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Antibiotic-Free or Organic Poultry Half as Likely to Be Contaminated with Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella, New Research Finds
At a Glance
  • Poultry that was labeled antibiotic-free or organic was half as likely to contain multidrug resistant Salmonella as conventionally raised poultry, according to new research presented at IDWeek 2019.
  • A related study found almost a third of meat and poultry contaminated with Salmonella harbored antibiotic-resistant forms of the bug.
  • Overuse or misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals can lead to antibiotic resistance, increasing the risk that antibiotics will not be effective when need

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Taking Antibiotics Before Dental Visits May Cause Serious Side Effects 80% Prescribed Unnecessarily, Study Shows
AT A GLANCE
  • Most antibiotics prescribed before dental visits are unnecessary and can lead to serious side effects such as an allergic reaction or diff infection, according to a study presented at IDWeek.
  • Antibiotics often are prescribed before dental visits to prevent infection, but 80% are unnecessary.
  • Antibiotics can save lives when truly needed, but should be prescribed only when necessary because misuse can cause serious side effects and lead to antibiotic resistance.

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Studies Show Flu Vaccine Reduces Risk of Hospitalization in Children and Death in Adults:National Flu Surveillance Research
AT A GLANCE
  • Influenza vaccination can reduce the risk of serious flu complications, including hospitalization in children and death and other severe outcomes in adults, according to analyses of data being presented at ID
  • Flu vaccination reduced the risk of a child being hospitalized from flu by nearly half, one study found.
  • Adults who received the flu vaccine prior to being hospitalized with influenza were 36 percent less likely to die or experience other severe outcomes such as pneumonia, according to another study

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Grindr Users Take More Risks, But More Open to PrEP Study Suggests Popular App Could Provide a Platform for HIV Prevention Outreach
AT A GLANCE
  • Users of the popular social networking app Grindr take more risks but also are more likely to use or be open to using PrEP to prevent HIV, according to an IDWeek 2019 study.
  • Although Grindr users were more likely than non-users to take PrEP, more than 8 in 10 were not taking the HIV-prevention medication.
  • Grindr could provide a platform for educating those at high risk for HIV about the benefits of PrEP.

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