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  • Hospitals Cut Surgical Infection Rate by 27 Percent in One Year
    Fifty-six hospitals from 50 states and U.S. territories, collaborating to improve surgical care, significantly cut the rate of surgical infections for more than 35,000 patients in a year-long, nationwide effort sponsored by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicare ...More
    June 24, 2005 Posted in News
  • Antibiotics Have Little Benefit for Uncomplicated Lower Respiratory Tract Infections
    Patients with uncomplicated lower respiratory tract infections, such as bronchitis, who were given antibiotics had little difference in symptom relief compared to patients who did not receive antibiotics, according to a study in JAMA. Acute lower respiratory tract illness ...More
    June 21, 2005 Posted in News
  • FDA Approves Tygacil, a Novel IV Antibiotic
    MADISON, N.J. -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved Tygacil (tigecycline), a novel IV antibiotic with a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity, including activity against the drug-resistant bacteria methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ...More
    June 16, 2005 Posted in News
  • Quickly Matching the Drug with the Bug Saves Lives
    University of Florida researchers are resurrecting an old technology to more quickly and accurately identify potentially deadly bacterial infections in hospital patients. Speed in identifying these bugs is crucial because bacteria such as E. coli can enter a patient's ...More
    June 13, 2005 Posted in News
  • Nanotech Method Detects Respiratory Virus
    In what may be one of the first medical uses of nanotechnology, a chemist and a doctor who specializes in infectious childhood diseases have joined forces to create an early detection method for a respiratory virus that is the most common cause of hospitalization among ...More
    June 10, 2005 Posted in News
  • Watch and Wait: A Shift in Approach to Kids' Ear Infections
    The most frequent reason pediatricians prescribe antibiotics to young children is for an ear infection (acute otitis media). With increased concerns about high rates of antibiotic use and resistance, recent guidelines suggest consideration of "watchful waiting" for some ear ...More
    June 6, 2005 Posted in News
  • Nabi Biopharmaceuticals Initiates S. Epidermidis Vaccine Phase I Study
    ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Nabi Biopharmaceuticals announced today the initiation of the first human clinical study of its vaccine being developed to prevent Staphylococcus epidermidis infections in at-risk patients.  At-risk patients include neonates, patients with indwelling ...More
    May 26, 2005 Posted in News
  • B. Braun to Offer FDA-Approved Ceftriaxone in the Duplex Drug-Delivery System
    BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- B. Braun Medical Inc. today announced that it received FDA approval for CefTRIaxONE in the DUPLEX® Drug Delivery System.  The availability of CefTRIaxONE, a standard intravenous antibiotic preparation, helps clinicians comply with Joint Commission on ...More
    May 10, 2005 Posted in News
  • Inhibitex Reports Favorable Results From Aurexis Phase II Trial for the Treatment of Staph Bloodstream Infections
    ATLANTA -- Inhibitex, Inc.  today reported top-line findings from its Phase II clinical trial of Aurexis for the adjunctive treatment of serious, life threatening Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bloodstream infections in combination with antibiotics. Favorable ...More
    May 9, 2005 Posted in News
  • Two Studies Document Rise of Superbugs in the Environment
    As science gets wiser, so do the bugs. The rates of drug-resistant bacteria infecting patients in the community and in the hospital have been increasing steadily in recent years, according to two new studies in the June, 2005 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases. Drug ...More
    May 9, 2005 Posted in News