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Penicillin Allergy testing and Antibiotic stewardship
September 27, 2017 2:30-3:30pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - September 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Penicillin allergy labels are 'frequent but frequently inaccurate,' investigators find
You've probably been asked if you are allergic to penicillin. Now, Canadian researchers have found that people who thought they were may not be after all. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Penicillin Resistance Before and After PCV13 Introduction Penicillin Resistance Before and After PCV13 Introduction
How has the introduction of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine impacted the prevalence of penicillin resistance?Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Navigating South Korea ’s Healthcare Paradox
In recent years, we have witnessed an explosion of interest among our pharmaceutical clients in conducting research in South Korea. Some emerging market analysts have suggested a ‘K’ should be added to BRIC, reflecting the country’s burgeoning economic status and its increasingly inclusion in global studies, not just regional Asia Pacific or emerging market studies. Indeed, there is ongoing debate about whether South Korea can still be considered ‘emerging’ as it i s a growing player in the pharmaceutical industry in its own right.   As well as looking at South Korea ’s health...
Source: EyeForPharma - August 11, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Marc Yates Source Type: news

Trust me on antibiotics, doctor – I’m a patient | Anne Perkins
Evidence that finishing the course may fuel bacterial resistance will test our relationship with experts – and perhaps begin the healing process• Anne Perkins is a Guardian columnistEarly in 1941 Albert Alexander, a middle-aged police officer, went to his local hospital – the John Radcliffe, in Oxford – with a nasty infected scratch on his face. Popular legend says the injury was caused by a thorn on a rosebush; others believe that it had been inflicted during a bombing raid on Southampton, where he was on duty in the blitz. PC Alexander is famous in medical hi story because he was thefirst patient t...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 27, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Anne Perkins Tags: Antibiotics Society Health Science Doctors UK news Source Type: news

The Guardian view on antibiotics: don ’t keep taking the tablets | Editorial
When knowledge advances, so should the advice doctors giveThe idea that we have a moral duty to complete any course of antibiotics that the doctor prescribes is intuitively comforting. Following the course to the end appears as an act of solidarity against the genuinely terrible threat of widespread antibiotic resistance, something that could make medicine as we know it impossibly dangerous. Following the doctor ’s orders allows us to be mildly uncomfortable in pursuit of collective good. So it is rather shocking when the British Medical Journal reports that the instruction is mistakenand indeed counterproductive. We...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 27, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Editorial Tags: Antibiotics Medical research MRSA and superbugs Health Society Science Farming Environment Drugs Source Type: news

What Conditions is Erythema Nodosum Associated With?
Patient Presentation A 12-year-old male came to clinic with a history of 3-4 days of painful bruising on his shin and lower arms. He had Streptocococcal pharyngitis diagnosed by rapid strep testing approximately 4 weeks previously and had taken all of his amoxicillin antibiotic per his parents. He had recovered without any problems until 3-4 days ago when his legs and arms started to have painful bruises along the shins and lower arms. They were raised, red/purple and painful mainly in the center of the lesions. He denied pain elsewhere nor any fever (Tmax was 99.5F), chills, sweats, weight loss, joint stiffness, abdomina...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - July 24, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: Moving Beyond Forecasting / Oral Challenges for Reported Penicillin Allergy / Massachusetts Family Medicine Opportunity (FREE)
By the Editors Here's what we chose for you today from NEJM Group:NEJM Audio Interview: Moving Beyond … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - July 20, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Gonorrhea Becoming More Difficult To Treat With Antibiotics
CBS Local — Gonorrhea is becoming more difficult to treat with antibiotics and for some patients it’s become impossible, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Three forms of bacteria known as “superbugs” that cannot be killed by the best available gonorrhea medicine have been detected in Spain, France and Japan, according to the WHO. “The bacteria that cause gonorrhea are particularly smart. Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them,” said Teodora Wi, a human reproduction specialist for the WHO, in a press release. Analysi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Antibiotics Dan Corey Medicine STDs Source Type: news

Is Your Child's 'Penicillin Allergy' Real?
Follow-up of 100 kids found none were allergic (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - July 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Did You Grow Up Thinking You're Allergic To Penicillin? Guess Again
New research suggests that many people who've been labeled as being allergic to penicillin and related antibiotics actually aren't. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 3, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Rita Rubin, Contributor Source Type: news

Is Your Child's'Penicillin Allergy' Real?
Follow-up of 100 kids found none were allergic Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Antibiotics, Children's Health, Drug Reactions (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - July 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No Penicillin Allergy Found in Most Kids with Non-Specific Symptoms
(MedPage Today) -- Previous findings for adults now confirmed in children (Source: MedPage Today Allergy)
Source: MedPage Today Allergy - July 3, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

Is Your Child's'Penicillin Allergy' Real?
MONDAY, July 3, 2017 -- Many children suspected of being allergic to the inexpensive, first-line antibiotic penicillin actually aren't, new research indicates. The findings -- which echo similar research earlier this year in adults -- mean many... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 3, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Is Your Child's 'Penicillin Allergy' Real?
Title: Is Your Child's 'Penicillin Allergy' Real?Category: Health NewsCreated: 7/3/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/3/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Allergies General)
Source: MedicineNet Allergies General - July 3, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

Amoxicillin and Ceftriaxone for Maternal Syphilis Amoxicillin and Ceftriaxone for Maternal Syphilis
When penicillin is not available, should amoxicillin and ceftriaxone be considered as treatment options for maternal syphilis?Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Penicillin Allergy in Children Substantially Overreported Penicillin Allergy in Children Substantially Overreported
Many children with reported penicillin allergy are not actually allergic to the drug, a new study has found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Study shows pharmacists knew more about penicillin allergy than MDs
If you have gone through life avoiding certain antibiotics because you think you're allergic to penicillin, you'd probably want to know if you're not actually allergic. A new study shows many physicians who treat patients with "penicillin allergy" listed in their charts may not fully understand important facts about penicillin allergy. They may not be aware penicillin allergy can resolve over time and they don't fully understand the importance of allergy testing to make sure a penicillin allergy currently exists. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - June 14, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Pharmacists may know more about penicillin allergy than doctors
Although most pharmacists know penicillin allergies can resolve over time, a new study found that many doctors are not aware of that. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study shows pharmacists knew more about penicillin allergy than MDs
(American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology) A new study shows many physicians who treat patients with 'penicillin allergy' listed in their charts may not fully understand important facts about penicillin allergy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO ranks antibiotics in a bid to counter drug resistance
GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization published a new classification of antibiotics on Tuesday that aims to fight drug resistance, with penicillin-type drugs recommended as the first line of defense while colistin should not be used unless absolutely necessary. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

South Africa: Penicillin Shortages As Pharma Companies Eye Newer, More Lucrative Drugs
[Bhekisisa] Older antibiotic staples are no longer moneymakers. But as modern bugs evolve to outwit them, very few new drugs are ready to take their place (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 6, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Penicillin G Benzathine (Bicillin L-A) Injection (Updated - Currently in Shortage)
Drug Shortage (Source: FDA Drug Shortages)
Source: FDA Drug Shortages - May 18, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

G20 health ministers seek to avert return to "pre-penicillin era"
BERLIN (Reuters) - The world risks a return to the pre-penicillin era if leading nations do not cooperate to combat the threat from antibiotic-resistant bugs and means are not found to finance research into new, more effective medicine, Germany's health minister said. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

G20 health ministers seek to avert return to 'pre-penicillin era'
BERLIN (Reuters) - The world risks a return to the pre-penicillin era if leading nations do not cooperate to combat the threat from antibiotic-resistant bugs and means are not found to finance research into new, more effective medicine, Germany's health minister said. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Sewage Saved This Man's Life. Someday It Could Save Yours.
When Thomas Patterson woke up from a two-month coma in March 2016, he learned two things he couldn’t believe: Donald Trump was soon to become the Republican nominee for president, and his wife, Steffanie Strathdee, had saved him from dying of an antibiotic-resistant superbug by injecting him with viruses harvested from sewage. It took a lot of convincing for him to accept these weren’t just more hallucinations. Patterson and Strathdee met while serving on a National Institutes of Health grant review panel almost 16 years ago. Strathdee doesn’t usually find review panels a riveting experience, but when she...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sewage Saved This Man's Life. Someday It Could Save Yours.
This article has been updated to amend overstatements of the length of time it took the Texas A&M team to secure the phages they sent to Patterson, as well as the number of researchers to whom Strathdee reached out. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 11, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Could baker's yeast spell the end of deadly superbugs?
Imperial College London researchers were able to demonstrate that their penicillin-producing baker's yeast had beneficial properties against streptococcus bacteria. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Culturing Stem Cells in 3-D
Requires Potent Media + SupplementsNeuromics is responding to the many challenges our clients face in building3-D, in-vivo like, cell- based assays. We do this by offering the most potentMedia plusSupplements likeFGFS.Here's a protocol for single cell 3-D assays using hMSCs and Hydrogels. It features use of ourISOKineTM FGFImages: Cell-centering in cytocompatible microgels enables long-term single-cell 3D culture by preventing cell escape. a) Qualification of Dex-TA microgel crosslinking as a function of the microemulsion flow rate (Qemulsion) and concentration of the H2O2 feed ([H2O2]feed). Blue, green, and red ...
Source: Neuromics - May 4, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Tags: 3-D Cell based Assays adult stem cells FGF Basic FGF2 Fibroblast Growth Factor 2 Fibroblast Growth Factor Basic hMSCs human Mesenchymal Stem Cell Based Assays ISOKine ISOKineFGF Source Type: news

Scientists engineer baker's yeast to produce penicillin molecules
Scientists have inserted fungus genes into a yeast cell to make it produce penicillin molecules. In laboratory experiments, they were able to demonstrate that this yeast had antibacterial properties against streptococcus bacteria. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 4, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Scientists engineer baker's yeast to produce penicillin molecules
(Imperial College London) Scientists have inserted fungus genes into a yeast cell to make it produce penicillin molecules. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 4, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

New hope in the fight against superbugs
(McGill University) In a new paper published in the journal Structure, researchers from McGill University present in atomic detail how specific bacterial enzymes, known as kinases, confer resistance to macrolide antibiotics, a widely used class of antibiotics and an alternative medication for patients with penicillin allergies. The study shows for the first time how these kinases recognize and chemically destroy macrolide antibiotics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 3, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Infectious Diseases A-Z: The fight against antibiotic resistance
Antibiotics have been credited with saving countless lives. Penicillin, discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming, is recognized as one of the greatest advances in therapeutic medicine. The life-saving drug, which was first mass produced in the U.S. during World War II, helped launch the golden era of antibiotics. Today, medical researchers have a concern [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 24, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Shocking study finds that penicillin changes childrens' brains, causing them to grow up angry and violent
(Natural News) Antibiotic treatment during late pregnancy and early childhood spurred aggression and long-term behavioral changes in animal models, a recent study showed. A team of researchers at the McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton in Ontario, Canada examined the effects of low-dose penicillin treatment in pregnant mice and their offspring, and found that the antibiotic triggered... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Children given penicillin grow up angry claim researchers
Low doses of the common antibiotic sparked long-term behavioural changes in mice, a trial by researchers at McMaster University, Ontario, showed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Low-dose penicillin in early life induces long-term changes in behavior
Low-dose penicillin taken late in pregnancy and in early life of mice offspring, changes behavior and the balance of microbes in the gut. While these studies have been performed in mice, they point to popular increasing concerns about the long-term effects of antibiotics. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 4, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Penicillin G Procaine Injection (Updated - Currently in Shortage)
Drug Shortage (Source: FDA Drug Shortages)
Source: FDA Drug Shortages - March 27, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Penicillin G Benzathine and Penicillin G Procaine (Bicillin C-R) Injection (Updated - Currently in Shortage)
Drug Shortage (Source: FDA Drug Shortages)
Source: FDA Drug Shortages - March 27, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Penicillin G Benzathine (Bicillin L-A) Injection (Updated - Currently in Shortage)
Drug Shortage (Source: FDA Drug Shortages)
Source: FDA Drug Shortages - March 27, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

The Battle For America Is The Battle For Science
The man who popularized Greek-style yogurt, Hamdi Ulukaya, is probably one of the only, if not the only, billionaire of recent years who does not owe his fortune to the government. Jeff Bezos does, Bill Gates does, Mark Zuckerberg does, along with dozens of others who have amassed fortunes in the digital age. They are smart men all who have exploited opportunities, which would not have existed but for the government’s presence in science. I applaud individuals who build on government discoveries to make their fortunes. But government-backed science, which has brought us everything from GPS to the internet, is in for ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Battle For America Is The Battle For Science
The man who popularized Greek-style yogurt, Hamdi Ulukaya, is probably one of the only, if not the only, billionaire of recent years who does not owe his fortune to the government. Jeff Bezos does, Bill Gates does, Mark Zuckerberg does, along with dozens of others who have amassed fortunes in the digital age. They are smart men all who have exploited opportunities, which would not have existed but for the government’s presence in science. I applaud individuals who build on government discoveries to make their fortunes. But government-backed science, which has brought us everything from GPS to the internet, is in for ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 25, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

These 3 Superbugs Pose The Greatest Risk To Human Health
The World Health Organization is issuing a warning about a group of deadly bacteria: Recently, the WHO released its first-ever list of “priority pathogens,” a list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that the organization says pose the greatest threat to human health. The list is divided into three categories: critical-, high- and medium-priority. Three pathogens made it into the critical-priority group. These bacteria are resistant to multiple antibiotics and pose a high risk to people in hospitals and nursing homes, the WHO says. Multidrug-resistant bacteria, sometimes called “superbugs,” are a ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 23, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Neanderthals Munched On 'Aspirin' And Woolly Rhinos
Neanderthals once dined on woolly rhinoceroses and wild sheep, and even self-medicated with painkillers and antibiotics, according to a new analysis of their dental plaque. But the diets of Neanderthals — the closest known extinct human relative, which co-existed and sometimes bred with humans before going extinct about 40,000 years ago — varied depending on where they lived. Researchers sequenced the ancient DNA of dental plaque from five Neanderthal skeletons — two from Spain's El Sidrón Cave, two from Belgium's Spy Cave and one from Italy's Breuil Cave. (However, the plaque sample from the Breui...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 15, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Lab notes: sex-starved, living in memory palaces - is that the future?
So. Technically, the biggest story this week was the news that scientists at the Synthetic Yeast Project areclose to completing an entire synthetic genome for baker ’s yeast. This means that we could soon have human-designed organisms capable of producing drugs and vaccines, or that can convert waste into energy or even grow organs for human transplant operations. But yeast isn’t that sexy. Accordingly, our actual “biggest” story this week was, in fact, about sex. Or rather, about a lack of sex, because a US study has found that today ’s adults are having less sex than the adults of 20 years a...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 10, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Tash Reith-Banks Tags: Science Source Type: news

Old Mold From Penicillin Discoverer Auctioned for $14,617
How much is an old, dried out piece of mold worth? Apparently more than $14,600 if it was created by the doctor who discovered penicillin. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tags: Mold Auctions Fleming, Alexander Antibiotics Source Type: news

Skin testing, computerized support tool can improve antibiotic use in hospital inpatients
(Massachusetts General Hospital) Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital investigators have developed two approaches to increasing the use of penicillins and cephalosporins -- highly effective antibiotics that are not as problematic as many alternatives -- in hospitalized patients previously believed to be allergic to penicillin. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 6, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Skin testing, computerized support tool can improve antibiotic use in hospital inpatients
Confirming whether or not a recorded penicillin allergy is real could reduce negative effects of alternate antibiotics (Source: BWH News)
Source: BWH News - March 6, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Skin testing, computerized support tool can improve antibiotic use in hospital inpatients
Confirming whether or not a recorded penicillin allergy is real could reduce negative effects of alternate antibiotics (Source: BWH for Journalists)
Source: BWH for Journalists - March 6, 2017 Category: Research Source Type: news

WATCH: Penicillin mold cultured by Alexander Fleming auctioned for more than $14,000
A mold sample may seem like an unlikely prize, but a sample of penicillin mold pulled in more than $14,000 when it was sold at auction this week in the U.K. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news