• No Evidence to Recommend Antibiotics for Joint Replacement Patients Who Undergo Dental Procedures
    The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Dental Association (ADA) found that there is insufficient evidence to recommend the routine use of antibiotics for patients with orthopaedic implants to prevent infections prior to having dental procedures ...More
    December 18, 2012 Posted in News
  • Folklore Leads to Potential New Antibiotics
    Following up on an ancient Russian way of keeping milk from going sour — by putting a frog in the bucket of milk — scientists have identified a wealth of new antibiotic substances in the skin of the Russian Brown frog. The study appears in the American Chemical Society's ...More
    December 13, 2012 Posted in News
  • FDA Grants QIDP Designation to Two Cubist Phase 3 Antibiotic Candidates
    Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announces that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has designated two of the company’s Phase 3 antibiotic candidates, CXA-201 (ceftolozane/tazobactam) and CB-315, as Qualified Infectious Disease Products (QIDP). The QIDP designations will ...More
    December 10, 2012 Posted in News
  • BioMAP Screening Procedure Could Streamline Search for New Antibiotics
    Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, have developed a new strategy for finding novel antibiotic compounds, using a diagnostic panel of bacterial strains for screening chemical extracts from natural sources. Public health officials warn of a looming ...More
    November 26, 2012 Posted in News
  • When Antibiotics Lead to Deadly Diarrhea
    It’s day five of Get Smart About Antibiotics Week. In today’s CDC Safe Healthcare Blog, Matthew Wayne MD, CMD, of the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) takes a close look at Clostridium difficile, a major cause of acute, antibiotic-associated diarrhea in the ...More
    November 16, 2012 Posted in News
  • Second Most Common Infection in the U.S. is Harder to Treat With Current Antibiotics
    Certain types of bacteria responsible for causing urinary tract infections (UTIs), the second-most-common infection in the United States, are becoming more difficult to treat with current antibiotics, according to new research from Extending the Cure (ETC), a project of the ...More
    November 13, 2012 Posted in News
  • Researchers "Watch" Antibiotics Attack Tuberculosis Bacteria Inside Cells
    Weill Cornell Medical College researchers report that mass spectrometry, a tool currently used to detect and measure proteins and lipids, can also now allow biologists to "see" for the first time exactly how drugs work inside living cells to kill infectious microbes. As a ...More
    November 2, 2012 Posted in News
  • Antibiotics That Only Partly Block Protein Machinery Allow Germs to Poison Themselves
    Powerful antibiotics that scientists and physicians thought stop the growth of harmful bacteria by completely blocking their ability to make proteins actually allow the germs to continue producing certain proteins -- which may help do them in. The finding, by a team at the ...More
    October 26, 2012 Posted in News
  • Additive Restores Antibiotic Effectiveness Against MRSA
    Researchers from North Carolina State University have increased the potency of a compound that reactivates antibiotics against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an antibiotic-resistant form of Staphylococcus that is notoriously difficult to treat. Their ...More
    October 22, 2012 Posted in News
  • Cholera Discovery Could Revolutionize Antibiotic Delivery
    Three Simon Fraser University scientists are among six researchers who’ve made a discovery that could help revolutionize antibiotic treatment of deadly bacteria. Lisa Craig, Christopher Ford and Subramaniapillai Kolappan, SFU researchers in molecular biology and ...More
    October 22, 2012 Posted in News