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2013-08-01 15:48:02

Antibiotic prescribing rates for acute respiratory tract infections could be significantly lowered using internet-based training for clinicians, new research has shown. In a study, led by the University of Southampton and published in The Lancet today (Wednesday 31 July), an internet-based training program has shown to reduce antibiotics prescribing rates by as much as 62 per cent. Paul Little, Professor of Primary Care Research at the University of Southampton, comments: "The high...

2013-07-24 11:16:36

The story begins with a problem - a virulent strain of a drug-resistant bacteria that was imported with the wounded from Afghanistan and spread through the United States. In cancer wards and other places where people with impaired immune systems were treated, this infection caused by the gram-negative bacterium, Acinetobacter baumannii, was particularly dangerous and it evaded the wiles of most known antibiotics. Infections caused by such gram-negative pathogens (Escherichia coli, Klebsiella...

2013-07-19 14:38:41

Global structural properties have changed across bacterial families without putting limits on new antibiotic resistance Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been emerging at an alarming rate. In some of the scariest of these pathogens, the mechanism responsible for the bacteria's ability to defeat antibiotics is a complex protein molecule embedded in the bacterial cell wall -- the enzyme β-lactamase. The rapid evolution of β-lactamase is the key factor responsible...

Study Finds Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Widespread In Hudson River
2013-07-19 10:07:26

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory - Columbia University The risk of catching some nasty germ in the Hudson River just started looking nastier. Disease-causing microbes have long been found swimming there, but now researchers have documented antibiotic-resistant strains in specific spots, from the Tappan Zee Bridge to lower Manhattan. The microbes identified are resistant to ampicillin and tetracycline, drugs commonly used to treat ear infections, pneumonia, salmonella and other ailments....

2013-07-17 23:24:26

Ondine Biomedical Inc. announces that the Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), the first hospital to deploy its MRSAid™ Photodisinfection system, was selected as the recipient of the Innovation Award at the 2013 International Consortium for Prevention & Infection Control (ICPIC). Endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), ICPIC is a prestigious international conference that brings together more than 1,200 leaders in infection control from 84 countries. Vancouver, British Columbia...

Antibiotic Overuse Could Lead To Serious Threat From Superbugs
2013-07-14 06:29:55

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Australia's Office of Chief Scientists released a report on Friday that claims the misuse and overuse of antibiotics could soon send the world back to a nineteenth century era where typical diseases and infections could pose a serious threat. According to the report, many bacterium have become immune to the drugs that are often prescribed to treat those with ear infections, sore throats and more. These claims echo other recent...

2013-07-12 23:29:54

Dutch researchers apply targeted sequencing for infection control and surveillance of drug-resistant 'superbugs'. Boston, MA (PRWEB) July 11, 2013 Pathogenica, Inc. announced that teams from the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) and Amphia Hospital in the Netherlands are pioneering the use of the company’s HAI BioDetection Kit to prevent and control nosocomial infections in their facilities. With approx. 1,400 beds each, both Amphia and UMCG are among the largest...


Latest Antibiotic resistance Reference Libraries

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2011-04-26 21:07:20

Enterococcus is a Gram-positive, commensal bacterium inhabiting the gastrointestinal tracts of humans and other mammals. It is a main constituent of some probiotic food supplements. E. faecalis can cause life-threatening infections in humans, especially in the nosocomial environment, where the naturally high levels of antibiotic resistance found in E. faecalis contribute to its pathogenicity. It is frequently found in root canal-treated teeth in prevalence values ranging from 30% to 90% of...

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2011-04-15 14:54:29

Escherichia coli is a Gram-negative rod-shaped bacterium that is commonly found in the lower intestine of warm-blooded organisms. Most strains are harmless; however, some such as O157:H7 can cause food poisoning in humans and are often responsible for product recalls. The normal flora of the gut normally contains the harmless strains and often provide K2 to the body. They are not always confined to the intestine and have the ability to survive briefly outside of the body. It grows easily...

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