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Antibiotic Resistance

  • Physics Strategy Tested as Solution for Antibiotic Resistance
    A Virginia Tech biologist proposes to use a physics strategy called resonant activation to nudge dormant bacteria cells into a stage where they will be sensitive to antibiotics.In medicine, resonance means the sound the doctor hears when he or she thumps your chest. In ...More
    April 21, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Almost 40 Percent of Europeans are Aware of Antibiotic Overuse
    The European Commission has published two reports which demonstrate the need for further progress in the European Union on the issue of antimicrobial resistance. The first is a pan-European survey which reveals some worrying trends in public attitudes towards the use of ...More
    April 14, 2010 Posted in News
  • Consortium to Seek and Destroy Europe’s Superbugs
    The war against antibiotic resistance is now gaining momentum, as a consortium of 14 European institutes celebrates its first year of molecular scrutiny of the pathogens posing imminent health threats. The aim of the three-year project is to exploit basic biological ...More
    April 14, 2010 Posted in News
  • Vaccine Has Led to Changes in Pneumococcal Infections
    In the decade since the introduction of pneumococcal vaccination, significant shifts have occurred in the bacterial strains causing serious pneumococcal infections in children, according to a pair of studies in the April issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. ...More
    April 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Identify Mechanism that Triggers Vancomycin Resistance
    A new study led by the scientific director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research has uncovered for the first time how bacteria recognize and develop resistance to a powerful antibiotic used to treat superbug infections.Gerry Wright, a ...More
    April 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Find Compound Effective in Destroying Antibiotic-Resistant Biofilms
    Researchers at North Carolina State University have found a chemical compound that, when used in conjunction with conventional antibiotics, is effective in destroying biofilms produced by antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria such as the Staphylococcus strain MRSA and ...More
    April 8, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • HAI Drug Market Will Decrease Modestly by 2018
    Decision Resources, a leading research and advisory firm for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that, through 2018, the crowded hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) drug market will be constrained by aggressive generic erosion of key brands, intensified competition ...More
    April 5, 2010 Posted in News
  • Comprehensive Approach Associated With Reduced MRSA in French Hospitals
    An intensive program of surveillance, precautions, training and feedback in a large multihospital institution appears to be associated with reductions in rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) over a 15-year period, according to a report in the March 22 ...More
    March 23, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • 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