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  • Antibiotics
    Patients often don't appreciate the risks of unnecessary antibiotics
    There is often a lot of pressure on doctors to prescribe medicine in a general medical setting. Patients who come to medical clinics and offices for help often have expectations of being given the latest drugs to help their medical conditions. The...
  • C-section and antibiotics during pregnancy increase childhood obesity risk
    C-section and antibiotics during pregnancy increase childhood obesity risk
    A new study has reported that exposure to antibiotics during pregnancy and cesarean sections increase the risk of childhood obesity. The findings were published on November 11 in the International Journal of Obesity,The study authors note that...
  • Studies show you're probably not still allergic to penicillin
    Studies show you're probably not still allergic to penicillin
    You thought you were allergic to penicillin, but you could be wrong. If you had a rash develop right after taking penicillin, but it might not have actually been related to the drug. Researchers presented these findings to the American College of...
  • Workout
    10 ways to avoid gym germs
    The onset of cold weather has outdoor exercise aficionados heading for their local gyms. Because the drop in temperature also signals the beginning of cold and flu season, gym-goers need to be extra vigilant in taking steps to minimize their...
  • Probiotics
    Antibiotic use and the need for Probiotics
    IntroductionAntibiotics inhibit the growth of microorganisms, particularly bacteria. Western medicine uses antibiotics to fight disease and infection caused by the overgrowth of bacteria. This affects the growth of disease causing and beneficial...
  • Football
    College athletes in contact sports at greater risk for MRSA
    Even if they show no signs of infection, college athletes who play contact sports are more likely than other college athletes to carry the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to a new study. Presented Oct. 9 at...
  • Childhood Obesity
    Antibiotic use by young children raises their obesity risk
    According to a new study, published in the Sept. 29, 2014 online edition of the JAMA Pediatrics journal, children who are repeatedly exposed to broad-spectrum antibiotics at ages 0 to 23 months are more susceptible to obesity during childhood.Lead...
  • Mother giving medicine to take with glass of water to ill daughter
    Children prescribed antibiotics more often than needed
    Antibiotics prescribed too often for respiratory tract infectionsAs many as 11.4 million antibiotic prescriptions written each year for children and teens may be unnecessary, according to a study in the October 2014 issue of Pediatrics.Antibiotics...
  • Medicine bottle
    Medicine measured by the spoonful can lead to dosage errors
    Reaching for a teaspoon or a tablespoon to administer liquid medicines can lead to potentially dangerous dosing errors, according to a study published in the July 14 online Pediatrics. Study findings showed that spoon-measured doses doubled the...
  • Missing Microbes
    Obesity could be affected by microbes in your body
    Martin Blaser, MD, director of the Human Microbiome Program at NYU has been studying the collection of bacteria in our body for over 30 years. Collectively, these are known as the human microbiome, and are the subject of Blaser’s fascinating...
  • 3-D photo of Staphylococcus aureus
    FDA approves two MRSA antimicrobials in a month: First Dalvance and now Sivextro
    New antimicrobials for the treatment ofacute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI) caused by such microorganisms asStaphylococcus aureus, including methicillin-resistant strains (MRSA) and a variety of Streptococcal species have...
  • Oregano Oil by Vitality Works
    Review: Oregano oil to heal a sore throat
    Oil of Oregano has so many health benefit claims, its no wonder that people are raving about it. I've had my own personal success with oil of oregano for a sore throat. I never even knew about oil of oregano or its benefits until I took a trip...
  • Skin infections from MRSA difficult to treat
    New antibiotic to help treat people with serious skin infections
    A new antibiotic on the U.S. market will help treat people who have serious infections of the skin and underlying tissues, thereby helping eradicate some antibiotic-resistant infections which may not respond to traditional antibiotics.The...
  • Pills
    Infant antibiotic use and genetics linked to asthma
    Children treated with antibiotics before they are a year old may be twice as likely to develop asthma later in life than children who did not receive the drugs, according to a new study published in the May 15 online The Lancet Respiratory...
  • Factory farm
    FDA warning letters reveal antibiotic epidemic in America's dairies
    Hundreds of warning letters issued by FDA over the course of the past fourteen years cite America's dairy farmers for "illegal drug residue." The drug in question, all too often, is gentamicin, an antibiotic whose overuse is linked...