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Ineffective antibiotics form strong teams against deadly super bacteria
A team of University at Buffalo-led researchers found that combinations of three antibiotics -- that are each ineffective against superbugs when used alone -- are capable of eradicating two of the six ESKAPE pathogens when delivered together. (2017-05-24)

Tracing how 'hidden life' grows inside a newly opened hospital
Researchers who surveyed microbial community composition on various surfaces and people inside a newly opened hospital as the facility became operational now report important insights into how humans and unseen life influence one another within constructed environments. (2017-05-24)

Comparison of antibiotic treatments for cellulitis
Among patients with uncomplicated cellulitis, the use of an antibiotic regimen with activity against MRSA did not result in higher rates of clinical resolution compared to an antibiotic lacking MRSA activity; however, certain findings suggest further research may be needed to confirm these results, according to a study published by JAMA. (2017-05-23)

Dentists in good compliance with American Heart Association guidelines, according to Rochester epidemiology project
In the first study examining dental records in the Rochester Epidemiology Project, results show that dentists and oral surgeons are in good compliance with guidelines issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) in 2007, describing prophylactic antibiotic use prior to invasive dental procedures. (2017-05-23)

Scientists develop test to identify best treatment for gonorrhea
Researchers from UCLA have developed a laboratory test that helps physicians determine which people with gonorrhea may be more treatable with an antibiotic that has not been recommended since 2007 because of concerns that the resistance to the drug was growing. (2017-05-22)

Canadian team finds new antibiotic resistance gene in Salmonella from broiler chickens
A team of investigators from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Guelph, Ontario, has discovered a gene that confers resistance to the important broad-spectrum antibiotic, fosfomycin. The researchers found the gene in isolates of the pathogen, Salmonella enterica, from broiler chickens. The research is published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. (2017-05-22)

Antibiotic therapy for nearly 1 in 4 adults with pneumonia does not work
Approximately one in four (22.1 percent) adults prescribed an antibiotic in an outpatient setting (such as a doctor's office) for community-acquired pneumonia does not respond to treatment, according to a new study presented at the 2017 American Thoracic Society International Conference. (2017-05-21)

Prompt sepsis treatment less likely when ERs overcrowded
According to a new study, patients with sepsis, a life-threatening complication of an infection, had delays approaching one hour in being given antibiotics when seen in emergency rooms that were overcrowded. The study was presented at the 2017 American Thoracic Society International Conference. (2017-05-21)

The dangers of money
If a commonly used item passed from person to person everyday around the world was found to carry potential harmful microbes, would you continue to use it? Dr Jun Li from the University of Hong Kong and his colleagues have been investigating the bacterial community present on banknotes, recently published in Frontiers in Microbiology. (2017-05-17)

New way of preventing pneumococcal brain invasion
An international team of researchers, led from Karolinska Institutet, has identified two receptors on the cells in the blood vessels of the brain that can be blocked and thereby prevent pneumococci from entering the brain. The study, which is published in The Journal of Experimental Medicine, shows that the use of antibodies that block the receptors can potentially be used as a new therapeutic strategy for pneumococcal meningitis. (2017-05-17)

Key to 'superbug' antibiotic resistance discovered
An international study led by Monash University's Biomedicine Discovery Institute has discovered the molecular mechanism by which the potentially deadly superbug 'Golden Staph' evades antibiotic treatment, providing the first important clues on how to counter superbug antibiotic resistance. (2017-05-16)

Market pressures and inadequate production are hampering access to essential antibiotics
Antibiotics used to treat a variety of common bacterial infections are becoming more difficult to access, mostly because the drugs are less profitable for manufacturers to produce and market. (2017-05-14)

Antibiotic breakthrough: Team discovers how to overcome gram-negative bacterial defenses
Scientists report that they now know how to build a molecular Trojan horse that can penetrate gram-negative bacteria, solving a problem that for decades has stalled the development of effective new antibiotics against these increasingly drug-resistant microbes. The findings appear in the journal Nature. (2017-05-10)

A defence mechanism that can trap and kill TB bacteria
A natural mechanism by which our cells kill the bacterium responsible for tuberculosis (TB) has been discovered by scientists at the Francis Crick Institute, which could help in the battle against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. (2017-05-10)

Half of all seniors who went to doctor for common cold prescribed unnecessary antibiotics
Nearly one in two seniors in Ontario who visited a family doctor for a non-bacterial infection received an unnecessary antibiotic prescription, according to a new study from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) Western site in London, Ontario and Lawson Health Research Institute. (2017-05-09)

MRSA blood infections are less fatal in kids, but cause significant complications
Children with bloodstream infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a common antibiotic-resistant bacteria, are less likely to die than adults with this condition and have different risk factors for treatment failure, a new study led by a Children's National Health System clinician indicates. (2017-05-05)

Scientists engineer baker's yeast to produce penicillin molecules
Scientists have inserted fungus genes into a yeast cell to make it produce penicillin molecules. (2017-05-04)

New hope in the fight against superbugs
In a new paper published in the journal Structure, researchers from McGill University present in atomic detail how specific bacterial enzymes, known as kinases, confer resistance to macrolide antibiotics, a widely used class of antibiotics and an alternative medication for patients with penicillin allergies. The study shows for the first time how these kinases recognize and chemically destroy macrolide antibiotics. (2017-05-03)

Biophysics: Conflict or coexistence
Competition within mixed bacterial populations can give rise to complex growth dynamics. Researchers from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich are probing the interplay between differential growth rates and stochastic factors in determining the composition of such populations. (2017-05-03)

Russian scientists plot antibiotic resistance on a world map
Antibiotic resistance is a serious problem for human health. Uncontrolled antibiotic usage in agriculture and medicine makes bacteria resistant to drugs and these drugs become less effective. This means that infections that used to be curable could become lethal once again. ResistoMap is an interactive visualization of the gut resistome to different antibiotics. The map will help to identify national traits in antibiotic intake and obtain a global-scale view of their resistome. Data is openly available for any researcher to download. (2017-05-02)

Bacteria take a deadly risk to survive
Bacteria need mutations -- changes in their DNA code -- to survive under difficult circumstances. When necessary, they can even mutate at different speeds. This is shown in a recent study by the Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics at KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium. The findings open up various new avenues for research, ranging from more efficient biofuel production methods to a better treatment for bacterial infections and cancer. (2017-05-02)

Bioinspired agent kills drug-resistant bacteria
Microbial resistance to antibiotics and biocides is increasing, and our ability to effectively treat bacterial infections and contamination is under threat. Researchers have developed an antimicrobial treatment that can rapidly kill drug-resistant bacteria. These iodo-thiocyanate complexes caused rapid bacterial death in the tested strains, which included an antibiotic-resistant strain. They could kill both free-floating bacteria and those in biofilms, suggesting that they could be used for decontamination in a variety of situations. (2017-05-02)

Antibiotics counteract the beneficial effect of whole grain
Antibiotics may impede the health properties of whole grain, especially for women. A recent study conducted by Aarhus University and The Danish Cancer Society demonstrates this. The results emphasize the importance of maintaining a restrictive use of antibiotics. (2017-04-28)

Fighting infections with a silver sword
Silver has been used to fight infections since ancient times. Today, researchers are using sophisticated techniques such as the gene-editing platform Crispr-Cas9 to take a closer look at how silver poisons pathogens. The work is yielding new insights on how to create effective antimicrobials and avoid the pitfalls of antimicrobial resistance. (2017-04-25)

New test can identify dangerous bacteria with resistance to last-resort antibiotic
New research suggests it is possible to quickly and accurately diagnose some the most dangerous and drug-resistant types of bacterial infections, using equipment already owned by most hospitals. (2017-04-23)

Drug-resistant bacteria in patients' urine or stools raise risk of drug-resistant sepsis
People who have recently been found to have drug-resistant bacteria in their urine or stool samples have a greatly increased risk of developing a bloodstream infection that is also resistant to certain antibiotics, according to a study presented at the 27th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. (2017-04-22)

Clostridium difficile infections linked to higher death rates if infection recurs
Two presentations at the 27th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) show that repeated infection with the bacterium Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), which causes stomach upsets and diarrhoea, is linked to higher death rates, as well as having a significant impact on health services in terms of cost and hospital beds occupied. (2017-04-20)

Same but different
Bacterial populations pose an intriguing puzzle: in so-called isogenic populations, all bacteria have the same genes, but they still behave differently, for example grow at different speeds. Researchers at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) now solved a part of this puzzle by studying how the bacterium Escherichia coli divides up a protein complex that detoxifies cells by pumping multiple drugs such as antibiotics out of the cell. (2017-04-20)

Bacteria used to fight antimicrobial contamination of soil and water
A new study at the University of Nevada, Reno has found a potential way to reduce the environmental presence of Triclosan, an antimicrobial that is also linked to problems with antibiotic resistance. (2017-04-20)

AATS issues new consensus statement for treatment of empyema
To better manage empyema in the face of rising demand for treatment, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Guidelines Committee called for the formation of the Empyema Management Guidelines Working Group. The group was tasked with analyzing the latest literature about empyema and issuing new evidence-based clinical guidelines. The resulting Consensus Statement is published in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. (2017-04-20)

New weapon in fight against antibiotic resistance discovered
Scientists have designed an antibiotic that could combat WHO priority pathogens by suppressing the energy supply of bacteria (2017-04-20)

Long-term antibiotic prophylaxis reduces mortality in people with advanced liver disease
A multicenter, randomized, controlled study presented today found that long-term oral antibiotic therapy with norfloxacin improved the prognosis of people with life-threatening advanced liver disease. The study, presented at The International Liver Congress™ 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, showed that norfloxacin administration for six months was associated with a reduced risk of death and infection at six months in patients with Child-Pugh class C cirrhosis, a very severe and advanced stage of liver disease. (2017-04-20)

Fungi have enormous potential for new antibiotics
Fungi are a potential goldmine for the production of pharmaceuticals. This is shown by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, who have developed a method for finding new antibiotics from nature's own resources. The findings -- which could prove very useful in the battle against antibiotic resistance -- were recently published in the journal, Nature Microbiology. (2017-04-20)

Bacteriophages, natural drugs to combat superbugs
Viruses that specifically kill bacteria, called bacteriophages, might one day help solve the growing problem of bacterial infections that are resistant to antibiotic treatment. (2017-04-18)

New mechanism to fight multi-resistant bacteria revealed
In recent years scientists, clinicians and pharmaceutical companies have been struggling to find new antibiotics or alternative strategies against multi-drug resistant bacteria that represent nowadays a serious health problem. In a breakthrough study now published in PLOS Biology, Isabel Gordo and her team at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC; Portugal) identified a compensatory mechanism in bacteria that might be used in the future as a new therapeutic target against multi-drug resistant bacteria. (2017-04-18)

Study examines effectiveness of steroid medication for sore throat
In patients with a sore throat that didn't require immediate antibiotics, a single capsule of the corticosteroid dexamethasone didn't increase the likelihood of complete symptom resolution after 24 hours, and although more patients taking the steroid reported feeling completely better after 48 hours, a role for steroids to treat sore throats in primary care is uncertain, according to a study published by JAMA. (2017-04-18)

Chaining up diarrhea pathogens
Researchers have clarified how vaccinations can combat bacterial intestinal diseases: vaccine-induced antibodies in the intestine chain up pathogens as they grow in the intestine, which prevents disease and surprisingly also hinders the spread of antibiotic resistance. (2017-04-18)

Common antibiotic azithromycin not linked to increased risk of abnormal heartbeat
The commonly used antibiotic azithromycin is not linked to an increased risk of ventricular arrhythmia, an often life-threatening rapid, irregular heartbeat, according to a large study published in CMAJ. (2017-04-18)

Children's Hospital Colorado combats antibiotic resistance with 'handshake stewardship'
Recent research from Children's Hospital Colorado has shown the effectiveness of a unique type of antimicrobial stewardship program in the fight against antibiotic (antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial) resistance. The research examined the impact a strategy known as 'handshake stewardship' can have on the use of antibiotics in a freestanding children's hospital. (2017-04-17)

Researchers develop novel flu test to speed up respiratory treatment
Doctors and researchers in Southampton have developed a novel way of using a swab test which can rapidly diagnose flu and other viral infections in patients with severe respiratory conditions -- resulting in shorter courses of antibiotics and less time in hospital. (2017-04-05)

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