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S. boulardii probiotic does not reduce antibiotic, C. difficile diarrhea

February 4, 2016

Administration of a Saccharomyces boulardii probiotic treatment to hospital patients receiving antibiotics appeared to have no impact on the incidence of antibiotic- and Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea, according to the results of a recent trial.

The randomized, placebo-controlled trial was stopped early for futility, and joins other weak or mixed evidence on the use of S. boulardii to reduce antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD), the researchers wrote.

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HAIs increase risk for 30-day, 1-year mortality

January 29, 2016
Patients with hospital-associated infections had an increased risk for death at 30 days and 1 year, with bloodstream infections and lower respiratory tract infections…
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Fewer than one in five nurses fully comply with standard precautions

January 28, 2016
Recent findings published in the American Journal of Infection Control showed that fewer than one in five nurses fully complied with standard precautions to reduce…
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FDA accepts Merck’s biologics license application for bezlotoxumab

January 27, 2016
The FDA has accepted Merck’s biologics license application for bezlotoxumab, an antitoxin developed for the prevention of recurring Clostridium difficile
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S. boulardii probiotic does not reduce antibiotic, C. difficile diarrhea

February 4, 2016
Administration of a Saccharomyces boulardii probiotic treatment to hospital patients receiving antibiotics appeared to have no impact on the…
In the Journals

HAIs increase risk for 30-day, 1-year mortality

January 29, 2016
Patients with hospital-associated infections had an increased risk for death at 30 days and 1 year, with bloodstream infections and lower respiratory…
In the Journals

Fewer than one in five nurses fully comply with standard precautions

January 28, 2016
Recent findings published in the American Journal of Infection Control showed that fewer than one in five nurses fully complied with standard…
FDA News

FDA accepts Merck’s biologics license application for bezlotoxumab

January 27, 2016
The FDA has accepted Merck’s biologics license application for bezlotoxumab, an antitoxin developed for the prevention of recurring…

Daptomycin to be assessed as treatment against VRE

January 24, 2016
Researchers from Wayne State University will use a $1.9 million NIH grant to investigate the efficacy of daptomycin against vancomycin-resistant…
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Iatrogenic transmission fueled early spread of HIV pandemic in Africa

January 21, 2016
The association of blood-borne viruses and previous IV procedures among aged residents of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, may suggest the…
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Improved patient outcomes and collaborative care through infection prevention and control

Infectious Disease News, January 2016
Louise-Marie Dembry, MD, MS, MBA, FSHEA
As we reflect on the field of infection prevention and control for 2015, we have elevated the urgency of the attention paid to infection prevention…
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FDA approves Olympus duodenoscope modifications

January 15, 2016
The FDA today granted 510(k) clearance of design and labeling modifications to the Olympus TJF-Q180V duodenoscope aimed at reducing bacterial…

Senate report pins ERCP scope-related 'superbug' outbreaks on FDA, manufacturers, hospitals

January 15, 2016
The FDA, endoscope manufacturers and hospitals share responsibility for the recent outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant infections associated with…
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The Patient with an Upper Respiratory Infection

January 15, 2016 Expires: 1/15/2017
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is one of the most common infectious diseases of childhood, as it is estimated that almost all children will…
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