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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...

2011-05-23 07:24:06

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Cancer treatments may impair the immune system, which can result in life-threatening infections. Now, new research shows Indian wild plants may play a role in fighting bacterial and fungal infections in the mouths of oral cancer patients. Bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus are becoming multi-drug resistant, so researchers are looking for remedies other than antibiotics to fight these infections. Investigators from India tested extracts from several plants used in...

2011-05-20 13:00:42

Cancer treatments often have the side effect of impairing the patient's immune system. This can result in life-threatening secondary infections from bacteria and fungi, especially since bacteria, like Staphylococcus aureus, are becoming multi-drug resistant (MRSA). New research published by BioMed Central's open access journal Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials investigates the potency of Indian wild plants against bacterial and fungal infections in the mouths of oral cancer...

2011-04-26 07:49:21

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- An over-the-counter drug used to treat diarrhea combined with minocycline, an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections, could change the lives of those living with cystic fibrosis. Researchers at McMaster University have discovered this creative approach to tackle antibiotic-resistance to bacterial infections, which is a frequent complication of those with cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease. "Antibiotic resistance is having a...

2011-04-25 12:39:07

An over-the-counter drug used to treat diarrhea combined with minocycline, an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections, could one day change the lives of those living with cystic fibrosis. Researchers at McMaster University have discovered this creative approach to tackle antibiotic resistance to bacterial infections, a frequent complication of those with cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is the most common, fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. "Antibiotic...

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2011-04-07 14:20:00

Scientists said on Thursday that a gene which makes bugs highly resistant to almost all known antibiotics has been found in water supplies in New Delhi used by local people for drinking, washing and cooking. The researchers said the NDM 1 gene has spread germs that cause cholera and dysentery, and is circulating freely in other bacteria in the Indian city capital of 14 million people. "The inhabitants of New Delhi are continually being exposed to multidrug-resistant and NDM 1-positive...

2011-03-19 04:49:24

Research published in the journal GENETICS suggests ways to increase the cost of antibiotic resistance and prolong the usefulness of antibiotics A team of scientists from the University of Oxford, U.K. have taken lessons from Adam Smith and Charles Darwin to devise a new strategy that could one day slow, possibly even prevent, the spread of drug-resistant bacteria. In a new research report published in the March 2011 issue of GENETICS (http://www.genetics.org), the scientists show that...

2011-03-16 23:58:19

Measuring the mechanical strength of cancer cell mucus layers provides clues about better ways to treat cancer, and also suggests why some cancer cells are more resistant to drugs than others, according to Kai-tak Wan, associate professor of engineering at Northeastern University, Boston, Mass. According to Wan, healthy tissues naturally secrete mucus to protect against infection. Cancer cells, however, produce far more mucus than healthy cells. Mucus consists of protein "stalks" attached to...

2011-02-24 19:03:47

Infections are among the most frequent complications of a stay in hospital and raise the complication and mortality rates. Calculations based on data from the Hospital Infection Surveillance System (Krankenhaus-Infektions-Surveillance-System, KISS) showed an incidence of almost 60 000 newly acquired infections per year in intensive care units in Germany. This is the conclusion reached by Christine Geffers and her coauthor in the current issue of Deutsches Óžrzteblatt...

2011-01-31 16:24:46

A School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis biophysicist has developed a new method to identify communication pathways connecting distant regions within proteins. With this tool, Andrew J. Rader, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, has identified a mechanism for cooperative behavior within an entire molecule, a finding that suggests that in the future it may be possible to design drugs that target anywhere along the length of a molecule's communication pathway...