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Antibiotic Resistance

  • When Enough Really is Enough: Overuse of Antibiotics Increases Risks and Costs
    Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, considered one of the world’s most urgent public health problems, infect more than 2 million people in the U.S. each year and cause at least 23,000 annual deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that ...More
    December 23, 2014 Posted in Articles
  • Predicting Antibiotic Resistance
    Treating bacterial infections with antibiotics is becoming increasingly difficult as bacteria develop resistance not only to the antibiotics being used against them, but also to ones they have never encountered before. By analyzing genetic and phenotypic changes in ...More
    December 17, 2014 Posted in News
  • Antibiotic Resistance is a Gut Reaction
    Scientists from the Institute of Food Research and the University of East Anglia have discovered how certain gut bacteria can protect themselves and others in the gut from antibiotics. The bacteria produce compounds, called cephalosporinases, which inactivate and destroy ...More
    December 16, 2014 Posted in News
  • Patients Don't Understand Risks of Unnecessary Antibiotics, GW Study Shows
    Over-prescription of antibiotics is a major factor driving one of the biggest public health concerns today: antibiotic resistance. In a first-of-its-kind study, research led by the George Washington University suggests that public health educational materials may not ...More
    December 15, 2014 Posted in News
  • IDSA Applauds New Legislation Aimed at Developing Drug Approval Pathway
    The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) applauds Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) for introducing the Promise for Antibiotics and Therapeutics for Health (PATH) Act, legislation to establish a new limited population antibacterial drug approval ...More
    December 11, 2014 Posted in News
  • Molecular Decoys Help Overcome Drug Resistance
    Harmful bacteria have evolved some ingenious mechanisms to resist antibiotics. One of those is the drug efflux pump — proteins that stand guard along bacterial cell membranes, identifying antibacterial agents that pass through the membrane and swiftly ejecting them ...More
    December 9, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scientists Reveal How Penicillin Deals Bacteria a Devastating Blow
    Penicillin, the wonder drug discovered in 1928, works in ways that are still mysterious almost a century later. One of the oldest and most widely used antibiotics, it attacks enzymes that build the bacterial cell wall, a mesh that surrounds the bacterial membrane and gives ...More
    December 5, 2014 Posted in News
  • New Method to Determine Antibiotic Resistance Quickly
    Scientists from Uppsala University, the Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) in Stockholm and Uppsala University Hospital have developed a new method of rapidly identifying which bacteria are causing an infection and determining whether they are resistant or sensitive ...More
    November 24, 2014 Posted in News
  • Antibiotic Misuse Threatens Modern Medicine
    Throughout hospitals and other healthcare facilities, antibiotic overuse and misuse threatens the efficacy of one of medicine’s most valuable lifesaving tools.  Concurrently, research and development for new antibiotics has been limited – creating a problem ...More
    November 18, 2014 Posted in News