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Therapy Dogs Can Spread MRSA, But Antibacterials Help Prevent the Danger

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 – While therapy dogs can help ease anxiety for kids with cancer, they may also carry antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can put patients at risk for serious infections. Cleaning the dogs with antibacterial shampoo and wipes reduces that risk, according to researchers. The new study included therapy dogs that visit kids receiving outpatient cancer treatment at Johns ...

Hospital Privacy Curtains May Be Home to Dangerous Germs

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 – Privacy curtains in hospital rooms can collect dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria, researchers report. In a new study, investigators assessed the rate of bacterial contamination on 10 freshly laundered privacy curtains in the Regional Burns/Plastics Unit of the Health Services Center in Winnipeg, Canada. Four curtains were placed in a four-bed room, four were placed ...

Surprising Tactic in War Against Antibiotic Resistance

Posted 5 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 – Combining four or five antibiotics might help fight the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, researchers report. Biologists at the University of California, Los Angeles, identified more than 8,100 combinations of four or five antibiotics that appear effective against harmful bacteria. "There is a tradition of using just one drug, maybe two," said co-senior author ...

Alarming Rise in Antibiotic-Resistant UTIs in U.S.: Study

Posted 28 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 – Drug-resistant bacteria caused nearly 6 percent of urinary tract infections (UTIs) analyzed by a California emergency department, a new study reports. The bacteria were resistant to a majority of commonly used antibiotics and many of the patients had no identifiable risk for this kind of infection. Most of the bacteria were E. coli that were resistant to cephalosporin ...

Germs Gaining Resistance to Hand Gels in Hospitals

Posted 2 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 – Potentially dangerous bacteria already resistant to antibiotics are now developing resistance to common alcohol-based hand gels, a new study reports. A bacteria called Enterococcus faecium is a leading cause of hospital-acquired infections, and it's been shrugging off antibiotics at an increasing rate, said senior researcher Timothy Stinear. He is a molecular ...

'Superbugs' Found in Vast Majority of U.S. Supermarket Meat

Posted 28 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 – Nearly 80 percent of meat in U.S. supermarkets contains antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit environmental research organization. The bacteria – often called "superbugs" – were resistant to at least one of 14 antibiotics tested for in 2015 by the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, a federal-public ...

Global Antibiotic Use Soars as Resistance Fears Rise

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Wastewater Systems A Hidden Source of 'Superbugs' in Hospitals?

Posted 6 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 – Hospital wastewater systems may play a role in antibiotic resistance, a new study suggests. U.S. National Institutes of Health researchers collected samples from pipes beneath a hospital's intensive care unit and from manholes covering sewers draining hospital wastewater. Most of the samples tested positive for bacterial plasmids (ring-shaped pieces of DNA) that can make ...

Decline in Antibiotic Use in Livestock Isn't Enough, Critics Say

Posted 15 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 – Sales of antibiotics for use in U.S. livestock fell in recent years but still remain too high, according to the National Resources Defense Council. In the livestock industry, the nonprofit council said, it's common to put antibiotics in livestock feed or water to promote growth and prevent illness. However, overuse of antibiotics in livestock contributes to the growing ...

Staph Aureus Rates Of Resistance To Certain Antibiotics Show A Decrease Over Time

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 – Staphylococcus aureus infections among U.S. hospital patients have been less resistant to key antibiotics in recent years, a new study finds. Between 2009 and 2015, researchers tested antibiotic resistance in more than 19,000 S. aureus samples from 42 medical centers nationwide. "Results showed that S. aureus' rates of resistance to certain antibiotics decreased over ...

1 in 4 Nursing Home Residents Has Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Posted 31 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 30, 2017 – Multidrug-resistant bacteria, such as E. coli, can be found in more than one-quarter of people living in nursing homes, a research review finds. Reviewing eight prior studies, researchers reported rates ranged from 11 percent of residents to an alarming 59 percent, with 27 percent the average. "Nursing home residents are at higher risk to become colonized with these ...

Scientists Tweak Vancomycin to Boost Power Against 'Superbugs'

Posted 30 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 30, 2017 – Health experts have long warned about the looming health threat posed by "superbug" bacteria that can mutate to resist antibiotics. But now scientists say they've modified an existing antibiotic, vancomycin, to make it a much more potent fighter against these germs. "Doctors could use this modified form of vancomycin without fear of resistance emerging," research leader ...

Hospital Room Floors May Harbor 'Superbugs'

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – Hospital room floors may be more of a "superbug" threat than many hospital staffers realize, new research suggests. "Efforts to improve disinfection in the hospital environment usually focus on surfaces that are frequently touched by the hands of health care workers or patients," explained lead researcher Dr. Abhishek Deshpande, from the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio. ...

Hospital Sinks May Be Awash in 'Superbugs'

Posted 27 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 – New research suggests that the battle against "superbugs" – multidrug-resistant bacteria – should begin in hospital sinks. In the study, scientists found that germs colonize in drainpipes and gradually make their way into sinks. The researchers warned that this is one way hospital patients could be exposed to superbugs. Previous research has shown that patients are ...

Many Americans Unaware of 'Superbug' Threat: Poll

Posted 27 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 – Antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" are a major public health threat, but most Americans are clueless about the dangers, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll shows. More than two-thirds of U.S. adults know "little" or "nothing" about so-called superbugs – bacterial infections that are resistant to many or all antibiotics. And around half believe, incorrectly, that antibiotics work ...

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