October 16, 2012

But Treatment Is Questioned

1 Use of Strong Meds to Treat UTIs Is Common

Doctors are prescribing stronger and more expensive antibiotics to treat antibiotic-resistant urinary tract infections, one of the most common illnesses in women. But, do these stronger drugs contribute to the problem? Researchers at Oregon State University suggest that the stronger antibiotics are being used more often than necessary and recommend that doctors not only use them judiciously but also discuss the issues of antibiotic treatment with their patients. Overuse of the most powerful antibiotics speeds the natural evolutionary process of bacterial resistance to these drugs, say researchers who recommend that the first line against UTIs should be older, less expensive and more targeted antibiotics in order to “preserve the effectiveness of all our antibiotics as long as we can.”

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Resistance to Antibiotics Can Last Up to a Year

Tags: Antibiotic Resistance, Oregon State University, Urinary Tract Infection, Superbug

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Includes Whole Peanuts

2 Peanut Butter Recall Expands Again

The recall of peanut butter products linked to New Mexico supplier Sunland Inc. expands again to include thousands of bags of whole peanuts by Dallas-based Hines Nut Co. The voluntary recall concerns nearly 2 million pounds of salted jumbo peanuts that were processed by Sunland Inc. and sold nationwide in stores including Wal-mart and Dollar General. Consumers who have purchased the peanuts are urged not to eat them and to return them to the place of purchase. The peanut butter recall, which began with jars of peanut butter sold in Trader Joe’s, now includes nearly 240 nut products. At least 35 people in 19 states have been sickened by salmonella traced to Sunland which has ceased production and distribution from both its nut butter and peanut processing plants.

More at Nbcnews.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Trader Joe's Recalls Peanut Butter

Tags: Peanut Butter Recall, Salmonella, Trader Joe's, Wal-Mart, Dollar Genera.

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Even with Windows Down

3 Smoke in Cars Exceeds WHO Pollution Levels

The air inside a car where riders are smoking is worse than what the World Health Organization deems as acceptable for Indoor Air Quality Standards, even when the windows are open or the air conditioning is on. Such levels of exposure are likely to affect the health of any passenger, especially children. WHO states that the maximum safe limit for particulate matter in the air is 25 µg/m3. In a study of 17 “smoking journeys,” where drivers traveled for an average duration of 27 minutes, levels exceeded this limit by 10 times. Secondhand smoke is linked to several children’s health problems, including sudden infant death, middle ear disease, wheeze and asthma. Several countries have introduced legislation to ban smoking in cars where children are passengers.

More at Science Daily | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: U.K. Doctors Push Automobile Smoking Ban, Passive Smoking Linked to Poorer Mental Health

Tags: Children's Health, Second Hand Smoke, Secondhand Smoke, Smoking, Tobacco, Smoking in Cars

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