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Additional prophylactic antibiotics do not decrease surgical site infection rates in pediatric patients with appendicitis and cholecystitis

4 days ago   |   By Journal of Pediatric Surgery

Background: Administration of antibiotics within an hour of incision is a common quality metric for reduction of surgical site infections. Many pediatric patients who undergo surgery for an acute intraabdominal infection are already receiving treatment antibiotics. For these patients, we hypothesized that additional prophylactic antibiotic coverage would not decrease rates of SSI.Methods: Single institution retrospective review of patients
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Decreases in pediatric asthma linked to reduced antibiotics, changes in gut bacteria

4 days ago   |   By Healio

The incidence of asthma in children declined 26% from 2000 to 2014 in British Columbia, Canada, and researchers have linked the decrease to reductions in early antibiotic exposure, mediated by changes in gut microbiota.
“At both the population-level and individual-level, this study shows a robust association between antibiotic exposure in the first year of life and an increased risk of asthma in early childhood,” David M. Patrick, PhD, professor and infectious disease specialist at the School of Population and Public Health and medical epidemiology lead for antimicrobial resistance
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Young Americans Lonely, Depressed During Pandemic

Young Americans Lonely, Depressed During Pandemic

Loneliness, anxiety, depression and substance use have increased sharply among young American adults during the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey shows. Read more ...

How viruses from colds to Covid-19 trick us into spending more time socialising

How viruses from colds to Covid-19 trick us into spending more time socialising

Researchers from the State University of New York at Albany explained how Covid-19 could be changing the behaviour of those it infects to make them more likely to pass it on to... Read more ...

ACIP: HCPs, Nursing Home Residents May Get COVID Vax First

ACIP: HCPs, Nursing Home Residents May Get COVID Vax First

Healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities may be first in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine, followed by essential workers and then adults with high-risk... Read more ...

Gov't Prepares to Distribute Regeneron COVID-19 Drug

Gov't Prepares to Distribute Regeneron COVID-19 Drug

Following the FDA's weekend authorization of Regeneron's monoclonal antibody cocktail for mild-moderate COVID-19, the federal government's Operation Warp Speed is swinging into... Read more ...

Mask Mandates Work - and There Are No Good Arguments Otherwise, a Doctor Says

Mask Mandates Work - and There Are No Good Arguments Otherwise, a Doctor Says

With the amount of misinformation and controversy still somehow swirling around the topic of face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus, mask mandates have... Read more ...

Coronavirus cases fell by 6% in Kansas after the state's mask mandate

Coronavirus cases fell by 6% in Kansas after the state's mask mandate

A new CDC report found that coronavirus cases in the 24 counties in Kansas that followed Governor Laura Kelly's mask mandate decreased by 6% to 16 cases per 100,000 people. Read more ...

US COVID-19 cases could nearly double by Inauguration Day, study predicts

US COVID-19 cases could nearly double by Inauguration Day, study predicts

Researchers at Washington University, St Louis, estimate that the U.S. is operating at about 60% of its normal activity level. At that rate, there will be some eight million... Read more ...

This 20-Year-Old Olympic Snowboarder Opens Up on "What Is Necessary to...

This 20-Year-Old Olympic Snowboarder Opens Up on "What Is Necessary to Become Great"

Raised in the small beach town of San Clemente, CA, Hailey Langland spent half of her childhood by the sea and the other half in the mountains. Every weekend starting when she... Read more ...

FDA: Xofluza OK for Preventing Infection

FDA: Xofluza OK for Preventing Infection

Baloxavir marboxil can be used to prevent influenza illness in patients 12 and older who have been in close contact with an infected individual, the FDA said Monday. The drug... Read more ...

Oxford's COVID-19 Vaccine Said to Be 70% Effective After Initial Analysis of...

Oxford's COVID-19 Vaccine Said to Be 70% Effective After Initial Analysis of 2 Clinical Trials

In more COVID-19 vaccine news, a candidate developed by the University of Oxford and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca was found to have an average efficacy rate of 70.4... Read more ...