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  • New Target for Custom Antibiotics Discovered
    More and more bacterial stems are developing resistance to previously life-saving antibiotics. Physicians have been warning that fatality rates from infections could increase dramatically in the very near future. Researchers at the Technische Universität München ...More
    July 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Provides Greater Understanding of Lyme Disease-Causing Bacteria
    Lyme disease in the U.S. is caused by the tickborne bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi and usually begins with a skin lesion, after which the bacteria spread throughout the body to the nervous system, heart or joints. About 60 percent of untreated individuals develop arthritis, ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Newly Developed Antimicrobial Peptide May Protect from Lethal Bacterial Infections
    In a new study researchers from Japan suggest that a synthetic antimicrobial peptide identified as L5 may prevent death in mice suffering from life-threatening bacterial infections, such as MRSA, by activating the host immune response. They report their findings in the June ...More
    June 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • Antibiotics Take Toll on Beneficial Microbes in Gut
    In mice, University of Michigan researcher Vincent B. Young found that gut microflora were significantly altered after antibiotics.   It’s common knowledge that a protective navy of bacteria normally floats in our intestinal tracts. Antibiotics at least ...More
    June 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • Developing Drugs for Neglected Diseases
    Researchers from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) have developed Distributed Drug Discovery (D3), a new low-cost strategy to accelerate the discovery of drugs to treat neglected diseases such as tuberculosis, leprosy, leshmaniasis, dengue fever and ...More
    June 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • Selenium Could be Key to Developing New Antibiotics
    A mineral found at health food stores could be the key to developing a new line of antibiotics for bacteria that commonly cause diarrhea, tooth decay and, in some severe cases, death.The trace mineral selenium is found in a number of proteins in both bacterial cells and ...More
    June 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • Looking for New Antibiotics
    As the best drugs become increasingly resistant to superbugs, McMasterUniversity researchers have discovered a completely different way of looking for a new antibiotic.In a paper to be published published on May 29 in the journal Chemistry and Biology, with colleagues in ...More
    May 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Partnership Aims to Reduce Infections Among Cancer Patients
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation, the CDC and Amgen today announced the launch of a three-year campaign to reduce infections among cancer patients. The campaign will provide resources and educational tools to help patients, families and ...More
    May 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • Common Antibiotics May be Best First Treatment for Children with MRSA-related Infections
    Penicillin and other antibiotics in the beta-lactam family work as well as other antibiotics to treat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcuss aureus (MRSA) infections in the skin and soft-tissue of children and may help prevent further resistance to antibiotic treatment, ...More
    May 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • Reducing the Over-Prescribing of Antibiotics
    Improving communications skills and the use of a simple blood test could help cut the growing number of inappropriate prescriptions of antibiotics, a joint Cardiff University trial has discovered. In a major new clinical trial, published in the British Medical Journal, a ...More
    May 21, 2009 Posted in News