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  • The Facts and Fiction About Flu and Colds
    Considering how common they are, colds and flu are the subject of a great many misconceptions. Dr. Seth Feltheimer, an associate attending physician, and Patricia Ciminera, nurse practitioner at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, offer their ...More
    August 23, 2006 Posted in News
  • MRSA Most Common Cause of Skin Infections in Patients Presenting in ERs
    Think that’s a spider bite on your arm? Think again. It could be methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, a type of staph infection increasingly seen in communities across the nation that is resistant to antibiotics most commonly used to treat skin ...More
    August 17, 2006 Posted in News
  • Inappropriate Use of Antibiotics May be Harmful
    The sniffles. A runny nose. A cough. That's right — the cold season is upon us. But before you head off to your doctor demanding antibiotics to lessen your symptoms, be aware that those drugs don't always work and can have serious side effects, say two physicians at ...More
    August 16, 2006 Posted in News
  • Immediate, Aggressive Treatment Necessary to Fight MRSA
    DES PLAINES, Ill. -- Drug-resistant hospital-acquired infections often are treated initially with ineffective antibiotics, which increases the risk of death, according to an article in the August issue of Critical Care Medicine, the journal of the Society of Critical Care ...More
    August 3, 2006 Posted in News
  • Don’t Use Antibiotics for Runny Noses, Say Researchers
    Antibiotics should not be given to patients with acute purulent rhinitis (a runny nose with colored discharge), a familiar feature of the common cold, concludes a study published in the online version of the British Medical Journal ( today. General practitioners ...More
    July 21, 2006 Posted in News
  • Chronic Middle Ear Infections Linked to Resistant Biofilm Bacteria
    Direct evidence of bacterial biofilms has been found on the middle ear tissue of children who suffer from chronic ear infections, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by researchers from the Allegheny Singer Research ...More
    July 12, 2006 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Emphasis on Performance Measures May Lead to Inappropriate Antibiotic Use
    Patients with suspected pneumonia may receive antibiotics unnecessarily as a result of hospital and physician efforts to meet certain performance measures. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) uses the timing of pneumonia-related antibiotic therapy as a core ...More
    July 10, 2006 Posted in News
  • New UCSD Program to Fight Drug-Resistant Bacteria
    In response to the major public health threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) are launching a new program to develop novel antibiotics – from initial discovery, through development and testing, to ...More
    July 6, 2006 Posted in News
  • Biomarker Reduces Length of Antibiotic Treatment for CAP
    For hospitalized patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), lower measurements of procalcitonin, a biomarker of infection, can reduce the length of antibiotic treatment by an average of seven days. The study, which is the first research trial of its kind, appears in ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in News
  • Are Antibiotics for Suspected Childhood Meningitis Harmful?
    Should children with suspected meningitis be given antibiotics before transfer to hospital? Several European countries advise doctors in primary care to do this, but the evidence is conflicting, with some studies suggesting benefit and others suggesting harm. Two papers in ...More
    June 2, 2006 Posted in News