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Study: Topical antibiotics prevent infection from small cuts, abrasions

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — Minor, uncomplicated wounds, such as the typical cuts and scrapes of childhood, are less likely to become infected when kept clean and moist and treated with topical antibiotics, according to a literature review published online Friday in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, the peer-reviewed scientific journal for the American College of Emergency Physicians.

"The studies found significant differences between wounds that were simply kept moist and those that were kept moist with the application of a topical antibiotic," stated lead author Anna Waterbrook, of the University of Arizona in Tucson. "In fact, wounds that were treated with topical creams that kept the wound moist but didn’t provide any antibiotic were associated with a higher infection rate and should not be used," she noted. 

"The bottom line is that topical antibiotics may help prevent infection when used to treat minor wounds," Waterbrook said. "It’s also important to clean the wound and keep it covered before applying an antibiotic cream. That’s good medicine for adults as well as children."


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A.Lewis says:
Mar-07-2013 04:37 am

Topical Antibiotics will surely have a definite effect on the wound even if the wound gets a little moist conditions. But if we are not cleaning the wound and directly keeping under moist conditions then there is mostly a greater chances of having the injuries getting infected. In response the most chances of having affected is in case of injuries in babies or small children. Virginia personal injury attorney

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AllerMates adds asthma alert wristband to kid-friendly line

BY Allison Cerra

MONTVALE, N.J. — A line of kid-friendly health and allergy alert accessories has expanded to include a new product.

AllerMates said its collection now includes "Puffer" the asthma wristband. The wristband joins a lineup that includes other original characters that represent common allergies and health issues faced by kids today: peanut, nut, gluten/wheat, milk, egg, shellfish, penicillin, insect sting, latex, pollen, fish, soy, sesame and cat. Touting one of AllerMates’ wristbands, dog tags, dog tag necklaces, stickers or lunch bag, may heighten awareness of a child’s unique health condition among teachers, coaches and other caregivers, the company said.

AllerMates products carry a suggested retail price range of $3.99 to $19.98 and are available seasonally at Walgreens and other retailers nationwide.


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Bayer’s Contour Next Link meter now available with compatible Medtronic insulin pumps

BY Allison Cerra

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — Bayer’s latest blood-glucose meter now is available in the United States with Medtronic’s compatible integrated diabetes management systems, the companies announced.

Bayer’s Contour Next Link meter utilizes the new, high-accuracy Contour Next test strips that deliver exceptional accuracy for close-to-professional lab results that people with diabetes can count on, Bayer said. The meter helps optimize insulin delivery through wireless communication with Medtronic’s MiniMed Paradigm Real-Time Revel insulin pump and the MiniMed Paradigm Real Time insulin pump, as well as seamless integration with Medtronic’s Bolus Wizard, which is designed to make bolus calculations quick and easy, eliminating inaccuracies caused by manual entry errors. Contour Next Link also is compatible with the Medtronic’s Guardian Real-Time continuous glucose monitoring system.

Other features of Contour Next Link include:

  • Enables fast and easy bolus dosing and continuous glucose monitoring calibration;

  • Pass-through feature allows for easy downloading to Medtronic’s convenient online CareLink software, replacing the CareLink USB device;

  • Bayer’s No Coding technology makes testing easy by automatically setting the correct code each time a test strip is inserted;

  • Easy-to-read display with large, clear numbers;

  • Fast 5-second countdown and small 0.6 μL blood sample;

  • Optional pre- and post-meal markers with audible reminders; and

  • New Medtronic customers will receive Contour Next Link with any new pump order. Existing customers will be contacted by Medtronic and provided with new meters over time, beginning in January 2013.


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