Posts tagged: antibiotic therapy

The Consequences of Untreated Bacterial Infections: My Strep Throat Story

In June of 2006, after a long bout of strep throat, and an equally long bout of unsuccessful antibiotic therapy, my life took a sudden and dramatic turn for the worse.  Rushed to the hospital with complaints of burning pain, numbness, vertigo, and extreme fatigue, I felt for the first time in my life that I might be dying— that I had a brain tumour or something equally horrible.

Shivering, in a make-shift emergency bed throughout most of the night, I underwent several dozen blood tests, neurological exams, and you name it—everything short of investigative surgery.  The hours passed slowly and painfully, while I lay there dumbfounded.   As morning eventually came and my vital signs were pronounced normal—albeit with signs of nerve damage— I was released into my doctor’s care with the recommendation that I see a neurologist and infectious disease doctor as soon as possible.  My search for a diagnosis had begun.

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Study Using Periowave™ Shows Rapid Resolution Of Aggressive Periodontitis

We’re pleased to announce today that the results of a study involving antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy (aPDT), or Photodisinfection, were presented at the 13th International Photodynamic Association World Congress. This study, conducted by Dr. Veronique Benhamou, evaluated the use of the Periowave™ Photodisinfection System in the treatment of an aggressive case of periodontitis.

The current standard of care for aggressive periodontitis involves scaling and root planing in conjunction with antibiotic therapy. The subject of this study received scaling and root planing followed by aPDT (PeriowaveTM) in place of any antibiotic therapy.  This protocol produced rapid, clinically significant results and no adverse events were reported.  The significance of the results was confirmed through standard clinical tests and x-rays.

Periowave™ is a painless, non-invasive procedure that can significantly improve treatment outcomes when added to scaling and root planing.

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The Rise of Antibiotic Resistant Sexually Transmitted Infections

Each year, more than 25 million pounds of antibiotics are consumed annually. The CDC deems at least half of these to be unjustified, leading to a rise in antibiotic resistance across different bacterial species. This rise in resistance is of great concern to global health officials since there are few, if any, new antibiotics being developed. Antimicrobial resistance is increasing among sexually transmitted pathogens1. As with common STIs such as gonorrhea and chlamydia, researchers are currently witnessing an emergence of resistant strains2. Read more »

Antibiotic Misuse & Resistance In Animals

In support of Antibiotic Awareness Day last week, Dr Scott McEwan of the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph shared a webinar entitled “Antibiotic Use & Resistance in Animals.” During his presentation, Dr. McEwan discussed antibiotic use in animals, the human health impact, and options for intervention. In his webinar, Dr. McEwan pointed out three perceived benefits of antibiotic use in animals: Read more »

Addressing a World of Resistance

During the past 70 years, we have become dependent on antibiotics. Each year, more than 25 million pounds of antibiotics are consumed annually, and half of all prescriptions are made with diagnostic uncertainty.  Seventy percent of the total antibiotics used, however, is destined for livestock in order to promote rapid growth. Antibiotics “have been used so widely and for so long that the infectious organisms the antibiotics are designed to kill have adapted to them, making the drugs either less effective”1 or completely ineffective. People with antibiotic resistant infections are at greater risk of dying as a result of the infection and require much greater health care administration. Unfortunately for all of us, the primary battlegrounds of the war of the superbugs are the hospitals and health care institutions2 where health care workers themselves have become one of the primary vectors of transmission.   Read more »

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