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Infection control technique may reduce infections in patients with catheters, drains
Each year, approximately 5 million patients in the United States receive treatment that includes the insertion of a medical device such as a catheter, which puts them at increased risk of potentially life-threatening infection. Researchers have found a strategy that greatly reduced both overall infection and infection with antibiotic-resistant bacteria in a group of these patients. The results of their study were published today in the online issue of The Lancet. (2019-03-05)

Superbugs jumping frequently between humans and animals
In a recent study, researchers found that cows are a source of resistant staphylococcus strains causing infections in humans today. (2018-09-07)

New approach may render disease-causing staph harmless
Researchers at the University of Illinois helped lead a collaborative effort to uncover a completely new treatment strategy for serious Staphylococcus aureus infections. The research, published Feb. 14 in Science, the online version of Science magazine, comes at a time when strains of antibiotic-resistant Staph (known as MRSA, for methicillin-resistant S. aureus) are spreading in epidemic proportions in hospital and community settings. (2008-02-14)

Results of trial to stem hospital-acquired bacterial infections published
A trial evaluated whether daily bathing with the antiseptic soap chlorhexidine (CHG) -- and in those patients with MRSA, adding the nasal antibiotic mupirocin -- more effectively reduced hospital-acquired bacterial infections than bathing with ordinary soap and water. The researchers found that one subset of patients -- those with medical devices -- experienced a substantial benefit if they received the CHG/mupirocin intervention. (2019-03-05)

Scientists use bear saliva to rapidly test for antibiotics
If you're looking into the mouth of a brown bear, which is among the world's top predators, your chances of survival probably aren't good. But a team of Rutgers and other scientists has discovered a technology that rapidly assesses potentially lifesaving antibiotics by using bacteria in saliva from an East Siberian brown bear. (2018-09-13)

'Good' bacteria could save patients from infection infection by deadlier ones
Can it be that the stress on the use of antiseptics and antibiotics in hospitals is actually putting patients at a greater risk of suffering fatal bacterial infection? Yes, argues Mark Spigelman, a visiting professor at the Sanford F. Kuvin Center for the Study of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Faculty of Medicine. (2005-11-02)

Copper destroys MRSA at a touch
New research from the University of Southampton shows that copper can destroy MRSA spread by touching and fingertip contamination of surfaces. (2016-02-23)

Antibiotics and biocidal cleaners may spread multidrug resistance in MRSA
Antibiotic use on people or pets, and use of biocidal cleaning products such as bleach, are associated with multidrug resistance in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the home. This contamination of the home environment may contribute to reinfection of both humans and animals with MRSA, and to subsequent failure of treatment. The research is published Sept. 22 in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. (2017-09-22)

Pollutants, pathogens could team up to make us sick
Many people view pollutants and pathogens as separate causes of illness. However, recent research indicates that the two can interact, changing how people and animals respond to infectious diseases. According to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, environmental pollutants appear to weaken the immune system, reduce vaccine efficacy and increase pathogen virulence. (2019-03-20)

SMART and NTU researchers design polymer that can kill drug-resistant bacteria
Researchers from Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have developed an antimicrobial polymer that can kill bacteria resistant to commonly used antibiotics - a discovery that can pave the way for developing antibiotics to which bacteria are significantly less resistant. The new beta-peptide polymer can combat superbugs like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and it also works against biofilm and persistent bacteria for which current antibiotics have proved ineffective. (2019-12-12)

Hospital privacy curtains may harbor dangerous germs: New study
Without timely intervention, privacy curtains in hospitals can become breeding grounds for resistant bacteria, posing a threat to patient safety, according to new research published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). (2018-09-27)

Fish slime: An untapped source of potential new antibiotics
As current antibiotics dwindle in effectiveness against multidrug-resistant pathogens, researchers are seeking potential replacements in some unlikely places. Now a team has identified bacteria with promising antibiotic activity against known pathogens -- even dangerous organisms, such as the microbe that causes MRSA infections -- in the protective mucus that coats young fish. The researchers will present their results today at the American Chemical Society Spring 2019 National Meeting & Exposition. (2019-03-31)

Scientists make significant breakthrough on superbug-killing antibiotic teixobactin
Scientists working to develop a 'game-changing' new antibiotic have made a significant advance towards creating commercially viable drug treatments by producing two simplified synthetic versions of the substance which are just as potent at killing superbugs like MRSA as its natural form. (2017-11-06)

Cell-like nanorobots clear bacteria and toxins from blood
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed tiny ultrasound-powered robots that can swim through blood, removing harmful bacteria along with the toxins they produce. These proof-of-concept nanorobots could one day offer a safe and efficient way to detoxify and decontaminate biological fluids. (2018-05-31)

Results of ABATE infection trial published
Daily bathing with an antiseptic soap, plus nasal ointment for patients with prior antibiotic resistant bacteria, reduced hospital acquired infections among patients with central venous catheters and other devices that pierce the skin, according to results of the ABATE Infection Trial. The study, ''Chlorhexidine versus Routine Bathing to Prevent Multi Drug-Resistant Organisms and All-Cause Bloodstream Infection in General Medical and Surgical Units: The ABATE Infection Cluster Randomized Trial,'' was published March 5 in The Lancet, Online. (2019-03-05)

Common antimicrobials help patients recover from MRSA abscesses
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria are resistant to multiple antibiotics and commonly cause skin infections that can lead to serious or life-threatening infection in other parts of the body. NIAID-funded research published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that two common, inexpensive antimicrobials can help heal MRSA skin abscesses. The findings suggest that current treatment options for MRSA still have a role, even as scientists continue to search for new antimicrobial products. (2017-06-29)

Biology and chemistry combine to generate new antibiotics
Combining the innovations of synthetic biology with biology and chemistry, a team of scientists at the University of Bristol have generated a brand-new platform that will allow the production of desperately needed brand-new antibiotics. (2017-11-28)

NIH study finds probiotic bacillus eliminates staphylococcus bacteria
A new study from NIH scientists and their Thai colleagues shows that a 'good' bacterium commonly found in probiotic digestive supplements helps eliminate Staphylococcus aureus, a type of bacteria that can cause serious antibiotic-resistant infections. The researchers, led by NIAID, unexpectedly found that Bacillus bacteria prevented S. aureus bacteria from growing in the gut and nose of healthy individuals. Researchers from Mahidol University and Rajamangala University of Technology in Thailand collaborated on the project. (2018-10-10)

Antibiotics warranted for kids with minor staph infections
The overuse of antibiotics has left some doctors questioning whether to give such drugs to children diagnosed with uncomplicated Staphylococcus aureus (staph) infections. Now, research led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis indicates that prescribing antibiotics -- in addition to lancing and draining staph-infected areas -- reduces the risk of recurrent infections. (2017-09-26)

Best treatment identified to reduce deadly Staph infections
One type of over-the-counter product for topical wound care is more effective than others in killing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, or MRSA, which is potentially deadly and in recent years has moved from its historic hospital setting to a much broader public concern. (2007-12-03)

Probiotics and antibiotics create a killer combination
MIT researchers have shown that by delivering a combination of antibiotics and alginate-encapsulated probiotics, they can eradicate two strains of drug-resistant bacteria that often infect wounds. (2018-10-17)

Queen's scientists find new way to battle MRSA
Experts from Queen's University Belfast have developed new agents to fight MRSA and other hospital-acquired infections that are resistant to antibiotics. The fluids are a class of ionic liquids that not only kill colonies of these dangerous microbes, they also prevent their growth. (2009-03-25)

Treatment for MRSA no longer more costly than for susceptible Staph aureus infections
A new study found that infections caused by one of the most common drug resistant bacteria in the US -- methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, known as MRSA -- are no more expensive to treat than MSSA, the methicillin-susceptible version of the same bacteria. These findings are contrary to earlier studies that have found that MRSA was much more expensive to treat than MSSA. (2018-05-10)

Encouraging signs for potential new antibiotic
A study published online today (Feb. 17, 2017) in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, reveals strong evidence that the first in a new class of antibiotic is as effective as an established antimicrobial agent in the fight against infections caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria. (2017-02-16)

Metals could be the link to new antibiotics
Compounds containing metals could hold the key to the next generation of antibiotics to combat the growing threat of global antibiotic resistance. University of Queensland researchers, working with a network of international collaborators, have discovered 23 previously unexplored compounds containing metals such as silver, manganese, zinc, ruthenium and iridium that have antibacterial and antifungal activity. (2020-02-26)

Overcrowding and understaffing in hospitals increases levels of MRSA infections
A review article authored by a University of Queensland academic has found overcrowding and understaffing in hospitals are two key factors in the transmission of MRSA infections worldwide. (2008-06-24)

Cannabis compound acts as an antibiotic 
Public health agencies worldwide have identified antibiotic resistance of disease-causing bacteria as one of humanity's most critical challenges. However, scientists haven't discovered a new class of antibiotics in more than 30 years. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Infectious Diseases have uncovered the hidden antibiotic potential of a non-psychoactive cannabis compound called cannabigerol (CBG), which helped control methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in mice. (2020-02-26)

Ecological study identifies potential association between antimicrobial resistance and climate change
New research presented at this week's 29th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (April 13-16), identifies a novel association between antibiotic resistance and climate change. (2019-04-13)

Hospital-acquired infections may be lower in closed ICUs
Three hospital-acquired infections rates appear to be lower in patients admitted to a 'closed' intensive care unit, meaning that the ICU team has primary responsibility for the patient, rather than a primary care physician, (2019-05-22)

The potentially deadly bacterium that's on everyone's skin
Forget MRSA and E. coli, there's another bacterium that is becoming increasingly dangerous due to antibiotic resistance -- and it's present on the skin of every person on the planet. (2018-11-28)

Community-acquired staph pneumonia appears more common, including MRSA
Preliminary research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that community acquired pneumonia caused by the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium may be more common than originally suspected, including that caused by antibiotic resistant strains. (2008-03-19)

Study shows routine genomic surveillance of MRSA can detect unsuspected outbreaks
Genomic surveillance has revealed the first complete picture of MRSA spread across the east of England. Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine tracked MRSA-positive people and showed the complete picture of MRSA transmission within and between hospitals, and in GPs surgeries and communities. It showed that routine genomic surveillance could catch outbreaks earlier, which could help prevent further transmission. (2017-10-25)

More frequent checks control MRSA in newborns, but can hospitals afford them?
Checking more often on newborns in the NICU provided positive results for preventing MRSA transmission, but hospitals must balance the high costs, a new study found. (2018-05-22)

Nurses' scrubs often contaminated with bad bugs
ICU nurses' scrubs often are contaminated by bad bugs spread from the patient or surfaces in the room, finds an IDWeek 2016 study. Researchers identified a variety of bad bacteria, including MRSA, Klebsiella pneumoniae and others resistant to antibiotics. To reduce the spread of bad bugs in the hospital, hospitals need to be sure to closely follow infection control practices. (2016-10-27)

On the way to fighting staph infections with the body's immune system
Researchers have gained a greater understanding of the biology of staphylococcus skin infections in mice and how the mouse immune system mobilizes to fight them. A study appears this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Community acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) typically causes skin infections but can spread throughout the body to cause invasive infections such as sepsis, and possibly death. (2019-05-15)

ASU partners with Mayo Clinic to move germ-killing clays closer to medical use
Researchers at Arizona State University and the Mayo Clinic have found that at least one type of blue clay may help fight disease-causing bacteria in wounds, including antibiotic-resistant bacteria. (2018-08-21)

From cancer medication to antibiotic
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are increasingly the source of deadly infections. A team of scientists from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig have now modified an approved cancer drug to develop an active agent against multidrug-resistant pathogens. (2019-12-16)

Scientists uncover how superbug Staph aureus resists our natural defenses
Researchers at the University of Washington have uncovered how the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, including the notorious MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staph aureus) (2008-03-24)

'Brute force' can overcome antibiotic resistance
Antibiotics can still kill drug-resistant bacteria if they 'push' hard enough into bacterial cells, finds new UCL-led research funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The study, published in Nature Scientific Reports, opens up a promising new way of overcoming antibiotic resistance and could help scientists to design even more effective drugs. (2017-02-03)

Rhode Island Hospital study identifies high-risk patient populations for MRSA carriage
A Rhode Island Hospital study found that patients in long-term elder care and HIV-infected outpatients appear to be high-risk groups for carriage of MRSA. (2007-04-16)

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