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Rochester Regional Health playing big role in ear infection research

Rochester is playing a central role in a major national health project.

The research is aimed at fostering better treatment for one of the most common and painful medical conditions in children: ear infections.

For parents whose children have suffered from ear infections, the work being done in laboratories at Rochester General Hospital could be life changing.

Researchers at the hospital are testing and tracking bacteria from the infected ears of children in the Rochester area.

“The reason they want to know this is for public health policy for the whole country because the bacteria germs are changing,” said Dr. Michael Pichichero, the lead expert at Rochester Regional Health. “They are becoming resistant to the regular antibiotics children are receiving.”

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