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Baby’s first cold can last longer depending on nose-dwelling bacteria

New research on the types of bacteria living in babies’ noses could offer clues as to why some recover quickly from their first cough or cold, while others suffer for longer. The study, published in ERJ Open Research, suggests that … Continue reading

Published Monday, December 3rd, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases, Respiratory

Quick and easy test for viral infections reduces hospital admissions and antibiotic use

Paris, France: A quick and easy test for viral infections can reduce unnecessary antibiotic use and hospital admissions, according to new research presented to the European Respiratory Society International Congress. [1] The test, which takes just 50 minutes to obtain … Continue reading

Published Monday, September 17th, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases, Respiratory

Four simple tests could help GPs spot pneumonia and reduce unnecessary antibiotics

Testing for fever, high pulse rate, crackly breath sounds, and low oxygen levels could be key to helping GPs distinguish pneumonia from less serious infections, according to a large study published in the European Respiratory Journal. Pneumonia is a severe … Continue reading

Published Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases, Respiratory

Market pressures and inadequate production are hampering access to essential antibiotics, including those for treating babies and children

Antibiotics used to treat a variety of common bacterial infections are becoming more difficult to access, mostly because the drugs are less profitable for manufacturers to produce and market. Writing in a commentary in Clinical Microbiology and Infection [1], researchers … Continue reading

Published Monday, May 15th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases

Symptoms of cystitis probably caused by bacterial infection, even when tests are negative

The majority of women suffering with pain when urinating, or needing to urinate often or urgently probably do have a bacterial infection, even when nothing is detected by standard urine testing. Symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) such as … Continue reading

Published Friday, April 28th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases

Measuring immune response could be key to differentiating malaria from other infections

Vienna, Austria: Analysing a patient’s immune response could be key to quickly and accurately diagnosing malaria, according to research presented on World Malaria Day at the 27th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID). Malaria affects around 200 … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases

New test can identify dangerous bacteria with resistance to last-resort antibiotic

Vienna, Austria: New research suggests it is possible to quickly and accurately diagnose some the most dangerous and drug-resistant types of bacterial infections, using equipment already owned by most hospitals. Bacteria have been gradually evolving to become resistant to the … Continue reading

Published Monday, April 24th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases

Drug-resistant bacteria in patients’ urine or stools raise risk of drug-resistant sepsis

Vienna, Austria: People who have recently been found to have drug-resistant bacteria in their urine or stool samples have a greatly increased risk of developing a bloodstream infection that is also resistant to certain antibiotics, according to a study presented … Continue reading

Published Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases

New research sheds light on treating bloodstream infections with fewer side effects and without the need for antimicrobials of “last resort”

Vienna, Austria: Patients with bloodstream infections could avoid treatment with a combination of antimicrobial therapies if they are given the right drug as early as possible and if they are classified as at low risk of death. This would reduce … Continue reading

Published Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases

Testing urine for particular proteins could be key to preventing kidney transplant failure

Vienna, Austria: Testing for molecular markers in the urine of kidney transplant patients could reveal whether the transplant is failing and why, according to research presented at the 27th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID). Transplants are … Continue reading

Published Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases
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