over-prescribing and misusing antibiotics. "Antimicrobial resistance is an internationally recognized threat to health," noted study author Ashley Bryce, a doctoral fellow at the Center for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol in the U.K. And that threat is of particular concern among young patients, the authors said, given that E. coli-driven urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most common forms of pediatric bacterial infections. Young children are more vulnerable to complications including kidney scarring and kidney failure, so they require prompt, appropriate treatment, added Bryce and co-author ... Read more

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Cranberry Juice for Urinary Tract Infection?

Posted 26 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 – Contrary to popular belief, cranberry juice does not cure a urinary tract infection, a doctor says. Many people drink cranberry juice in an attempt to ease their symptoms, but it will do nothing to help them, said Dr. Timothy Boone, vice dean of the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Houston campus. "Cranberry juice, especially the juice concentrates you find at the grocery store, will not treat a UTI [urinary tract infection] or bladder infection," he said in a center news release. "It can offer more hydration and possibly wash bacteria from your body more effectively, but the active ingredient in cranberry is long gone by the time it reaches your bladder," Boone said. Each year, more than 3 million Americans have a urinary tract infection – an infection in any part of the urinary system, kidney, bladder or urethra, according to the news ... Read more

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New Kidney Transplant Drug Cuts Risk of Earlier Death: Study

Posted 28 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 – A newer drug used for preventing organ rejection might improve the long-term outlook for kidney transplant recipients, a new study finds. Over seven years, patients given the drug belatacept (brand name: Nulojix) were 43 percent less likely to die or see their donor kidney fail compared to patients given an older drug called cyclosporine. Experts said the findings should encourage more doctors and patients to choose belatacept over standard anti-rejection medications. "This is a potentially transformational drug," said study lead researcher Dr. Flavio Vincenti, a transplant specialist at the University of California, San Francisco. The study – funded by the drug's maker, Bristol-Myers Squibb – was published in the Jan. 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Belatacept was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2011 for ... Read more

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Calcium Supplements Tied to Kidney Stone Risk in Study

Posted 13 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 – People with a history of kidney stones may have a higher risk of recurrence if they use calcium supplements, a new study finds. The findings, based on records from more than 2,000 patients, add to evidence linking calcium supplements to kidney stone risk. But researchers also said that people taking calcium under a doctor's advice should not stop on their own. "We're definitely not advocating that people stop taking calcium supplements if their doctor prescribed them for their bone health," said Christopher Loftus, the lead researcher on the study and an M.D. candidate at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Loftus is scheduled to present his findings next month at the American Society of Nephrology's annual meeting in San Diego. Data and conclusions presented at meetings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical ... Read more

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Kidney Problems Linked to Brain Disorders: Study

Posted 6 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 – Kidney problems can increase the risk of brain disorders, a new study finds. The findings suggest that protecting kidney health may also benefit the brain, the researchers said. They studied data from more than 2,600 people in the Netherlands, and found that poor kidney function was strongly associated with decreased blood flow to the brain. They also saw an increased risk of stroke and memory and thinking problems (dementia) in people with kidney problems. The association was independent of known heart disease risk factors, the researchers said. The study was published Aug. 6 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. "Our findings provide a possible explanation linking kidney disease to brain disease," Dr. M. Arfan Ikram, an assistant professor of neuroepidemiology at Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands, said in a journal news ... Read more

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Health Tip: Are You at Risk for Kidney Stones?

Posted 23 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Kidney stones are deposits, most often made of calcium, that form in the kidneys and can be very painful to pass. The American Academy of Family Physicians says risk factors include: Drinking too little water. Having family members who have had kidney stones. Eating a low-fiber, high-salt and high-protein diet. Getting insufficient exercise. Taking certain medications. Being male. Being aged 20 to 70. Read more

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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 of these cases, and many of these failures are connected with inaccurate diagnoses," study author Dr. Greg Filice said in a news release from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Filice, an internist with the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System, and his colleagues analyzed 500 inpatient cases at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. They found that inappropriate use of antibiotics occurred with 95 percent of patients who received an incorrect or indeterminate diagnosis, ... Read more

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Abnormal Test Results in Hospital Signal Raised Kidney Injury Risk

Posted 13 May 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 – Common kidney function tests using blood or urine can help doctors identify hospitalized patients at risk for acute kidney injury, researchers say. Acute kidney injury is a sudden loss of kidney function that can develop within a few hours or over a few days. As many as 10 percent of hospitalized patients and up to 22 percent of intensive care unit (ICU) patients worldwide experience acute kidney injury, according to the study authors. For the study, the researchers reviewed information from more than 1.3 million hospital patients. Nearly 19,000 had acute kidney injury, the investigators found. The study showed that having diabetes or being older, male or black was tied to an increased risk of acute kidney injury. But the strongest risk factor was abnormal results on blood and urine tests of kidney function. And this was true even if the tests were only mildly ... Read more

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