Antibiotic Resistance

  • Antibiotic Use by Travelers May Add to Global Spread of Superbugs
    Taking antibiotics for diarrhea may put travelers visiting developing parts of the world at higher risk for contracting superbugs and spreading these daunting drug-resistant bacteria to their home countries, according to a new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases ...More
    January 22, 2015 Posted in News
  • Bacteria Do Not Need DNA Changes to Demonstrate Resistance to Known Antibiotics
    Traditionally, antibiotic resistance is associated with genetic mutations in the bacteria, but researchers at the University of Copenhagen can now show that this is not necessarily the case. "We have shown that bacteria do not need DNA changes to demonstrate resistance to ...More
    January 21, 2015 Posted in News
  • Newly Discovered Antibiotic Kills Pathogens Without Resistance
    For years, pathogens' resistance to antibiotics has put them one step ahead of researchers, which is causing a public health crisis, according to Northeastern University professor Kim Lewis. But in new research, Lewis and his colleagues present a newly discovered antibiotic ...More
    January 8, 2015 Posted in News
  • When Enough Really is Enough: Overuse of Antibiotics Increases Risks and Costs
    Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, considered one of the world’s most urgent public health problems, infect more than 2 million people in the U.S. each year and cause at least 23,000 annual deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that ...More
    December 23, 2014 Posted in Articles
  • Predicting Antibiotic Resistance
    Treating bacterial infections with antibiotics is becoming increasingly difficult as bacteria develop resistance not only to the antibiotics being used against them, but also to ones they have never encountered before. By analyzing genetic and phenotypic changes in ...More
    December 17, 2014 Posted in News
  • Antibiotic Resistance is a Gut Reaction
    Scientists from the Institute of Food Research and the University of East Anglia have discovered how certain gut bacteria can protect themselves and others in the gut from antibiotics. The bacteria produce compounds, called cephalosporinases, which inactivate and destroy ...More
    December 16, 2014 Posted in News
  • Patients Don't Understand Risks of Unnecessary Antibiotics, GW Study Shows
    Over-prescription of antibiotics is a major factor driving one of the biggest public health concerns today: antibiotic resistance. In a first-of-its-kind study, research led by the George Washington University suggests that public health educational materials may not ...More
    December 15, 2014 Posted in News
  • IDSA Applauds New Legislation Aimed at Developing Drug Approval Pathway
    The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) applauds Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) for introducing the Promise for Antibiotics and Therapeutics for Health (PATH) Act, legislation to establish a new limited population antibacterial drug approval ...More
    December 11, 2014 Posted in News
  • Molecular Decoys Help Overcome Drug Resistance
    Harmful bacteria have evolved some ingenious mechanisms to resist antibiotics. One of those is the drug efflux pump — proteins that stand guard along bacterial cell membranes, identifying antibacterial agents that pass through the membrane and swiftly ejecting them ...More
    December 9, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scientists Reveal How Penicillin Deals Bacteria a Devastating Blow
    Penicillin, the wonder drug discovered in 1928, works in ways that are still mysterious almost a century later. One of the oldest and most widely used antibiotics, it attacks enzymes that build the bacterial cell wall, a mesh that surrounds the bacterial membrane and gives ...More
    December 5, 2014 Posted in News