Bacterial Infections

  • Scientists Uncover a Role for Carbon Monoxide in Battling Bacterial Infections
    The innate immune system serves as the body's specialized armed forces division, comprised of a host of defense mechanisms used to battle bacterial infections. Among the system's warriors are white blood cells including the specialized macrophages, which maintain constant ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • On-the-Spot Bacterial Infection Tests Reduce Unnecessary Antibiotic Prescriptions
    Fast, on-the-spot tests for bacterial infections may help to reduce excessive antibiotic use. A systematic review published in The Cochrane Library, found that when doctors tested for the presence of bacterial infections they prescribed fewer antibiotics. Antibiotics treat ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Newborns' Genetic Code Sends Infection Distress Signal
    Babies suffering from life-threatening bacterial infections such as sepsis could benefit from improved treatment, thanks to a ground-breaking study. For the first time, researchers have been able to detect and decode a signal generated from a baby's DNA that can tell ...More
    August 14, 2014 Posted in News
  • New Route to Identify Drugs That Can Fight Bacterial Infections
    About 100 drugs already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for other purposes can also prevent the growth of certain bacterial pathogens inside human cells, including those that cause Legionnaires' disease, brucellosis, and Mediterranean spotted fever. The ...More
    July 29, 2014 Posted in News
  • Discovery Could Lead to New Ways of Treating Bacterial Infection
    In an era of increasing concern about the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant illness, Case Western Reserve researchers have identified a promising new pathway to disabling disease: blocking bacteria’s access to iron in the body. The scientists showed how bacterial ...More
    July 9, 2014 Posted in News
  • New Pain Target for Bacterial Infections
    Components in the outer wall of bacteria directly activate pain sensors, triggering immediate pain and inflammatory responses. This finding by a multinational team of researchers led by professor Karel Talavera (from Laboratory of Ion Channel Research, KU Leuven) and ...More
    February 10, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scientists Identify New Strategy to Combat Bacterial Infections
    Scientists Alvin Lo and Han Remaut of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VIB) have identified a chemical substance with the potential of acting as a new drug to treat bacterial infections, particularly urinary tract infections. In contrast to the most popular antibiotics, this ...More
    January 29, 2014 Posted in News
  • New Knowledge of Drug Mechanism Could Lead to New Treatment of Frequent Bacterial Infections
    Scientists at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)’s Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN) have discovered the exact mode of action by plerixafor, a drug commonly prescribed to stimulate immune responses in patients suffering from neutropenia, which causes ...More
    November 14, 2013 Posted in News
  • Patients' "Immune Fingerprints" May Help Diagnose Bacterial Infections and Guide Treatment
    A patient’s immune response may provide better and more rapid insights into the cause, severity, and prognosis of certain bacterial infections than conventional tests, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology ...More
    October 31, 2013 Posted in News
  • Recruiting E. coli to Combat Bacterial Infections
    The notorious bacteria E. coli is best known for making people sick, but scientists have reprogrammed the microbe — which also comes in harmless varieties — to make it seek out and fight other disease-causing pathogens. The researchers' report appears in the journal ACS ...More
    October 2, 2013 Posted in News
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