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Bacteria to blame in asthma attacks in children
Doctors have long known that viral infections can bring about asthma attacks and the shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing associated with them. But while viral infections cannot be treated, scientists at the Danish Paediatric Asthma Centre at the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen University Hospital have discovered that treatable bacterial infections can also cause asthma attacks. The discovery could revolutionize treatment. (2010-10-07)

Toward an alternative for antibiotics to fight bacterial infections?
VIB researcher Mohamed Lamkanfi, connected to Ghent University, discovered that mice that do not produce the receptor protein NLRP6, are better protected against bacterial infections and can easier remove bacteria from the body. Therapeutic drugs that neutralize NLRP6 could be a possible treatment option, in addition to the use of antibiotics, for fighting bacterial infections. His research was published in the leading scientific magazine Nature. (2012-07-03)

New rapid test tells difference between bacterial and viral infections
Scientists are reporting development and successful testing of a rapid and accurate test to tell the difference between bacterial and viral infections. Those common afflictions often have similar symptoms but vastly different treatments -- antibiotics work for bacterial infections but not for viruses. The report appears in ACS' journal Analytical Chemistry. (2011-06-29)

Re-introducing an 'old' antibiotic may help fight multi-drug resistant bacteria
A new study indicates that the drug fosfomycin may be effective for treating multidrug-resistant bacterial infections. In most European countries, the oral formulation is only approved as a 3 gram single dose for the treatment of uncomplicated cystitis; however the Pharmacology Research & Perspectives study found that a dosing regimen of 6-12 grams per day divided in 3 doses is required for the treatment of systemic multi-drug-resistant bacterial infections. (2018-02-07)

Bacteria-infecting viruses exacerbate chronic infections in cystic fibrosis
A study of samples from 92 patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) has revealed that certain bacteriophages -- viruses that infect bacteria -- worsen the severity of bacterial infections associated with the disorder. (2019-04-17)

Investing in antibiotics critical to saving lives during pandemic influenza outbreaks
In a new study published in the journal Health Economics, researchers at CDDEP, the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, and Wageningen University in the Netherlands developed a mathematical framework to estimate the value of investing in developing and conserving an antibiotic to mitigate the burden of bacterial infections caused by resistant Staphylococcus aureus during a pandemic influenza outbreak. (2019-02-12)

Antibiotics linked to higher heart disease risk in individuals with type 1 diabetes
Results from a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine suggest that bacterial infections may elevate the risk of coronary heart disease in individuals with type 1 diabetes. (2020-08-05)

Antibiotic resistance is not just genetic
Genetic resistance to antibiotics is not the only trick bacteria use to resist eradication -- they also have a second defense strategy known as persistence that can kick in. Researchers reporting in the Journal of Medical Microbiology have now demonstrated for the first time that interplay occurs between the two mechanisms to aid bacterial survival. The findings could lead to novel, effective approaches to treat multi-drug resistant infections. (2011-01-05)

A step forward in the fight against bacterial infections
Bacterial infections can strike anyone, and they can sometimes be fatal. Because more and more bacteria are becoming resistant to the pre-eminent remedy; antibiotics; the search for new remedies against bacterial infections is in high gear. Research by scientists from VIB shows that certain mice, by nature, can withstand particular bacterial infections. Elucidation of the biological process that underlies this natural ability offers perspectives for the development of new therapeutics. (2006-02-01)

How gut inflammation drives the evolution of harmful bacteria
Inflammation in the gut helps bacterial viruses spread to other strains of bacteria and promotes their success, a new study in mice finds. (2017-03-16)

Nano-sized traps show promise in diagnosing pathogenic bacterial infections
A new type of 'lab on a chip' developed by McGill University scientists has the potential to become a clinical tool capable of detecting very small quantities of disease-causing bacteria in just minutes. (2018-07-30)

Rationale and prospects of targeting bacterial 2-component systems
Antimicrobial resistance is a major societal problem as there are resistant bacteria to any antibiotic available, and they spread across countries and continents. (2017-04-26)

Winter brings flu, summer brings bacterial infections
In the same way that winter is commonly known to be the (2008-11-26)

New treatment for life-threatening bacterial diseases identified
Researchers at the University of Liverpool have demonstrated a new treatment against antibiotic resistant bacterial infections. (2014-11-07)

Hospital-associated bacterial species becoming tolerant to alcohol disinfectants
A multidrug-resistant bacterial species that can cause infections in hospitals is becoming increasingly tolerant to the alcohols used in handwash disinfectants, a new study finds. (2018-08-01)

Endogenous infection marker guides antibiotic therapy
The endogenous infection marker procalcitonin can help to guide the use of antibiotics when treating infections. The course of antibiotic therapy is shortened, and its side effects and mortality rate also decrease, as researchers from the University of Basel and other colleagues report in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases. They conducted a meta-analysis of over 6,700 international data sets from patients with respiratory infections. (2017-10-16)

Bacterial cooperation as a target for anti-infectious therapy
Resistance to antibiotics is spreading dangerously among bacteria, some of them being resistant to all known medicine. In a paper recently published in Ecology Letters, André and Godelle suggest a radically novel line of attack consists in disorganizing infections, instead of killing individual bacteria. They conclude that instead of facing billions of microscopic individuals the drug is only facing a reduced number of larger organisms (infections) with slower evolutionary rate. (2005-07-13)

UM researchers publish new discoveries on bacterial viruses
University of Montana researchers have published new insights in the Journal Science on how bacteria cause infections, which may help with future infection treatments. (2019-04-01)

RNAIII (RIP) & Deriv. as potential tools for the treatment of S. aureus biofilm infections
S. aureus under the biofilm mode of growth is often related to several nosocomial infections, more frequently associated with indwelling medical devices (catheters, prostheses, portacaths or heart valves).The present paper will provide an overview on the activity and potential applications of RIP as biofilm inhibiting compound, useful in the management of S. aureus biofilm infections. (2018-12-14)

Deaths from foodborne diseases are underestimated
The number of deaths from foodborne diseases is likely to be underestimated, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2003-02-13)

Young infants with fever may be more likely to develop infections
Infants with a high fever may be at increased risk for infections, according to research from Penn State College of Medicine. (2019-10-07)

Heavy metal acts as heavy artillery against bacterial infections
A new antibiotic treatment that contains the heavy metal gallium safely combated bacterial growth in mice and showed signs of efficacy in a preliminary phase 1 clinical trial of patients with cystic fibrosis or chronic lung infections. (2018-09-26)

Backstabbing bacteria: A new treatment for infection?
Selfish bacterial cells that act in their own interests and do not cooperate with their infection-causing colleagues can actually reduce the severity of infection. The selfish behaviour of these uncooperative bacteria could be exploited to treat antibiotic-resistant infections, according to research being presented at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting today. (2010-09-05)

Coriander oil could tackle food poisoning and drug-resistant infections
Coriander oil has been shown to be toxic to a broad range of harmful bacteria. Its use in foods and in clinical agents could prevent food-borne illnesses and even treat antibiotic-resistant infections, according to the authors of a study published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology. (2011-08-23)

New method attacks bacterial infections on contact lenses
Researchers at National Jewish Health and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have discovered a new method to fight bacterial infections associated with contact lenses. The method may also have applications for bacterial infections associated with severe burns and cystic fibrosis. (2011-01-25)

Anti-bacterial fabric holds promise for fighting superbug
An industry-academic collaborative group, involving UNIST, Yeejoo Co., Ltd., and KICET developed an anti-bacterial fabric, using a natural bacterial pigment. (2016-02-29)

Late developers may run higher risk of infection than sexually mature younger teens
Late developers may be more susceptible to high risk sexually transmitted infections than sexually precocious younger teens, suggests research in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections. Sexual maturity, rather than age at first sex, seems to be a critical factor. (2005-03-30)

Flu helps spread pneumonia
Bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis are only able to spread when individuals are infected with flu, says a scientist reporting at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Harrogate. The work could have implications for the management of influenza pandemics and could help reduce incidence of pneumococcal infections in very young children, who are more susceptible to disease. (2011-04-10)

Effects of bacterial pneumonia no worse for HIV-positive patients
Pneumonia doesn't appear to harm HIV-positive patients any more than those without HIV, according to a new international study conducted in part by the University of Alberta. (2005-09-26)

Great willow herb as an antitode in therapies against multi-drug resistant bacteria
Romanian scientists show that combining some of the commonly used antibiotics with great willowherb extracts, rich in different classes of phytochemicals, e.g. phenolic acids and flavonoids, may be beneficial in treating bacterial and fungal infections. Interestingly synergistic effect was observed for bacterial strains, which were resistant to some of the commonly used antibiotics (2016-04-18)

Scientist finds link between antibiotics, bacterial biofilms and chronic infections
Researchers from the University of Southern California and the Oak Crest Institute of Science have discovered the link between antibiotics and bacterial biofilm formation leading to chronic lung, sinus and ear infections. The study results, published in the current issue of PLOS ONE, illustrate how bacterial biofilms can actually thrive, rather than decrease, when given low doses of antibiotics. Results of this study may lead to new approach for chronic ear infections in children. (2014-07-09)

A potential new weapon in the war against superbugs
Researchers in Melbourne, Australia have shown that a newly discovered natural antibiotic, teixobactin, could be effective in treating bacterial lung conditions such as tuberculosis and those commonly associated with COVID-19. (2020-06-03)

Genital infection may be linked to miscarriage
The genital infection, bacterial vaginosis, may be linked to miscarriage during the second trimester of pregnancy (13-15 weeks), concludes a study in this week's BMJ. (2002-12-05)

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)

Scientists opens black box on bacterial growth in cystic fibrosis lung infection
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have shown for the first time how bacteria can grow directly in the lungs of Cystic fibrosis patients, giving them the opportunity to get tremendous insights into bacteria behavior and growth in chronic infections. (2014-10-17)

Imaging platform captures hard-to-track bacterial lung infections in real time
Ahsan Akram and colleagues have created a fluorescent imaging probe that can quickly and accurately detect hard-to-trace Gram-negative bacteria (one of the major bacterial groups) in human lungs within minutes. (2018-10-24)

Chemokine expression heightens antibacterial immunity
Macrophage-derived chemokine (MDC) acts preferentially on Th2 lymphocytes, promoting their migration and setting the stage for antigen-specific B cell responses. Although this chemokine is expressed at low constitutive levels in antigen-presenting cells, Kikuchi and Crystal hypothesized that increasing its expression in dendritic cells (DCs) could allow for more efficient T cell help and a more effective humoral response. Since antibodies are key to the suppression of bacterial infections, these authors tested their idea in a mouse model of bacterial pneumonia. (2001-09-12)

Antibiotic susceptibility testing in 30 minutes or less may help doctors
Scientists have pioneered a method to detect antibiotic susceptibility for urinary tract infections in less than 30 minutes -- potentially enabling patients to be diagnosed and prescribed effective treatments during a single clinical visit. (2017-10-04)

A fast diagnosis for bacterial meningitis
University of Sydney researchers at Westmead Millennium Institute have developed an accurate and rapid method of diagnosing bacterial meningitis. (2005-11-16)

VIB scientists find new strategy to combat bacterial infections
Alvin Lo and Han Remaut (VIB/Vrije Universiteit Brussel) have identified a chemical substance with the potential of acting as a new drug to treat bacterial infections, particularly urinary tract infections. In contrast to the most popular antibiotics, this candidate drug does not destroy pathogenic bacteria, but rather disarms them. The benefit of this new strategy is that other (useful) bacteria are unharmed and there is a lower risk of the development and spread of resistance by bacteria. (2014-01-29)

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