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  • Biomarker Reduces Length of Antibiotic Treatment for CAP
    For hospitalized patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), lower measurements of procalcitonin, a biomarker of infection, can reduce the length of antibiotic treatment by an average of seven days. The study, which is the first research trial of its kind, appears in ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in News
  • Are Antibiotics for Suspected Childhood Meningitis Harmful?
    Should children with suspected meningitis be given antibiotics before transfer to hospital? Several European countries advise doctors in primary care to do this, but the evidence is conflicting, with some studies suggesting benefit and others suggesting harm. Two papers in ...More
    June 2, 2006 Posted in News
  • Zooming in on the Campylobacter That Would Resist Antibiotics
    Scientists who look for ways to eliminate foodborne pathogens are up against another obstacle: those pathogens that resist antibiotics. In particular, they want to single out the resistant bacteria for special attention and get rid of them. That’s the focus occupying ...More
    May 5, 2006 Posted in News
  • New Approach to Defeating Gram-Negative Bugs
    Ronald Woodard’s team set out looking for a way to kill a stubborn type of bacteria and they succeeded — but not in the way he expected. “We didn’t get there the way we thought we’d get there, but in the end, we were right,” says Woodard, chair of medicinal chemistry at the ...More
    May 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Scientists Design Potent Anthrax Toxin Inhibitor
    Scientists funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have engineered a powerful inhibitor of anthrax toxin that worked well in small-scale animal tests. “This novel approach to the design of ...More
    April 25, 2006 Posted in News
  • Less Antibiotic Use in Food Animals Leads to Less Drug Resistance in People, Australian Study Shows
    Australia 's policy of restricting antibiotic use in food-producing animals may be linked with lower levels of drug-resistant bacteria found in its citizens, according to an article in the May 15, 2006 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online. ...More
    April 17, 2006 Posted in News
  • Biochemists Discover Bacteria’s Achilles’ Heel
    Protein being manufactured according to mRNA instructions. Illustration by Sean Studer, UCSD Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have determined what factors turn on protein production in bacteria, a finding that provides new targets for the ...More
    April 10, 2006 Posted in News
  • Commercially Available Antibiotic May Help Fight Dementia in HIV Patients
    An antibiotic commonly used to treat a variety of serious infections may also help prevent dementia in HIV patients, according to a test-tube study of human brain cells by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine neurologist Jeffrey Rumbaugh, MD, Ph.D. Results of the lab ...More
    April 5, 2006 Posted in News
  • New Global Survey Shows Most People are Concerned About Antibiotic Resistance but Many Don’t Link the Problem With Improper Use
    NICE, France -- A global survey of 4,500 people in 11 countries who reported taking an antibiotic within the past 12 months found many people were concerned about antibiotic resistance but fewer understood how improper use of antibiotic medications contributes to the ...More
    April 4, 2006 Posted in News
  • New Research Questions Antibiotic Use in Infants
    Children exposed to at least one course of antibiotics in their first year of life may have an increased risk of developing childhood asthma. New research published in the March issue of Chest, the peer-reviewed journal of the AmericanCollege of Chest Physicians (ACCP), ...More
    March 14, 2006 Posted in News