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  • 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
  • Single Dose of Antibiotics Before Surgery Sufficient to Help Prevent Infection
    CHICAGO -- A single dose of antibiotics prior to surgery appears to prevent infections occurring at the surgical site as effectively as a 24-hour dosing regimen, and with reduced antibiotic costs, according to an article in the November issue of Archives of Surgery. ...More
    November 21, 2006 Posted in News
  • Antibiotics Unnecessarily Prescribed for Acute Bronchitis
    Antibiotics are routinely prescribed unnecessarily for acute bronchitis, according to Virginia Commonwealth University findings published in today’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Physicians for years have prescribed antibiotics for the treatment of acute ...More
    November 16, 2006 Posted in News
  • Lab-On-a-Chip Could Speed Up Treatment of Drug-Resistant Pneumonia
    The emergency treatment of drug-resistant infections with targeted antibiotics is often delayed by the need to identify bacterial strains by growing them in culture first. At this week's AVS 53rd International Symposium & Exhibition in San Francisco, Michael Lochhead, a ...More
    November 14, 2006 Posted in News
  • Combating Antimicrobial Resistance
    Multi-drug resistant organisms aren’t going away. The impact of these pathogens continues to be felt throughout healthcare facilities of all kinds, and their presence in local communities is more and more widespread. The battle to minimize their impact is waged on many ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in Articles