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Antibiotics


  • Longer-Term Outcomes of Program to Reduce Unnecessary Antibiotic Prescriptions
    The initial benefits of an outpatient antimicrobial stewardship intervention designed to reduce the rate of inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions were lost after discontinuation of audit and feedback to clinicians, according to a study published in JAMA. The study is being ...More
    October 10, 2014 Posted in News
  • Effect of Antibiotic Susceptibility on Death Risk Among Patients With Bloodstream Infection
    In an analysis of more than 8,000 episodes of Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections, there were no significant differences in the risk of death when comparing patients exhibiting less susceptibility to the antibiotic vancomycin to patients with more vancomycin ...More
    October 10, 2014 Posted in News
  • Making Sure Antibiotics Work As They Should
    A team of ETH Zurich researchers led by professors Nenad Ban and Ruedi Aebersold have studied the highly complex molecular structure of mitoribosomes, which are the ribosomes of mitochondria. Ribosomes are found in the cells of all living organisms. However, higher ...More
    October 9, 2014 Posted in News
  • Antimicrobial Use in Hospitals Appears to Be Common
    A one-day prevalence survey of 183 hospitals found that approximately 50 percent of hospitalized patients included in the survey were receiving antimicrobial drugs, and that about half of these patients were receiving two or more antimicrobial drugs, according to a ...More
    October 7, 2014 Posted in News
  • 'Programmable' Antibiotic Harnesses an Enzyme to Attack Drug-Resistant Microbes
    The multitude of microbes scientists have found populating the human body have good, bad and mostly mysterious implications for our health. But when something goes wrong, we defend ourselves with the undiscriminating brute force of traditional antibiotics, which wipe out ...More
    October 6, 2014 Posted in News
  • 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