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  • IDSA Urges Congress to Support Hatch Amendment; Provisions Would Counter the Threat of Drug-Resistant Superbugs
    The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is calling on members of Congress to support the "Antibiotic Safety and Innovation" amendment introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to the Food Drug Administration (FDA) Revitalization Act. Without innovative public policy, ...More
    May 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Infectious Disease Doctors Need New Drugs to Treat Gonorrhea
    Warning of a looming public health crisis, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is calling for new antibiotics to treat gonorrhea, a common drug-resistant "superbug" that has become increasingly difficult to treat. IDSA's plea came in response to an ...More
    April 13, 2007 Posted in News
  • Antibiotics Not Necessary to Treat Most Abscesses, Even in the Presence of MRSA
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A 30-year review of the medical literature concerning a common skin infection reveals that abscesses treated by simple incision and drainage heal just as well as those treated with incision, drainage and antibiotics. An article appearing online in the ...More
    April 11, 2007 Posted in News
  • Frequent Infections May be a Sign of Immunodeficiency
    Children who get frequent infections, such as ear infections, sinusitis or pneumonia, may have a more severe condition called immunodeficiency, according to the AmericanAcademy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). Patients who have immunodeficiency have infections ...More
    April 3, 2007 Posted in News
  • New Strain May Make a Common Bacterial Illness More Severe
    Illness related to C. difficile, a bacterium commonly found in hospitals, is becoming more widespread, more severe, and harder to treat, reports the April 2007 issue of Harvard Women’s Health Watch. Health experts are worried that a new, more virulent strain may be to ...More
    April 2, 2007 Posted in News
  • Nasal Spray Prevents Infections in Mouse Model
    For parents, 8 million cases of acute middle ear infections every year add up to a lot of sleepless nights and trips to the pediatrician. But new research from a collaboration between RockefellerUniversity and St. Jude Children's ResearchHospital could change all that. In ...More
    March 26, 2007 Posted in News
  • Antibiotic Resistance in Plague
    The ability to resist many of the antibiotics used against plague has been found so far in only a single case of the disease in Madagascar. But because the same ability is present in other kinds of bacteria from a broad range of livestock, antibiotic resistance could ...More
    March 21, 2007 Posted in News
  • Too Many Antibiotics Prescribed for Sinus Infections
    By Catharine Paddock U.S. scientists researching treatments for sinus infections suggest that antibiotics are overprescribed to treat the condition. And they are concerned this could be increasing the drug resistance and virulence of infectious bacteria. The study was ...More
    March 20, 2007 Posted in News
  • FDA Clears Rapid Test for Meningitis
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today cleared for marketing a test that uses molecular biology to quickly detect the presence of viral meningitis. The Xpert EV test, when used in combination with other laboratory tests, will help physicians distinguish between viral ...More
    March 16, 2007 Posted in News
  • New Study Disputes Value of an Antibiotic Standard as a Quality Measure
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A requirement set in 2004 that emergency physicians administer antibiotics within four hours to adult patients admitted with pneumonia may not only be unfeasible, but may inadvertently overmedicate some patients and contribute to growing antibiotic ...More
    March 8, 2007 Posted in News