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MRSA out of africa
2014-08-28 03:00:56

Jim Sliwa, American Society for Microbiology The predominant strain of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infecting people in Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa derived from a single sub-Saharan ancestor, a team of international researchers reported this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. CA-MRSA refers to MRSA infections occurring in healthy people with no recent hospitalizations. The...

2013-10-28 11:36:27

Antibiotic-resistant Staph infections causing longer hospital stays, more surgical interventions and a greater risk for complications Pediatric musculoskeletal Staphylococcus aureus bacterial infections have been evolving over the past decade, with more children diagnosed with the more virulent, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) today than 10 years ago. The result is longer hospitals stays, more surgeries and other related complications, according to an abstract presented...

2013-08-13 11:06:33

A strain of bacteria that causes skin and soft tissue infections in humans originally came from cattle, according to a study to be published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The researchers who conducted the genetic analysis of strains of Staphylococcus aureus known as CC97 say these strains developed resistance to methicillin after they crossed over into humans around forty years ago. Today, methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) strain CC97...

2011-09-08 20:04:51

An analysis of the genome of a superbug has yielded crucial, novel information that could aid efforts to counteract the bacterium´s resistance to an antibiotic of last resort. The results of the research led by scientists from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) are published in the Sept. 8 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Superbugs are bacteria that are resistant to multiple antibiotics and represent one of the most challenging health...

2011-05-11 20:26:00

SEOUL, Korea, May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CrystalGenomics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company with 3 clinical stage candidates, has announced today that the draft Clinical Study Report (CSR) from CG400549's Phase I Multiple Ascending Dose (MAD) Study has just been received. CG400549 is a potential first-in-class antibiotic candidate targeting the fatty acid biosynthesis enzyme FabI, a critical enzyme in generating bacterial membrane and has a novel chemical structure which has never been...

2010-10-06 08:00:00

MALVERN, Pa., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Arlington Medical Resources (AMR), a provider of premier market intelligence for the pharmaceutical and diagnostic imaging industries, finds that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is the most concerning pathogen to surveyed U.S. physicians with regard to their treatment of skin and skin structure infections. A drug's activity against MRSA is among the top factors that influences U.S. physician drug selection for treating skin and skin...

2010-09-07 08:38:00

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Two genes discovered in mice may help identify why some people are more likely to develop potentially deadly staph infections. "If you know, up front, that a patient is at risk for developing a Staphylococcus aureus infection, then you will be better able to manage them clinically, give them preventive measures and treat them more aggressively if they become ill," Vance Fowler, M.D., MHS, an associate professor of infectious diseases in the Duke Department of Medicine,...

2010-05-27 17:33:02

Researchers shed light on the mode of action; promising approach for new antibiotics An active compound from fungi and lower animals may well be suitable as an effective weapon against dangerous bacteria. We're talking about plectasin, a small protein molecule that can even destroy highly resistant bacteria . Researchers at the Universities of Bonn, Utrecht, Aalborg and of the Danish company Novozymes AS have shed light on how the substance does this. The authors see plectasin as a promising...

2010-04-11 14:17:15

Researchers identify the specific mechanism that triggers resistance to vancomycin A new study led by the scientific director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research has uncovered for the first time how bacteria recognize and develop resistance to a powerful antibiotic used to treat superbug infections. Gerry Wright, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University in collaboration with colleagues at the John Innes...


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