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Are Antibiotics Making Us Fat?

An epidemiologist for the CDC analyzed antibiotic prescription rates in all 50 states last year. Click on the article to see the findings.

ICARES Spring Seminar (2013)

How long do germs live on items we touch everyday? What cleans what? You touched a door knob, a pen used by someone else, etc. Now you are sick. What’s on your counters at home, on the bottom of your purse, on your steering wheel? Have you ever wondered how you got that stomach ache and diarrhea?

Bugs* and Everyday Stuff

Slide shown at the seminar

Prescribing Prevention: Why Infection Control is the Best Medicine

Infection Control Today

Imagine walking into your doctor's office, after being evaluated, you wait anxiously for the physician to return with their "magic" prescription pad that will no doubt conjure up some new super antibiotic to cure all that ails you. After all, you're not so concerned with the how or why you got sick, as you are with receiving the instant gratification from whatever drug is going to make you feel better. However, when he/she returns with the treatment plan they have prescribed for you it is not the standard "take two of these and call me in the morning" solution you were expecting; instead you are given an educational brochure and a prescription that reads: "PRACTICE BETTER HAND HYGIENE."

Bugs Without Borders: The Global Challenge of MDROs

Infection Control Today

In a global economy with expansive travel networks, it is possible now for nations to quickly exchange pathogenic bacteria and viruses. These are bugs without borders, and they are becoming a public health threat that requires vigilance in surveillance, control, prevention and antimicrobial stewardship.

Task force seeks breakthrough in developing antibacterial drugs

American Medical News 10/8/12

Infectious diseases specialist Helen W. Boucher, MD, and her colleagues at Tufts Medical Center in Boston treat patients with antibiotic-resistant infections every day. The infections occur not just in critically ill individuals but also in healthy outpatients who develop urinary tract infections or skin infections.

LpxC-1 can effectively treat antibiotic-resistant infections

News Medical 10/3/12

A new type of antibiotic can effectively treat an antibiotic-resistant infection by disarming instead of killing the bacteria that cause it. Researchers report their findings in the October 2 issue of mBio-, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

U.S. Antibiotic Prescribing Rates Highest in South: Study

U.S. Health 9/24/12

MONDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Older people living in the South tend to use more antibiotics than their counterparts living elsewhere in the United States, a new study shows.

Antibiotic Resistance May Drive Cystitis Rx Changes

Family Practice News 9/21/12

SAN FRANCISCO – Concerns about antibiotic resistance may be driving more physicians to prescribe second-line antibiotics for uncomplicated cystitis in women, a new study indicates.

New Strep Throat Guidelines Tackle Antibiotic Resistance

U.S. News 9/10/12

MONDAY, Sept. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors need to accurately diagnose and treat strep throat in order to avoid inappropriate use of antibiotics that can lead to drug-resistant bacteria, according to updated guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America.