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Antibiotic Resistance

  • WHO Report Provides the Most Comprehensive Picture of Antibiotic Resistance to Date
    A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) – its first to look at antimicrobial resistance, including antibiotic resistance, globally – reveals that this serious threat is no longer a prediction for the future, it is happening right now in every region ...More
    April 30, 2014 Posted in News
  • 'Lonely' Bacteria Increase Risk of Antibiotic Resistance
    Scientists from the University of Manchester have discovered that 'lonely' microbes are more likely to mutate, resulting in higher rates of antibiotic resistance. The study, published today in Nature Communications and jointly funded by The Wellcome Trust and Engineering ...More
    April 29, 2014 Posted in News
  • Cow Manure Harbors Diverse New Antibiotic Resistance Genes
    Manure from dairy cows, which is commonly used as a farm soil fertilizer, contains a surprising number of newly identified antibiotic resistance genes from the cows' gut bacteria. The findings, reported in mBio® the online open-access journal of the American Society for ...More
    April 22, 2014 Posted in News
  • Promising Agents Burst Through Superbug Defenses to Fight Antibiotic Resistance
    In the fight against superbugs, scientists have discovered a class of agents that can make some of the most notorious strains vulnerable to the same antibiotics that they once handily shrugged off. The report on the promising agents called metallopolymers appears in the ...More
    April 9, 2014 Posted in News
  • Antibiotic Resistance Enzyme Caught in the Act
    Resistance to an entire class of antibiotics – aminoglycosides -- has the potential to spread to many types of bacteria, according to new biochemistry research. A mobile gene called NpmA was discovered in E. coli bacteria isolated from a Japanese patient several years ...More
    April 7, 2014 Posted in News
  • The Number of Patients Admitted with Antibiotic-Resistant Infections is Rising
    The emergence of community-acquired infections, such as urinary tract infections (UTI), due to strains resistant to common antibiotics are on the rise, according to Rhode Island Hospital researchers. The study is published online in the journal Antimicrobial Resistance and ...More
    March 25, 2014 Posted in News
  • Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Among Children in the U.S. is on the Rise
    Infections caused by a specific type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise in U.S. children, according to new study published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. While still rare, the bacteria are increasingly found in children of all ...More
    March 20, 2014 Posted in News
  • Fighting Antibiotic Resistance with 'Molecular Drill Bits'
    In response to drug-resistant “superbugs” that send millions of people to hospitals around the world, scientists are building tiny, “molecular drill bits” that kill bacteria by bursting through their protective cell walls. They presented some of the ...More
    March 17, 2014 Posted in News
  • Honey is a New Approach to Fighting Antibiotic Resistance
    Honey could be one sweet solution to the serious, ever-growing problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics, researchers say. Medical professionals sometimes use honey successfully as a topical dressing, but it could play a larger role in fighting infections, the ...More
    March 17, 2014 Posted in News
  • Spread of Antibiotic Resistance Understood by Unraveling Bacterial Secretion System
    The system that allows the sharing of genetic material between bacteria – and therefore the spread of antibiotic resistance – has been uncovered by a team of scientists at Birkbeck, University of London and UCL. The study, published today in Nature, reveals the ...More
    March 10, 2014 Posted in News