Navigation Links
Multiple Tests Needed to Spot Infections in Newborns: Study
Date:2/20/2013

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Multiple tests are needed to detect bacterial infections in newborns with a low birth weight, a news study suggests.

The study authors looked at amniotic and umbilical cord blood samples from 44 premature infants who had low birth weights. Most of the infants had been diagnosed with early onset sepsis, which occurs within 72 hours of birth.

Sepsis is a life-threatening blood infection that can be caused by a number of types of bacteria.

For the new study, the researchers found that cultures commonly used to detect bacterial infections in newborns with low birth weights and early-onset sepsis failed to detect more than 20 types of bacteria. Some of those bacteria species were present in both the amniotic fluid and umbilical cord blood, the researchers said.

The study results point to the need for multiple tests -- such as DNA analysis -- to identify bacteria that may not be detected using standard culturing, said the team of researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and Yale University School of Medicine.

Symptoms of early sepsis can vary, from apnea (pauses in breathing) to low body temperatures, and four of every 1,000 babies born in the United States develop the infections, the researchers said in a Case Western Reserve news release.

The typical treatment is to give the baby antibiotics for three days under a doctor's supervision.

But Dr. Vineet Bhandari, director of Yale's program in perinatal research, said broad use of antibiotics could increase antibiotic-resistant bacteria when the exact bacteria have not been identified and targeted.

"This research is important in finding the right bug to target for antibiotics," Bhandari said in the news release.

The study was published Feb. 20 in the journal PLoS One.

More information

The MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia has more about sepsis in newborns.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Case Western Reserve University, news release, Feb. 20, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Multiple Elsevier nursing titles honored by the American Journal of Nursing
2. Group Therapy: New approach to psychosis treatment could target multiple nervous system receptors
3. New drug target identified for multiple sclerosis and Alzheimers disease
4. Ob/Gyn Group Urges Docs to Help Prevent Octomom-Type Multiple Births
5. New drug improves survival in multiple myeloma relapse, Moffitt Cancer Center researchers say
6. Multiple Concussions Could Up Depression Risk in Former NFL Players
7. Multiple sclerosis drug may one day treat colorectal cancer
8. Eye Scan Could Help Track Progress of Multiple Sclerosis
9. Study paves way to design drugs aimed at multiple protein targets at once
10. New multiple myeloma drug shows promise in treating people with advanced disease
11. Women 16-49 at risk of multiple pollutants
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/9/2016)... , ... February 09, 2016 , ... Steven Douglas Associates ... of South Florida Event, an upscale fundraiser held in South Florida. The Inaugural What’s ... guests alike. This year the event will be held in a new, more causal ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... Interstate ... after a disaster, announced today the acquisition of Hawaii DKI. Hawaii DKI is ... , “Investing in like-minded companies who excel at service and response helps support ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... URise Products announces ... mobility device, the StandUp Walker. Made entirely in the USA, the StandUp Walker ... years. , StandUp Walker’s novel patent-pending design offers 2-in-1 benefits of a ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... 09, 2016 , ... Cirracore Enterprise Cloud, today announced that ... the cloud. Cirracore provides a secure VMware® vCloud Air based cloud that ... Transformation Solutions (TSL Partners) provides a full range of services from planning, discovery, ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy (BioPlus), one ... ‘Pay It Forward’ program into 2016. BioPlus partners with several non-profit patient foundations ... , “Since our Pay It Forward program began, we are proud to have ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/9/2016)... Feb. 9, 2016   AllCare Plus Pharmacy ... Gold Seal of Approval ® for Home ... performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval ® ... commitment to providing safe and effective care.  ... Pharmacy underwent a rigorous on-site survey in January 2016. ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... LONDON , Feb. 9, 2016 The new report ... Acuity Business Research & Consulting group reveals that global diagnostic ultrasound ... expected to grow to US$ 7,466.3 million by 2019 at a ... market analysis of global ultrasound market has been analyzed for six ... , Asia-Pacific , Latin America ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... , Feb. 9, 2016 The global prefilled ... and it is expected to grow with a CAGR ... glass prefilled syringes segment dominated the global prefilled syringes ... --> --> The global market of ... due to increasing geriatric population, increasing demand for vaccines, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: