SmartMEDInfo Blog by Moira Dolan, MD

Less Antibiotic Use Results in Shorter Hospital Stays

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In the case of antibiotics to treat pneumonia less is better according to a new study. For decades, the routine treatment of pneumonia has been the prescription of ‘big gun’ antibiotics in a shotgun approach to killing all possible bact...

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Common Ingredient in Disinfectant Wipes Makes Deadly Bacteria Resistant to Super-Drug

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Chlorhexidine, an ingredient in antibacterial wipes and disinfectants, forces bacteria to genetically mutate to survive the world’s strongest antibiotic. Chlorhexidine is an ingredient in everything from skin disinfectants to deodorants, toothpaste...

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Newest Cholesterol Drugs: More Than Twice the Rate of Dementia, but Not Reduced Heart Attacks

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Patients on the latest cholesterol drugs PCSK9 inhibitors (Praluent or Repatha) are 2.34 times more likely to have confusion and memory loss than patients taking a dummy pill. According to an analysis of studies done around the world on this ...

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Good Bacteria Protect the Gut From Bacterial Invasion

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Probiotics (beneficial bacteria) have recently been found to have antibacterial action in their own right. Many are familiar with probiotics being used to restore useful organisms to the gut that were the unintended victims of antibiotic drugs. But n...

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Chicken industry Still a Long Way From Antibiotic-free

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Antibiotic over-use in food animals is a major contributor to global antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic-spiked feed uses 70% of the US supply of medically important antibiotics – drugs that are crucial to treating infections in humans. Antibiotic ...

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Death From Medical Care

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Medical errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in the US, behind cardiovascular disease and cancer.  A new study estimates far higher rates of death from medical error than had been previously calculated - just over 400,000 deaths per year in the...

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Stomach Pills Linked to Dementia and Heart Attack

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Drugs to treat stomach acid are now linked to a significantly higher risk of dementia. The so-called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), like Nexium and Prevacid, have been shown in a new study to be statistically associated with a new diagnosis of dement...

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E-cig Users Much Less Likely to Quit Smoking

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Odds of quitting cigarettes were 28% lower in those who used e-cigarettes compared with those who did not use e-cigarettes. In other words, smokers sucking on nicotine vapor devices are nearly a third less likely to quit smoking than smokers who do...

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Feds Propose Easing the Way for More Electroshock

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The Food and Drug Administration is quietly proposing changing the classification of electroshock (ECT) machines from the unproven, experimental category called “Class III” down to a less regulated “Class II” device. This subtle change opens ...

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ADHD Drugs: Prescription Speed for Kids is Good for Pharma

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$13 Billion Dollars: that is the annual revenue for pharmaceutical companies for drugs to treat ADHD.  There has been a 41% increase in the diagnosis of ADHD in the last decade. The facts are exposed in a series of articles on ADHD drugs in WIRED ma...

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