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Antibiotic Resistance

  • 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
  • IDSA President Blogs About Preserving Lifesaving Antibiotics Today and for the Future
    It’s day three of Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2012, and today on the CDC’s Safe Healthcare Blog, Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) president David A. Relman, MD, FIDSA, shares the story of a healthy, active, sixth grader whose life was taken days before his ...More
    November 14, 2012 Posted in News
  • Second Most Common Infection in the U.S. is Harder to Treat With Current Antibiotics
    Certain types of bacteria responsible for causing urinary tract infections (UTIs), the second-most-common infection in the United States, are becoming more difficult to treat with current antibiotics, according to new research from Extending the Cure (ETC), a project of the ...More
    November 13, 2012 Posted in News
  • Protecting Antibiotics and Preserving Them for the Future
    With antibiotic resistance increasing and a stagnant drug development pipeline, using antibiotics wisely is critical in addressing this growing public health crisis. That’s why infectious disease experts this week are helping to raise awareness about when antibiotics are ...More
    November 12, 2012 Posted in News