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2012-03-28 10:52:40

Combining common antibiotics with additional compounds could make previously resistant bacteria more susceptible to the same antibiotics. 'Resuscitation' of existing antibiotics has the potential to make infections caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria easier to control, reducing antibiotic usage and levels of antimicrobial resistance, say scientists presenting their work at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Dublin this week. Researchers from University College...

2011-12-09 16:15:12

Shahriar Mobashery, a University of Notre Dame researcher, is one of the coauthors of a new paper by a group of the world's leading scientists in academia and industry that calls for strong steps to be taken to control the global crisis of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. The group issued a priority list of steps that need to be taken on a global scale to resolve the crisis. The paper is an outgrowth of a meeting the group held at the Banbury Conference Centre in Cold Spring Harbor,...

2011-11-29 10:48:46

A study to be published in the online journal mBio® on November 29 shows that adding antibiotics to swine feed causes microorganisms in the guts of these animals to start sharing genes that could spread antibiotic resistance. Livestock farms use antibiotic drugs regularly, and not just for curing sick animals. Antimicrobial drugs are used as feed additives to boost animal growth, a profitable but controversial practice that is now banned in the European Union and under scrutiny here in...

2011-11-18 03:57:16

Interfering with the ability of biofilm-forming bacteria to sense starvation increases their susceptibility to antibiotics Many infections, even those caused by antibiotic-sensitive bacteria, resist treatment. This paradox has vexed physicians for decades, and makes some infections impossible to cure. A key cause of this resistance is that bacteria become starved for nutrients during infection. Starved bacteria resist killing by nearly every type of antibiotic, even ones they have never...

CDC Launches Electronic Antibiotic Tracking System In Hospitals
2011-11-15 06:41:53

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday that it is launching an electronic antibiotic tracking system to monitor antibiotic use in the nation´s hospitals. The campaign seeks to help doctors and hospitals to make better decisions about how to improve antibiotic use, and compare themselves to other hospitals, the CDC said. Until now, the CDC was only able to track antibiotic use in doctors“² offices. Millions of Americans take antibiotics each...

2011-09-28 11:37:39

Breast cancer cells that mutate to resist drug treatment survive by establishing tiny pumps on their surface that reject the drugs as they penetrate the cell membrane — making the cancer insensitive to chemotherapy drugs even after repeated use. Researchers have found a new way to break that resistance and shut off the pumps by genetically altering those breast cancer cells to forcibly activate a heat-shock protein called Hsp27. This protein regulates several others, including the...

2011-08-31 20:22:10

Scientists were surprised at how fast bacteria developed resistance to the miracle antibiotic drugs when they were developed less than a century ago. Now scientists at McMaster University have found that resistance has been around for at least 30,000 years. Research findings published today in the science journal Nature show antibiotic resistance is a natural phenomenon that predates the modern clinical antibiotic use. Principal investigators for the study are Gerry Wright, scientific...

2011-07-29 06:26:15

(Ivanhoe Newswire)--Antibiotic resistance is a global issue that has been aggravated by the recent mergence of multi-resistant bacteria (MRB) in hospitals, health care establishments, and homes. Bacteria are considered multi-resistant to antibiotics when they develop a resistance to several families of antibiotics and therefore have a limited number of treatments. Multi-resistance is insidious because it renders certain infections untreatable. Since antibiotics have been introduced into...


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