Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

Cigarette smoke increases superbug’s antibiotic resistance

New research analyzes the effect of cigarette smoke on MRSA strains and finds that it makes the bacteria more persistent, more invasive, and more resistant to certain antibiotics. Researchers call for smokers to quit as they reveal the harmful effects of cigarette smoke on drug resistant bacteria. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death […]

Health Insurance / Medical Insurance

1 in 4 US antibiotics may be inappropriately prescribed

A recent analysis provides more evidence that inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics is common in the United States. An analysis of antibiotic prescriptions for more than 19 million people found that over 23 percent were for ‘inappropriate’ use of antibiotics. Researchers from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, […]

Caregivers / Homecare

A quarter of nursing home residents are colonized with drug-resistant bacteria

The significant presence of multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria (MDR-GNB), such as E. coli, among nursing home residents demonstrates the need for heightened infection control prevention and control measures in nursing homes, according to a meta-analysis published in the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology […]