July 14, 2012

Women Victims of Bad Cluck

1 Chicken E.coli May Cause Bladder Infections

Epidemiologists and medical researchers increasingly connect the current widespread outbreak of cure-resistant bladder infections to antibiotics used in raising livestock, especially chickens, a linkage that experts say could put more than eight million women at risk for the infection. There is considerable evidence that commercially-sold chicken carries the same kind of extremely drug-resistant E. coli bacteria that are present in the hard-to-cure human infections. Chicken and beef growers counter that the overuse of antibiotics in various medications could be a factor in the prevalence of the disease in women, but the FDA reports that 80 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are consumed by livestock. Thorough cooking of meat and poultry (no pink interior) will kill E. coli.

More at Yahoo.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: E. Coli Bacteria Cropping Up Everywhere

Tags: E.coli, Bladder Infections, Antibiotics and Superbugs, Superbug Bladder Infections, Livestock Antibiotics and Human Infections, Antibiotics and Bladder Infections, Bladder Infections in Women

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No Additional Immunosuppression

2 HIV Drug Fights Graft-Versus-Host-Disease

Scientists have discovered that the HIV drug maraviroc reduces the risk of graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD), a potentially life-threatening complication in bone marrow transplant recipients that occurs when the donor’s immune cells attack their healthy tissues. Thirty-eight patients with a variety of blood cancers were treated with the standard immunosuppresants tacrolimus and methotrexate plus 33 days of maraviroc, starting two days pre-transplant. The first 100 days post-transplant, none of the patients who received maraviroc experienced GVHD and only six percent experienced the complication after 180 days compared to 22 percent of those who did not take the drug. The drug works by redirecting the donor’s immune cells as opposed to further suppressing the recipient’s immune system.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Half-Matched Bone Marrow Transplants Work

Tags: Bone Marrow Transplant, Graft Versus Host Disease, Maraviroc, Methotrexate, Tacrolimus, Immunosuppression

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