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Antibiotic Resistance

  • Symptomatic Relief for Colds Better Than Antibiotics, APUA Says
    An antibiotic is a modern medical treasure with the unique ability to stop infections caused by bacteria. However, the effectiveness of antibiotics is being threatened by their unnecessary over-use for viral (non-bacterial) infections. More than $1.1 billion are spent ...More
    November 19, 2010 Posted in News
  • CDC Spotlights Global Efforts to Address Antibiotic Resistance
    Antibiotic resistance is one of the world's most pressing public health threats. To bring attention to this increasing problem, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other government partners will observe its third annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week on ...More
    November 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Unlock the Secret of Bacteria's Immune System
    A team of Université Laval and Danisco researchers has just unlocked the secret of bacteria's immune system. The details of the discovery, which may eventually make it possible to prevent certain bacteria from developing resistance to antibiotics, are presented in today's ...More
    November 4, 2010 Posted in News
  • Survey Shows Rise in New Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Chicago Area
    In a survey of Chicago-area healthcare facilities, researchers at Rush University Medical Center and the Cook County Department of Public Health have found that the incidence of KPC-producing bacteria is rising. These bugs cause infections with high mortality rates and are ...More
    October 22, 2010 Posted in News
  • NIH Funds Four Clinical Trials to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance
    The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, announces four new contracts for large-scale clinical trials that address the problem of antimicrobial resistance. Over the next five to six years, these new ...More
    October 22, 2010 Posted in News
  • New Evidence of Common Gastric Infection as Invasive Pathogen May Explain Antibiotic Resistance
    Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium largely associated with gastritis and peptic ulcers in humans, may invade and replicate in gastric epithelial cells say researchers from China. This discovery disputes prior views of H. pylori as a noninvasive pathogen and could offer ...More
    October 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • Identifying Enzymes to Explode Superbugs
    With the worrying rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), scientists from a wide range of disciplines are teaming up to identify alternative therapies to keep them at bay. One long-considered solution is the use of ...More
    October 4, 2010 Posted in News
  • APUA Recognizes Leaders in Global Effort to Contain Antibiotic Resistance
    The Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA) has named Otto Cars, MD, chairman of ReAct -- Action on Antibiotic Resistance, based in Uppsala, Sweden -- as the recipient of its 2010 leadership award, and bestowed its annual chapter recognition award to APUA-Mexico. ...More
    September 16, 2010 Posted in News
  • Outsmarting Killer Bacteria
    Antibiotics can work miracles, knocking out common infections like bronchitis and tonsillitis. But according to the Center for Disease Control, each year 90,000 people in the U.S. die of drug-resistant "superbugs" — bacteria like methicillin-resistant ...More
    September 14, 2010 Posted in News
  • Repeated Antibiotic Use Alters Gut's Composition of Beneficial Microbes
    Repeated use of an antibiotic that is considered generally benign, because users seldom incur obvious side effects, induces cumulative and persistent changes in the composition of the beneficial microbial species inhabiting the human gut, researchers at the Stanford ...More
    September 13, 2010 Posted in News