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  • How Bacteria Survive Antibiotic Treatment
    Scientists around the world are working hard to win the battle against multidrug-resistant bacteria. A new publication from the BASP Centre at the University of Copenhagen now presents how even sensitive bacteria often manage to survive antibiotic treatment as so-called ...More
    December 19, 2016 Posted in News
  • Researchers Study Frequency of Empiric Antibiotic De-Escalation
    Expanding antimicrobial resistance patterns in the face of stagnant growth in novel antibiotic production underscores the importance of antibiotic stewardship in which de-escalation remains an integral component. Liu, et al. (2016) measured the frequency of antibiotic ...More
    December 12, 2016 Posted in News
  • Oxygen Can Wake Up Dormant Bacteria for Antibiotic Attacks
    Bacterial resistance does not come just through adaptation to antibiotics, sometimes the bacteria simply go to sleep. An international team of researchers is looking at compounds that attack bacteria's ability to go dormant and have found the first oxygen-sensitive toxin ...More
    December 8, 2016 Posted in News
  • IDSA Hails Passage of Landmark Bill to Yield New Antibiotics and Other Cures
    The following is a statement from William G. Powderly, MD, FIDSA, president of the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA): "The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) applauds the Senate for passing the 21st Century Cures Act earlier today. The soon-to-be ...More
    December 7, 2016 Posted in News
  • Experts Show Support for Policies to Improve Use of Antibiotics in the 21st Century Cures Act
    The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) says it applauds the inclusion of language in the 21st Century Cures Act to aid hospitals and health systems in the fight against antibiotic resistance in the U.S. By including “Antimicrobial Innovation and ...More
    November 30, 2016 Posted in News
  • Appropriateness of Antibiotic Management of Uncomplicated SSTIs in Hospitalized Adult Patients
    Skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) are a leading cause for hospitalizations in the United States. Few studies have addressed the appropriateness of antibiotic therapy in the management of SSTIs without complicating factors. Walsh, et al. (2016) aimed to determine ...More
    November 30, 2016 Posted in News
  • Researchers Tweak Enzyme 'Assembly Line' to Improve Antibiotics
    Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered a way to make pinpoint changes to an enzyme-driven "assembly line" that will enable scientists to improve or change the properties of existing antibiotics as well as create designer compounds. The work is the ...More
    November 29, 2016 Posted in News
  • NIAID-Sponsored Study to Assess Shorter-Duration Antibiotics in Children
    Physicians at five U.S. medical centers are planning to enroll up to 400 children in a clinical trial to evaluate whether a shorter course of antibiotics — five days instead of 10 — is effective at treating community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in children who show ...More
    November 29, 2016 Posted in News
  • New Technique of Antibiotic Efficiency Testing is Developed
    Scientists from the Lomonosov Moscow State University in cooperation with colleagues have worked out a safe, not that expensive and highly efficient method, which allows to speed up and improve searching of new germicides. They have elaborated a system, which measures ...More
    November 29, 2016 Posted in News
  • Antibiotics Could Prevent C. diff in Transplant Patients
    It may be possible to safely prevent one of the most common - and costly to treat - infections contracted by hospitalized patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation for the treatment of blood cancers, according to a study from the Abramson Cancer Center at the ...More
    November 28, 2016 Posted in News