Antibiotic Resistance

  • Bugs Without Borders: The Global Challenge of MDROs
    In a global economy with expansive travel networks, it is possible now for nations to quickly exchange pathogenic bacteria and viruses. These are bugs without borders, and they are becoming a public health threat that requires vigilance in surveillance, control, prevention ...More
    February 8, 2013 Posted in Articles
  • Tracking the Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance
    With the discovery of antibiotics, medicine acquired power on a scale never before possible to protect health, save lives, and reduce suffering caused by certain bacteria. But the power of antibiotics is now under siege because some virulent infections no longer respond to ...More
    February 1, 2013 Posted in News
  • Parental Misconceptions About Antibiotics Linked to Poor Health Literacy Levels in Latino Population
    In the first study of its kind, researchers at the Columbia University School of Nursing have established that poor health literacy among Latino parents is associated with a poor understanding of the proper use antibiotics, particularly for upper respiratory infections ...More
    February 1, 2013 Posted in News
  • New Tool for Mining Bacterial Genome for Novel Drug Development
    Vanderbilt biochemists have discovered that the process bacteria undergo when they become drug resistant can act as a powerful tool for drug discovery. Their findings – reported this week in the Online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences – ...More
    January 29, 2013 Posted in News
  • New Antibiotic Resistance Concern: Fish-to-Human Transmission
    The $15 billion ornamental fish industry faces a global problem with antibiotic resistance, a new study concludes, raising concern that treatments for fish diseases may not work when needed – and creating yet another mechanism for exposing humans to antibiotic-resistant ...More
    January 15, 2013 Posted in News
  • 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