• New Tool for Mining Bacterial Genome for Novel Drug Development
    Vanderbilt biochemists have discovered that the process bacteria undergo when they become drug resistant can act as a powerful tool for drug discovery. Their findings – reported this week in the Online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences – ...More
    January 29, 2013 Posted in News
  • Penicillin, Not the Pill, May Have Launched the Sexual Revolution
    The rise in risky, non-traditional sexual relations that marked the swinging ‘60s actually began as much as a decade earlier, during the conformist ‘50s, suggests an analysis recently published by the Archives of Sexual Behavior. ...More
    January 28, 2013 Posted in News
  • Patient Expectations of Acute Bronchitis Not Consistent With the Best Evidence
    New research from the University of Georgia exposes a large discrepancy in the length of time patients expect an acute cough illness, also called acute bronchitis, to last and the reality of the illness. This mismatch may be a factor in the over-prescription of antibiotics. ...More
    January 15, 2013 Posted in News
  • Experts Say Access to Antibiotics is a Safety and Equity Challenge for the Next Decade
    Writing in a commentary in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control (2013), Jean Carlet, of the Hôpital St. Joseph in Paris, and Didier Pittet, of the University of Geneva Hospitals in Geneva, emphasize that bacterial resistance to antibiotics is increasing worldwide ...More
    January 14, 2013 Posted in News
  • Antibiotics Based on a New Principle May Defeat MRSA
    Scientists at Karolinska Institutet have presented a new principle for fighting bacterial infections in the form of a new type of antibiotic mechanism. The new antibiotic mechanism is based on selectively blocking the thioredoxin system in the cells, which is crucial to the ...More
    December 18, 2012 Posted in News
  • 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