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CRKP

You may already know that doctors over-prescribe antibiotics, and that sinusitis, which is mostly caused by viral infections, is the leading disease for which they’re over-prescribed. Add Bronchitis to the list of diseases that don’t deserve antibiotics. If you can rule out Pneumonia, which is a bacteria, as a cause, then prescribing antibiotics will only […]

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MRSA and Klebsiella pneumoniae (the pneumonia superbug-CRKP) have become so common that hospitals no longer see it necessary to report it—even to the staff who work there. In Maryland, it recently came out that the National Institute of Health in Bethesda had a superbug outbreak last year—and had a very hard time containing it (although […]

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Studies show that hospitals that more rigorously enforce hygiene standards have lower infection transmission rates. Now more surfaces are being discovered that may transmit germs, like gram negative strains of pneumonia (a leading source of death for hospitalized elderly). The newest surface that needs to be modified to reduce bacterial transmission is the touch screen […]

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As more antibiotic resistant bacteria strains are discovered, more people are becoming aware of the growing need to improve antibiotics (or move to an alternative treatment for infections). However, the bulk of research and money is currently being spent on anti-virals for (admittedly scary) diseases like AIDS. Why? Speculations include: 1) better PR (esp. when […]

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If you go (or a loved one) goes to a hospital for symptoms of pneumonia, beware sudden heart attacks. A new study from the University of Chicago has found that heart attacks with no early warning sign or symptoms are affecting pneumonia patients more than previously thought. Sudden heart attacks are almost as likely to […]

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