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  • Arming the Fight Against Resistant Bacteria
    In 1928, Alexander Fleming opened the door to treating bacterial infections when he stumbled upon the first known antibiotic in a Penicillium mold growing in a discarded experiment. Nearly eight decades later, chemist Helen Blackwell and her research team at the University ...More
    May 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Key to Killing Cystic Fibrosis Superbug is Found
    Researchers from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario, working with a group from Edinburgh, have discovered a way to kill the cystic fibrosis superbug, Burkholderia cenocepacia. These investigators, under the leadership of Dr. ...More
    May 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • New Hope for Antibiotic Resistance
    A surprising new theory developed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Neb., suggests that some bacterial cells act as “suicide bombers” in cell communities, with the altruistic intention of dying for the common good – and in the process, ...More
    May 1, 2007 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • IDSA Urges Congress to Support Hatch Amendment; Provisions Would Counter the Threat of Drug-Resistant Superbugs
    The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is calling on members of Congress to support the "Antibiotic Safety and Innovation" amendment introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to the Food Drug Administration (FDA) Revitalization Act. Without innovative public policy, ...More
    May 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Infectious Disease Doctors Need New Drugs to Treat Gonorrhea
    Warning of a looming public health crisis, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is calling for new antibiotics to treat gonorrhea, a common drug-resistant "superbug" that has become increasingly difficult to treat. IDSA's plea came in response to an ...More
    April 13, 2007 Posted in News
  • Antibiotics Not Necessary to Treat Most Abscesses, Even in the Presence of MRSA
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A 30-year review of the medical literature concerning a common skin infection reveals that abscesses treated by simple incision and drainage heal just as well as those treated with incision, drainage and antibiotics. An article appearing online in the ...More
    April 11, 2007 Posted in News
  • Frequent Infections May be a Sign of Immunodeficiency
    Children who get frequent infections, such as ear infections, sinusitis or pneumonia, may have a more severe condition called immunodeficiency, according to the AmericanAcademy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). Patients who have immunodeficiency have infections ...More
    April 3, 2007 Posted in News
  • New Strain May Make a Common Bacterial Illness More Severe
    Illness related to C. difficile, a bacterium commonly found in hospitals, is becoming more widespread, more severe, and harder to treat, reports the April 2007 issue of Harvard Women’s Health Watch. Health experts are worried that a new, more virulent strain may be to ...More
    April 2, 2007 Posted in News
  • Nasal Spray Prevents Infections in Mouse Model
    For parents, 8 million cases of acute middle ear infections every year add up to a lot of sleepless nights and trips to the pediatrician. But new research from a collaboration between RockefellerUniversity and St. Jude Children's ResearchHospital could change all that. In ...More
    March 26, 2007 Posted in News
  • Antibiotic Resistance in Plague
    The ability to resist many of the antibiotics used against plague has been found so far in only a single case of the disease in Madagascar. But because the same ability is present in other kinds of bacteria from a broad range of livestock, antibiotic resistance could ...More
    March 21, 2007 Posted in News