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2012-07-31 00:03:55

A training tool that helps physicians involve patients in decision-making can reduce the use of antibiotics for acute respiratory infections, according to a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Antibiotics are prescribed too often for acute respiratory infections, even though many are not bacterial infections and therefore will not respond to antibiotic use. Overuse of antibiotics is a health concern and may be contributing to antibiotic resistance....

2012-07-02 21:51:40

Findings highlight importance of appropriate antibiotic use in community settings A new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases and available online shows how seasonal changes in outpatient antibiotic use — retail sales of antibiotics typically get a boost during the winter — can significantly alter seasonal patterns of drug resistance. The findings suggest that hospital campaigns to reduce inappropriate antibiotic use should be coordinated with efforts in the broader...

2012-03-21 13:59:59

IDSA releases first rhinosinusitis guidelines, helps doctors distinguish between bacterial and viral cause The vast majority of sinus infections are caused by viruses and should not be treated with antibiotics, suggest new guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). Nearly one in seven people are diagnosed with a sinus infection each year. Although sinus infections are the fifth leading reason for antibiotic prescriptions, 90 to 98 percent of cases are...

Are We On The Road To The End Of Modern Medicine?
2012-03-17 04:08:12

Bacteria could soon become so resistant to antibiotics that common injuries or illnesses could eventually become life-threatening, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned during a conference of infectious disease experts on Friday. According to NewsCore reports, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told those attending the meeting, which was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, that even ailments as simple as a scratched knee or a sore throat could someday become fatal....

2012-02-15 10:37:25

Treatment with the antibiotic amoxicillin for patients with acute uncomplicated rhinosinusitis (inflammation of the nasal cavity and sinuses) did not result in a significant difference in symptoms compared to patients who received placebo, according to a study in the February 15 issue of JAMA. Antibiotics are commonly used to treat this condition even though there is limited evidence supporting their effectiveness. Acute rhinosinusitis is a common disease associated with significant...

Antibiotics Do Not Help With Sinusitis: Study
2012-02-15 05:51:33

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri have found that antibiotics do not significantly help in the healing of sinus infections. According to Jay. Piccirillo, MD, professor of otolaryngology and the study´s senior author, “Our results show that antibiotics aren´t necessary for a basic sinus infection – most people get better on their own.” Statistics show in the United States that one-in-five antibiotic...

Too Much Exercise Can Slow Our Immune Response To Colds
2012-01-06 09:39:26

Different levels of exercise can actually significantly increase or decrease your chances of catching a respiratory infection, says Professor Mike Gleeson from Loughborough University. Regular moderate exercise has been known to reduce the risk of catching cold-like infections, while prolonged strenuous exercise, such as marathons, can make an individual more susceptible, explains Professor Gleeson talking at the Association for Science Education (ASE) Conference on Friday, on behalf of...

2012-01-05 13:08:09

Battling colds and doing (or pledging to do) more exercise are familiar activities for most of us in January. But different levels of exercise can actually significantly increase or decrease your chances of catching a respiratory infection, says Professor Mike Gleeson from Loughborough University. While regular moderate exercise can reduce the risk of catching cold-like infections, prolonged strenuous exercise, such as marathons, can make an individual more susceptible. This is a topical...

2011-11-16 07:37:33

Trend data follows release of first-of-its-kind 'drug resistance index' for superbugs New research suggests a pattern of outpatient antibiotic overuse in parts of the United States-- particularly in the Southeast --a problem that could accelerate the rate at which these powerful drugs are rendered useless, according to Extending the Cure, a project of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy. These findings come out just as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

2011-09-27 14:26:26

More exacerbations in lung patients, Q fever risk increasing with number of livestock close by Emissions from livestock farms cause asthma and COPD patients living nearby to experience more exacerbations, according to research presented today at the European Respiratory Society's Annual Congress in Amsterdam. Also, chances of contracting Q fever from nearby sheep and goat farms increased with the number of animals rather than with the number of farms, the research found, hinting at...


Latest Upper respiratory tract infection Reference Libraries

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2011-01-12 16:27:29

The common cold is a viral disease of the upper respiratory system, caused primarily by rhinoviruses and coronaviruses. Symptoms usually include a cough, sore throat, runny nose, and a fever. There is no known treatment to shorten the duration of the virus yet the cold normally dissipates after 7 to 10 days. It is the most common infectious disease in humans who on average are infected two to four times a year in adults. It can also be called a upper respiratory tract infection. Other...

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