Tag: Antibiotics

81 Percent Of Antibiotics Prescribed By Dentists Prior To Dental Procedures Are Unnecessary

A large percentage of antibiotics prescribed to patients prior to a dental procedure are not aligned with national guidelines. The finding is significant because dentists are behind 10 percent of antibiotic prescriptions in the United States.

Public Health May 31, 2019

Antibiotics In World's Rivers Exceed Safe Levels By Up To 300 Times

Many of the world's rivers are contaminated by unsafe levels of antibiotics, a major global study revealed. Antibiotic presence in the environment could play a huge role in the increasing resistance of bacteria to drug treatments.

Earth/Environment May 28, 2019

Antibiotics May Help Slow Symptoms Of Alzheimer's Disease

Researchers in Chicago have observed how long-term antibiotic treatment may affect the onset of Alzheimer's disease symptoms in rodents. Results showed that the therapy can help limit the buildup of amyloid plaques in the brain.

Medicine May 28, 2019

CRISPR-Modified Viruses Could Be Next Potent Weapon Against Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Scientists are looking at CRISPR gene-editing technology to develop a treatment to antibiotic-resistant bacteria or superbugs. A company called Locus Biosciences claimed that it has a 'living antibiotic' made up of viruses that only attack harmful pathogens.

Public Health May 24, 2019

Using Antibiotics For More Than 2 Months Increases Women's Risk For Heart Attack And Stroke

Six of 1,000 women who use antibiotics for at least two months would develop cardiovascular disease. Use of antibiotics can destroy the beneficial gut bacteria and increase prevalence of disease-causing microorganisms.

Medicine April 26, 2019

Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs Will Kill More People Than Cancer By 2050

A study commissioned by the British government predicts that drug-resistant diseases could kill an additional 10 million people around the world by 2050. Such infections are also likely to cost the world as much as $100 trillion.

Public Health April 23, 2019

Arsenic Could Be Next Big Thing In Broad-Spectrum Antibiotic Drugs

A team of researchers believes that arsenic-based antibiotic could combat the threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that affects 2 million people in the United States every year. The new antibiotic has been tested effective against multiple types of bacteria.

Medicine April 18, 2019

Children Diagnosed Via Telemedicine More Likely To be Given Drugs Instead Of Other Treatments Says Study

Considered as the next healthcare frontier, telemedicine could end up doing more harm than good for the children. A new study suggested the kids were more likely to receive an antibiotic prescription in this method compared to traditional consultations.

Medicine April 8, 2019

Fungus Shows Promise As A Cost-Effective Treatment For African Sleeping Sickness

Scientists genetically engineer a fungus that can produce a cost-effective treatment for the deadly African sleeping sickness. The resulting antibiotic is also a candidate treatment for cancer.

Medicine April 7, 2019

Fish Slime Could Be Next Big Thing In Antibiotics

The microbes found in fish slime could lead to the development of new antibiotics to treat infections caused by superbugs. Researchers already found strains of bacteria that have the potential to fight methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Medicine April 2, 2019

New Antibiotic Discovered In Insect-Associated Microbes

Researchers were able to create a new antibiotic from the microbes that they found in insects. They collected over 2,000 insects, tested over 10,000 microbes, and had to do 50,000 tests to see the microbes' antibiotic capabilities.

Feature | Science February 3, 2019

Study Shows Significant Number Of Antibiotic Prescriptions Are Not Necessary

Researchers found that 23 percent of prescription antibiotics were handed to patients who might not need them. They warned that the high rate of antibiotics prescription is contributing to the rise of superbugs.

Medicine January 19, 2019

Jameek Lowery, Man Who Died After Going To New Jersey Police Station For Help, May Have Had Meningitis

Jameek Lowery, the man whose Facebook Live showed how he begged for water and sought help to police officers, died of a still unspecified cause on Monday. Health officials suspected he had meningitis.

Neuroscience January 11, 2019

Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Prescibed For UTI And Respiratory Infections May Cause Aneurysm

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics used for more than 30 years to treat serious bacterial infections may raise a patient's risk for aortic aneurysm. Patients with increased risk for aortic dissections should consider other treatment options.

Public Health December 21, 2018

Scientists Turn Wasp Venom Into Potent Antibiotic Drug

Can wasp venom be the answer to the superbug problem? MIT researchers were able to turn the toxic peptides of wasp venoms into antibiotics that can clear an infection within a few days.

Medicine December 8, 2018

Therapy Dogs Can Transmit Superbugs To Young Patients, But It Can Be Prevented: Study

Therapy dogs are there to help the patients, but evidently, they can inadvertently pass them superbugs as well. A simple antibiotic wash can help prevent the therapy dogs from spreading MRSA to young patients.

Public Health October 7, 2018

Appendicitis Treatment Apparently Does Not Need Surgery, Only Antibiotics

A new study from Finland confirmed the effectiveness of antibiotics as an alternative method of treating appendicitis. This method of treating appendicitis without surgery is continuing to gain more traction, but further studies are still needed.

Medicine September 26, 2018

Woman Develops 'Black Hairy Tongue' After Car Crash: What Caused It?

A 55-year-old woman developed black hairy tongue after getting into a car crash. Even if it looks alarming, the condition is not as scary as it seems.

Medicine September 7, 2018

Researchers Say Poop Transplants Are Just As Effective As Antibiotics To Treat C. Difficile Diarrhea

A new study has found that poop transplants are as effective as antibiotics for diarrhea treatment of C. difficile infections. Researchers studied 20 patients to reach the conclusion.

Medicine June 3, 2018

Taking Antibiotics May Be Linked To Increased Risk For Kidney Stones

The prevalence of kidney stones in the United States has risen dramatically over the past decades. A new study asserts antibiotics may have had something to do with that.

Medicine May 11, 2018

Some Bacteria Eat Antibiotics Like A 'Buffet Table,' And That Might Be A Good Thing

As antibiotic-resistant superbugs continue to spread, some bacteria can actually eat antibiotics. A study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis reveals why this could be a good thing.

Medicine April 30, 2018

Having Sex While Recovering From A Urinary Tract Infection Can Cause Serious Pain And Discomfort

Sexual intercourse without treating first a urinary tract infection could irritate the vagina and bladder. Doctors suggest it would be best to wait until the symptoms have been relieved before getting intimate with a partner.

Space April 27, 2018

Babies Given Antibiotics And Antacids Are More Likely To Develop Allergies

A new study discovered that babies who are given antibiotics and antacids are more likely to develop allergies as they grow up. The results of the research provide evidence on the the importance and delicate balance of the gut microbiome.

Medicine April 3, 2018

Sinus Infections Are Treated Too Long With Antibiotics: CDC Study

Even when new regulations have been passed, U.S. physicians are still prescribing too many antibiotic medications for sinus infections. This puts patients at risk of side effects and drug resistance.

Public Health April 2, 2018

Low-Income Countries Drive Rise In Global Antibiotic Use

The rate of antibiotic use increased 39 percent from 2000 to 2015. Researchers said that the dramatic rise in global antibiotic use is driven by consumption in countries such as India, China, and Pakistan.

Public Health March 28, 2018

New Class Of Synthetized Natural Antibiotic Kills Superbugs, Lessens Severity Of Infection

A natural antibiotic called teixobactin, when synthesized, can be used to fight drug-resistant superbugs like MRSA and VRE. These groundbreaking results provide a new perspective on the impact of the use and misuse of antibiotics to treat human diseases.

Biotech March 24, 2018

Antibiotic Clarithromycin Can Potentially Raise Risk Of Death In Patients With Heart Disease

FDA has released an alert cautioning against the prescription of clarithromycin to heart disease patients. The agency had advised health care providers to weigh the cons of the antibiotics because it can increase death risks in heart disease patients.

Public Health February 23, 2018

Powerful Antibiotic Found In Dirt Could Kill Drug-Resistant Superbugs

Researchers have discovered a new a potentially new antibiotic that's very powerful. This could help against drug-resistant bacteria that the health sector is struggling against.

Medicine February 13, 2018

Surfers More Likely To Have Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria In Their Stomachs

Surfers are more likely to have their stomachs colonized by antibiotic-resistant bacteria than non-surfers, a new study found. Researchers attempted to test the strength of the E. coli bacteria in the presence of cefotaxime, and here’s what they discovered.

Public Health January 15, 2018

WHO Urges Farmers To Stop Feeding Antibiotics To Healthy Animals To Prevent Rise Of Superbugs

The World Health Organization has asked farmers to stop using antibiotics on healthy animals. The practice of exposing animals to the unnecessary use of antibiotics is leading to the rise of drug-resistant superbugs.

November 8, 2017

Shape-Shifting Bacteria: Behavior Of E.Coli Aboard ISS Could Pose Risk To Future Space Explorations

E.coli bacteria sent to the International Space Station were observed to change shape after being subjected with the antibiotic that kills them on Earth. What does this mean to future space explorations?

Space September 15, 2017

Researchers Say It’s OK Not To Finish Antibiotics But Doctors Disagree

Researchers recently claimed that patients do not need to finish out their antibiotics. Doctors are now firing back over the irresponsible and potentially harmful advice.

Public Health July 28, 2017

Modified Antibiotics Offer Hope Against Superbugs As Multidrug-Resistant Infections Emerge

Amid emerging cases of multi-drug infections in the United States, researchers have found a way to modify drugs to make them more effective at fighting superbugs. This is how they improved the antibiotic vancomycin.

Public Health May 31, 2017

Antibiotic Gets Supercharged To Stop Resistant Bacteria In Their Tracks

Scientists are structurally modifying vancomycin to make it more powerful in the fight against antibiotic resistance. Why it took a long time for vancomycin-resistant enterococci to strike offers clues on the antibiotic's potential.

Medicine May 30, 2017

Girl Dragged By Sea Lion In Viral Video Treated To Avoid Seal Finger Infection

The 6-year-old girl who was dragged into the water by a sea lion in a viral video is at risk of a condition known as seal finger. What are the dangers of this infection, and how is it treated?

Feature | Health May 27, 2017

Some Antibiotics Linked To Increased Miscarriage Risk In Early Pregnancy

Certain antibiotics may raise miscarriage risk when taken by women in the early stage of pregnancy. Which antibiotics are safe and which may possibly cause pregnancy loss?

Public Health May 1, 2017

Can Taking Antibiotics For Extended Period Increase Precancerous Colon Growths?

Consumption of antibiotics for an extended period could increase the risk of colon cancer in women. However, using antibiotics for a short period doesn't eliminate the risk of precancerous colon growths.

Public Health April 5, 2017

Can Maple Syrup Extract Make Antibiotics Kill Bacteria Easily?

Scientists may have discovered a way to increase the potency of antibiotics. An extract derived from maple syrup could possibly decrease the consumption of antibiotics by 90 percent.

Medicine April 4, 2017

Neanderthal Tooth Plaque Hints Prehistoric Humans Used Medicinal Plants To Treat Ailments

DNA from dental plaque suggests the Neanderthals may have had knowledge about medicines. The prehistoric humans may have self-medicated using medicinal plants that produce painkiller and antibiotic substances.

Medicine March 9, 2017

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Antimicrobial Resistance

Experts consider antimicrobial resistance as one of the biggest threats to global health. What is it, what causes it, and how can it cast us back to the dark ages of medicine?

Public Health March 6, 2017

Blood Of Komodo Dragons: The Antidote For Antibiotic Resistance?

A team of scientists from George Mason University believes the blood of Komodo dragons, the largest lizards in the world, contain potent antimicrobial properties that can solve antibiotic resistance.

Medicine March 3, 2017

Original Penicillin Mold Sells For Over $14,000: Here’s The Story Behind The Prized Relic

The original mold from penicillin, discovered by Alexander Fleming almost 90 years ago, was sold on March 1 at the auction house Bonhams in London. Here are facts and trivia about the prized capsule that was auctioned off for $14,597.

Medicine March 2, 2017

Common Weed In Florida Fights Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Without Killing Bacteria

The red berries of the Brazilian peppertree, a noxious weed in Florida, contain compounds that can disarm potentially deadly bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. What makes the plant a good tool for fighting superbugs?

Public Health February 10, 2017

Researchers Turn To ‘Brute Force’ In Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance

Sometimes, brute force is the answer. Researchers have found that existing antibiotics can be modified to take advantage of 'brute force' in dealing with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Medicine February 4, 2017

Antibiotics Can Bolster Bacteria Growth And Resistance To Treatment: Study

A new study from the University of Exeter in England confirms that bacterial overgrowth is encouraged by antibiotics, as seen in the mutated E.coli bacteria used in the study. Antibiotic resistance continues to be a global health concern.

Public Health February 1, 2017

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