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Ending the confusion over pneumonia care

Experts have finally reached a consensus on managing community-acquired pneumonia. Here’s a summary of the new recommendations. Though community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is commonly seen in primary-care practices, there has been confusion about the standards of treatment. Over the years, a number of sometimes conflicting guidelines were developed by organizations in related specialties. Recently, however, the…

Prophylactic antibiotics overused for UTIs

Antimicrobial prophylaxis does not reduce the risk of recurrent UTIs in children—but does increase the risk of antibiotic resistance, new data show.Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia followed 611 children age 6 and under who were diagnosed with a first UTI between July 1, 2001, and May 31, 2006. Most of the children…

An uncommon but serious lung disorder

Most often secondary to childhood infection, bronchiectasis is irreversible. But there are steps you can take to improve your patients’ quality of life. Bronchiectasis, which is characterized by abnormal dilatation of the bronchi and excessive mucus production, is usually the result of acute or chronic infection.1 Thanks to the advent of effective anti-TB therapy and…

Prophylactic antibiotics overused for UTIs

Antimicrobial prophylaxis does not reduce the risk of recurrent UTIs in children—but does increase the risk of antibiotic resistance, new data show. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia followed 611 children age 6 and under who were diagnosed with a first UTI between July 1, 2001, and May 31, 2006. Most of the…

CDC issues new rules for combating MRSA ethicillin-resistant staph in check

Methicillin-resistant staph infections have entered the community, posing a bigger challenge for health-care providers. The CDC outlines what to do. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), long recognized as a problem in health-care settings, is increasingly prevalent in the community. A 2004 survey of 11 emergency departments around the country found the organism responsible for 60% of…

Antibiotic resistance develops within days

Belgian researchers have dispelled any doubt that antibiotic use causes rapid resistance. Their randomized, controlled trial of two types of macrolides showed the emergence of resistant microorganisms in just a few days. What’s more, the effect persisted for months. Researchers at University Hospital Antwerp in Belgium gave 224 healthy volunteers either clarithromycin for seven days,…

Antibiotic resistance develops within days

Belgian researchers have dispelled any doubt that antibiotic use causes rapid resistance. Their randomized, controlled trial of two types of macrolides showed the emergence of resistant microorganisms in just a few days. What’s more, the effect persisted for months. Researchers at University Hospital Antwerp in Belgium gave 224 healthy volunteers either clarithromycin for seven days,…

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