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Eczema May Leave Some Flu Shots Less Effective, Study Finds

Posted 13 Feb 2017 by

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – It's still flu season, and not too late to get your flu shot. But a new study suggests that people with eczema should request the vaccine be given into the muscle, rather than just under the skin. That's because the effectiveness of flu shots in people with eczema appears to vary, depending on how it's given, researchers report. The problem seems to lie with the fact that the cracked, dry skin of eczema patients is often colonized by Staphylococcus bacteria. And that seems to dampen the immune response from the flu vaccine – if the shot is given into the skin, the researchers said. "Staphylococcus infections are a widespread problem among [eczema] patients, with up to 90 percent of patients with severe disease colonized by the bacteria," lead researcher Dr. Donald Leung, of National Jewish Health in Denver, said in a hospital news release. He's head of ... Read more

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Certain Steroids Raise Risk for Serious Staph Infections

Posted 9 Jun 2016 by

THURSDAY, June 9, 2016 – People who use powerful drugs called systemic glucocorticoids are at higher risk for life-threatening staph blood infections, a new study finds. The findings are "a reminder for clinicians to weigh carefully the elevated risk against the potential beneficial effect of glucocorticoid therapy," said study lead author Dr. Jesper Smit, of Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark. "This is especially pertinent in patients who are already vulnerable to infection," he added. Glucocorticoids – a form of steroids – are powerful immunosuppressive drugs used to treat a variety of medical conditions that involve inflammation. The drugs are "given by mouth or by injection, are anti-inflammatory, and can suppress the immune system," explained one U.S. expert, Dr. Gerald Bernstein. "Usually, short-term use in otherwise healthy people does not cause a problem, but long term ... Read more

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Newborns Vulnerable to Common Staph Infections: Study

Posted 19 Oct 2015 by

MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2015 – Bloodstream infections in newborns are rare, but when they occur, normal staph infections are just as dangerous as antibiotic-resistant ones, a new study finds. "Just because a bug responds well to antibiotics doesn't mean it's any less deadly," senior investigator Dr. Aaron Milstone, an infectious disease specialist at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, said in a Hopkins news release. "If not detected and treated early, invasive bloodstream infections with garden-variety staph can wreak just as much damage on a newborn's body as antibiotic-resistant forms," he warned. Public health experts tend to focus on drug-resistant infections. But the researchers behind the new study found that non-resistant staph infections occur more than twice as often in newborns as resistant strains, and they have nearly as high a death rate. For the study, the ... Read more

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Pig Farmers at Greater Risk for Drug-Resistant Staph Infections: Study

Posted 7 May 2015 by

THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 – Pig farm workers are at increased risk for multidrug-resistant staph infections, new research indicates. Most infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus are minor, but this strain of the bacteria can sometimes cause serious infections, and drug-resistant strains are becoming more common. Researchers followed more than 1,300 people who lived in rural areas or small towns in Iowa for 17 months. Overall, 26 percent of the people in the study carried Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, a rate slightly lower than the national average of 30 percent. But pig farm workers were six times more likely to carry multidrug-resistant S. aureus than people who were weren't exposed to pigs, and they were also more likely to become infected, according to the study published recently online in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. "S. aureus does not typically make pigs sick, but ... Read more

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