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Procalcitonin-Guided Care Cut Antibiotic Use in Acute Pancreatitis

Using procalcitonin-based algorithms reduced the use of antibiotics in patients with acute pancreatitis, with no increased risk of infection or harm, a randomized trial in the U.K. showed. In an intention-to-treat analysis involving 260 patients, 45% of those who received procalcitonin-guided care plus usual care were prescribed antibiotics compared with…
bubmag
July 22, 2022
Antibiotics

A new approach to revitalize the efficacy of existing antibiotics

According to the World Health Organization, the bacterias- Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterobacteriaceae- are resistant to carbapenems. There are few treatment options available to treat infections caused by these bacterias- which involve the use of combinations of various antibiotics.  The combination therapy is an attractive target considering its role…
bubmag
July 22, 2022
Antibiotics

Antibiotics affect male and female gut microbiomes differently

In a new study, researchers at Cedars-Sinai found that antibiotics have sex-specific effects on the gut microbiome makeup of male and female laboratory rats. The findings, published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, could have implications for using the drugs in humans to treat or prevent bacterial infection. "We found…
bubmag
July 20, 2022
Antibiotics

Infections Grow Stronger With Fewer New Antibiotics on the Horizon

Forget covid-19, monkeypox, and other viruses for the moment and consider another threat troubling infectious disease specialists: common urinary tract infections, or UTIs, that lead to emergency room visits and even hospitalizations because of the failure of oral antibiotics. There's no Operation Warp Speed charging to rescue us from the…
bubmag
July 15, 2022
Antibiotics

Antibiotics Safe for Some Outpatients With Acute Appendicitis

Select patients with acute appendicitis who were discharged from the hospital within 24 hours were safely managed with antibiotics as outpatients, a secondary analysis of the CODA Collaborative trial found. Among over 700 patients, serious adverse events occurred in 0.9 per 100 outpatients compared with 1.3 per 100 inpatients over…
bubmag
July 5, 2022
Antibiotics

Ocean Plastics May Hold the Key to Unlocking New Antibiotics

Although ocean plastics are a scourge of the seas, they may also hold the key to unlocking new strains of antibiotics. The surprising results are from the work of a research team at National University in San Diego, who worked in collaboration with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The scientists…
bubmag
July 2, 2022
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Widespread ‘Superbug’ in Pigs Can Jump to Humans

By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter HealthDay ReporterWEDNESDAY, June 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) – A strain of the superbug MRSA has emerged in pigs that is highly resistant to antibiotics and a growing cause of human infections. University of Cambridge researchers said this particular strain of MRSA, short for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus…
bubmag
June 29, 2022