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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228751/prospects-of-phage-application-in-the-treatment-of-acne-caused-by-propionibacterium-acnes
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Ewa Jończyk-Matysiak, Beata Weber-Dąbrowska, Maciej Żaczek, Ryszard Międzybrodzki, Sławomir Letkiewicz, Marzanna Łusiak-Szelchowska, Andrzej Górski
Propionibacterium acnes is associated with purulent skin infections, and it poses a global problem for both patients and doctors. Acne vulgaris (acne) remains a problem due to its chronic character and difficulty of treatment, as well as its large impact on patients' quality of life. Due to the chronic course of the disease, treatment is long lasting, and often ineffective. Currently there are data regarding isolation of P. acnes phages, and there have been numerous studies on phage killing of P. acnes, but no data are available on phage application specifically in acne treatment...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228128/leveraging-the-private-sector-for-child-health-a-qualitative-examination-of-caregiver-and-provider-perspectives-on-private-sector-care-for-childhood-pneumonia-in-uttar-pradesh-india
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Aurélie Brunie, Rachel Lenzi, Anamika Lahiri, Rasa Izadnegahdar
BACKGROUND: The private health sector is a primary source of curative care for childhood illnesses in many low- and middle-income countries. Therefore ensuring appropriate private sector care is an important step towards improving outcomes from illnesses like pneumonia, which is the leading infectious cause of childhood mortality worldwide. This study aimed to provide evidence on private sector care for childhood pneumonia in Uttar Pradesh, India, by simultaneously exploring providers' knowledge and practices and caregivers' experiences...
February 22, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225711/reactive-oxygen-therapy-a-novel-therapy-in-soft-tissue-infection
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Matthew Dryden
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The global burden of disease in skin and soft tissue lesions is enormous. Many chronic, poorly healing lesions get treated with antibiotics despite the lack of evidence for long-term antibiotics. There is a global antibiotic resistance crisis driven largely by inappropriate use of large volumes of antibiotics. One solution is to reduce the selection pressure on bacteria by reducing the volume of antibiotic use in medicine, agriculture and the environment. There are few novel antimicrobials...
April 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220735/sustained-reduction-in-antibiotic-consumption-in-a-south-african-public-sector-hospital-four-year-outcomes-from-the-groote-schuur-hospital-antibiotic-stewardship-program
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T H Boyles, V Naicker, N Rawoot, P J Raubenheimer, B Eick, M Mendelson
BACKGROUND: Overuse of antibiotics has driven global bacterial resistance to the extent that we have entered a post-antibiotic era, where infections that were once easily treatable are now becoming untreatable. Efforts to control consumption have focused on antibiotic stewardship programmes (ASPs), aimed at optimising use. OBJECTIVE: To report antibiotic consumption and cost over 4 years from a public hospital ASP in South Africa (SA). METHODS: A comprehensive ASP comprising online education, a dedicated antibiotic prescription chart and weekly dedicated ward rounds was introduced at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, in 2012...
January 30, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215090/nonviral-genome-editing-based-on-a-polymer-derivatized-crispr-nanocomplex-for-targeting-bacterial-pathogens-and-antibiotic-resistance
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Yoo Kyung Kang, Kyu Kwon, Jea Sung Ryu, Ha Neul Lee, Chankyu Park, Hyun Jung Chung
The overuse of antibiotics plays a major role in the emergence and spread of multidrug-resistant bacteria. A molecularly targeted, specific treatment method for bacterial pathogens can prevent this problem by reducing the selective pressure during microbial growth. Herein, we introduce a nonviral treatment strategy delivering genome editing material for targeting antibacterial resistance. We apply the CRISPR-Cas9 system, which has been recognized as an innovative tool for highly specific and efficient genome engineering in different organisms, as the delivery cargo...
February 27, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208530/re-impact-of-a-decision-making-aid-for-suspected-urinary-tract-infections-on-antibiotic-overuse-in-nursing-homes
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Tomas L Griebling
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194287/acute-acalculous-cholecystitis-a-rare-presentation-of-primary-epstein-barr-virus-infection-in-adults-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Zuhal Yesilbag, Asli Karadeniz, Fatih Oner Kaya
Primary Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection is almost always a self-limited disease characterized by sore throat, fever, and lymphadenopathy. Hepatic involvement is usually characterized by mild elevations of aminotransferases and resolves spontaneously. Although isolated gallbladder wall thickness has been reported in these patients, acute acalculous cholecystitis is an atypical presentation of primary EBV infection. We presented a young women admitted with a 10-day history of fever, nausea, malaise who had jaundice and right upper quadrant tenderness on the physical examination...
2017: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155043/can-appealing-to-patient-altruism-reduce-overuse-of-health-care-services-an-experimental-survey
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Kevin R Riggs, Peter A Ubel, Brendan Saloner
BACKGROUND: A challenge to reducing overuse of health services is communicating recommendations against unnecessary health services to patients. The predominant approach has been to highlight the limited benefit and potential harm of such services for that patient, but the prudent use of health resources can also benefit others. Whether appealing to patient altruism can reduce overuse is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether altruistic appeals reduce hypothetical requests for overused services and affect physician ratings...
February 2, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149576/duration-of-antibiotic-therapy-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Gabor Zilahi, Mary Aisling McMahon, Pedro Povoa, Ignacio Martin-Loeches
There are certain well defined clinical situations where prolonged therapy is beneficial, but prolonged duration of antibiotic therapy is associated with increased resistance, medicalising effects, high costs and adverse drug reactions. The best way to decrease antibiotic duration is both to stop antibiotics when not needed (sterile invasive cultures with clinical improvement), not to start antibiotics when not indicated (treating colonization) and keep the antibiotic course as short as possible. The optimal duration of antimicrobial treatment for ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is unknown, however, there is a growing evidence that reduction in the length of antibiotic courses to 7-8 days can minimize the consequences of antibiotic overuse in critical care, including antibiotic resistance, adverse effects, collateral damage and costs...
December 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143877/procalcitonin-to-guide-antibiotic-administration-in-copd-exacerbations-a-meta-analysis
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Alexander G Mathioudakis, Victoria Chatzimavridou-Grigoriadou, Alexandru Corlateanu, Jørgen Vestbo
Challenges in the differentiation of the aetiology of acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD) have led to significant overuse of antibiotics. Serum procalcitonin, released in response to bacterial infections, but not viral infections, could possibly identify AECOPD requiring antibiotics. In this meta-analysis we assessed the clinical effectiveness of procalcitonin-based protocols to initiate or discontinue antibiotics in patients presenting with AECOPD.Based on a prospectively registered protocol, we reviewed the literature and selected randomised or quasi-randomised trials comparing procalcitonin-based protocols to initiate or discontinue antibiotics versus standard care in AECOPD...
January 2017: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127641/assessment-of-linezolid-prescriptions-in-three-french-hospitals
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C Dentan, E Forestier, M Roustit, S Boisset, S Chanoine, O Epaulard, P Pavese
The use of linezolid to treat gram-positive cocci infections is increasing in France. Linezolid is approved in pneumonia and complicated skin and soft tissue infections. Overuse and misuse of linezolid can favor the emergence and spreading of linezolid-resistant strains. We aimed to assess the appropriateness of linezolid use in French hospitals. This is a multicenter, retrospective study conducted in three tertiary care hospitals. Appropriateness of linezolid indications and adequacy (composite score concerning dosage, route of administration and blood monitoring) were assessed...
January 26, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122829/qualitative-study-of-primary-care-clinicians-views-on-point-of-care-testing-for-c-reactive-protein-for-acute-respiratory-tract-infections-in-family-medicine
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Victoria Hardy, Matthew Thompson, Gina A Keppel, William Alto, M Ashworth Dirac, Jon Neher, Christopher Sanford, Jaime Hornecker, Allison Cole
OBJECTIVE: To explore clinicians views of the barriers and facilitators to use of C-reactive protein (CRP) point-of-care tests (POCT) in US family medicine clinics for the management of acute respiratory tract infections (ARTIs) in adults. SETTING: Five family medicine clinics across two US states. PARTICIPANTS: 30 clinicians including 18 physicians, 9 physician residents, 2 physician assistants and 1 nurse practitioner, took part in the study...
January 25, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121138/antibacterial-activity-of-aluminum-in-clay-from-the-colombian-amazon
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S Carolina Londono, Hilairy E Hartnett, Lynda B Williams
The problems of antibiotic overuse compel us to seek alternative antibacterial agents. Some clays have been shown to kill antibiotic-resistant human pathogens and may provide an alternative to known antibiotics. Here we show that Al toxicity plays a central role in the antibacterial action of a kaolin-rich clay from the Colombian Amazon (AMZ). Antibacterial susceptibility testing shows minimum inhibitory concentrations of 80 mg/mL against a model Escherichia coli (ATCC 25922). The clay buffered the media pH to ∼4...
February 9, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106797/the-complex-relationship-between-virulence-and-antibiotic-resistance
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Meredith Schroeder, Benjamin D Brooks, Amanda E Brooks
Antibiotic resistance, prompted by the overuse of antimicrobial agents, may arise from a variety of mechanisms, particularly horizontal gene transfer of virulence and antibiotic resistance genes, which is often facilitated by biofilm formation. The importance of phenotypic changes seen in a biofilm, which lead to genotypic alterations, cannot be overstated. Irrespective of if the biofilm is single microbe or polymicrobial, bacteria, protected within a biofilm from the external environment, communicate through signal transduction pathways (e...
January 18, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106649/neutrophil-gelatinase-associated-lipocalin-biomarker-and-urinary-tract-infections-a-diagnostic-case-control-study-nuti-study
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Jameca Renee Price, Larissa Guran, Jeong Youn Lim, Christina J Megli, Amanda L Clark, Sharon Renee Edwards, Mary Anna Denman, W Thomas Gregory
OBJECTIVES: Acute uncomplicated urinary tract infection (UTI) in women is often treated based on symptoms alone. Urinary tract infection symptoms are highly sensitive but lack specificity and result in overuse of antibiotics. We sought to determine if urine neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (uNGAL) levels in urine can accurately discriminate between UTI and healthy women. METHODS: We recruited adult women aged 18 to 85 years presenting in the ambulatory setting from November 2014 to January 2016...
January 18, 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097716/parental-knowledge-of-antibiotic-use-in-children-with-respiratory-infections-a-systematic-review
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Lourdes Cantarero-Arévalo, Mia Pavelics Hallas, Susanne Kaae
OBJECTIVE: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an increasing global problem. AMR threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. The misuse and overuse of antibiotics (AB) is the major contributor to the emergence of resistant bacteria in humans. To present and describe characteristics in parents' knowledge about when and how to use AB for an upper respiratory tract infection (URTI), their attitudes towards doctors and AB use in general, and their behaviour when their child suffers from an URTI...
February 2017: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087169/antibiotic-knowledge-and-self-medication-practices-in-a-developing-country-a-cross-sectional-study
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Antoun Jamhour, Ammar El-Kheir, Pascale Salameh, Pierre Abi Hanna, Hanine Mansour
BACKGROUND: Self-medication is identified by the World Health Organization as a major factor leading to antibiotics overuse, misuse and resistance. This study's objectives were to evaluate the knowledge and self-medication with antibiotics in a sample of the population of Lebanon. METHODS: This study surveyed a sample of adults (over 18 years of age) residing in 2 major cities in Lebanon about their knowledge and self-medication with antibiotics. Health care professionals were excluded from the study...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063606/-assessment-of-antibiotic-use-and-impact-of-an-intervention-intended-to-modify-the-prescribing-behavior-in-surgical-prophylaxis-in-6hospitals-in-the-metropolitan-area-of-monterrey-mexico
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Gerardo Del Carmen Palacios-Saucedo, Mauricio de la Garza-Camargo, Evangelina Briones-Lara, Sandra Carmona-González, Ricardo García-Cabello, Luis Arturo Islas-Esparza, Gustavo Saldaña-Flores, Juan Roberto González-Cano, Román González-Ruvalcaba, Francisco Javier Valadez-Botello, Gerardo Enrique Muñoz-Maldonado, Carlos Alberto Montero-Cantú, Rita Delia Díaz-Ramos, Fortino Solórzano-Santos
BACKGROUND: Improper use of antibiotics increases antimicrobial resistance. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the use of antibiotics and the impact of an intervention designed to improve antibiotic prescription for surgical prophylaxis in 6 hospitals of Monterrey, Mexico. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Design: A prospective multicenter survey and a pretest-postest experimental study. Phase 1: Survey to evaluate the use of antibiotics through an especially designed guide...
January 4, 2017: Cirugia y Cirujanos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054670/ultra-sensitive-detection-of-kanamycin-for-food-safety-using-a-reduced-graphene-oxide-based-fluorescent-aptasensor
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Na-Reum Ha, In-Pil Jung, Im-Joung La, Ho-Sup Jung, Moon-Young Yoon
Overuse of antibiotics has caused serious problems, such as appearance of super bacteria, whose accumulation in the human body through the food chain is a concern. Kanamycin is a common antibiotic used to treat diverse infections; however, residual kanamycin can cause many side effects in humans. Thus, development of an ultra-sensitive, precise, and simple detection system for residual kanamycin in food products is urgently needed for food safety. In this study, we identified kanamycin-binding aptamers via a new screening method, and truncated variants were analyzed for optimization of the minimal sequence required for target binding...
January 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054094/antibacterial-mechanisms-of-graphene-based-composite-nanomaterials
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Mauricio D Rojas-Andrade, Gustavo Chata, Dara Rouholiman, Junli Liu, Chad Saltikov, Shaowei Chen
Pathogenic bacteria are gaining resistance to conventional antibiotics at an alarming rate due to overuse and rapid transfer of resistance genes between bacterial populations. As bacterial resistance to antibiotics causes millions of fatalities worldwide, it is of urgent importance to develop a new class of antibiotic materials with both broad-spectrum bactericidal activity and suitable biocompatibility. Graphene derivatives are rapidly emerging as an extremely promising class of antimicrobial materials due to their diverse bactericidal mechanisms and relatively low cytotoxicity towards mammalian cells...
January 19, 2017: Nanoscale
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