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Antibiotic Resistance

  • Genomic Analysis of Superbug Provides Clues to Antibiotic Resistance
    An analysis of the genome of a superbug has yielded crucial, novel information that could aid efforts to counteract the bacterium’s resistance to an antibiotic of last resort. The results of the research led by scientists from The University of Texas Health Science Center ...More
    September 8, 2011 Posted in News, Infections & Pathogens
  • Resistance to Antibiotics is Ancient
    Scientists were surprised at how fast bacteria developed resistance to the miracle antibiotic drugs when they were developed less than a century ago. Now scientists at McMaster University have found that resistance has been around for at least 30,000 years. ...More
    August 31, 2011 Posted in News
  • Simple Guidelines Decreased Unnecessary Antibiotic Use
    Antibiotic overuse and resistance have emerged as major threats during the past two decades. Following an outbreak of Clostridium difficile infections, which often result from antibiotic use, healthcare professionals in Quebec, Canada targeted physicians and pharmacists ...More
    July 26, 2011 Posted in News, Infections & Pathogens
  • World HAI Forum is a Global Call to Action to Fight Antibiotic Resistance
    More than 70 international experts in medicine, infectious diseases, microbiology and epidemiology, from every continent, gathered at the Foundation Mérieux’s Conference Center for the third edition of the World HAI Forum on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), a ...More
    June 30, 2011 Posted in News
  • Cholesterol Boosts Antibiotic Resistance in H. pylori
    New research suggests that cholesterol boosts resistance in Helicobacter pylori both to many antibiotics and to the endogenous antimicrobial peptide, LL-37. A complete understanding of the pathway of cholesterol uptake might lead to novel strategies thwarting H. pylori by ...More
    June 16, 2011 Posted in News
  • E. coli Bacteria More Likely to Develop Resistance After Exposure to Low Levels of Antibiotics
    E. coli bacteria exposed to three common antibiotics were more likely to develop antibiotic resistance following low-level antibiotic exposure than after exposure to high concentrations that would kill the bacteria or inhibit their growth, according to an article in the ...More
    June 14, 2011 Posted in News
  • Deadly Bacteria May Mimic Human Proteins to Evolve Antibiotic Resistance
    Deadly bacteria may be evolving antibiotic resistance by mimicking human proteins, according to a new study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). This process of "molecular mimicry" may help explain why bacterial human pathogens, many of which ...More
    June 2, 2011 Posted in News
  • NDM-1 Acquired in Canada
    An enzyme associated with extensive antibiotic resistance called New Delhi metallo-ß-lactamase-1 (NDM-1), endemic in India and Pakistan and spreading worldwide, has been found in two people in the Toronto area, one of whom acquired it in Canada, states a case report in the ...More
    May 27, 2011 Posted in News
  • Cystic Fibrosis Bacteria Could Help Fight Antibiotic Resistance
    A bacteria which infects people with cystic fibrosis could help combat other antibiotic-resistant microbes, according to a team from Cardiff and Warwick Universities. Continuous use of existing antibiotics means that resistant bacteria are now causing major health problems ...More
    May 27, 2011 Posted in News
  • UCSF Studies Examine Antibiotic Prescribing Patterns for Children
    Two new studies led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco have found some antibiotics may be overused for children with asthma and urinary tract infections. The findings raise concerns around breeding drug resistance in children and underscore the ...More
    May 25, 2011 Posted in News