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Antibiotic Resistance

  • The Hidden Societal Cost of Antibiotic Resistance
    Ambulatory antibiotic prescribing contributes to the development of antibiotic resistance and increases societal costs. Here, we estimate the hidden societal cost of antibiotic resistance per antibiotic prescribed in the United States. In an exploratory ...More
    November 14, 2016 Posted in News
  • Scientists Identify Key Evolutionary Catalyst for Antibiotic Resistance
    A new study led by scientists at the University of Oxford has found that small DNA molecules known as plasmids are one of the key culprits in spreading the major global health threat of antibiotic resistance. Using a novel experimental model, the international team of ...More
    November 10, 2016 Posted in News
  • Implications of the Growing Antibiotic Resistance in Patient Care
    The discovery of penicillin and subsequent generations of antibiotics has been heralded as one of the biggest medical discoveries in history. Yet shortly after his discovery of penicillin in 1928, Fleming warned of the dangers of resistance. This fear has since been proven ...More
    November 3, 2016 Posted in Articles
  • Study Links Antibiotic Resistance With Exposure to Chlorhexidine
    Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria exposed to chlorhexidine-containing disinfectants can become resistant to colistin, a last resort antibiotic often used against multidrug resistant pathogens. This is the first study to link exposure to chlorhexidine with resistance to ...More
    October 31, 2016 Posted in News
  • Evidence and Rationale for Antimicrobial Stewardship Standard in New R3 Report
    A new “R3 Report” released by the Joint Commission addresses the correct use of antimicrobial medications to help combat resistance. It focuses on the Joint Commission’s new antimicrobial stewardship standard for accredited critical access hospitals, ...More
    October 20, 2016 Posted in News
  • Johns Hopkins Awarded $16 Million to Improve Antibiotic Prescribing and Fight Superbugs
    In an effort to improve antibiotic use, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality a $16 million contract, which will be spread over ...More
    October 18, 2016 Posted in News
  • Virginia Tech Team Unravels Mystery of Bacteria's Antibiotic Resistance
    A popular antibiotic called rifampicin, used to treat tuberculosis, leprosy, and Legionnaire's disease, is becoming less effective as the bacteria that cause the diseases develop more resistance. One of the mechanisms leading to rifampicin's resistance is the action of the ...More
    October 10, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Funds 34 Innovative Projects to Combat Antibiotic Resistance
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded more than $14 million to fund new approaches to combat antibiotic resistance, including research on how microorganisms naturally present in the human body (referred to as a person’s microbiome) can be ...More
    October 6, 2016 Posted in News
  • New Device Detects Bacteria and Tests for Antibiotic Resistance
    An interdisciplinary team of engineering and pharmaceutical researchers at the University of Alberta has invented a device that can rapidly identify harmful bacteria and can determine whether it is resistant to antibiotics. The device could save precious hours in patient ...More
    October 5, 2016 Posted in News