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ICU Management

Frozen Capsulised Faecal Material Treats CDI

2014 11 Oct

Recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) may be treated with oral administration of frozen encapsulated faecal material from healthy donors, according to results of a preliminary study published in JAMA . The treatment resulted in an overall 90 percent rate of clinical resolution of diarrhoea. The Clostridium difficult (C-diff) bacterium is... Read more

ICU Management

Vancomycin Still Useful For Staph Infections

2014 11 Oct

A new study published in JAMA has determined that vancomycin, an antibiotic that came out more than 50 years ago, remains effective in treating Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections. The study's authors said doctors should continue to use the drug even as newer antibiotics can now be bought in the market. Staphylococcus aureus is amongst... Read more

Lab Management

"Bio-floaters" in Antibiotic-Resistant Joint Infections

2014 04 Oct

Results of a new study by Thomas Jefferson University (PA, USA) scientists published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases could help explain the joint pain caused by different infections, including Lyme disease, and why these infections are so resistant to antibiotic treatment. "Our goal was to determine why Staphylococcus aureus, particularly methicillin-resistant... Read more

ICU Management

Antibiotic Therapy Benefits Haemodialysis Patients

2014 05 Jul

Haemodialysis patients at risk for deadly catheter-related infections experience fewer infections and 68 percent lower mortality when they received a low dose of antibiotic therapy, compared to the anticoagulant heparin. The study reporting these results by researchers at the Henry Ford Health System appears online in the Clinical Journal... Read more

Executive Health Management

Chemists Uncover New Class of Antibiotics

2014 12 Mar

According to research findings described in an article entitled "Discovery of a New Class of Non-beta-lactam Inhibitors of Penicillin-Binding Proteins with Gram-Positive Antibacterial Activity", and published in the the Journal of the American Chemical Society, a team of University of Notre Dame researchers have discovered a new class of antibiotics... Read more

ICU Management

Study: Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Overdiagnosed and Overmedicated

2014 21 Feb

In a recent study published in the March edition of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, a team of researchers share their findings on the diagnosis and treatment of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). With the aims of quantifying and characterising unjustified antimicrobial use for VAP as well as identifying risk factors associated... Read more

Executive Health Management

International Collaboration Boosts Research On Antibiotic Resistance

2013 14 Nov

A four-year project entitled ‘TAILORED-Treatment’ is aimed at establishing a successful strategy to enhance the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment, lowering any potential therapy side-effects and limiting the rise of antimicrobial resistance in patients. Coordinated by the Netherland’s Erasmus MC, Rotterdam it is funded with € 6.000.000 by the... Read more

Executive Health Management

Innovative Test on Sore Throat Patients Leads to Decrease in Antibiotic Use

2013 11 Nov

According to research published in the British Medical Journal, a new 'clinical score' test devised for patients with a sore throat could lower antibiotics prescription rates of and lead to faster patient recovery. In a bid to determine whether to prescribe patients with an antibiotic immediately or to give them a delayed prescription, and comparing... Read more

ICU Management

Alternative to Antibiotics: Plasmas Attack Bacterial Cells on Several Levels

2013 01 Oct

Plasma reactor: The RUB team generates atmospheric-pressure plasmas and tests which effects UV radiation and reactive particles have on bacterial cells and molecules. Copyright: RUB, Photo: Jan-Wilm Lackmann As they destroy bacteria very efficiently, plasmas constitute an alternative to chemical disinfectants and potentially to antibiotics,... Read more