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  • Researchers Take Aim at Pathogen’s Antibiotic Resistance
    Some samples of the pathogen Campylobacter coli showed resistance to antibiotics that were intended to protect swine from diseases, tests performed at Iowa State University revealed. There’s more to be learned about the situation, which is keeping Qijing Zhang’s research ...More
    June 4, 2007 Posted in News
  • CDAD
    For almost three decades, physicians have recognized that C. difficile (C. diff) infection is the main cause of bacterial diarrhea during or following antibiotic treatment of other infections. Outbreaks of C. diff infection have been reported in many countries around the ...More
  • Danger is Brewing
    The fight to keep America's patients safe and infection free continues to turn more volatile, and as the strength and resistance of bacteria evolves, our disarmament becomes more strenuous. Even the healthy individuals who populate Capitol Hill can no longer turn their ...More
    May 31, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • New Guideline for Treating Lyme Disease
    A guideline developed by the AmericanAcademy of Neurology finds conventionally recommended courses of antibiotics are highly effective for treating nervous system Lyme disease. However, there is no compelling evidence that prolonged treatment with antibiotics has any ...More
    May 29, 2007 Posted in News
  • 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