Antibiotics


  • Have Our Bodies Held the Key to New Antibiotics All Along?
    As the threat of antibiotic resistance grows, scientists are turning to the human body and the trillion or so bacteria that have colonized us — collectively called our microbiota — for new clues to fighting microbial infections. They've logged an early success ...More
    October 1, 2014 Posted in News
  • Study Compares Effect of Topical Antibiotics on Antibiotic Resistance, Patient Outcomes in ICUs
    A comparison of prophylactic antibiotic regimens applied to an area in the mouth and throat and digestive tract were associated with low levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and no differences in patient survival and intensive care unit (ICU) length of stay, according to ...More
    October 1, 2014 Posted in News
  • Old Drug May be Key to New Antibiotics
    McMaster University scientists have found that an anticonvulsant drug may help in developing a new class of antibiotics. Although dozens of antibiotics target what bacteria do, their study has looked at how a certain part of bacteria are created, and they found there is a ...More
    September 22, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scripps Research Institute Chemists Modify Antibiotic to Vanquish Resistant Bacteria
    Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have devised a new antibiotic based on vancomycin that is powerfully effective against vancomycin-resistant strains of MRSA and other disease-causing bacteria. The new vancomycin analog appears to have not one but two ...More
    September 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • Bacteria Harbor Secret Weapons Against Antibiotics
    The ability of pathogenic bacteria to evolve resistance to antibiotic drugs poses a growing threat to human health worldwide. And scientists have now discovered that some of our microscopic enemies may be even craftier than we suspected, using hidden genetic changes to ...More
    September 10, 2014 Posted in News
  • Research Identifies Need for Improvement in Antibiotic Use to Safely Treat Infections
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Premier, Inc. have released new research on the widespread use of unnecessary and duplicative antibiotics in U.S. hospitals, which could have led to an estimated $163 million in excess costs. The inappropriate use of ...More
    September 10, 2014 Posted in News
  • Bacteria From Bees is a Potential Alternative to Antibiotics
    Raw honey has been used against infections for millennia, before honey - as we now know it - was manufactured and sold in stores. So what is the key to its' antimicrobial properties? Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have identified a unique group of 13 lactic acid ...More
    September 8, 2014 Posted in News
  • Knowing How Bacteria Take Out Trash Could Lead to New Antibiotics
    A collaborative team of scientists including biochemist Peter Chien at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has reconstructed how bacteria tightly control their growth and division, a process known as the cell cycle, by specifically destroying key proteins through ...More
    September 5, 2014 Posted in News
  • Discovery Could Help Turn Antibiotic Into Antimalarial Drug
    Melbourne researchers are making progress toward new antimalarial drugs, after revealing how an antibiotic called emetine blocks the molecular machinery that produces the proteins required for malaria parasite survival. ...More
    September 3, 2014 Posted in News
  • Synthesis Produces New Antibiotic
    A fortuitous collaboration at Rice University has led to the total synthesis of a recently discovered natural antibiotic. The laboratory recreation of a fungus-derived antibiotic, viridicatumtoxin B, may someday help bolster the fight against bacteria that evolve resistance ...More
    August 28, 2014 Posted in News