April 12, 2004 |
Many people who believe they're allergic to penicillin might be able to tolerate the antibiotic. Previous studies had found that about 60% of people who had an initial allergic reaction to penicillin suffered hives, wheezing or anaphylaxis after it was prescribed a second time. But in reviewing 3 million electronic medical records of British patients who received penicillin from 1987 to September 2001, University of Pennsylvania researchers found that 6,000 suffered an initial allergic reaction.
January 13, 2012
When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration restricted the routine use of a class of antibiotics known as cephalosporins in livestock, it picked an easy target. The agency's move is better than nothing, but nonetheless it is a reminder of the FDA's achingly slow and timid efforts to wean agriculture off the overuse of important medications. Call it a tiptoe forward after a recent giant step in the other direction and a long era of standing in one place. Eighty percent of the antibiotics used in this country are given to chicken, pigs, turkey and cattle, not because the animals are sick but to fatten them and prevent illness from sweeping through crowded pens.
June 2, 1985
A doctor testified that the baby daughter of a Christian Science couple would be "alive and in the world today" if she had received penicillin along with the prayers said for her. "I pray every day for all of my patients," Dr. Michael Witwer, a specialist in infectious diseases, said at a preliminary hearing. "But prayer alone would not do it in this case. I also feel that the gift of penicillin is a gift from God."
January 13, 1986
Los Angeles County health officials reported that cases of a penicillin-resistant strain of gonorrhea numbered 489 in 1985, up 71% from the reported cases in 1984. Nevertheless, Dr. Surekha Mishal, assistant chief of the Los Angeles County sexually transmitted disease control program, said the disease, known as PPNG for penicillinase-producing Neisseria gonorrhoea, accounted for only 0.8% of the reported cases of gonorrhea in the county last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1989 |
Santa Ana-based Adohr Farms on Friday recalled more than 30,000 gallons of milk and other dairy products contaminated with penicillin, but as much as 5,000 gallons of the tainted product may have been sold, officials said. The milk, which contains beta-lactam, an antibiotic residue of penicillin, could cause an allergic reaction in some people, but does not pose a general health risk, state health officials said.
August 4, 2008 |
Could the use of nanosilver products create another problem for medicine -- strains of bacteria that are resistant to silver? Although silver is not used to treat disease, it is used in hospital settings to speed wound-healing, prevent eye infections in newborns and as a coating for catheters, where it can cut infection rates. Here, too, there is much surmise and not much evidence, although researchers do know there are strains of bacteria that have developed resistance to silver.