Atlas of Shared Learning: Outpatient parental antibiotic therapy at Whittington Health NHS Trust
This case study outlines how the Lead Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) Nurse at Whittington Health NHS Trust led on the development and implementation of new pathways and services, to reduce unwarranted variation by ensuring patients could be discharged home safely and still receive their antibiotic therapy as recommended. This has led to better outcomes, experiences and use of resources. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

With these nanoparticles, a simple urine test could diagnose bacterial pneumonia
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) MIT researchers have now developed a nanoparticle-based technology that could be used distinguish between bacterial and viral forms of pneumonia. The technology could also be used to monitor whether antibiotic therapy has successfully treated the infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 29, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimmer Biomet Recalls 1,300 Bone Growth and Spinal Fusion Stimulators
A recall that Zimmer Biomet initiated in February has just been identified by FDA as a Class I recall, marking it the most serious type of medical device recall. The company is recalling 1,360 implantable bone growth and spinal fusion stimulators that are used to help heal bone following spinal fusion surgery or to help heal broken long bones, such as a leg or arm bone. These devices are placed during surgery and are designed to send a low-level electrical signal to encourage the body's natural healing process. Several sessions at MD&M West 2019 will focus on regulatory and quality issues that i...
Source: MDDI - November 27, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news

Zimmer Biomet recalls bone stimulators on contamination risk
Zimmer Biomet (NYSE:ZBH) recalled nearly 1,400 bone stimulators on the risk that they could be contaminated with bacteria or chemicals, the FDA said yesterday. The Class I recall, denoting the risk of serious injury or death, covers 1,360 implantable bone growth and spinal fusion stimulators made and distributed between February 2015 and March 2018, including Zimmer Biomet’s Osteogen, SpF Plus-Mini and SpF-XL stimulators, the federal safety watchdog said. The devices are designed to stimulate healing after spinal fusion procedures or long-bone breaks. The voluntary recall was launched Feb. 19 “due to ...
Source: Mass Device - November 27, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Featured Orthopedics Recalls Regulatory/Compliance Spinal Zimmer Biomet Source Type: news

Diagnostics Are Helping Counter Antimicrobial Resistance, But More Work Is Needed
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threats to patient health are becoming more widely recognized and diagnostics manufacturers are making significant progress in combatting the overuse of antibiotics. There is still a lot of work to be done, however. A recent health scare for Rick Bright, Ph.D., director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), HHS, the very agency working to combat emerging infectious diseases (EID) and other threats, highlights the lingering risks.  During the 10th Public Meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB...
Source: MDDI - November 20, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Daphne Allen Tags: IVD Source Type: news

Cytomorphometric Neutrophil and Monocyte Markers May Strengthen the Diagnosis of Sepsis
The authors of this research article state that the diagnosis of sepsis is challenging in the absence of a gold standard test. Recent studies have explored the role of neutrophil and monocyte volume, conductivity, and scatter (VCS), derived from automated hematology analyzers, in diagnosing sepsis. The authors assessed the diagnostic accuracy of VCS parameters in critically ill patients with sepsis. They say that in critically ill patients with suspected sepsis, VCS parameters may help strengthen the diagnostic probability of sepsis. Future studies may explore the role of serial monitoring of VCS to track response to antim...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ID specialist input improves outcomes for outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy
(Infectious Diseases Society of America) An infectious diseases specialist should review all orders for outpatient IV antimicrobial therapy and adjust as needed, suggest new guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 13, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Low Recurrence With Shortened IV Abx Course in GBS Bacteremia
THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 -- For infants with uncomplicated, late-onset group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteremia, a shortened intravenous (IV) course of antibiotic therapy is sometimes prescribed and is associated with low rates of disease recurrence... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - October 11, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Emergency department sepsis screening tool decreases time to antibiotics in patients with sepsis
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of a sepsis screening tool implemented in an academic medical center ED on compliance with the 3-hour sepsis bundle. Although implementation of an ED sepsis screening tool did not increase 3-hour bundle compliance, it did increase the proportion of patients receiving timely antimicrobial therapy and demonstrated a trend towards decreased mortality. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Extended- vs Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotics in Appendicitis Extended- vs Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotics in Appendicitis
What is the best choice of antibiotic therapy for uncomplicated appendicitis in children? Dr Lowenfels comments on a study published in Annals of Surgery.Medscape General Surgery (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery Viewpoint Source Type: news

GI Dynamics wins FDA nod for pivotal US EndoBarrier trial
GI Dynamics (ASX:GID) said today it won FDA investigational device exemption approval to launch a pivotal trial of its EndoBarrier device designed for treating patients with type 2 diabetes and obesity, pending Institutional Review Board approval. The EndoBarrier device is a plastic gut sleeve designed to prevent the absorption of nutrients from food as it exits the stomach and enters the intestinal tract to treat type 2 diabetes and obesity, the Lexington, Mass.-based company said. The approval is a boon for the company, which has faced a number of hurdles with its device over the past few years, inclu...
Source: Mass Device - August 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Diabetes Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Weight loss GI Dynamics Source Type: news

Outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy system saves costs
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - August 1, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Rapid genetic testing can prevent hearing loss in newborns treated for sepsis
(European Society of Human Genetics) More than a million neonatal deaths worldwide each year are estimated to be due to sepsis. Many patients receive antibiotic therapy during their hospital stay, but babies with a specific genetic change can suffer irreversible hearing loss as a result. Now, a rapid test for distinguishing those infants who will have this adverse reaction to gentamicin has been developed. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 14, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Bone apetit: How bacteria eat bone to sustain invasive infection
(American Society for Microbiology) Researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center have determined the metabolic pathway that Staphylococcus aureus use to survive in bones. Invasive S. aureus infections frequently occur in the bone and are notoriously resistant to antimicrobial therapy. The research is presented at ASM Microbe, the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, held from June 7-11 in Atlanta, Ga. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 8, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Most Premature Infants Receive Early Antibiotics
TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 -- Most premature infants receive empirical antibiotic therapy, according to a study published online May 25 in JAMA Network Open. Dustin D. Flannery, D.O., from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and colleagues examined... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 30, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Each hour of delay in detecting abnormal lactates in patients with sepsis increases the odds of in-hospital death
(Elsevier) Because of a known association between elevated lactate levels and increased mortality, sepsis guidelines mandate that lactate levels should be tested soon after the onset of sepsis. A new study in the journal CHEST ® found that a significant proportion of patients with suspected sepsis do not have their lactates measured within the recommended timeframe. These patients experienced delayed antibiotic therapy and IV fluid administration, as well as increased risk of in-hospital death. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Evaluating the appropriateness of antimicrobial treatment in hospitalized patients: a comparison of three methods
This research article concluded that rates of appropriateness of antimicrobial therapy varied between evaluation methods, with low to moderate agreement between the different methods. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antibiotic therapy for preventing infections in people with acute stroke
This review article concludes preventive antibiotics had no effect on functional outcome or mortality, but significantly reduced the risk of'overall'infections. This reduction was driven mainly by prevention of urinary tract infection; no effect for pneumonia was found. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New infection prevention tool improve transparency and standardization of practice
(European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) Researchers developed a new color-coded visual tool called Infection Risk Scan, or IRIS, which is set to make it easier for healthcare workers to measure in which areas a hospital complies with guidelines and where it needs to implement measures to improve infection control and the use antimicrobial therapies, according to research presented at the 28th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID). (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 20, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Duration of Antibiotics Often Exceeds Guidelines for Sinusitis
THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 -- The durations of most courses of antibiotic therapy for adult outpatients with sinusitis exceed guideline recommendations, according to a research letter published online March 26 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Laura M. King,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 29, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Sepsis caused by bloodstream infection in patients in the intensive care unit: the impact of inactive empiric antimicrobial therapy on outcome
This research article concludes that mortality from sepsis is influenced by multiple factors. The study was unable to demonstrate that inactive AMT had an effect on mortality in sepsis. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

STI positivity rate and treatment uptake among female and male sexual assault victims attending the Amsterdam STI clinic between 2005 and 2016 - van Rooijen MS, Schim van der Loeff MF, van Kempen L, de Vries HJC.
BACKGROUND: Victims could become infected with sexually transmitted infections (STI) during a sexual assault. Several guidelines recommend presumptive antimicrobial therapy for sexual assault victims (SAV). We assessed the STI positivity rate and treatment... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Most Infection Specialists Fail to Advise Short-duration Antibiotic Therapy Most Infection Specialists Fail to Advise Short-duration Antibiotic Therapy
Most infection specialists who give at least weekly advice to colleagues regarding antibiotic prescriptions fail to specify the shortest possible duration of therapy, according to an international cross-sectional survey.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 2, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Dermatology News Source Type: news

Adjunctive Rifampin Not Beneficial for Staph aureus Bacteremia Adjunctive Rifampin Not Beneficial for Staph aureus Bacteremia
Adjunctive rifampin, also called rifampicin, provides no significant benefit over standard antibiotic therapy in patients with Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia, according to results from the ARREST trial.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - December 29, 2017 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Evaluating Appropriateness of Antimicrobial Treatment in Hospitalized Patients: A Comparison of Three Methods
This Research Article found that among 106 patients included, rates of appropriateness of antimicrobial therapy ranged from 20-75%, depending on method of evaluation. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Risk Factors in Early Failure of Dental Implants: a Retrospective Study
Conclusion: It seems that prophylactic antibiotic therapy, implant surface, bone density and placement in fresh extraction socket may contribute to dental implant failure. (Source: Dental Technology Blog)
Source: Dental Technology Blog - December 8, 2017 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Bacteria eradication reduces gastric cancer risk by 22 percent in over-60s, new research shows
(Spink Health) The research analyzed the risk of gastric cancer development in a large group of individuals who had received antibiotic therapy to treat H. pylori infection. Of those who had been treated over the age of 60, 0.8 percent developed gastric cancer, in comparison to 1.1 percent of patients in an age-matched general population sample. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - October 30, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Endogenous infection marker guides antibiotic therapy
(University of Basel) The endogenous infection marker procalcitonin can help to guide the use of antibiotics when treating infections. The course of antibiotic therapy is shortened, and its side effects and mortality rate also decrease, as researchers from the University of Basel and other colleagues report in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases. They conducted a meta-analysis of over 6,700 international data sets from patients with respiratory infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 16, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Procalcitonin-Guided Antibiotic Therapy Tied to Improved Survival in Acute Respiratory Infection (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Andr é Sofair, MD, MPH For patients with acute respiratory tract infection, using procalcitonin levels to guide treatment decisions can reduce antibiotic use and improve survival, finds a meta-analysis in the Lancet Infectious Diseases. High procalcitonin levels can … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - October 16, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Antibiotic identified that reduces infection risk in young leukemia patients
(St. Jude Children's Research Hospital) St. Jude Children's Research Hospital investigators report preventive antibiotic therapy, particularly with levofloxacin, reduced the odds of infections in at-risk pediatric leukemia patients early in cancer treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 14, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Lactococcus garviae Prosthetic Mitral Valve Endocarditis: a Case Report and Literature Review
We report a new case of L. garviae prosthetic mitral valve endocarditis that was managed with antibiotic therapy alone. (Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter)
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - August 10, 2017 Category: Microbiology Authors: Ewout Landeloos, Guy Van Camp, Hans De Beenhouwer Tags: Case Report Source Type: news

Steering a Transition in Antibiotic Prescribing: Just-in-Time, Not Just-in-Case
Antibiotics are the most common medication prescribed in post-acute and long-term care facilities, and suspected urinary tract infection is the most frequent indication for initiation of antibiotic therapy. However, there has been a growing realization that much of this treatment is unnecessary and potentially harmful. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - July 28, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Peter P. Patterson Tags: Guest Editorial Source Type: news

Procalcitonin-guided decision making for duration of antibiotic therapy in neonates with suspected early-onset sepsis: a multicentre, randomised controlled trial (NeoPIns)
This research article concludes that procalcitonin-guided decision making was superior to standard care in reducing duration of antibiotic therapy in neonates with suspected early-onset sepsis (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antibiotic treatment to prevent post-extraction complications: a monocentric, randomized clinical trial. Preliminary outcomes.
CONCLUSIONS:Post-extractive complications observed in each group have been mild and fast to resolve. The antibiotic administration showed a decrease in pain suffered by patients but a higher incidence of gastro-intestinal side effects, such as abdominal distension and diarrhea, which seemed to be relieved by the concomitant use of the probiotic. (Source: Dental Technology Blog)
Source: Dental Technology Blog - June 12, 2017 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Antibiotics vs Surgery: Equally Effective for Appendicitis? Antibiotics vs Surgery: Equally Effective for Appendicitis?
Dr Lowenfels comments on a study examining whether antibiotic therapy is an effective replacement for standard surgical appendectomy, published in Annals of Surgery.Medscape General Surgery (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery Viewpoint Source Type: news

New approach to antibiotic therapy is a dead end for pathogens
(Molecular Biology and Evolution (Oxford University Press)) In the case of the pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the evolution of resistance to certain antibiotics leads to an increased susceptibility to other drugs. This concept of so-called 'collateral sensitivity' opens up new perspectives in the fight against multi-resistant pathogens. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 1, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Long-term antibiotic prophylaxis reduces mortality in people with advanced liver disease
(European Association for the Study of the Liver) A multicenter, randomized, controlled study presented today found that long-term oral antibiotic therapy with norfloxacin improved the prognosis of people with life-threatening advanced liver disease. The study, presented at The International Liver Congress ™ 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, showed that norfloxacin administration for six months was associated with a reduced risk of death and infection at six months in patients with Child-Pugh class C cirrhosis, a very severe and advanced stage of liver disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing by online pharmacies 'reckless'
Conclusion Worryingly, most of the online pharmacies had no evidence of the registration required by current UK and European legislation. This could be because some of the operators were based outside Europe – but regardless of where they are based, they are still subject to UK legislation if selling to the UK public. The study raises concerns about the effectiveness of current UK legislation and the regulation of companies selling antibiotics over the internet. This research does have some limitations, however: Google and Yahoo searches are not identical when different browsers are used ...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Medical practice Source Type: news

Surviving Sepsis Campaign: International Guidelines for Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock updated
This updated guideline was produced by 55 international experts; with the most important changes and advances in the guideline being in the domains of initial resuscitation and antibiotic therapy. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Surviving Sepsis Guidelines: A Continuous Move Toward Better Care of Patients With Sepsis
The updated guideline was generated by 55 international experts representing 25 international organizations involved in the care of patients with sepsis and providing 93 recommendations on early management of sepsis and septic shock. There are numerous major advances in the revision of the guidelines. Among the various topics covered, initial resuscitation and antibiotic therapy are the domains in which the most important changes and advances were made. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is it Harmful to Not Finish Antibiotics?
Is it harmful to not finish antibiotics? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Drew Smith, former R&D director at MicroPhage and SomaLogic, on Quora: Doctors are taught that it is important to finish out a course of antibiotics, and they dutifully relay this information to their patients. But the determination of therapy duration is usually based on almost no evidence at all. This is especially true for our understanding of the risk of the development of resistance, which is rarely a measured outcome in the clini...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers find gene mutation that helps bacteria tolerate antibiotics
Amy WallaceMEMPHIS, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Researchers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital uncovered a gene mutation that allows bacteria to tolerate normally effective antibiotic therapy. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antibiotic resistance just became more complex
Bacteria that are susceptible to antibiotics can survive when enough resistant cells around them are expressing an antibiotic-deactivating factor. This new take on how the microbial context can compromise antibiotic therapy was just published by a team of microbiologists. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 29, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Antibiotic resistance just became more complex
(University of Groningen) Bacteria that are susceptible to antibiotics can survive when enough resistant cells around them are expressing an antibiotic-deactivating factor. This new take on how the microbial context can compromise antibiotic therapy was published by a team of microbiologists from the University of Groningen microbiologists, together with colleagues from San Diego, in the journal PLOS Biology on Dec. 27. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 27, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New Recommendations On How Long Ear Infections Should Be Treated
BOSTON (CBS) – Ear infections are incredibly common among young kids and many get them multiple times a year, but for how long do they need to be treated? In children under 2, ear infections are usually treated with oral antibiotics for 10 days. But antibiotics can cause an upset stomach and rashes and there’s always the concern for antibiotic resistance, so doctors wanted to see if kids would do just as well with 5 days of treatment instead of 10. The answer is probably “no”. In a recent study they found that children less than 2 years of age treated with only 5 days of antibiotic therapy were more...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Ear Infections Source Type: news

Stingray Injuries
Dr. Nabil Ebraheim would like to thank his employee Cherie Martzke, for her contribution to this article. Most stingrays have one or more barbed stings on the tail, which are used in self-defense. They will not attack humans but they will defend themselves when threatened, especially when stepped on (Figure 1). Stingrays cause around 1,500 injuries per year and are caused by puncture from their strong serrated, boney spines or barbs. The tail contains a sheath that will discharge venom once it is ruptured (Figure 2). If you are stung by a stingray, clean the injury with soap and water. Make sure the spine is co...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Steroid use linked to worse outcomes in Lyme disease-associated facial paralysis
Researchers have found that patients who were prescribed corticosteroids as part of treatment for Lyme disease-associated facial paralysis had worse long-term outcomes of regaining facial function than those who were prescribed antibiotic therapy alone. Based on these findings the researchers urge caution in prescribing corticosteroids to patients with acute Lyme disease-associated facial paralysis. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 6, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Steroid use linked to worse outcomes in Lyme disease-associated facial paralysis
(Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary) Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School have found that patients who were prescribed corticosteroids as part of treatment for Lyme disease-associated facial paralysis had worse long-term outcomes of regaining facial function than those who were prescribed antibiotic therapy alone. Based on these findings, which were published online today in Laryngoscope, the researchers urge caution in prescribing corticosteroids to patients with acute Lyme disease-associated facial paralysis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 6, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The Tipping Point: Patients predisposed to Clostridium difficile infection and a hospital antibiotic stewardship programme
This paper concludes that analytic models can prospectively identify most patients at the time of admission who later test positive for C. difficile. This approach to early identification may help AMS programmes pursue susceptibility testing and modifications to antibiotic therapies sooner in order to better prevent C. Difficile Infections (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news