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2010-11-01 20:55:49

Short courses of antibiotics can leave normal gut bacteria harbouring antibiotic resistance genes for up to two years after treatment, say scientists writing in the latest issue of Microbiology, published on 3 November. The researchers believe that this reservoir increases the chances of resistance genes being surrendered to pathogenic bacteria, aiding their survival and suggesting that the long-term effects of antibiotic therapy are more significant than previously thought. Antibiotics that...

2010-09-22 19:38:12

The work may lead to the development of new antibiotics as well as the improvement of crop agriculture A team at The Scripps Research Institute has detailed the structure of a member of the only remaining class of multidrug resistance transporters left to be described. The work has implications for combating dangerous antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria, as well as for developing hardy strains of agricultural crops. The study was published in an advance, online issue of the journal...

2010-09-14 23:19:13

TAU develops next generation of antibiotics to combat drug-resistant "superbugs" Antibiotics can work miracles, knocking out common infections like bronchitis and tonsillitis. But according to the Center for Disease Control, each year 90,000 people in the U.S. die of drug-resistant "superbugs" "” bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus  (MRSA), a deadly form of staph infection resistant to normal antibiotics. Although hospital patients are particularly susceptible as a result of open...

2010-09-10 06:30:00

BOSTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the Company's lead product, PTK 0796, a first-in-class aminomethylcycline, will be the subject of several poster presentations at the 50th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC). Dr. Stuart Levy, co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Paratek will also be delivering a talk at a symposium on antibiotic resistance at the conference. ICAAC will be held in Boston,...

2010-09-07 15:27:03

Cockroaches could be more of a health benefit than a health hazard according to scientists from the University of Nottingham, who have discovered powerful antibiotic properties in the brains of cockroaches and locusts. Simon Lee, a postgraduate researcher who is presenting his work at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting in Nottingham, describes how the group identified up to nine different molecules in the insect tissues that were toxic to bacteria. These substances could...

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2010-09-07 09:10:00

They reportedly can go 45 minutes without air, they can go for up to a month without food, and an old urban legend suggests that they might even be able to survive a nuclear war. Now, scientists believe that they might be able to harness the hardiness of cockroaches in order to help us survive severe infections and illnesses caused by bacterial superbugs. According to a Monday press release, scientists from the UK's University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science have found...

2010-09-02 08:45:00

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- An antibacterial peptide shows promise as an effective therapy against infections in burn or blast wounds suffered by soldiers. Laszlo Otvos, research professor of biology in Temple University's College of Science and Technology, and colleagues found that when given intramuscularly, the peptide A3-APO was more effective than current antimicrobial chemotherapy measures in treating multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii, the most common systemic infection found in...

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2010-08-26 22:30:54

Kissing a frog won't turn it into a prince "” except in fairy tales "” but frogs may be hopping toward a real-world transformation into princely allies in humanity's battle with antibiotic-resistant infections that threaten millions of people worldwide. Scientists today reported that frog skin contains natural substances that could be the basis for a powerful new genre of antibiotics.In a report at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, the team of stalwart...

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2010-08-21 08:38:14

A new superbug that is resistant to a host of drugs has surfaced in South Asia and as it began to spread the UN's health agency on Friday called on health officials around the world to monitor the situation closely.The World Health Organization said research published in The Lancet medical journal on August 11 identified a new gene that allows some types of bacteria to become highly resistant to nearly all antibiotics."While multi-drug resistant bacteria are not new and will continue to...

2010-07-13 13:45:00

Requests Come on Eve of Congressional Hearing on Use of Antibiotics in Agriculture WASHINGTON, July 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 1000 physicians and other clinicians, including nurses, have signed statements asking Congress to pass legislation to reduce the use of non-therapeutic antibiotics in food animals. Hospital and Healthy Systems representing over sixty healthcare facilities also signed a petition in support of legislation to end unnecessary antibiotics use in food...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.