Antibiotic Resistance

  • New TB Booster Shows Promise
    A booster shot appears to improve tuberculosis (TB) resistance in previously vaccinated adults, according to new research in South Africa. The study has been published online ahead of print publication in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and ...More
    March 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • Infectious Disease Physicians Call for 10 New Antibiotics by 2020
    As the deaths and suffering caused by antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections continue to rise around the world, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is urging a global commitment to develop 10 new antibiotics by 2020, known as the 10 x '20 initiative, to ...More
    March 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • Antiseptic Cloths Associated With Reduced Rate of Treatment-Resistant Bacteria in the Trauma Center
    Bathing trauma patients daily using cloths containing the antiseptic chlorhexidine may be associated with a decreased rate of colonization and infection by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other difficult-to-treat bacteria, according to a report in the ...More
    March 15, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Can H. pylori Infections Be Eradicated?
    Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium found in about 50 percent of humans worldwide, can cause stomach ulcers and, in extreme cases, gastric cancer. In an article for F1000 Medicine Reports, Seiji Shiota and Yoshio Yamaoka discuss the possible eradication of H. pylori ...More
    March 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • Mineral Studies Advance Antibacterial Alternatives
    Alternative approaches to medicine are stock-in-trade in the ASU laboratory of microbiologist Shelley Haydel. So when ASU senior Jenny Koehl joined Haydel's investigative team seeking firsthand knowledge of how basic research is done, how drugs are tested and potential ...More
    March 4, 2010 Posted in News
  • Pandemic Flu, Like Seasonal Flu, Shows Signs of Resisting Tamiflu
    By Emily CaldwellIf the behavior of the seasonal form of the H1N1 influenza virus is any indication, scientists say that chances are good that most strains of the pandemic H1N1 flu virus will become resistant to Tamiflu, the main drug stockpiled for use against ...More
    March 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • Low Levels of Antibiotics Cause Multidrug Resistance in Superbugs
    For years, doctors have warned patients to finish their antibiotic prescriptions or risk a renewed infection by a "superbug" that can mount a more powerful defense against the same drug. But a new study by Boston University biomedical engineers indicates that treating ...More
    February 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • “Good” Bacteria Keep Immune System Primed to Fight Future Infections
    Scientists have long pondered the seeming contradiction that taking broad-spectrum antibiotics over a long period of time can lead to severe secondary bacterial infections. Now researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine may have figured out why. The ...More
    January 27, 2010 Posted in News
  • Retail Meat Linked to UTIs
    Chicken sold in supermarkets, restaurants and other outlets may place young women at risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs), McGill researcher Amee Manges has discovered. Samples taken in the Montreal area between 2005 and 2007, in collaboration with the Public Health ...More
    January 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • Healthcare Sector Supports Curb on Use of Human Antibiotics in Food Animals
    The healthcare sector is registering strong support for bi-partisan legislation that would help end the use of important human antibiotics in the feed and water of animals that are not sick. Hundreds of individual healthcare practitioners, along with a number of hospitals ...More
    January 7, 2010 Posted in News