Antibiotic Resistance

  • Fear of Lawsuits May Prompt Doctors to Overprescribe Antibiotics
    Medical liability concerns may be playing a role in the increase of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in healthcare settings by encouraging clinicians to prescribe antibiotics more often and more broadly than clinical circumstances and evidence-based ...More
    December 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • UAB's Whitley Installed as President of Infectious Diseases Society
    Richard Whitley, MD, director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and a renowned researcher on antiviral therapies designed to fight infections in children and adults, has been installed as president of the Infectious ...More
    December 11, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Study Finds MRSA on the Rise in Hospital Outpatients
    The community-associated strain of the deadly superbug MRSA—an infection-causing bacteria resistant to most common antibiotics—poses a far greater health threat than previously known and is making its way into hospitals, according to a study in the December ...More
    November 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Infectious Disease Experts Call for 10 New Antibiotics by 2020
    The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has asked for a commitment from the Obama administration and the European Union to further the Society’s mission to achieve the development of 10 new antibiotics within the next 10 years, known as the 10 x ’20 ...More
    November 23, 2009 Posted in News
  • Slowing Evolution to Stop Drug Resistance
    By  Krister SvahnInfectious organisms that become resistant to antibiotics are a serious threat to human society; they are also a natural part of evolution. In a new project, researchers at the University of Gothenburg are attempting to find substances that can slow ...More
    November 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • Experts Applaud New Task Force on Global Antibiotic Resistance Threat
    Experts on both sides of the Atlantic applaud President Barack Obama and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, representing the European Union (EU) presidency, for establishing a transatlantic task force to address antibiotic resistance, an urgent and growing problem ...More
    November 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Cost the U.S. Healthcare System in Excess of $20 Billion Annually
    The Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA) and Cook County Hospital (currently John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County) announce the release of an eye-opening study on the economic impact of antibiotic overuse and antibiotic-resistant infections (ARIs) ...More
    October 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • Misuse of Antibiotics Not the Only Cause of Resistance
    The perception that antibiotic resistance is primarily the undesirable consequence of antibiotic abuse or misuse is a view that is simplistic and inaccurate, according to a recent report by the American Academy of Microbiology. The reasons behind the spread of resistance ...More
    October 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • Paradigm Shift Needed to Combat Drug Resistance
    When people travel, bacteria and other infectious agents travel with them. As about a billion people cross international borders each year, many more billions of the bugs come along for the ride. However, the trend is contributing to substantial domestic and international ...More
    October 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Says Campaigns to Reduce Antibiotic Use in the U.S. Can’t Compete with Drug Advertising
    Regional public education campaigns in the United States to promote more appropriate use of antibiotics among outpatients are underfunded and seldom evaluated for effectiveness, concludes a study presented at the 49th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and ...More
    October 12, 2009 Posted in News