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Hospital bugs get from bottom to bedrail
The presence of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) in patients' stools increases the likelihood that it will make its way onto skin, hospital bed rails and other surfaces, according to research published in the online open access journal, BMC Infectious Diseases. (2007-09-12)

Scientists take a step closer to developing vaccine against C. difficile
A group of leading scientists from across Europe have launched a three-year project aimed at developing an oral vaccine against Clostridium difficile, an infection that kills around 4,000 people a year (almost four-times more than MRSA) and for which there are currently no effective treatments. (2013-11-04)

Much needed new antibiotic in fight against 'superbugs'
Tygacil (tigecycline), a new antibiotic for the treatment of a wide range of infections including those caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), 1 will be available in the UK from today. (2006-07-20)

Discovery of chemical profiles for infectious diarrhea
Academics have found, for the first time, smells from healthy feces and people with infectious diarrhea differ significantly in their chemical composition and could be used to diagnose quickly diseases such as Clostridium difficile (C. Diff.). (2007-02-26)

Wide discrepancy in surveillance and control of infections in ICUs
Screening practices for multidrug-resistant organisms in intensive care units vary widely from hospital to hospital, according to a new study by researchers at Columbia University School of Nursing and published in the October 2012 issue of the American Journal of Infection Control. (2012-10-15)

The Burnham buzz
Contained in this release are recent developments at the Burnham Institute for Medical Research in November 2009. (2009-11-16)

Zombie bacteria are nothing to be afraid of
Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis have obtained the first experimental evidence that there are at least two fail-safe points in the bacterial cell cycle. If the fail-safes are activated, the cell is forced to exit the cell cycle forever. It then enters a zombie-like state and is unable to reproduce even under the most favorable of conditions.Drugs that trigger the fail-safes are already under development. (2014-08-28)

Protein scouts for dangerous bacteria
How does the immune system's white blood cells know which bacteria are good and which are harmful? New research shows they send out a scout protein which is the first to detect and banish harmful bacteria. (2012-02-23)

APIC launches first national C. difficile prevalence study
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology today announced a detailed strategy to combat Clostridium difficile-associated disease. The initiative begins with the first national prevalence study to gain a better understanding of the spread of this virulent pathogen. (2008-03-20)

Antibiotic resistance gene transmitted between pets at a UK animal hospital
A gene that enables bacteria to be highly resistant to linezolid, an antibiotic that is used as a last resort for treating infections in humans, has been found in bacterial samples from cats and a dog at a small-animal hospital in the UK for the first time. The new research is being presented at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (April 13-16, 2019). (2019-04-15)

Fighting bacteria's strength in numbers
Scientists at the University of Nottingham have opened the way for more accurate research into new ways to fight dangerous bacterial infections by proving a long-held theory about how bacteria communicate with each other. (2012-05-17)

Now metal surfaces can be instant bacteria killers
Purdue University engineers have created a laser treatment method that could potentially turn any metal surface into a rapid bacteria killer -- just by giving the metal's surface a different texture. (2020-04-09)

New killing mechanism discovered in 'game-changing' antibiotic
Scientists at the University of Liverpool and University of Utrecht have taken another step forward on their quest to develop a viable drug based on teixobactin -- a new class of potent natural antibiotic capable of killing superbugs. Research published in Nature Communications provides fundamental new insights into how teixobactins kill bacteria, including the discovery of a new killing mechanism that could help inform the design of improved teixobactin-based drugs. (2020-06-05)

Israeli docs strike big blow to superbugs
In a study published in Science magazine, the researchers showed that aggressive bacteria can be controlled -- but only if doctors administer treatment within a short window of opportunity. (2020-01-13)

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)

Study suggests pets are not a major source of transmission of drug-resistant microbes to their owners
New research due to be presented at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) has identified genetically identical multidrug-resistant bacteria in humans and their pets, suggesting human-animal transfer is possible in this context. However only a small number of cases were found, suggesting this is not a major source of antibiotic-resistant infections in humans. (2020-04-19)

National evidence-based guidelines for preventing healthcare-associated infections in NHS hospitals
The Journal of Hospital Infection has just released the awaited epic3 guidelines on infection prevention and control for a range of healthcare professionals. They are freely available online on ScienceDirect and on the journal's website. (2013-12-12)

Slowing the spread of drug-resistant diseases is goal of new research area
In the war between drugs and drug-resistant diseases, is the current strategy for medicating patients may be giving many drug-resistant diseases a big competitive advantage, according to a research paper that will be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The paper argues for new research efforts to discover effective ways for managing the evolution and slowing the spread of drug-resistant disease organisms. (2011-06-22)

Bacterial protein structure could aid development of new antibiotics
Bacterial cells have an added layer of protection, called the cell wall, that animal cells don't. Assembling this tough armor entails multiple steps, some of which are targeted by antibiotics like penicillin and vancomycin. Now researchers have provided the first close-up glimpse of a protein, called MurJ, which is crucial for building the bacterial cell wall and protecting it from outside attack. The findings could be used to develop new broad-spectrum antibiotics. (2017-01-11)

Two antibiotics fight bacteria differently than thought
Two widely prescribed antibiotics -- chloramphenicol and linezolid -- may fight bacteria in a different way from what scientists and doctors thought for years, University of Illinois at Chicago researchers have found. Instead of indiscriminately stopping protein synthesis, the drugs put the brakes on the protein synthesis machinery only at specific locations in the gene. (2016-11-01)

Honey could be effective at treating and preventing wound infections
Manuka honey could help clear chronic wound infections and even prevent them from developing in the first place, according to a new study published in Microbiology. The findings provide further evidence for the clinical use of manuka honey to treat bacterial infections in the face of growing antibiotic resistance. (2012-01-31)

'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)

Scientists discover new 'Jekyll and Hyde' immune cell
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin have identified a rare, new cell in the immune system with 'Jekyll and Hyde properties.' These cells play a key protective role in immunity to infection but -- if unregulated -- also mediate tissue damage in autoimmune disorders. The findings should help us design more effective vaccines to prevent infections such as MRSA, and may also assist help us develop of new therapies for autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis. (2020-02-27)

How niffy nappies could help develop new weapons in fight against bacteria
Bacteria 'plan ahead' by tightening their belts to help them survive looming lean periods, researchers at Cambridge have discovered. At a time when there is growing concern about rising antibiotic resistance, the results -- published in the journal PLOS ONE -- could lead to new ways of combating dangerous bacteria. (2014-04-02)

More central line infections seen in children with cancer once they leave the hospital
Pediatric cancer patients whose central lines are used to treat them at home develop three times as many dangerous bloodstream infections from their devices than their hospitalized counterparts, according to the results of a new Johns Hopkins Children's Center study. (2013-07-24)

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