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  • 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
  • Versatile Antibiotic Found With Self-Immunity Gene on Plasmid in Staph Strain
    A robust, broad-spectrum antibiotic, and a gene that confers immunity to that antibiotic are both found in the bacterium Staphylococcus epidermidis Strain 115. The antibiotic, a member of the thiopeptide family of antibiotics, is not in widespread use, partly due to its ...More
    October 13, 2014 Posted in News
  • Longer-Term Outcomes of Program to Reduce Unnecessary Antibiotic Prescriptions
    The initial benefits of an outpatient antimicrobial stewardship intervention designed to reduce the rate of inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions were lost after discontinuation of audit and feedback to clinicians, according to a study published in JAMA. The study is being ...More
    October 10, 2014 Posted in News
  • Effect of Antibiotic Susceptibility on Death Risk Among Patients With Bloodstream Infection
    In an analysis of more than 8,000 episodes of Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections, there were no significant differences in the risk of death when comparing patients exhibiting less susceptibility to the antibiotic vancomycin to patients with more vancomycin ...More
    October 10, 2014 Posted in News
  • Making Sure Antibiotics Work As They Should
    A team of ETH Zurich researchers led by professors Nenad Ban and Ruedi Aebersold have studied the highly complex molecular structure of mitoribosomes, which are the ribosomes of mitochondria. Ribosomes are found in the cells of all living organisms. However, higher ...More
    October 9, 2014 Posted in News
  • Antimicrobial Use in Hospitals Appears to Be Common
    A one-day prevalence survey of 183 hospitals found that approximately 50 percent of hospitalized patients included in the survey were receiving antimicrobial drugs, and that about half of these patients were receiving two or more antimicrobial drugs, according to a ...More
    October 7, 2014 Posted in News
  • 'Programmable' Antibiotic Harnesses an Enzyme to Attack Drug-Resistant Microbes
    The multitude of microbes scientists have found populating the human body have good, bad and mostly mysterious implications for our health. But when something goes wrong, we defend ourselves with the undiscriminating brute force of traditional antibiotics, which wipe out ...More
    October 6, 2014 Posted in News
  • Have Our Bodies Held the Key to New Antibiotics All Along?
    As the threat of antibiotic resistance grows, scientists are turning to the human body and the trillion or so bacteria that have colonized us — collectively called our microbiota — for new clues to fighting microbial infections. They've logged an early success ...More
    October 1, 2014 Posted in News