Common Antibiotics Linked To Increased Risk Of Birth Defects, Study Says
(CNN) — Taking some common antibiotics during the first trimester of pregnancy was linked with higher risk of birth defects, according to a new study. The study, published Wednesday in the medical journal BMJ, found an increased risk of birth defects in the children of women who were prescribed macrolides during the first three months of pregnancy compared to mothers who were prescribed penicillin. Macrolide antibiotics include erythromycin, clarithromycin and azithromycin, and they are used to treat infections, such as pneumonia, bronchitis and urinary, skin and sexually transmitted diseases. They are often prescrib...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Source Type: news

Babies 'face birth defect risk if their mothers take penicillin alternatives during pregnancy'
Research by University College London said that the risk of heart, brain or genital defects was 55 per cent higher among babies whose mothers took macrolide antibiotics during their pregnancy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

EMERGENCY MEDICINE skills: Creating your own penicillin at home
(Natural News) The discovery of penicillin was considered a landmark that changed the face of modern medicine. Penicillin refers to a group of powerful antibacterial drugs that target a wide variety of bacterial infections. While the overuse of antibiotics has been a growing problem in recent years, there is no denying the fact that there... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could Strep Throat Become Untreatable?
A new study warns that strains of bacteria that cause strep throat and "flesh-eating disease" appear close to becoming resistant to penicillin and other antibiotics known as beta-lactams. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - January 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could Strep Throat Become Untreatable?
THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2020 -- When a child has strep throat, an antibiotic like penicillin usually has them back at school 24 hours later. But a new study warns that strains of bacteria that cause strep throat and " flesh-eating disease " appear close... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 30, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Discovery reveals antibiotic-resistant strep throat may be too close for comfort
(Houston Methodist) Infectious disease scientists identified strains of group A streptococcus that are less susceptible to commonly used antibiotics, a sign that the germ causing strep throat and flesh-eating disease may be moving closer to resistance to penicillin and other related antibiotics known as beta-lactams. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 29, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Fetal Bovine Serum-More Data
Primary and Stem Cell CultureThis just came across our radar." SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL An eye opener in stroke: Mitochondrial dysfunction and stem cell repair in MCAO induced retinal ischemia "We are always delighted when researchers supplement their cell culture media with ourFetal Bovine Serum (FBS).RPE Cells and MSC Culture Retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE, CRL-4000; ATCC) cells were cultured in Dulbecco ’s Modified Eagle Media/F-12 (DMEM/F-12, 11320033; Gibco) containing 10% fetal bovine serum (FBS; FBS001; Neuromics) and 0.01 mg/ml hygromycin B (10687010; Gibco) in incubator (37 °C humidified, with...
Source: Neuromics - January 17, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Tags: adult stem cells FBS Fetal Bovine Serum Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells MSCs Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells RPES Source Type: news

The top 10 most important survival and prepping stories of 2019
(Natural News) With our world seemingly on the brink of some major calamities, it’s probably a good idea to get prepared. Here are 10 of the best ideas from this past year’s news lineup: How to make your own penicillin… just in case One of the most significant discoveries in modern medicine, penicillin has saved... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Minestrone Meets Malaria, And Wins
While chicken soup has often been considered as effective as penicillin to treat many illnesses, or at least bad colds, a new study looks at different kinds of soups (yes, soups) to battle a more serious infection —malaria. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 9, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Nina Shapiro, Contributor Source Type: news

Penicillin Allergy Less Common Than Thought: Study
Title: Penicillin Allergy Less Common Than Thought: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/25/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/26/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Allergies General)
Source: MedicineNet Allergies General - November 26, 2019 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

Penicillin Allergy Less Common Than Thought: Study
MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2019 -- Millions of Americans think they're allergic to penicillin, but they're not, a new study reveals. This erroneous belief adds millions of dollars to health care costs and results in unnecessary side effects from more... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 25, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

French doctor still treating patients at 98
When French doctor Christian Chenay saw his first patients in 1951, penicillin was state of the art. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Medical News Today: 9 in 10 people who think they are allergic to penicillin may not be
Three new studies shed fresh light on penicillin allergy, pointing out that many people who have been allergic in their childhood may no longer be so. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Allergy Source Type: news

Will you pass the penicillin allergy quiz?
While 10% of Americans report being allergic to penicillin, 9 of 10 have actually outgrown it or never had it in the first place, according to new studies presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting. Over-reporting can lead to a number of problems, including increased antibiotic resistance. Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 18, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Skin Tests Can Overestimate Penicillin Allergy Skin Tests Can Overestimate Penicillin Allergy
Women are more likely than men to have a positive skin prick response for penicillin allergy, new research shows, but only an oral test tells the truth about penicillin allergy, another expert argues.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - November 15, 2019 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Allergy & Clinical Immunology News Source Type: news

Woman, 46, with severe allergy to penicillin goes into anaphylactic shock after unprotected sex
The 46-year-old, from Baltimore, Maryland, broke out in blotchy red patches, began sweating profusely and became dizzy within an hour after intercourse. She was taken to A&E and hooked up to an IV. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Most Americans Who Think They ’ re Allergic to Penicillin Aren ’ t, Study Finds
BOSTON (CBS)- Think you’re allergic to penicillin?  Chances are…you’re not.  In fact, more than 30 million people in the United States wrongly believe they’re allergic to penicillin. Many people report that they’re allergic to penicillin, or amoxicillin, or one of the other penicillin’s, often saying they’re mom told them they had some type of reaction when they were little. So many doctors turn to other types of antibiotics to treat common ailments like strep throat or ear infections, which may be more expensive, have more side effects, and could contribute to greater a...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Allergies Dr. Mallika Marshall Health Watch penicillin penicillin allergy Source Type: news

He ’s the First African American to Receive a Face Transplant. His Story Could Change Health Care
Robert Chelsea turned down the first face he was offered. It was a fine face, one that could have taken him off the transplant waiting list after just a couple months. But Chelsea—severely disfigured after a catastrophic car accident five years earlier—was in no hurry. He’d gotten used to tilting his head back so food and water wouldn’t fall out of his nearly lipless mouth. He knew how to respond compassionately to children who stared in shock and fear. The face, offered in May 2018, had belonged to a man with skin that was much fairer than what remained of Chelsea’s—so light that Chelse...
Source: TIME: Health - October 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Healthcare Source Type: news

Penicillin V four times daily for five days versus three times daily for 10 days in patients with pharyngotonsillitis caused by group A streptococci: randomised controlled, open label, non-inferiority study
this research article concludes that Penicillin V four times daily for five days was non-inferior in clinical outcome to penicillin V three times daily for 10 days in patients with pharyngotonsillitis caused by group A streptococci. The number of relapses and complications did not differ between the two intervention groups. Five day treatment with penicillin V four times daily might be an alternative to the currently recommended 10 day regimen. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bicillin C-R 900/300 (Penicillin G Benzathine and Penicillin G Procaine Injection) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - September 6, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

NAM President Delivers Lecture at Nobel Conference
National Academy of Medicine President Victor Dzau delivered a plenary lecture at the Nobel conference, which was held at the Nobel Forum in Stockholm, Sweden, about major medical breakthroughs and lifesaving therapies, such as penicillin and statins, that are the consequences of basic discovery research on nature. Read More (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - September 5, 2019 Category: Science Source Type: news

Seaweed forests hold key to overcoming antibiotic resistance, says study
(Natural News) One of the greatest challenges facing modern medicine today is antibiotic resistance. Almost a century since Penicillin was first discovered in strains of mold, medical science has isolated thousands of defensive, antibiotic compounds from microbes. These bio-active microbial metabolites have been mass produced as antibiotics to help humans fight infections. Because the human... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Some antibiotics linked to a higher risk of colon cancer,
Scientists at Johns Hopkins University found that people who developed bowel cancer were more likely to have taken penicillin. But tetracyclines may have protective effects for rectal cancer. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Half of bacteria on London's door handles 'are antibiotic-resistant'
Researchers led by the University of East London swabbed 600 frequently-touched surfaces in the city and found many were resistant to widely-used drugs including penicillin. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

penicillin V
Title: penicillin VCategory: MedicationsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Medications General)
Source: MedicineNet Medications General - July 18, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Superbug MRSA susceptible to existing antibiotics
Methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has become a serious problem, forcing doctors to turn to antibiotics other than penicillin or penicillin derivatives, or to different drug cocktails, which are often less effective in treating hospital and community based infections. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - June 25, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Focus group study exploring the issues and the solutions to incorrect penicillin allergy-labelled patients: an antibiotic stewardship patient safety initiative
Focus group (17 hospital doctors, nurses& pharmacists) found that identifying& delabelling incorrect penicillin allergy was a complex task and not a priority, but that they felt confident removing erroneous allergy records if the patient was able to describe the reaction. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Clinical features and antimicrobial susceptibility profiles of culture-proven neonatal sepsis in a tertiary children's hospital, 2013 to 2017.
Neonatal sepsis (NS) remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in neonates, but data on the etiology and antibiotic susceptibility patterns of pathogens are limited. The aim of this study was to analyze the clinical characteristics, risk factors, and the antibiotic susceptibility patterns of pathogenic microbes associated with NS at a tertiary children's hospital in Shanghai, China. Most isolates of Gram-positive bacteria were sensitive to vancomycin, linezolid, minocycline and tigecycline, of which more than 90% were resistant to penicillin. Most isolates of Gram-negative bacteria were sensitive to amikacin and imi...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Augmentin (Amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium)
Augmentin (amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium) is a prescription medication that ’s used to treat infections caused by bacteria. It belongs to a class of drugs called penicillin antibiotics. Augmentin comes as an oral tablet and an oral liquid suspension. Learn about side effects, warnings, dosage, and more. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news

Bicillin C-R Tubex (Penicillin G Benzathine and Penicillin G Procaine Injection) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - May 13, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Bicillin L-A Injectable in Tubex (Penicillin G Benzathine Injectable in Tubex) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - May 13, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Big Pharma's prescription drugs a threat to humanity: Antibiotic overuse is why we're now dealing with deadly superbugs
(Natural News) Antibiotics were initially developed to save human lives from deadly infections and diseases. But extreme overuse by the farming industry has led to the appearance of antibiotic-resistant superbugs that cannot be treated. Since Alexander Fleming came across penicillin in 1928, it and other antibiotics have saved many lives from diseases such as cholera, meningitis,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The race to beat antibiotic resistance is on – so where do phages fit in? | Richard James
The GM virus treatment that saved Isabelle Holdaway is a start, at least, in the fight against drug resistanceThe first antibiotic was discovered by Paul Ehrlich in 1909 and cured syphilis-infected rabbits. At that time about 10% of the population of London were infected with syphilis and there were no effective treatments. Despite the tedious injection procedure and side effects, Salvarsan, together with the less toxic derivative Neosalvarsan, enjoyed the status of the most frequently prescribed drug until its replacement by penicillin in the 1940s. The postwar period was the beginning of a 20-year golden age of antibioti...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 10, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Richard James Tags: Medical research Science Antibiotics Health Society UK news Source Type: news

Project aims to revive natural product discovery
(Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) The mid-20th century was the golden age of natural product discovery. Scientists discovered groundbreaking drugs, like penicillin and tetracycline, from sources in nature. But as the search for natural products continued, pharmaceutical companies kept finding the same products over and over again. The era of genomics brought success in discovering new natural products, but only on a very small scale. Now, a new project aims to discover new natural products on a large scale by using synthetic biology and automation. (Source: EurekAlert...
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Barbara Low, Trailblazing Woman in X-Ray Crystallography, Dies
The former Columbia University professor's early work helped illuminate the structure of penicillin, allowing chemists to make variants and broaden the scope of antibiotic treatments. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - March 15, 2019 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Barbara Low, Whose Research Boosted Antibiotics, Dies at 98
Her work with Dorothy Hodgkin identified the structure of penicillin, enabling scientists to replicate it and develop drugs to treat other infections. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SAM ROBERTS Tags: Low, Barbara Deaths (Obituaries) Biology and Biochemistry Research Antibiotics Columbia University Hodgkin, Dorothy Crowfoot Source Type: news

Barbara Low, Whose Research Identified the Shape of Penicillin, Dies at 98
Her work with Dorothy Hodgkin unleashed a bonanza of lifesaving antibiotics and gave other female scientists a foothold in a male-dominated field. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SAM ROBERTS Tags: Low, Barbara W (1920-2019) Biology and Biochemistry Research Antibiotics Columbia University Deaths (Obituaries) Source Type: news

Why A Woman Suffered An Allergic Reaction From Oral Sex
Was there semen-ly a link with her partner taking a penicillin antibiotic? (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 13, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

Penicillin G Procaine Injection (Updated - Resolved)
Drug Shortage (Source: FDA Drug Shortages)
Source: FDA Drug Shortages - March 11, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

You probably don't have a penicillin allergy
(McMaster University) Two McMaster University physicians have five facts about penicillin allergy published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). Derek Chu is a fellow in clinical immunology and allergy and David McCullagh is a fellow in infectious disease in the Department of Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Several antibiotics appear effective against early-stage Lyme disease
This meta-analysis suggests that when symptoms of the disease are confined to a localised skin infection, treatment failures are relatively infrequent, only 2% at 12 months. Effective antibiotics include penicillin V, doxycycline, azithromycin, cefuroxime, amoxicillin and ceftriaxone plus doxycycline.The research has significant limitations, but choice, dose and duration of antibiotics appear to have little impact on outcomes. This research does not suggest that guidelines need to be reviewed. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Second New Yorker contracts penicillin-resistant infection from trendy raw milk
A third person has contracted Brucella RB51, a strain of bacteria most commonly passed through unpasteurized milk. The New Yorker bought the milk from Miller ’s Biodiversity Farm. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Allergic to Penicillin? You May Not Be
Nineteen out of 20 people who have been told they are allergic to penicillin are not truly allergic to the drug. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Antibiotics Skin Allergies Tests (Medical) Infections Source Type: news

Misdiagnosis of Penicillin Allergy Common Misdiagnosis of Penicillin Allergy Common
Most patients who report having a penicillin allergy are not really allergic to the antibiotic, and they may be missing out on the best treatment for their condition as a result, according to a report in JAMA January 15.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Doctors explain misconceptions about penicillin allergy
(Reuters Health) - Most patients who report having a penicillin allergy are not really allergic to this highly effective antibiotic, and they may be missing out on the best treatment for their condition as a result, according to a new patient resource published in JAMA. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Evaluation and Management of Penicillin Allergy: A Review
This narrative review summarises the epidemiology of penicillin allergy and the clinical consequences of misattributing adverse drug events to β-lactam allergy, including development of antimicrobial resistance and adverse events associated with alternative antibiotics. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Patients Who Say They're Allergic to Penicillin Are Usually Wrong
(MedPage Today) -- All " allergic " patients should be evaluated, review concludes (Source: MedPage Today Allergy)
Source: MedPage Today Allergy - January 16, 2019 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

Review Shares Best Practices for Evaluating Penicillin Allergy
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 -- A new review, published in the Jan. 15 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, addresses best practices for the evaluation and management of reported penicillin allergies. Erica S. Shenoy, M.D., Ph.D.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 16, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

JAMA report outlines recommendations for evaluation and management of penicillin allergy
(Massachusetts General Hospital) A review article in the Jan. 15, 2019, issue of JAMA recommends best practices for evaluation of reported penicillin allergies and provides clinicians with guidance and tools to help determine appropriate procedures based on the severity of previously reported reactions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 15, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news