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Health Tip: Get the Facts About Antibiotics

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Antibiotics aren't always what you or your child needs to get well. The American Academy of Pediatrics explains: An antibiotic will not help the common cold, which is caused by a virus. Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections, not those caused by viruses or other germs. Overuse of an antibiotic could lead to bacteria that becomes resistant to that medication. That's why an antibiotic should never be used unless necessary. An antibiotic could cause mild side effects, such as diarrhea. Green or yellow mucus can signal a viral infection or a bacterial infection. Symptoms lasting longer than 10 days accompanied by fever may mean a bacterial infection. Not all ear infections need an antibiotic. Many will go away without treatment. Ask your doctor about this. Most sore throats are caused by a virus, but strep throat does need an antibiotic. An antibiotic usually starts working within ... Read more

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Study Suggests Genetic Link to Middle Ear Infections

Posted 7 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 7, 2016 – Researchers say they've found a potential genetic link to a child's higher risk of middle ear infections. These painful infections are the most frequent reason kids are given antibiotics, according to the researchers. They said the new discovery could lead to more effective treatments. The analysis of DNA samples from 13,000 children revealed a link between middle ear infection and a site on chromosome 6 that contains the gene FNDC1. Follow-up studies showed that the corresponding gene in mice was expressed in the middle ear. The study was published online recently in the journal Nature Communications. "Although the gene's function in humans has not been well studied, we do know that FNDC1 codes for a protein with a role in inflammation," said study leader Dr. Hakon Hakonarson, director of the Center for Applied Genomics at The Children's Hospital of ... Read more

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Balloon Device Approved for Eustachian Tube Problems

Posted 16 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 – A small device inflated inside the tube that helps regulate pressure inside the ear has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Aera Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System is designed to treat Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD), a condition that leads to sensations of pain, pressure or clogging inside the ear. The Eustachian tube is a valve-like apparatus that connects the middle ear to the back of the throat. It's normally filled with air and helps equalize pressure inside the ear with the surrounding environment, the FDA explained in a news release. When the tube doesn't function properly, it can lead to symptoms including reduced hearing, frequent ear infections and ringing in the ears. The new device is inserted through the nose into the Eustachian tube, where a small balloon is inflated and creates a path for mucus and air. The balloon ... Read more

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Gel Antibiotic: An Easier Ear Infection Treatment Someday?

Posted 14 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 – A single application of an antibiotic gel into the ear might one day offer kids and parents an easier way to treat bacterial ear infections, new animal research suggests. So far, this experimental therapy has been tested only in chinchillas. But it did cure 100 percent of the animals' ear infections. Whether the therapy will work in children is still unknown. Middle ear infections, known as otitis media, are an extremely common problem in kids, and parents often struggle getting their children to take the medicine. "Right now, the way otitis media is treated is with a three-times-a-day, 10-day antibiotic course, and it tends to be pretty much full-contact wrestling to get kids to take the antibiotics – that is one problem we set out to address," said lead researcher Dr. Daniel Kohane. He's director of the Laboratory for Biomaterials and Drug Delivery at ... Read more

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Infant Ear Infections Becoming Less Common

Posted 28 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 28, 2016 – Painful ear infections remain a scourge of childhood, but fewer American babies are getting them now compared with 20 years ago, new research shows. The study didn't dig into the reasons for the decline. But experts say the credit likely goes to certain childhood vaccines, rising rates of breast-feeding and the drop in Americans' smoking rate. The new research found that 46 percent of babies followed during 2008 to 2014 had a middle ear infection by the time they were 1 year old. But while the infections were common, those rates were lower when compared against U.S. studies from the 1980s and '90s, the researchers added. Back then, around 60 percent of babies had suffered an ear infection by their first birthday, the study authors said. The decline is not surprising, according to lead researcher Dr. Tasnee Chonmaitree, a professor of pediatrics at the ... Read more

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FDA Approves Otiprio (ciprofloxacin otic suspension) for the Treatment of Pediatric Patients Undergoing Tympanostomy Tube Placement Surgery

Posted 11 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Otonomy, Inc. (Nasdaq:OTIC), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapeutics for diseases and disorders of the ear, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Otiprio (ciprofloxacin otic suspension) for the treatment of pediatric patients with bilateral otitis media with effusion undergoing tympanostomy tube placement. Otiprio is a single-dose, physician-administered antibacterial and the first product approved by the FDA for this indication. "The approval of Otiprio, our first product, is a landmark moment in the history of Otonomy, and provides important validation for our proprietary drug delivery technology that combines a thermosensitive gel with drug microparticles to enable single dose treatment by a physician," said David A. Weber, Ph.D., ... Read more

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Nasal Balloon Can Treat Youngsters for 'Glue Ear'

Posted 27 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 – A simple procedure using what's known as a "nasal balloon" can treat hearing loss in children with a common middle-ear problem, preventing unnecessary and ineffective treatment with antibiotics, according to a new study. Many young children develop a condition in which the middle ear fills with thick fluid – so-called "glue ear." Often, children have no symptoms and parents seek medical help only when they notice that youngsters have hearing problems. Dr. Jordan Josephson is an ear, nose and throat specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He said that kids are much more prone to glue ear because "the eustachian tube – which is the tube that connects the ear to the back of the nose – gets clogged," often during a sinus infection, allergy or even pollution-linked inflammation. Right now, treatments such as "antibiotics, antihistamines, decongestants ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Unapproved Prescription Ear Drop (Otic) Products: Not FDA Evaluated for Safety, Effectiveness and Quality

Posted 1 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA announced its intention to take enforcement action against companies that manufacture and/or distribute certain unapproved prescription ear drop products (known as otic products) labeled to relieve ear pain, infection, and inflammation. The unapproved prescription ear drops contain active ingredients such as benzocaine and hydrocortisone, and have not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness and quality. The labels on these products do not disclose that they lack FDA approval, and health care professionals may not be aware of their unapproved status. Unapproved prescription otic drug products are frequently given to young children suffering from ear infections and other conditions that cause ear pain and swelling. Patients taking unapproved drugs may be at greater risk because there is no proven safety or effectiveness information. These products may be ... Read more

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Unapproved Ear Drops Targeted by FDA

Posted 1 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 – The prescription drops your child is using for ear pain could be among 16 unapproved medications targeted this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These drugs, prescribed and sold for years to relieve ear pain and swelling, have not been evaluated for safety, quality and effectiveness, the agency said Wednesday. The agency notified the drugs' makers to stop marketing the drops following a few reports of local allergic reactions of the ear, eye, face, neck and mouth. The drops can also cause itching, stinging, burning and irritation of the ear, according to an FDA news release. "If we don't know whether these drugs have any benefits, we should not accept any possible risk of side effects," said the FDA's Dr. Charles Lee in the news release. The FDA did not release the names of the companies or the medications involved, but did note that "unapproved ... Read more

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Ear Infections Common, But Often Missed, in Infants

Posted 12 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 10, 2015 – Although most babies will have at least one ear infection before they reach the age of 1, the infections can be hard for parents to recognize. Identifying and treating ear infections in babies is important because they can lead to other problems, according to Dr. Andrew Hotaling, a pediatric otolaryngologist at Loyola University Health System in Chicago. "Hearing disorders can lead to impediments in speech development and other growth milestones," Hotaling said in a Loyola news release. "The ear infections are usually located in the middle ear." Signs of an ear infections in babies include fever, irritability, poor sleep, and pulling or tugging at ears. "Antibiotics should only be prescribed if the ear infection cannot be cleared without them," Hotaling said. "Incorrectly administering antibiotics can cause further harm." Pediatric versions of anti-inflammatory ... Read more

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Health Tip: If Your Child Has Trouble Hearing

Posted 19 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Hearing loss can be present at birth or can be caused by triggers including an untreated ear infection, exposure to loud sounds or a medical condition that affects hearing. The Palo Alto Medical Foundation mentions these signs that child may have hearing loss: Turns up the volume on the television too loud. Doesn't respond appropriately when asked questions, or doesn't respond when you call his or her name. Has learning problems in school. Has a speech delay or other language difficulty. Watches others to mimic what they are doing. Describes pain in the head or in the ears. Has a difficult time understanding others or seems to speak differently than other children his or her age. Read more

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Health Tip: Reduce Your Child's Risk of Ear Infection

Posted 15 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

-- Children seem particularly prone to ear infections, but there are things parents can do to help lower a child's risk. The U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders offers these ear infection-prevention tips: Make sure your child gets the annual flu vaccine. Have your child wash hands frequently. Do not expose your child to cigarette smoke. Don't offer a bottle at bed or nap time. Keep your child away from other children who are sick. Read more

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Prescription Eardrops Seem Best for Kids With Recurrent Ear Infection: Study

Posted 19 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 – An eardrop that combines antibiotics and steroids might be the best ear infection treatment for children who already have ear tubes because of recurrent infections, a new study finds. New research compared the eardrop treatment to oral antibiotics and to a wait-and-see approach. After two weeks, just 5 percent of children receiving the eardrops had continuing discharge from their ears. But 44 percent of those given oral antibiotics still had signs of infection, as did 55 percent of those managed with observation, according to the study. "Children treated with eardrops had a shorter duration of the initial episode, and a lower total number of days of ear discharge, and a lower number of recurrences during six months of follow-up than children treated with oral antibiotics or initial observation," said the study's lead author, Dr. Thijs van Dongen, a physician ... Read more

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Kids' Ear Infections Cost U.S. Health System Nearly $3B Annually: Report

Posted 15 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 – Children's ear infections cost the U.S. health care system nearly $3 billion a year, a new study says. Researchers analyzed the medical records of 81.5 million children younger than 18 who received care in 2009. Of those, 8.7 million were seen for ear infections. Children with ear infections averaged two more outpatient visits, 0.2 more emergency visits and had 1.6 more prescriptions filled than those without ear infections. Ear infections were associated with an extra $314 per child per year for outpatient care and an average of $17 in additional costs for medications. In total, ear infections cost $2.88 billion in 2009, according to the study in the January issue of the journal The Laryngoscope. "Although certain immunizations that target infection-causing bacteria may play a role in slightly reducing the overall rate of ear infections, millions of young ... Read more

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Pediatrics Group Issues New Ear Infection Guidelines

Posted 25 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 25 – The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidelines for identifying and treating a common childhood ailment that can cause a lot of misery – the ear infection. In the guidelines released Monday, the pediatrics group more clearly defines the signs and symptoms that indicate an infection that might need treatment. They also encourage observation with close follow-up instead of antibiotic treatment for many children, including some under the age of 2 years. And, for parents of children with recurrent infections, the new guidelines advise physicians and parents when it's time to see a specialist. "Between a more accurate diagnosis and the use of observation, we think we can greatly decrease the use of antibiotics," said the lead author of the new guidelines, Dr. Allan Lieberthal, a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente Panorama City, in Los Angeles, and a clinical ... Read more

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