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  • 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
  • Antibiotic Vancomycin May Trigger Dangerously Low Platelet Count
    Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and the BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s Blood Research Institute have linked vancomycin to an abnormal decrease in blood platelet count, a condition called thrombocytopenia. If accompanied by uncontrollable bleeding, ...More
    March 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Bacteria Fighter Goes Where Antibiotics Can't
    Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have figured out a way to turn one of nature’s most powerful microbe fighters into a guided missile that strikes specifically at a common bacteria responsible for serious infections throughout the body. Professor ...More
    February 6, 2007 Posted in News
  • Rapid Flu Testing is Associated With Decreased Antibiotic Use in Hospitalized Adults
    Rapid influenza testing is associated with reductions in the use of antibiotics in hospitalized adults, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the February 26, 2007, print issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. New diagnostic tests are increasing the ...More
    January 22, 2007 Posted in News
  • Anthrax Attack Posed Greater Potential Threat Than Thought
    A new study shows that more people were at risk of anthrax infection in the Oct. 2001 attack on U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle's office than previously known. The research is published in the January 15 issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases, now available online. On the other ...More
    January 4, 2007 Posted in News
  • Clinical Guidelines Help Identify Which Children at Risk of Bacterial Meningitis
    A set of guidelines have been developed that can help predict the risk of bacterial meningitis for children with cerebrospinal fluid pleocytosis (presence of greater number of white blood cells than normal), reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and antibiotics, according ...More
    January 2, 2007 Posted in News
  • Antibiotic Ear Drops Favored Over Popular Oral Antibiotics for Ear Infections
    Dr. Peter Roland, chairman of otolaryngology, participated in a study which supported treating ear infections in children with ear tubes with antibiotic drops over antibiotics swallowed in pill or liquid form. Photo courtesy of UT Southwestern Medical Center A multi-center ...More
    December 13, 2006 Posted in News