Antibiotic Resistance

  • Study Finds Efforts to Curb Antibiotic Usage in Ambulatory Settings are Successful
    Researchers with Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Preventive Medicine have completed a large epidemiologic study to assess United States usage trends for antibiotic prescriptions. The study, which examined antibiotic prescription data from 1995 ...More
    August 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • Overall Antibiotic Prescription Rates for Respiratory Tract Infections Decreasing
    From 1995 to 2006 the rate of antibiotic prescriptions for acute respiratory tract infections decreased significantly, attributable in part to a decline in ambulatory visits for ear infections in young children, according to a study in the August 19 issue of JAMA. But ...More
    August 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Demystify Acinetobacter baumannii
    Tao Weitao, a researcher in the College of Sciences' Department of Biology at the University of Texas at San Antonio is making great strides in a project that was funded one year ago by the San Antonio Area Foundation. The professor in the South Texas Center for Emerging ...More
  • Misuse of Common Antibiotic is Creating Resistant TB
    Use of a common antibiotic may be undercutting its utility as a first-line defense against drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). Fluoroquinolones are the most commonly prescribed class of antibiotics in the U.S. and are used to fight a number of different infections such as ...More
    August 10, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover Gene Responsible for Staph Severity
    Scientists studying Staphylococcus bacteria, including methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), have discovered a potent staph toxin responsible for disease severity. They also found the gene for the toxin traveling with a genetic component of Staphylococcus that controls ...More
    July 31, 2009 Posted in News
  • Antimicrobial Effectiveness Of Medical-Grade Honey in Topical Wound Care
    According to a recent paper published in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiological Infectious Diseases, a certain kind of honey can be an effective agent in topical wound care, particularly where antibiotic resistance is an issue. The irony is that this most exciting ...More
    July 22, 2009 Posted in News
  • Fighting Drug-Resistant Flu Viruses
    Amid reports that swine flu viruses are developing the ability to shrug off existing antiviral drugs, scientists in Japan are reporting a first-of-its kind discovery that could foster a new genre of antivirals that sidestep resistance problems, according to an article ...More
    July 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Target for Custom Antibiotics Discovered
    More and more bacterial stems are developing resistance to previously life-saving antibiotics. Physicians have been warning that fatality rates from infections could increase dramatically in the very near future. Researchers at the Technische Universität München ...More
    July 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • Team Develops Anti-infection Technology
    Combat-related injuries have long plagued the military in part because of multidrug-resistant bacteria. Imagine being able to spray a compound fracture with microcapsules that deliver a drug to bolster the immune system, stopping infection before it starts.That technology ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Newly Developed Antimicrobial Peptide May Protect from Lethal Bacterial Infections
    In a new study researchers from Japan suggest that a synthetic antimicrobial peptide identified as L5 may prevent death in mice suffering from life-threatening bacterial infections, such as MRSA, by activating the host immune response. They report their findings in the June ...More
    June 19, 2009 Posted in News