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Bacterial Infections

  • Vitamin C: A Potential Life-Saving Treatment for Sepsis
    Physicians caring for patients with sepsis may soon have a new safe and cost-effective treatment for this life-threatening illness. Research led by Dr. Karel Tyml and his colleagues at the University of Western Ontario and Lawson Health Research Institute have found that ...More
    November 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • Cholesterol-Lowering Statins Boost Bacteria-Killing Cells
    Widely prescribed for their cholesterol-lowering properties, recent clinical research indicates that statins can produce a second, significant health benefit: lowering the risk of severe bacterial infections such as pneumonia and sepsis. A new explanation for these findings ...More
    November 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • FDA Offers Tips for Fighting Off Winter Illnesses
    In much of the Northern Hemisphere, this is prime time for colds, influenza (flu), and other respiratory illnesses. While contagious viruses are active year-round, fall and winter are when we're all most vulnerable to them. This is due in large part to people spending more ...More
    November 3, 2010 Posted in News
  • Extra ED Surveillance Doesn't Benefit Conventional Surveillance for Meningococcal Infection
    Researchers in New South Wales, Australia report in the latest issue of BMC Infectious Diseases that use of an emergency department (ED) surveillance system to augment conventional surveillance of meningococcal infection did not demonstrate a benefit. O'Toole and colleagues ...More
    November 3, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study Re-Examines Bacterial Vaccine Studies Conducted During 1918 Influenza Pandemic
    Secondary infections with bacteria such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, which causes pneumonia, were a major cause of death during the 1918 flu pandemic and may be important in modern pandemics as well, according to a new article in the Journal of Infectious Diseases ...More
    November 2, 2010 Posted in News
  • Protein Preserves Delicate Balance Between Immune Response and Host
    White blood cells called neutrophils are part of the body's first line of defense against bacterial infection. Neutrophils are recruited from the bloodstream to infected tissues where they release powerful chemicals that kill bacteria and amplify the immune response. These ...More
    November 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • FDA Approves Teflaro for Bacterial Infections
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces it has approved Teflaro (ceftaroline fosamil), an injectable antibiotic to treat adults with community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP) and acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI), including ...More
    November 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • H1N1 Flu Linked to Serious Bacterial Infections in Children
    The H1N1 influenza pandemic has led to a sharp increase in the number of children with a serious secondary bacterial infection called empyema in children, suggests a study in the October issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. "Cases similar to those described ...More
    October 25, 2010 Posted in News
  • Vancomycin is the Drug of Choice for Treating Cellulitis
    Patients admitted to the hospital for the common bacterial skin infection cellulitis should be treated as a first line of defense with the potent antibiotic drug vancomycin rather than other antibiotics such as penicillin, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study. For some ...More
    October 25, 2010 Posted in News
  • Discovery of Molecule That Makes Pneumonia Worse Could Lead to Ways of Treating Infection
    A structural molecule and the cellular pump that regulates its levels influence the severity of pneumonia and could provide new ways of treating the lung infection, which is a leading cause of hospitalization and death, according to scientists at the University of ...More
    September 20, 2010 Posted in News