Cranberry capsules do not reduce urinary tract infections in older women, study finds

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Taking cranberry capsules did not reduce urinary tract infections (UTIs) in older women living in nursing homes, a US randomised trial has shown.

UTIs are very common among nursing home residents: bacteriuria is detected in 25-50% of women living in nursing homes, and pyuria is present in 90% of these. Cranberry products have been of interest in preventing UTIs in this group of people, to reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics.

People who develop type 2 diabetes show increased antibiotic use before onset

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People who develop type 2 diabetes show increased use of antibiotics in the years before diagnosis than people who do not develop the condition, a Danish population based case-control study has shown.

The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, included all 170‚ÄČ504 people in Denmark who had newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes and were using glucose lowering agents for the first time from 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2012

TARGET antibiotics toolkit

Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)

This toolkit aims to help clinicians and commissioners use antibiotics responsibly and meet CQC requirements. It has been developed by the RCGP and The Antimicrobial Stewardship in Primary Care (ASPIC) collaboration of professional societies including GPs, pharmacists, microbiologists, clinicians, guidance developers and other stakeholders. It includes: the HPA antibiotic guidance template which can be modified locally; patient information leaflets; self assessment check list for GPs and commissioners; audit tools with indicators of responsible antimicrobial use; and links to online clinical modules and other useful resources.