• 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
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Taking Antibiotics During Pregnancy Increases Risk for Child Becoming Obese
    A study just released by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that children who were exposed to antibiotics in the second or third trimester of pregnancy had a higher risk of childhood obesity at age 7. The research also showed that for mothers who ...More
    November 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • Researchers Study Effectiveness of Giving Antibiotics a 'Time-Out' During Treatment
    Resistance to antibiotics is an important health concern that affects both the spread of infections, like Clostridium difficile, and the medication budget. Researchers at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) examined the effectiveness of adopting an antibiotic ...More
    November 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • Use of Antibiotic Following Kidney Transplantation Does Not Prevent Virus Infection
    Among kidney transplant recipients, a three-month course of the antibiotic levofloxacin following transplantation did not prevent the major complication known as BK virus from appearing in the urine. The intervention was associated with an increased risk of adverse events ...More
    November 17, 2014 Posted in News
  • Racial Disparities in Ear Infection Treatment May Contribute to Antibiotic Overuse
    Black children are less likely to be diagnosed with and less likely to receive broad-spectrum antibiotics for ear infections than white children are, a new study has found. But the discrepancy in prescribing fewer broad-spectrum antibiotics means black children actually are ...More
    November 17, 2014 Posted in News
  • On-the-Spot Bacterial Infection Tests Reduce Unnecessary Antibiotic Prescriptions
    Fast, on-the-spot tests for bacterial infections may help to reduce excessive antibiotic use. A systematic review published in The Cochrane Library, found that when doctors tested for the presence of bacterial infections they prescribed fewer antibiotics. Antibiotics treat ...More
    November 10, 2014 Posted in News
  • Allergy to Penicillin May Not Be Accurate
    Many people have been told, incorrectly, that they're allergic to penicillin, but have not had allergy testing. These people are often given alternative antibiotics prior to surgery to ward off infection. But when antibiotic choices are limited due to resistance, treatment ...More
    November 7, 2014 Posted in News
  • New Antibiotic Found in Mushroom That Grows on Horse Dung
    Microbiologists and molecular biologists at ETH Zurich and the University of Bonn have discovered a new agent in fungi that kills bacteria. The substance, known as copsin, has the same effect as traditional antibiotics, but belongs to a different class of biochemical ...More
    November 7, 2014 Posted in News
  • Team Discovers How Microbes Build a Powerful Antibiotic
    Researchers report in the journal Nature that they have made a breakthrough in understanding how a powerful antibiotic agent is made in nature. Their discovery solves a decades-old mystery, and opens up new avenues of research into thousands of similar molecules, many of ...More
    October 27, 2014 Posted in News
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