• New Approach to Defeating Gram-Negative Bugs
    Ronald Woodard's team set out looking for a way to kill a stubborn type of bacteria and they succeeded---but not in the way he expected. "We didn't get there the way we thought we'd get there, but in the end, we were right," said Woodard, chair of medicinal chemistry at the ...More
    March 13, 2006 Posted in News
  • Up-and-Coming Bugs: Evaluating the Latest Infectious Trends
    Up-and-Coming Bugs: Evaluating the Latest Infectious Trends By Kris Ellis As all infection control practitioners (ICPs) know, the world of dangerous microorganisms is in a state of constant evolution and flux. New threats must be closely monitored along with those that are ...More
    January 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Working the Bugs Out of Infection Control
    Working the Bugs Out of Infection Control Using Integrated Pest Management to Reduce Risk of Vectorborne Disease By Zia Siddiqi, PhD, BCE The last thing any healthcare professional wants is for patients with weakened immune systems to be exposed to disease-causing agents ...More
    October 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Reducing Antibiotic Use Lowers Rates of Drug-Resistant Bacteria
    Fewer antibiotic prescriptions lead to fewer superbugs. That's the take-home message behind a new study in the Oct. 15, 2005 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online. The study found that reducing antibiotic use for pediatric respiratory tract infections ...More
    September 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • Unusual Antibiotics Show Promise Against Deadly Superbugs
    An unusual type of antibiotic being developed by chemists at Notre Dame University shows promise in defeating deadly superbugs -- highly drug-resistant staph bacteria that are an increasing source of hospital-based infections. The novel antibiotics, which could some day ...More
    August 29, 2005 Posted in News
  • Cranberry Usage Common for Urinary Tract Infections
    New research suggests that while it’s fairly common for parents to give their children cranberry products to treat or prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs), they usually do not discuss the treatment with their pediatrician. The study, by researchers at Brenner Children’s ...More
    July 19, 2005 Posted in News
  • Two Studies Document Rise of Superbugs in the Environment
    As science gets wiser, so do the bugs. The rates of drug-resistant bacteria infecting patients in the community and in the hospital have been increasing steadily in recent years, according to two new studies in the June, 2005 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases. Drug ...More
    May 9, 2005 Posted in News
  • Infectious Diseases Experts Back Bill to Fight Bad Bugs
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Infectious diseases experts are applauding the introduction of the "Project Bioshield II Act of 2005," a bill that is designed to better protect the nation against the growing threats of antibiotic-resistant infections and pandemic influenza, as well as ...More
    April 29, 2005 Posted in News
  • New Drugs for Bad Bugs: Approach Could Bolster Antibiotic Arsenal
    Call it a chemical crystal ball. A new approach to predict whether a drug in development is likely to work and which dose is best could get antibiotics to market faster and more cheaply, say University of Florida (UF) researchers. In recent years, scientists worldwide have ...More
    March 4, 2005 Posted in News
  • Bacteria Collection Sheds Light on Urinary Tract Infections
    Food of animal origin, contaminated with E.coli, can lead to urinary tract infections in women, according to a team of bacteriologists. "We found out that UTIs may be caused by ingesting food contaminated with E. coli," said Dr. Chobi DebRoy, director of Penn State's ...More
    February 22, 2005 Posted in News