Antibiotic Resistance

  • H1N1 Pandemic Precautions for Frontline Workers
    If the H1N1 pandemic flu follows the pattern of the 1918 Great Pandemic it could come back with more vigor in a second wave next fall. In 1918, three separate recurrences of influenza followed each other with unusual rapidity, resulting in three pandemic waves within a ...More
    May 14, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Bacteria Create Aquatic Superbugs in Waste Treatment Plants
    For bacteria in wastewater treatment plants, the stars align perfectly to create a hedonistic mating ground for antibiotic-resistant superbugs eventually discharged into streams and lakes.In the first known study of its kind, Chuanwu Xi of the University of Michigan School ...More
    May 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Control of Resistant Bacteria in Outpatient Clinics
    While infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, are usually associated with inpatient settings, the potential for infection in ...More
    May 11, 2009 Posted in News
  • Mechanism Behind Delayed Development of Antibiotic Resistance
    Inhibiting the drug efflux pumps in bacteria, which function as their defense mechanisms against antibiotics, can mask the effect of mutations that have led to resistance in the form of low-affinity drug binding to target molecules in the cell. This is shown by researchers ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • 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