• A Key Step Toward a Safer Strep Vaccine
    An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, have identified the genes encoding a molecule that famously defines Group A Streptococcus (strep), a pathogenic bacterial species responsible for more than ...More
    June 11, 2014 Posted in News
  • Study Shows How Streptococcal Bacteria Can be Used to Fight Colon Cancer
    Researchers at Western University in Canada have shown how the bacteria primarily responsible for causing strep throat can be used to fight colon cancer. By engineering a streptococcal bacterial toxin to attach itself to tumor cells, they are forcing the immune system to ...More
    May 20, 2014 Posted in News
  • Clinical Expert Addresses Group A Strep Infection in Pregnancy
    Ignaz Semmelweiss made one of the most important contributions to modern medicine when he instituted hand washing in an obstetric clinic in Austria in 1847, decreasing mortality there from more than ten percent to two percent. Unfortunately, infections can still occur in ...More
    March 6, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scientists Find Possible Cure for Deadly Flesh-Eating Bacteria
    Scientists from the NUS-HUJ-CREATE Inflammation Research Program based in Singapore have found that asparaginase (ASNASE) – the enzyme that degrades the amino acid asparagine and serves as a common chemotherapeutic agent – arrests Group A Streptococcus (GAS) growth in human ...More
    January 17, 2014 Posted in News
  • Toys, Books, Cribs Harbor Bacteria for Long Periods, Study Finds
    Numerous scientific studies have concluded that two common bacteria that cause colds, ear infections, strep throat and more serious infections cannot live for long outside the human body. So conventional wisdom has long held that these bacteria won't linger on inanimate ...More
    December 27, 2013 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • Sore Throat: Is it Viral or Something More?
    It’s a common complaint by a child, “Mom, my throat hurts.” The quandary for many parents is why does it hurt? Is it a virus or something more? For some infections, like strep throat, that question can be difficult to determine without help. “Group A streptococcus or strep ...More
    November 15, 2013 Posted in News
  • Study Finds No Change in Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing for Sore Throat
    Visits to primary-care physicians by adults with sore throats decreased between 1997 and 2010 but there was no change in the overall national antibiotic prescribing rate, according to a research letter by Michael L. Barnett, MD, and Jeffrey A. Linder, MD, MPH, of Brigham ...More
    October 3, 2013 Posted in News
  • Prescriptions for Viral Infections Threaten Effectiveness of Antibiotics
    A vast majority of people who see their doctors for sore throats or acute bronchitis receive antibiotics, yet only a small percentage should, according to analyses of two major national surveys being presented at IDWeek 2013™. Those illnesses usually are caused by viruses, ...More
    October 3, 2013 Posted in News
  • UIC Scientist Waging War Against Bacteria
    Michael Federle believes bacteria are smarter than many scientists give them credit for. By studying quorum sensing — the means by which bacteria cells communicate with one another — Federle, assistant professor of medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy at the University of ...More
    July 19, 2013 Posted in News
  • Scientists Engineer a Molecular 'Superglue' Based on Flesh-Eating Bacteria
    In a classic case of turning an enemy into a friend, scientists have engineered a protein from flesh-eating bacteria to act as a molecular "superglue" that promises to become a disease fighter. And their latest results, which make the technology more versatile, were the ...More
    April 11, 2013 Posted in News
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