Over-the-counter lozenges for a sore throat may be fueling the rise of superbugs

A study by Cardiff University found antibiotics added to non-prescriptions remedies often fail to wipe out the bacteria causing a patient's symptoms. This may result in the bugs becoming 'stronger'.
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by Marko J ärvenpää, Mohamad R. Abdul Sater, Georgia K. Lagoudas, Paul C. Blainey, Loren G. Miller, James A. McKinnell, Susan S. Huang, Yonatan H. Grad, Pekka Marttinen Bacterial populations that colonize a host can play important roles in host health, including serving as a reservoir that transmits to other hosts and from which invasive strains emerge, thus emphasizing the importance of understanding rates of acquisition and clearance of colonizing populations. Studies of colonization dynamics have been based on assessment of whether serial samples represent a single population or distinct colonization eve...
Source: PLoS Computational Biology - Category: Biology Authors: Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 20 April 2019Source: Microbial PathogenesisAuthor(s): B.F. Rossi, E.C.R. Bonsaglia, I.G. Castilho, S.T.A. Dantas, A. Salina, H. Langoni, J.C.F. Pantoja, P.E. Budri, D. Fitzgerald-Hughes, A. Fernandes Júnior, V.L.M. RallAbstractBovine mastitis affects dairy cattle worldwide and Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most common microorganisms involved in subclinical and chronic disease. Superantigens, such as enterotoxins contribute to S. aureus persistence and pathogenicity in this disease. Subclinical and chronic mastitis cases were diagnosed and S. aureus isolates from sub-clinical ...
Source: Microbial Pathogenesis - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 20 April 2019Source: Food ControlAuthor(s): Ahmed Abdel-Hameid Ahmed, Nagah Mohammed Saad Maharik, Antonio Valero, Sahar Mahmoud KamalAbstractStaphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is one of the most concerning foodborne pathogens due to its ability to produce wide varieties of heat-stable enterotoxins. Hence, this study was designed to investigate the prevalence of the enterotoxigenic S. aureus strains and their enterotoxins in milk and in some representative artisanal Egyptian dairy products. Additionally, the prevalence of Methicillin-Resistant S. aureus (MRSA; antibiotic resistant strain) ...
Source: Food Control - Category: Food Science Source Type: research
Conclusion: It is important to know about the prevalence of resistance and rising MIC values of commonly used antibiotics regarding Streptococcus pyogenes to avoid therapeutic failures. PMID: 30996826 [PubMed]
Source: Iranian Journal of Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Tags: Iran J Microbiol Source Type: research
​BY AARON SNYDER, MDInfectious processes, such as streptococcal infections, can partially masquerade as alternative diagnosis. Streptococcal infections are a frequent source of infection treated by emergency physicians, and it is crucial that the appropriate tests, antibiotics, and hospitalization are used to recognize rash patterns and to identify causes and the differential of causation.A 60-year-old woman presented from her primary medical doctor's office with fever, fatigue, tachycardia, and facial discomfort for two days that developed into a malar rash. The patient reported one day of fever, several days of sore th...
Source: The Case Files - Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Blog Posts Source Type: research
Authors: Di Muzio F, Barucco M, Guerriero F Abstract OBJECTIVE: According to recent observations, the insufficiently targeted use of antibiotics is creating increasingly resistant bacterial strains. In this context, it seems increasingly clear the need to resort to extreme and prudent rationalization of antibiotic therapy, especially by the physicians working in primary care units. In clinical practice, actually the general practitioner often treats multiple diseases without having the proper equipment. In particular, the use of a dedicated, easy to use diagnostic test would be one more weapon for the correct diagn...
Source: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci Source Type: research
(NaturalNews) For many Americans, antibiotics have become a standard routine when they get sick. Since the 1940s, these drugs have significantly reduced illness and death from bacterial infections. However, they are not the go-to fix for everything.Conditions such as a sore throat...
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Suppose two jumbo jets crashed every day, killing a total of about 365,000 people in a year. Remarkably enough that's about the level of carnage caused every year in our country by avoidable medical mistakes. We would never tolerate such an incredible loss of life were it caused by recurring plane crashes (or most anything else). The Federal Aviation Authority would be given immediate and unlimited funding to figure out exactly why the planes were crashing and to do whatever it takes to make them safe again. In fact, complete reporting of mistakes, and constantly correcting them, has made flying in a commercial plane abo...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - Category: Science Source Type: news
Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria mutate to “outsmart” or resist antibiotic medicine, making the bacterial infection more difficult for doctors to treat and cure with standard medications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 2 million people are infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria every year, and more than 23,000 people die from these infections. While some bacteria become resistant to a particular antibiotic, other, more dangerous strains have grown resistant to almost every treatment option. This means that doctors must use stronger and less common ant...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Drugs and Supplements Infectious diseases Source Type: news
CONCLUSION: Antibiotics are widely available and are inappropriately sold and given by grocery stores and retail shops located within local communities in Thailand. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria commonly and freely circulate within the community. Patients with URI and acute diarrhea with no indication for antibiotic therapy can be treated without antibiotics. Findings and observations from this study will be used as part of a social marketing campaign on prevention and containment of AMR to educate people living within communities in Thailand. PMID: 27276737 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand = Chotmaihet thangphaet - Category: Journals (General) Tags: J Med Assoc Thai Source Type: research
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