Otitis Media News

 
 
  • Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine in Infancy Cuts Otitis Media Administration of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) in early infancy substantially reduces the risk of pneumococcal acute otitis media (AOM), according to a new Cochrane review.
  • DTC Telemedicine Linked to More Antibiotics for ARIs Pediatric direct-to-consumer telemedicine visits resulted in more antibiotic prescriptions and less concordance with prescribing guidelines than in-person visits in a retrospective study.
  • Otitis Media Episodes Down After Introduction of PCV13 Otitis media episodes and pressure equalization tube (PET) insertions have dropped since the introduction of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13), researchers report.
  • Antibiotic Prescriptions Often Exceed Recommended Treatment Durations Many antibiotic prescriptions for common infections in primary care exceed durations recommended by guidelines, according to a new study.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 Antibiotic Rx Still Inappropriate in US Almost one quarter of outpatient antibiotic prescriptions are inappropriate, according to an analysis of data from 19.2 million patients.
  • U.S. Kids Often Get Inappropriate Antibiotics in the ED In U.S. emergency departments (EDs), especially non-pediatric EDs, children often receive antibiotics inappropriately, a retrospective study suggests.
  • Genetic Variants May Be Tied to Otitis Media Risk Population-specific FUT2 variants appear to confer risk for otitis media susceptibility in multiple cohorts of different ethnicity, according to a multinational group of researchers.
  • WHO Says Air Pollution Kills 600,000 Children Every Year Air pollution kills an estimated 600,000 children every year and causes symptoms ranging from loss of intelligence to obesity and ear infections, but there is a limited amount parents can do, a World Health Organization report said on Monday.
  • Antibiotic Overuse Highest in Urgent Care Clinics Nearly half of urgent care patients diagnosed with conditions that don't require antibiotic treatment receive a prescription for an antibiotic.
  • Tonsillectomy May Worsen Long-term Health Outcomes Removal of tonsils, adenoids before age 9 years may have long-term health consequences, including increased risk for upper respiratory tract diseases and infections, a population-based study showed.
  • Antibiotics 'Not Needed' for Common Ear Infection Parents who take a poorly child to the GP with a common ear infection should not expect a course of antibiotics, says the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
  • Study IDs Children With AOM Who Benefit From Antibiotics Many children with acute otitis media recover without antimicrobials. Now researchers have found a prognostic factor that helps physicians identify children who most likely benefit from antibiotics.
  • Vaccines Have Changed the Epidemiology of Acute Otitis Media Acute otitis media incidence has dropped since 1989, but risk factors remain: attending day care, having a family history, or having it at a young age. Editorialists say vaccination should continue.
  • PASMore Evidence Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotics Best for ARTIs A large prospective study showed that narrow antibiotics were as effective as broad ones for acute respiratory tract infections in kids; one expert said the data add very strong support for current guidelines.
  • Cotton-tip Swabs Send Dozens of Kids to the ED Every Day Almost three dozen children end up in U.S. hospital emergency departments every day thanks to injuries that result from using cotton-tipped swabs to clean their ears, according to a new study.
  • Cipro Combo Effective in Pediatric Middle Ear Infection In children with acute otitis media with tympanostomy tubes (AOMT), topical ciprofloxacin plus fluocinolone acetonide (Otovel, Salvat) is more effective than either agent alone, according to results from two randomized trials.
  • Antibiotics for AOM: 10 Days More Effective Than 5 A 10-day course of amoxicillin-clavulanate worked better than a 5-day course for children younger than 2 years who had acute otitis media, according to a two-center randomized controlled trial.
  • Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics Prescribed Too Often Guidelines recommend narrow-spectrum antibiotics as first-line treatment for otitis media, sinusitis, and pharyngitis, but half of prescriptions were for broad-spectrum drugs instead.
  • Reducing Antibiotics for RTIs Does Not Increase Complications Prescribing antibiotics less often for self-limiting respiratory tract infections (RTIs) does not seem to increase the risk of serious complications, according to new findings.
  • Your Doctor Will See You in This Telemedicine Kiosk Employers and insurers are installing sophisticated kiosks in more workplaces so that workers can quickly consult a doctor offsite when they take ill at work.