• Bacteria Communicate to Help Each Other Resist Antibiotics
    New research from Western University unravels a novel means of communication that allows bacteria such as Burkholderia cenocepacia (B. cenocepacia) to resist antibiotic treatment. B. cenocepacia is an environmental bacterium that causes devastating infections in patients ...More
    July 5, 2013 Posted in News
  • Dodging Side Effects Caused by Antibiotics
    A team of scientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University has discovered why long-term treatment with many common antibiotics can cause harmful side effects—and they have uncovered two easy strategies that could help prevent ...More
    July 5, 2013 Posted in News
  • In a Nation of Pill Poppers, Antibiotics Top the List of Most Common Prescriptions
    Nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half take two, Mayo Clinic researchers say. Antibiotics, antidepressants and painkilling opioids are most commonly prescribed, their study found. Twenty percent of patients are on five or ...More
    June 19, 2013 Posted in News
  • CDC Issues Alert on Nationwide Shortage of Doxycycline
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) originally reported a shortage of some forms of doxycycline (doxycycline hyclate) and unavailability of tetracycline on Jan. 18, 2013, caused by increased demand and manufacturing issues. The FDA continues to report shortage from some, ...More
    June 13, 2013 Posted in News
  • Improved Adherence to Prescribing Guidelines for Bacterial Respiratory Tract Infections
    An intervention consisting of clinician education coupled with personalized audit and feedback about antibiotic prescribing improved adherence to prescribing guidelines for common pediatric bacterial acute respiratory tract infections, although the intervention did not ...More
    June 12, 2013 Posted in News
  • Study Identifies Benefits of Hospital Patients Taking Probiotics
    Patients in hospital who are on antibiotics may benefit from taking probiotics, according to researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Reena Pattani, a resident at the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s incoming chief resident, led a literature review that looked at ...More
    June 4, 2013 Posted in News
  • Preserving Antibiotic Effectiveness is Everybody's Responsibility
    Today on the CDC’s Safe Healthcare Blog, Dr. Ramanan Laxminarayan, director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, discusses the urgent need to preserve antibiotics. He highlights the emerging crisis of antibiotic resistance and likens antibiotics to a ...More
    May 10, 2013 Posted in News
  • Variations in Antibiotic Prescribing of Acute Rhinosinusitis in Ambulatory Settings
    Antibiotics for acute rhinosinusitis (ARS) are prescribed frequently— especially for younger adult patients and in primary care settings—despite recent consensus guidelines that discourage antibiotic use in mild cases, according to a study in the May 2013 issue of ...More
    May 9, 2013 Posted in News
  • Serendipitous Scientific Discovery Holds Potential in Destroying Drug-Resistant Bacteria
    Through the serendipity of science, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have discovered a potential treatment for deadly, drug-resistant bacterial infections that uses the same approach that HIV uses to infect cells. The National Institutes of Health-supported ...More
    May 8, 2013 Posted in News
  • New Antibiotic is Based on Studies of Phage
    A new broad-spectrum antibiotic, developed jointly by scientists at the Rockefeller University and Astex Pharmaceuticals, has been found to kill a wide range of bacteria, including drug-resistant Staphylococcus bacteria that do not respond to traditional drugs. The ...More
    April 11, 2013 Posted in News