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Infections More Common in People With Schizophrenia

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 3, 2017 – People with schizophrenia may face an increased risk for serious infections, a new study suggests. "The preliminary data results suggest that individuals with schizophrenia have higher prevalence of all types of severe infections compared to the background population," study author Monika Pankiewicz-Dulacz, from the University of Southern Denmark, and colleagues wrote. "Clinicians should be aware that people with schizophrenia are the risk group for severe infections. General guidelines and suggestions regarding prevention of severe infections among schizophrenia patients are needed, and they should address a wide range of areas including hygiene, diet, activities, medications, treatment of comorbid [co-existing] conditions and vaccinations," the researchers concluded. However, the study's findings only show a link between schizophrenia and certain infections, ... Read more

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Don't Believe Everything You Read on Skin-Care Product Labels

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 – Some terms on skin-care product labels may mislead consumers, so people can't always rely on what they read on the package, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. "The language on the label is not always an accurate description of the product inside the bottle or its potential effects on your skin," Dr. Rajani Katta said in an academy news release. Katta is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. "Manufacturers may use certain language for marketing purposes, and the same terms may mean different things on different products – and that makes it difficult to determine what they mean for our skin," Katta explained. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate descriptions on skin-care product labels. That means terms such as "for sensitive skin" or "hypoallergenic" are no guarantee that a product ... Read more

Related support groups: Skin Rash, Allergic Reactions, Allergies, Dry Skin, Skin and Structure Infection, Minor Skin Irritation, Minor Skin Conditions

Skin Diseases Take Big Slice Out of America's Health, Economy

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – Skin diseases have a major impact on Americans and the U.S. economy, a new report finds. "The impact of skin disease in this country is staggering, affecting one in every four Americans each year and taking a toll on lives, livelihoods and our economy," said study leader Dr. Henry Lim, incoming president of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). For the report, AAD researchers looked at medical claims data from 2013 on 24 skin diseases, and estimated that more than 85 million Americans are affected. People may think skin conditions aren't particularly serious, but half of the skin diseases included in the research could result in death. Skin cancers accounted for 60 percent of skin disease-related deaths, according to the report. The number of people in the United States with skin diseases in 2013 was higher than those with heart disease, diabetes or ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Skin Rash, Heart Disease, Psoriasis, Renal Failure, Insulin Resistance, Skin Cancer, Skin and Structure Infection, Chronic Kidney Disease, Diabetes Mellitus, History - Skin Cancer, Minor Skin Conditions, Minor Skin Irritation

Eczema May Leave Some Flu Shots Less Effective, Study Finds

Posted 13 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

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

Related support groups: Influenza, Eczema, Dry Skin, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infection, Bacterial Skin Infection, Skin and Structure Infection, FluLaval, Nasal Carriage of Staphylococcus Aureus, Afluria, FluMist, Fluzone, Flucelvax, Influenza Prophylaxis, Influenza Virus Vaccine, Inactivated, Vaccination and Prophlaxis, Afluria Quadrivalent, Fluzone PFS, Fluarix, Fluzone Intradermal, Fluvirin 2016-2017

8 Ways to Help Kids Dodge Germs

Posted 9 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 – There are a number of ways parents can help give a boost to their child's immune system, a family doctor suggests. "The immune system helps us fight infections," said Dr. Palak Shroff, a family medicine specialist at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. "Immunity develops over time, so the more someone gets exposed, the more the immune system develops," Shroff explained in a center news release. "Kids' whole environment is new, but over time, their immunity will develop and get better," she added. Shroff suggested eight keys to helping children minimize their risk of catching every cold and virus that comes their way: Breast-feeding is the first step. It is an important way to help your child develop a strong immune system. "During breast-feeding, the mother's immunity transfers to the child," Shroff said. Vaccination is another crucial factor. ... Read more

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Skin Condition Often Misdiagnosed as Bacterial Problem

Posted 4 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 4, 2016 – Misdiagnosis of the bacterial skin condition cellulitis often leads to unnecessary antibiotic use and hospitalizations, a new study says. About one-third of people diagnosed with cellulitis don't actually have it, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found. The researchers looked at a 30-month period, examining the medical records of 259 people hospitalized for lower extremity cellulitis in the hospital's emergency department. But, 79 of the patients didn't have cellulitis. Almost 85 percent didn't need hospitalization and 92 percent didn't need the antibiotics they received, the researchers said. Looking at how their findings might reflect the nation as a whole, the researchers estimated that the misdiagnosed skin condition leads to about 130,000 unnecessary hospitalizations. The problem may cause up to $515 million in unneeded medical ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Skin Rash, Skin Infection, Bacterial Skin Infection, Skin and Structure Infection, Secondary Cutaneous Bacterial Infections, Minor Skin Conditions

Gene Therapy May Hold Promise for Blistering Skin Disease

Posted 1 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 – Gene therapy shows promise in treating a genetic skin disease that causes blistering, according to researchers. In the early stage clinical trial, researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine tested the therapy on four adults with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa. People with this skin condition aren't able to produce a protein that binds the upper and lower levels of skin together. At the slightest friction, these layers slide and create blisters. In the worst cases, death occurs in infancy, the researchers said. In the current research, grafts of the patients' own genetically corrected skin were applied to open wounds caused by the disease. The grafts improved wound healing and seemed to be well-tolerated, researchers reported. "Our phase 1 trial shows the treatment appears safe, and we were fortunate to see some good clinical ... Read more

Related support groups: Skin Rash, Skin and Structure Infection, Diagnosis and Investigation

'Medical Tattoos' Help Hide Surgical Scars

Posted 23 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 – Patients with unsightly scars from cancer surgeries may benefit from "medical tattoos" that can help restore some of the skin's natural appearance, Dutch researchers report. The researchers surveyed 56 patients who got medical tattoos on their head and neck, and found they were pleased with the results. "The mystery until now was how well patients appreciated the technique," said study co-author Dr. Rick van de Langenberg, an ear, nose and throat surgeon at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. In addition to saying their scars looked better, "patients were less stressed about the appearance of the scar and thought less about it," he said. U.S. experts noted that the procedure is common in the United States. In a general sense, "medical tattooing had been performed in the U.S. for decades," said Dr. Fred Fedok, president-elect of the American Academy of ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Cancer, Skin and Structure Infection, Keloids

New Test Help Detect Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Posted 1 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 30, 2016 – The Xpert Carba-R Assay diagnostic, which tests patient specimens for genetic markers associated with drug-resistant bacteria, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The test specifically looks for bacteria resistant to Carbapenem antibiotics, powerful drugs typically given in hospitals to treat severe infections. Standard methods require the organisms to be grown and tested in lab cultures, which can take four days or longer, the FDA said in a news release. However, the agency stressed the new test only determines the presence of certain genetic markers, not for the actual resistant bacteria. It advised that hospitals should continue to use culture-based testing to confirm findings from the new test. In two clinical studies involving more than 1,100 people, the new test was found to be as effective as culture-based testing in evaluating ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Bacterial Skin Infection, Skin and Structure Infection

Allergan Receives FDA Approval of Teflaro (ceftaroline fosamil) for Pediatric Patients

Posted 8 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

DUBLIN, May 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN), a leading global pharmaceutical company, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the company's supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Teflaro (ceftaroline fosamil), granting new indications for pediatric patients 2 months of age to less than 18 years of age with acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI), including infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP) caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae and other designated susceptible bacteria. "The impact of ABSSSI and CABP among children is significant, as these infections often require hospitalization and are met with limited pediatric treatment options, particularly as resistance increases among the pathogens that cause these infections," said ... Read more

Related support groups: Pneumonia, Skin and Structure Infection, Teflaro, Ceftaroline

Theravance Biopharma Announces FDA Approval of Expanded Label for Vibativ (telavancin)

Posted 10 May 2016 by Drugs.com

DUBLIN, IRELAND – (Marketwired) – 05/09/16 – Theravance Biopharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: TBPH) ("Theravance Biopharma" or the "Company") today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Company's supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Vibativ (telavancin) to expand the product's label to include data describing the treatment of patients with concurrent Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bacteremia in both of the antibiotic's currently approved indications in the United States. Vibativ is approved in the U.S. for the treatment of adult patients with hospital-acquired and ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia (HABP/VABP) caused by susceptible isolates of S. aureus when alternative treatments are not suitable. In addition, Vibativ is approved in the U.S. for the treatment of adult patients with complicated skin & skin structure infections (cSSSI) caused ... Read more

Related support groups: Pneumonia, Skin and Structure Infection, Bacteremia, Vibativ, Telavancin

Skin Infections Common in High School Wrestlers, Study Finds

Posted 10 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 – Wrestlers are much more likely to suffer skin infections than other U.S. high school athletes, new research shows. The study authors examined five years of data on skin infections among athletes in 22 high school sports. Nearly 74 percent of skin infections occurred among wrestlers, and just under 18 percent among football players, the investigators found. The actual rates of skin infections per 100,000 exposures (one athlete participating in one practice, competition or performance) were 28.5 among wrestlers and 2.3 among football players. Rates in most other sports were less than 1 per 100,000, and eight sports had none, according to the report. "Given the nature of the sport, it's not surprising that wrestlers suffer the most skin infections," study senior author Dr. Robert Dellavalle, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Colorado ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Bacterial Skin Infection, Fungal Infections, Tinea Corporis, Skin and Structure Infection, Candida Infections, Tinea Cruris, Tinea Pedis, Fungal Infection Prophylaxis, Fungal Infection Prevention

Allergan Announces FDA Approval of Updated Label for New Dosing Regimen for Dalvance (dalbavancin)

Posted 22 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

DUBLIN, Jan. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN), a leading global pharmaceutical company, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the company's supplemental new drug application (sNDA) to update the label for Dalvance (dalbavancin) for injection. The expanded label will include a single dose administered as a 30-minute intravenous (IV) infusion of Dalvance for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI) caused by designated susceptible Gram-positive bacteria in adults, including infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Dalvance is the first and only 30-minute, single-dose treatment option for ABSSSI that delivers a full course of IV therapy, providing an alternative dosing option for physicians. "Hospitals are facing pressures to reduce hospitalizations and readmissions, ... Read more

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Suspicious Pigment Spots More Common on Darker Skin

Posted 14 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 – People with darker skin are about one-third more likely to have potentially dangerous pigment "spots" on their palms and soles, a new study finds. In rare cases, these "acral pigmented lesions" turn out to be melanoma skin cancer. People with these lesions should have them checked by a dermatologist to be sure they are benign, the researchers said. Reggae musician Bob Marley, for example, died from acral melanoma, which was diagnosed under his toenail. "Acral pigmented lesions have not been well studied in people with darker skin," senior study author Dr. Jennifer Stein, an associate professor in the department of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, said in a center news release. Stein's team evaluated the palms and soles of 1,052 patients seen at dermatology clinics in New York City and Miami. The researchers detected 391 acral pigmented ... Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Sunburn, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Skin and Structure Infection, Melanoma - Metastatic, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Photoaging of the Skin, Scrapes, Dermatoheliosis, Prevention of Sunburn, History - Skin Cancer, Minor Skin Conditions

New Antibiotic-Resistant 'Superbug' an Emerging Threat, CDC Says

Posted 5 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 – A relatively new antibiotic-resistant bacteria called CRE is making inroads in some major American cities, U.S. health officials report. Surveillance of seven U.S. metropolitan areas found higher-than-expected levels of CRE in Atlanta, Baltimore and New York City, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lower-than-expected levels were found in Albuquerque, Denver and Portland, Ore., while the Minneapolis rate was what the agency anticipated. But CDC researchers were dismayed that they found active cases of CRE infection in every city they examined, said senior author Dr. Alexander Kallen, a CDC medical officer. The results support the CDC's decision to promote coordinated regional efforts to prevent the spread of CRE and other antibiotic-resistant germs, Kallen said. "Here we are with an opportunity to intervene on one of these ... Read more

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