antibiotics

CDC: Hospital Infections Kill 200 Patients a Day

Posted on 03/27/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthPatients go to a hospital to get better, not to get an additional infection that makes them sicker or even kills them. Yet every day more than 200 Americans will die from an infection they developed during their hospital stay, notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And although the CDC’s newest data show some improvement in the number of these hospital-acquired infections, they are still a major problem. According to the government’s survey of 183 hospitals in 2011, …

The Suprising Risks of Antibiotics

Posted on 03/10/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe next time you find yourself asking for an antibiotic to treat a nasty cough or sinus infection — or accepting one when your doctor offers it — consider this: Doctors are overprescribing antibiotics and putting patients at risk, sometimes giving patients three times as many antibiotics as are warranted, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. This practice can cause harmful side effects and lead to infections that kill thousands of Americans …

5 Gross Things You Didn’t Know Were in Your Food

Posted on 10/28/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt’s amazing what food labels don’t tell you. For instance, what exactly is “natural flavoring” or a mysterious ingredient like L-cysteine? And then there are the things that aren’t even listed on the label that are even more worrisome. Here are some of the hair-raising things that might be in your next bite of food. Castoreum. This is one of those “natural flavoring” additives. It comes from the scent glands of a beaver, which are located near the anus. (Yes, …

‘Poop Pills’ May Halt Severe Gut Infection

Posted on 10/7/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthYes, we know it sounds icky. But for patients with a type of severe, recurrent intestinal infection, a pill containing healthy fecal bacteria seems to effectively halt the infection — sometimes in just a day — by replacing the “bad” bacteria with “good” ones. Despite their nickname, the pills aren’t actually filled with, well, you know. They’re filled with the important stuff — the naturally occurring intestinal microbes that keep everything in balance and help a healthy body fight off …

Ground-Turkey Test Finds 90 Percent With Bacteria

Posted on 05/1/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA Consumer Reports lab analysis of ground-turkey products purchased nationwide found that 90 percent had potentially disease-causing bacteria, some of which were antibiotic-resistant. The consumer watchdog organization said its first investigation of this kind on ground turkey also showed that turkeys raised without antibiotics had much less antibiotic-resistant bacteria than did turkeys raised with antibiotics. The new report follows a February analysis of store-bought meat by Food and Drug Administration scientists that found antibiotic-resistant bacteria in 81 percent of raw …

Common Antibiotic Doesn’t Help Coughs, Bronchitis

Posted on 12/20/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt’s the eighth most commonly prescribed drug in the U.S., with 52.3 million prescriptions written for it every year — many in winter for hacking coughs and suspected respiratory infections. But amoxicillin, and its inexpensive generic equivalents, has been so overprescribed for bronchitis, it’s apparently no longer effective, a new study finds. The study, published online this week in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, found amoxicillin (part of the penicillin family) no more helpful than a placebo in treating lower-respiratory-tract-infection symptoms — …