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  • Antibiotic Use Increases at Academic Medical Centers
    CHICAGO – Antibacterial drug use appears to have increased at academic medical centers between 2002 and 2006, driven primarily by greater use of broad-spectrum agents and the antibiotic vancomycin, according to a report in the Nov. 10 issue of Archives of Internal ...More
    November 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover Bacteria That Can Cause Bone Infections
    Scientists have discovered that a bone infection is caused by a newly described species of bacteria that is related to the tuberculosis pathogen. The discovery may help improve the diagnosis and treatment of similar infections, according to an article published in the ...More
    October 17, 2008 Posted in News
  • Nanotechnology Boosts War on Superbugs
    This week Nature Nanotechnology journal (October 12th) reveals how scientists from the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) at UCL are using a novel nanomechanical approach to investigate the workings of vancomycin, one of the few antibiotics that can be used to combat ...More
    October 13, 2008 Posted in News
  • Groundbreaking Discovery May Lead to Stronger Antibiotics
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The last decade has seen a dramatic decline in the effectiveness of antibiotics, resulting in a mounting public health crisis across the world.  A new breakthrough by University of Virginia researchers provides physicians and patients a ...More
    October 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Way to Make Malaria Medicine Also First Step in Finding New Antibiotics
    University of Illinois microbiology professor William Metcalf and his collaborators have developed a way to mass-produce an antimalarial compound, potentially making the treatment of malaria less expensive. Metcalf set out to understand how this compound, one of a group ...More
    September 26, 2008 Posted in News
  • Study Reveals Promising Method for Reducing MRSA Infections in Hospital ICUs
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Doctors at the University of Virginia Health System have significantly reduced MRSA infections among surgical intensive care patients by using antibiotic cycling, a method of rotating drugs at regular intervals.  In a study published in the ...More
    September 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • Web-based Tool Reduces Excessive Use of Antibiotics in Hospitalized Patients
    Doctors who use a novel Web-based tool to prescribe special categories of antibiotics to their hospitalized patients are getting the job done faster and more safely than by traditional means of phone, fax and pager, research led by the Johns Hopkins Children's Center shows. ...More
    September 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • Stick With Simple Antibiotics for Pneumonia, Australian Researcher Advises
    Australian hospitals should avoid prescribing expensive broad-spectrum antibiotics for pneumonia to avoid the development of more drug-resistant superbugs, according to a University of Melbourne study.The study, by PhD researcher and Austin Health Infectious Diseases ...More
    August 26, 2008 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Found in California
    In the first statewide study of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) in the United States, California officials have identified 18 cases of the dangerous and difficult-to-treat disease between 1993 and 2006, and 77 cases that were one step away from XDR TB. The ...More
    August 13, 2008 Posted in News
  • Adverse Reactions to Antibiotics Send Thousands of Patients to the ER
    Adverse events from antibiotics cause an estimated 142,000 emergency department visits per year in the United States, according to a study published in the Sept. 15, 2008 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases.  “This number is an important reminder for physicians ...More
    August 12, 2008 Posted in News