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Bacterial Infections

  • Protein Preserves Delicate Balance Between Immune Response and Host
    White blood cells called neutrophils are part of the body's first line of defense against bacterial infection. Neutrophils are recruited from the bloodstream to infected tissues where they release powerful chemicals that kill bacteria and amplify the immune response. These ...More
    November 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • FDA Approves Teflaro for Bacterial Infections
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces it has approved Teflaro (ceftaroline fosamil), an injectable antibiotic to treat adults with community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP) and acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI), including ...More
    November 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • H1N1 Flu Linked to Serious Bacterial Infections in Children
    The H1N1 influenza pandemic has led to a sharp increase in the number of children with a serious secondary bacterial infection called empyema in children, suggests a study in the October issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. "Cases similar to those described ...More
    October 25, 2010 Posted in News
  • Vancomycin is the Drug of Choice for Treating Cellulitis
    Patients admitted to the hospital for the common bacterial skin infection cellulitis should be treated as a first line of defense with the potent antibiotic drug vancomycin rather than other antibiotics such as penicillin, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study. For some ...More
    October 25, 2010 Posted in News
  • Discovery of Molecule That Makes Pneumonia Worse Could Lead to Ways of Treating Infection
    A structural molecule and the cellular pump that regulates its levels influence the severity of pneumonia and could provide new ways of treating the lung infection, which is a leading cause of hospitalization and death, according to scientists at the University of ...More
    September 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • Discovery Shows Rapid Evolution of Bacterial Genomes Over the Course of a Single Chronic Infection
    Researchers from the Center for Genomic Sciences at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) in Pittsburgh have made a landmark discovery about the evolutionary nature of bacteria in the setting of chronic infectious disease. Reporting today in the journal PLos Pathogens, the AGH ...More
    September 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • Hospital System Reduces Sepsis Mortality by 33 Percent in Three Years
    Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), the nation's eighth largest health system, announces that its severe sepsis prevention initiative has saved an additional 991 lives and reduced severe sepsis inpatient mortality rate by 33 percent at the end of three years. "A core tenant of ...More
    September 9, 2010 Posted in News
  • Insulin May Reduce Several Inflammatory Factors Induced by Bacterial Infection
    Treating intensive care patients who develop life-threatening bacterial infections, or septicemia, with insulin potentially could reduce their chances of succumbing to the infection, if results of a new preliminary study can be replicated in a larger study. A paper ...More
    September 9, 2010 Posted in News
  • New Class of Peptides May Protect Against Septic Shock
    A new class of peptides may neutralize the endotoxin that causes sepsis, offering a new therapeutic strategy against an often lethal systemic bacterial infection. The researchers from Germany and Spain detail their findings in the September 2010 issue of the journal ...More
    September 8, 2010 Posted in News
  • Cranberry Juice Shows Promise of Blocking Staph Infections
    Expanding their scope of study on the mechanisms of bacterial infection, researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have reported the surprise finding from a small clinical study that cranberry juice cocktail blocked a strain of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) ...More
    September 1, 2010 Posted in News