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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...

2011-07-22 14:12:50

A recent study into the interactions between aminoglycoside antibiotics and their target site in bacteria used computer simulations to elucidate this mechanism and thereby suggest drug modifications. In the article, which will be published on July 21st in the open-access journal PLoS Computational Biology, researchers from University of Warsaw, Poland, and University of California San Diego, USA, describe their study of the physical basis of one bacterial resistance mechanism - mutations of...

2011-07-14 12:46:04

Mass. Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School investigators share finding in July 2011 issue of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy Hospitals struggle to prevent the infections that complicate treatment for cancer, joint replacement, heart surgery and other conditions. Hospital-acquired infections are often resistant to multiple antibiotics, leading to approximately 100,000 deaths and more than $30 billion in additional health care costs yearly. New drugs are being developed to combat these...

2011-07-11 07:30:00

MONTREAL, July 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - Sunshine Biopharma Inc. (OTCBB: SBFM), a development stage pharmaceutical company focused on the research, development and commercialization of drugs for the treatment of various forms of cancer, today announced that it has completed a detailed cytotoxicity study of its lead compound, Adva-27a, in MCF-7/MDR, a Multidrug Resistant Breast Cancer cell line.  Cytotoxicity studies measure the ability of a drug to destroy cancer cells in...

2011-06-30 07:00:00

ANNECY, France, June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 70 international experts in medicine, infectious diseases, microbiology and epidemiology, from every continent, gathered at the Fondation Merieux's Conference Center for the third edition of the World HAI Forum on healthcare-associated infections, a bioMerieux initiative. Forum participants call upon national and international health authorities and policy makers, the medical and veterinary communities, Industry, and the general...

2011-06-17 01:48:18

New research in the FASEB Journal suggests that combining a specific mixture of lipids with antimicrobial agents synergistically thwarts multidrug-resistant bacteria "Super bugs," which can cause wide-spread disease and may be resistant to most, if not all, conventional antibiotics, still have their weaknesses. A team of Canadian scientists discovered that specific mixtures of antimicrobial agents presented in lipid (fatty) mixtures can significantly boost the effectiveness of those agents to...

2011-06-16 08:00:00

LEXINGTON, Mass., June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today praised Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., and co-sponsors for introducing the Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now (GAIN) Bill of 2011. This critical piece of legislation was crafted to help restore a robust antibiotic development pipeline to address the growing public health threat due to emerging multi-drug-resistant (MDR) bacteria. The bi-partisan legislation calls for the enactment of specific...


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