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By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Although guidelines recommend antibiotic prophylaxis before or during endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (EUS-FNA) of pancreatic cysts, the risk of infection from the procedure is low, a randomized controlled trial reveals. Dr.…
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A 2-day course of antibiotic therapy can lower the risk of ventilator-associated pneumonia among patients being treated with targeted temperature management after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with shockable rhythm, according to results of a new study. To reach this conclusion, the researchers…
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An estimated 24 million antibiotic prescriptions lacked documented indication in 2015, according to the results of a recent study. While previous programs used to evaluate antibiotic use have depended on the presence of a documented indication within medical records, a lack of this information (…
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Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. is recalling multiple lots of cefdinir for oral suspension after a dead ant was discovered in a bottle, according to the November 13, 2019, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Enforcement Report. The recall includes the following products, which were sent to major…
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By Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) - Nearly twice as many people are dying in the United States from antibiotic-resistant infections than previously believed, U.S. health officials said on Wednesday, as so-called "superbugs" alarm experts with their rate of growth and spread. Issuing its first…
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By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Antibiotics are overprescribed for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and particularly for mild-to-moderate disease, a large observational study reveals. "Antibiotic treatment brings both risks and benefits for patients," study coauthor Dr…
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Procalcitonin-guided antibiotic therapy is safe for individuals with ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), new research shows. And doing so will reduce antibiotics duration, according to the study authors.  To conduct their 5-year prospective cohort study, the researchers identified patients with…
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A telehealth-based antimicrobial stewardship program implemented at two community hospitals reduced prescribing of broad-spectrum antibiotics by nearly 25%. Researchers published their findings online in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.  Over a 6-month intervention period, infectious…
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By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Hospitalized patients with asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB) are often inappropriately given antibiotics, which is unlikely to improve outcomes and may prolong hospital stay, new research suggests. "These data show the potential harm of using antibiotics…
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By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Oral antibiotic use appears to increase the risk of colon cancer and reduce the risk of rectal cancer, according to a database study. "Our findings highlight that careful and appropriate use of antibiotics is very important, not only for avoidance of…
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