C. diff: What’s Raising the Infection Risk in Pediatric Inpatients?

By |2019-03-18T12:33:15+00:00March 18th, 2019|

Two types of medications appear to be culprits Prior exposure to antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors are associated with an increased risk of acquiring Clostridioides (formerly Clostridium) difficile infection (CDI) among hospitalized children, according to new Cleveland Clinic research. Credit: Jennifer Oosthuizen CDC Read more...

Phenolic Compounds from Humulus lupulus as Natural Antimicrobial Products: New Weapons in the Fight against Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Leishmania mexicana and Trypanosoma brucei Strains

By |2019-03-18T12:27:56+00:00March 18th, 2019|

Abstract New anti-infective agents are urgently needed to fight microbial resistance. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains are particularly responsible for complicated pathologies that are difficult to treat due to their virulence and the formation of persistent biofilms forming a complex protecting shell. Parasitic infections caused by Trypanosoma brucei and Leishmania mexicanaare also of global concern, because of the mortality due [...]

Air purification is catching on – but it may be doing more harm than good

By |2019-03-18T12:01:22+00:00March 18th, 2019|

Alastair Lewis, science director at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of York, writes about how in spite of some clever marketing, air pollution filters may not be the golden bullet for poor air quality. I recently found myself in the surreal world of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas discussing the next [...]

The genetics of regeneration

By |2019-03-18T11:57:01+00:00March 18th, 2019|

Study uncovers genes that control process of whole-body regeneration When it comes to regeneration, some animals are capable of amazing feats. If you cut off a salamander’s leg, it will grow back. When threatened, some geckos drop their tails to distract their predator, only to regrow them later. Other animals take the process even further. [...]

Managing acute asthma in clinical settings

By |2019-03-18T11:44:38+00:00March 18th, 2019|

Overview Wheezing infants younger than 12 months old should not be treated for acute asthma. Acute wheezing in this age group is most commonly due to acute viral bronchiolitis. Go to: Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative (PREDICT) Australasian bronchiolitis guidelines Advice should be obtained from a paediatric respiratory physician or paediatrician before administering short-acting beta2 [...]

Q&A: Twitter as a tool for infectious disease clinicians

By |2019-03-18T11:25:22+00:00March 18th, 2019|

Twitter has become a “go-to” social media platform to disseminate information and create conversation. Four years ago, researchers reviewed the usefulness of Twitter for infectious disease clinicians and found it to be a useful tool. Since then, Twitter use has increased, Debra A. Goff, PharmD, FCCP, an ID specialist at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical [...]

A comparative analysis of prophylactic antimicrobial use in long-term care facilities in Ireland, 2013 and 2016

By |2019-03-17T20:35:57+00:00March 17th, 2019|

Introduction Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major global concern. The overuse and misuse of antimicrobials in both humans and animals are the leading drivers of AMR [1]. To date, there have been three surveys on Healthcare-Associated Infections in Long-Term Care Facilities (HALT) in the European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA) (2010, 2013 and 2016/17), coordinated [...]

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., and Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas on advancing new tools and science for implementing agricultural water requirements for produce safety

By |2019-03-17T20:26:28+00:00March 17th, 2019|

As FDA finalizes previously proposed extensions to compliance dates for agricultural water requirements, the agency is providing an update on how it is using the additional time to ensure the feasibility of federal requirements and incorporate lessons learned from recent romaine lettuce outbreaks A critical component to growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fruits and [...]

DRC Ebola total rises by 4 as survey shows high vaccine acceptance

By |2019-03-17T19:55:44+00:00March 17th, 2019|

Lab tests have confirmed Ebola infections in four more people from four different locations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the country's health ministry said today. In other developments, a new survey conducted among residents of the DRC's Ebola-hit region found that the vaccine was well tolerated and had high acceptability . Four [...]