Antibiotic Resistance

  • Sugar on Bacterial Surface Helps Builds Biofilm
    The bacteria responsible for chronic infections in cystic fibrosis patients use one of the sugars on the germs’ surface to start building a structure that helps the microbes resist efforts to kill them, new research shows.Scientists have determined that the bacterial ...More
    April 21, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Study Finds Multidrug-Resistant Gram-Negative Bacteria High in Long-Term Care
    The prevalence of a certain form of drug-resistant bacteria, called multidrug-resistant Gram-negative (MDRGN) organisms, far surpassed that of two other common antimicrobial-resistant infections in long-term care facilities, according to a study conducted by researchers at ...More
    April 10, 2009 Posted in News
  • Research Could Lead to New Non-Antibiotic Drugs to Counter HAIs
    Lack of an adequate amount of the mineral phosphate can turn a common bacterium into a killer, according to research to be published in the April 14 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science. The findings could lead to new drugs that would disarm the ...More
    April 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Health Ministers to Accelerate Efforts Against Drug-Resistant TB
    BEIJING -- Health ministers from countries with the greatest burdens of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) have agreed to a series of actions to accelerate efforts to halt and reverse the global epidemic of the disease.Global leaders, including WHO director-general Dr. ...More
    April 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Seaweed Surface Chemicals Could be Source for Potential Antifungal Drugs
    A new analytical technique is helping scientists learn how organisms as simple as seaweed can mount complex chemical defenses to protect themselves from microbial threats such as fungus. Known as desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (DESI-MS), the technique ...More
    April 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Greater Benefits of Pneumococcal Vaccines that 'Cover' More Strains
    The current vaccine against pneumococcal bacteria is effective, but vaccines that "cover" additional strains could further reduce pneumococcal infections in infants and toddlers, according to an Israeli study in the April issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. ...More
    April 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • Doctors Identify Patients at High Risk of C. difficile
    Doctors have developed and validated a clinical prediction rule for recurrent Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection that was simple, reliable and accurate, and can be used to identify high-risk patients most likely to benefit from measures to prevent recurrence. ...More
    April 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • Superbug Risk to War Wounded
    Soldiers who survive severe injuries on battlefields such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan can be at risk from developing infections of their wounds with multidrug-resistant bacteria. The potentially lethal microbes include superbugs such as methicillin-resistant ...More
    March 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • “Positive Deviance” Efforts Help Reduce MRSA Rates Up to 62 Percent
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Plexus Institute today announce results from an analysis of a multifaceted methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) prevention program that employed positive deviance (PD), a novel approach to social and behavioral ...More
    March 23, 2009 Posted in News
  • Flies May Spread Drug-Resistant Bacteria from Poultry Operations
    Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found evidence that houseflies collected near broiler poultry operations may contribute to the dispersion of drug-resistant bacteria and thus increase the potential for human exposure to drug-resistant ...More
    March 16, 2009 Posted in News