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Burying beetle larvae know the best time to beg for food
It's easy to imagine an adult bird standing over youngsters with mouths open wide for a pre-mashed meal. (2019-09-11)
Hospital infections declining in Canada
There is good news on the infection front: infections acquired by patients in Canadian hospitals are declining, with a 30% reduction between 2009 and 2017, according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2019-09-09)
Scientists establish new way to test for drug resistant infections
Scientists from the University of York have modified an antibiotic from the beta-lactam family so that it can be attached to a sensor, enabling them to detect the presence of bacteria resistant to treatment. (2019-09-09)
NIAID officials call for innovative research on sexually transmitted infections
Sexually transmitted infections, or STIs, pose a significant public health challenge. (2019-09-09)
Dietary zinc protects against Streptococcus pneumoniae infection
Researchers have uncovered a crucial link between dietary zinc intake and protection against Streptococcus pneumoniae, the primary bacterial cause of pneumonia. (2019-08-22)
New clinical data highlight unique enzymatic activity of B. infantis EVC001 in infant gut
New data showed that term, breastfed infants fed activated Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis EVC001 (B. infantis EVC001) experience improved metabolism of protein-bound glycans from human milk, compared to matched controls. (2019-08-21)
Antibiotics report highlights stewardship, workforce, research needs
A CDC report on antibiotics use in health care US healthcare settings show progress made in promoting appropriate use of infection-fighting drugs, but strengthened and continued efforts needed. (2019-08-20)
Feasibility of antimicrobial stewardship interventions in community hospitals
This study evaluated whether implementing two antimicrobial stewardship interventions (pharmacist approval to continue antibiotic use after the first dose and pharmacist engagement with the prescriber about antibiotic appropriateness after 72 hours of treatment) were feasible in community hospitals. (2019-08-16)
Ancient natural history of antibiotic production and resistance revealed
The study is the first to put antibiotic biosynthesis and resistance into an evolutionary context. (2019-08-12)
Antiseptic resistance in bacteria could lead to next-gen plastics
The molecular machinery used by bacteria to resist chemicals designed to kill them could also help produce precursors for a new generation of nylon and other polymers, according to new research by scientists from Australia and the UK. (2019-08-12)
Bacterial resistance to two critical antibiotics widespread in Southeast Asia
Resistance to two critical antibiotic types, one a 'drug of last resort' when all others fail against some 'superbugs,' are widely distributed in Southeast Asia, raising the risk of untreatable infections, say a team of investigators led by Georgetown University Medical Center. (2019-08-12)
How microorganisms protect themselves against free radicals
There are numerous different scenarios in which microorganisms are exposed to highly reactive molecules known as free radicals. (2019-08-01)
Self-sterilizing polymer proves effective against drug-resistant pathogens
Researchers have found an elastic polymer that possesses broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties, allowing it to kill a range of viruses and drug-resistant bacteria in just minutes - including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). (2019-08-01)
Fly antimicrobial defence system doubles as tumor-killer
An antimicrobial agent called Defensin kills tumour cells and shrinks tumour size in fruit flies, with help from a pathway that flags the cells for destruction. (2019-07-30)
Bacteria-killing gel heals itself while healing you
McMaster researchers have developed a novel new gel made entirely from bacteria-killing viruses. (2019-07-25)
Survey shows surveillance for antibiotic-resistant bacteria continues as core focus
A survey by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America demonstrates that surveillance for antibiotic-resistant bacteria continues to be a core focus for healthcare facilities. (2019-07-17)
Finger-prick blood test could safely reduce antibiotic use in patients with COPD
A simple finger-prick blood test could help prevent unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics for people with the lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new study by researchers from Cardiff University, University of Oxford and King's College London. (2019-07-11)
New antibacterial fillings from Tel Aviv University may combat recurring tooth decay
A new study by Tel Aviv University researchers finds potent antibacterial capabilities in novel dental restoratives, or filling materials. (2019-07-09)
Fall in GP antibiotic prescribing has been slowest for older patients and those with an unclear diagnosis
GP in England are prescribing fewer antibiotics and when they prescribe them they are increasingly choosing drugs that target a narrow range of organisms rather than broad spectrum antibiotics, suggests new research from King's College London published online in BMJ Open. (2019-07-09)
Bacteria associated with hospital infections are found in raw meat
Bacteria of the Acinetobacter ACB complex, which are frequently acquired in hospital settings, can also be found in beef meat, according to a study led by ISGlobal, an institution supported by 'la Caixa' and performed with meat samples from markets in Lima, Peru. (2019-07-08)
Interdisciplinary approach decreases broad spectrum antibiotic usage
An interdisciplinary approach to antimicrobial stewardship involving comprehensive blood culture identification (BCID) testing decreased broad spectrum antibiotic use, according to new research presented last week in Philadelphia at the 46th Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). (2019-06-26)
New approaches cut inappropriate antibiotic use by over 30%
A UC Davis study of nine emergency departments and urgent care centers in California and Colorado found educating physicians and patients about safe antibiotic use can cut overuse by one-third. (2019-06-19)
Good viruses and bad bacteria: A world-first green sea turtle trial
A world-first study at James Cook University in Australia has found an alternative to antibiotics for treating bacterial infections in green sea turtles. (2019-06-18)
How can governments fight antimicrobial resistance with policy?
Governments have a wide variety of policy options at their disposal to respond to the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, but many of these approaches have not been rigorously evaluated, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Susan Rogers Van Katwyk of the University of Ottawa, Canada, and colleagues. (2019-06-11)
Stanford researchers synthesize healing compounds in scorpion venom
Stanford chemists have identified and synthesized two new healing compounds in scorpion venom that are effective at killing staph and tuberculosis bacteria. (2019-06-10)
Study helps develop new treatment option for multi-drug resistant infections
A new study, published in 'Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy' conducted by a University of Liverpool led research consortium, has helped develop a new treatment option for some multi-drug resistant (MDR) infections. (2019-05-29)
Manuka honey to kill drug-resistant bacteria found in cystic fibrosis infections
Manuka honey could provide the key to a breakthrough treatment for cystic fibrosis patients following preliminary work by experts at Swansea University. (2019-05-29)
New compound which kills antibiotic-resistant superbugs discovered
A new compound developed by University of Sheffield experts has killed antibiotic resistant gram-negative bacteria, including E. coli, during tests. (2019-05-28)
Fewer than 60% of young women diagnosed with STIs in emergency departments fill scripts
Fewer than 60% of young women diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections in the emergency department fill prescriptions for antimicrobial therapy to treat these conditions, according to a research letter published online May 28, 2019, by JAMA Pediatrics. (2019-05-28)
Common diarrhea pathogen unknown to many people
Salmonella, genetically modified foods and microplastics in food head the awareness scale of health and consumer topics in Germany. (2019-05-16)
Australian doctors overprescribing flu antivirals
Australian doctors are prescribing antivirals for people with the flu who may not benefit, putting patients at risk of unnecessary side effects and potentially increasing the risk of antimicrobial resistance to these medications, researchers from the University of Adelaide have found. (2019-05-08)
Fleming's method in miniature
Scientists in the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering at ETH Zurich in Basel have developed a method with which they can quickly test a very large number of molecules for antibiotic effect. (2019-04-29)
Darwin can help your doctor
Taking an evolutionary view can inspire new ideas in clinical microbiology. (2019-04-29)
Dermcidin may play role in the pathogenesis of skin disease hidradenitis suppurativa
A team from the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences have identified the protein dermcidin as having a potential role in the pathogenesis of the chronic skin disease hidradenitis suppurativa. (2019-04-25)
Study unravels mystery of antimicrobial frog secretions
Japanese scientists including researchers at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and Yokohama National University have identified the molecular mechanism that gives the skin secretions of a species of frog effective antimicrobial properties. (2019-04-23)
Electronic health records decision support reduces inappropriate use of GI test
Programming a hospital's electronic health record system (EHR) to provide information on appropriate use of a costly gastrointestinal panel and to block unnecessary orders reduced inappropriate testing by 46% and saved up to $168,000 over 15 months, according to a study published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. (2019-04-23)
Information technology can support antimicrobial stewardship programs
The incorporation of information technology (IT) into an antimicrobial stewardship program can help improve efficiency of the interventions and facilitate tracking and reporting of key metrics. (2019-04-23)
The overall annual cost of bacterial resistance in French hospitals estimated up to 290 M€
A team of researchers from Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University (UVSQ), Inserm and Pasteur Institute (Unité Mixte de Recherche 1181 Biostatistique, biomathématique, pharmacoépidémiologie et maladies infectieuses - B2PHI) has been able to provide for the first time an accurate estimate of both the incidence (annual number of new cases) and added direct cost of infections due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria in patients hospitalised in French hospitals during 2015 and 2016. (2019-04-18)
Antimicrobial paints have a blind spot
In a new study, Northwestern University researchers tested bacteria commonly found inside homes on samples of drywall coated with antimicrobial, synthetic latex paints. (2019-04-18)
The pressure to prescribe: Antibiotic stewardship in the outpatient setting
Outpatient healthcare providers inappropriately prescribed antibiotics to 40 percent of patients in a major Veterans Affairs healthcare system, a higher figure than in previous studies examining outpatient antibiotic use, according to a new study appearing in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology published by Elsevier. (2019-04-16)
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