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War On Superbugs Spearheaded By British PM David Cameron
2014-07-02 15:20:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the latest development in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Wednesday that former Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O'Neill would lead an independent review panel to find market-based solutions to the emergence of so-called ‘superbugs.’ "There is a market failure; the pharmaceutical industry hasn't been developing new classes of antibiotics, so we need to create...

Fungus Discovered That May Stop Superbugs Dead In Their Tracks
2014-06-26 09:48:39

Rebekah Eliason for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online For several years, concern about antibiotic resistant drugs has been increasing. Scientists have recently discovered a fungus in Nova Scotia that offers hope against the growing health threat that kills tens of thousands every year. The team, from McMaster University, has isolated a fungus-derived molecule, known as AMA, which has the ability to disarm NDM-1, which is one of the most dangerous antibiotic resistant drugs. "This...

2014-06-16 08:27:47

On-demand molecular test detects and differentiates the genes encoding the most prevalent carbapenemases: KPC, NDM, VIM, OXA-48 and IMP-1 SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cepheid (NASDAQ: CPHD) today announced the release of Xpert(®) Carba-R, an on-demand molecular test for rapid and accurate detection of carbapenemase-producing Gram-negative bacteria, to be marketed as a CE IVD product under the European Directive on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices. The test runs on...

2014-05-15 08:33:57

- Test Quickly Determines Colonization Risk of Multi-drug Resistant Microbes with Greater Accuracy than Currently Available Options - GAITHERSBURG, Md., May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- OpGen, Inc., a Gaithersburg based molecular diagnostics company, announced today that it has launched a new molecular-based test that can quickly and reliably identify patients at risk for harboring serious disease-causing microbes that can resist even the strongest antibiotics. The Acuitas(TM) MDRO Gene...

2014-04-08 08:26:38

DUBLIN, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/mt7l8d/antibiotic ) has announced the addition of the "Antibiotic Resistance: Market Developments, Growth Areas and Opportunities 2014" [http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/mt7l8d/antibiotic ] report to their offering. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 ) Threats posed by the global increase in antibiotic resistant bacterial...

2013-11-23 23:03:07

The CDC's Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2013 calls for responsible antibiotic prescribing Washington DC (PRWEB) November 23, 2013 Every year as many as 10 million U.S. children risk side effects from antibiotic prescriptions that are unlikely to help their upper respiratory conditions. Many of these infections are caused by viruses, which are not helped by antibiotics. This overuse of antibiotics, a significant factor fueling antibiotic resistance, is the focus of a new report:...

Less Reliance On Antibiotics Can Prevent Dangerous Superbug Illness
2013-09-26 13:37:28

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Public health officials have been calling for the more judicious use of antibiotics for years and a new study from UK researchers has indicated that using fewer antibiotics can help prevent illness from an antibiotic-resistant ‘superbug’ known as Clostridium difficile. One of the more feared superbugs, known to spread in a hospital environment, C. difficile causes severe diarrhea, cramps and could lead to life-threatening...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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