Why the Incidence of Antibiotic Resistance Infections Increased while the Rate of Antibiotic use Remained the Same

By Chris Cook, PharmD, Ph.D. The purpose of a hospital-based antibiotic stewardship program is to reduce cases of antibiotic resistant infections by getting patients on the right drug sooner and by limiting the unnecessary use of antibiotics, specifically broad-spectrum antibiotics. The misuse and overuse of antibiotics has been shown to be the primary cause of …

Welcome Letter from the Editors

Dear Reader, Welcome to bioMérieux Connection, your source for learning and discussion of medical diagnostics and scientific news, advancements, important issues, and much more. Our team is dedicated to serving you the most relevant and pressing stories from leading experts in medicine, microbiology, and other scientific fields. We hope that you’ll find our articles and …

Active Body-Builder Comes Close to Death Due to Late Diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism

By the bioMérieux Connection Editors Meeting John Scirica in August of 2012, it would be hard to accept that he was 64-years-old, let alone that he was near death from a rare case of bilateral pulmonary embolism.  The condition left the pulmonary arteries in both of his lungs blocked from blood clots that very likely …

Severe Influenza Season of 2017-2018 is a Somber Reminder of Why Flu is One of the World’s Greatest Public Health Challenges, according to CDC

By the bioMérieux Connection Editors On February 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  published the statistics of influenza hospitalizations and fatalities for the week ending January 27, 2018, or Week 4 of the 2017-2018 Influenza Season. As of January 27, the CDC reports 16 additional pediatric deaths related to the flu, which …