Antibiotic Resistance


  • Patient Expectations of Acute Bronchitis Not Consistent With the Best Evidence
    New research from the University of Georgia exposes a large discrepancy in the length of time patients expect an acute cough illness, also called acute bronchitis, to last and the reality of the illness. This mismatch may be a factor in the over-prescription of antibiotics. ...More
    January 15, 2013 Posted in News
  • Experts Say Access to Antibiotics is a Safety and Equity Challenge for the Next Decade
    Writing in a commentary in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control (2013), Jean Carlet, of the Hôpital St. Joseph in Paris, and Didier Pittet, of the University of Geneva Hospitals in Geneva, emphasize that bacterial resistance to antibiotics is increasing worldwide ...More
    January 14, 2013 Posted in News
  • 'Baby Steps' Can Pay Off Big When Fighting Drug Resistance
    Rice University scientists have found that mutations of small effect can turn out to be game changers in the bacterial fight against antibiotic drugs. The discovery came during an exhaustive, three-year effort to create a mathematical model that could accurately predict how ...More
    January 9, 2013 Posted in News
  • Study Documents Failure Rate of Antibiotic Treatment for Gonorrhea
    In an examination of the effectiveness of cefixime, the only oral cephalosporin antimicrobial recommended for treatment of Neisseria gonorrhoeae (gonorrhea) infections, researchers found a clinical treatment failure rate of nearly 7 percent for patients treated at a clinic ...More
    January 9, 2013 Posted in News
  • Researcher Says the Gut is the Epicenter of Antibiotic Resistance
    The gut plays a prominent role in the development of antibiotic resistance, allowing the hidden selection and multiplication of resistant microorganisms in the community, long-term care facilities, and hospitals. In a commentary published in Antimicrobial Resistance and ...More
    November 28, 2012 Posted in News
  • How Does Antibiotic Resistance Spread? Scientists Find Answers in the Nose
    Antibiotic resistance results from bacteria’s uncanny ability to morph and adapt, outwitting pharmaceuticals that are supposed to kill them. But exactly how the bacteria acquire and spread that resistance inside individuals carrying them is not well-established for most ...More
    November 20, 2012 Posted in News
  • Self-Prescription of Antibiotics Boosts Superbugs Epidemic in Europe
    Antibiotics kill bacteria, not viruses. Viruses, which antibiotics do not affect, cause 9 out of 10 sore throats and 10 out of 10 cases of influenza. Taking antibiotics unnecessarily weakens their ability to work against infections when they are needed. This enables ...More
    November 19, 2012 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover New Way for Antibiotic Resistance to Spread
    Washington State University researchers have found an unlikely recipe for antibiotic-resistant bacteria: Mix cow dung and soil, and add urine infused with metabolized antibiotic. The urine will kill off normal E. coli in the dung-soil mixture. But antibiotic-resistant E. ...More
    November 16, 2012 Posted in News
  • When Antibiotics Lead to Deadly Diarrhea
    It’s day five of Get Smart About Antibiotics Week. In today’s CDC Safe Healthcare Blog, Matthew Wayne MD, CMD, of the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) takes a close look at Clostridium difficile, a major cause of acute, antibiotic-associated diarrhea in the ...More
    November 16, 2012 Posted in News
  • CDC Safe Healthcare Blog Addresses Inappropriate Antibiotic Use in Nursing Homes
    Today on CDC’s Safe Healthcare Blog, hospital epidemiologist and assistant professor Dr. Chris Crnich discusses the significant problem of inappropriate antibiotic use in nursing homes. He stresses that although provider education is needed, the complete solution must ...More
    November 15, 2012 Posted in News