Antibiotics

Taking antibiotic action

Taking antibiotic action

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Antipsychotics may soon lose their title as the most maligned medications in healthcare if startling headlines, clinical findings and expert opinions are any evidence.

Too many hospice patients are receiving antibiotics, and for too long, researchers say

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The prevalence and frequency of antibiotic use among hospice patients is high despite little evidence of effectiveness, researchers say.

An easy way to reduce antibiotics

An easy way to reduce antibiotics

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It is tempting to run to my internist and beg for an antibiotic to stem what could be a sinus infection, but is more likely, much like the polar vortex, a cold that won't go away. I was reminded of the need to hold back by a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine that reminds us that nearly half the antibiotic prescriptions given for respiratory infections are incorrect, as the majority of the diseases in question are viruses.

Updated definition of fever could improve antibiotic prescribing practices in nursing homes, researchers say

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Standard definitions of fever do not fit the nursing home population well and could be creating a picture of antibiotic prescribing practices in these settings that is too negative, according to recently published research.

Top 5 news stories reveal varied interests among long-term care professionals

Top 5 news stories reveal varied interests among long-term care professionals

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What do neck abnormalities, dangerous bacteria, a murder-suicide, a defensive nursing home chain, and antipsychotic guidelines have in common? These five developments were voted the most popular news stories appearing on the McKnight's website during 2013.

Drugs will kill CRE colonies

Drugs will kill CRE colonies

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Particular antibiotics are effective in eliminating colonies of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in asymptomatic carriers of the deadly bacteria, according to clinical research.

Drug treatment eliminates 'nightmare bacteria' colonies in people, researchers find

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Particular kinds of antibiotics are effective in eliminating colonies of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in asymptomatic carriers of the deadly bacteria, according to newly published research.

Proton-pump inhibitors increase risk of nosocomial C. diff infection: study

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People who take proton-pump inhibitor medications are at increased risk for developing a Clostridium difficile infection, according to a recently published study that supports previous findings.

Powerful duo fights C. diff

Powerful duo fights C. diff

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Antibiotics often aren't enough to combat Clostridium difficile. But when combined with probiotics, or "good" bacteria, the results are striking. The treatment combo lessens the likelihood of C. diff symptoms by 64%, according to a recent study.

Probiotics reduce risk of C. diff symptoms by 64%, researchers say

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Long-term care facilities dealing with an outbreak of Clostridium difficile have a good chance of reducing symptoms of the infection by administering probiotics, according to a recently released comprehensive review of randomized trials.

Facilities need better reviews of antibiotic use, expert says

Facilities need better reviews of antibiotic use, expert says

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Skilled nursing facility administrators need to do a complete review of antibiotics to better combat multi-drug resistant organisms, an infection control expert said in May.

Stomach acid drugs raise risk of C. diff

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Stomach acid is often treated with medications such as Pepcid, but that could put long-term care residents or hospitalized patients at risk for Clostridium difficile, according to a new analysis.

Limiting use of common antihistamines could reduce C. diff in facilities, researchers say

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Taking antihistamines such as Tagamet, Pepcid and Zantac increases the risk that people in healthcare settings will be infected with Clostridium difficile, according to a recently published study.

'Fake stool' a possible aid for C. diff patients

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A pair of Clostridium difficile patients were cured through introduction of a super-probiotic synthetic stool called RePOOPulate, leading researchers to express hope that the treatment can be adopted on a more widespread basis.

Bloodstream infection test wins FDA approval

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The Food and Drug Administration approved a test Wednesday that can help physicians diagnose an infection and select the proper antibiotic much more rapidly than with existing tests.

Antacids linked to higher risk of c. diff, study finds

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Use of proton pump inhibitors, which have medications used to suppress stomach acid, can increase the risk of Clostridium difficile infections, especially when combined with antibiotics, a new study finds.

Combining blood pressure drugs with antibiotics could be risky for seniors, study says

Older adults who take blood pressure drugs called calcium channel blockers could experience severe drops in blood pressure if also given antibiotics such as erythromycin (brands like E-Mycin) or clarithromycin (Biaxin), according to a new study. It is believed to be the first large-scale examination of the potential of severe low blood pressure among individuals taking these drugs simultaneously.

Source of a MRSA defense? Scientists find powerful antibiotics on frog skins

Their wart-causing powers having long since been debunked, frogs are now getting a chance to prove their medical worthiness, according to new reports. Scientists are now using frog skin to produce new antibiotics to fight antibiotic-resistant superbugs such as MRSA.