Superbugs


  • Superbugs May Have a Soft Spot, After All
    The overuse of antibiotics has created strains of bacteria resistant to medication, making the diseases they cause difficult to treat, or even deadly. But now a research team at the University of Rochester has identified a weakness in at least one superbug that scientists ...More
    February 26, 2013 Posted in News
  • Scientists Notch a Win in the War Against Superbugs
    A team of scientists just won a battle in the war against antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" -- and only time will tell if their feat is akin to the bacterial "Battle of Gettysburg" that turns the tide toward victory. ...More
    February 4, 2013 Posted in News
  • Superbugs Ride Air Currents Around Hospital Units
    Hospital superbugs can float on air currents and contaminate surfaces far from infected patients’ beds, according to University of Leeds researchers. The results of the study, which was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), may explain ...More
    October 11, 2012 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • Plasma Jet Penetrates Biofilms of Superbugs
    Scientists at Queen's University Belfast have developed a new technique which has the potential to kill off hospital superbugs like Pseudomonas aeruginosa, C. difficile and MRSA. As revealed in the most recent edition of leading journal PloS One, the novel method uses a ...More
    October 3, 2012 Posted in News
  • MRSA Research Shows How Superbug DNA Helps Predict Transmission Routes
    Researchers at Ohio State University have discovered a new class of treatment against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) as well as evidence of a growing need to quickly genotype individual strains of the organism most commonly referred to as a “superbug.” ...More
    October 1, 2012 Posted in News
  • Vitamin B3 May Offer New Tool in Fight Against Staph Infections
    A new study suggests that nicotinamide, more commonly known as vitamin B3, may be able to combat some of the antibiotic-resistance staph infections that are increasingly common around the world, have killed thousands and can pose a significant threat to public health. The ...More
    August 27, 2012 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover Way to Tame Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs
    Rather than trying to kill bacteria outright with drugs, Université de Montréal researchers have discovered a way to disarm bacteria that may allow the body's own defense mechanisms to destroy them. "To understand this strategy one could imagine harmful bacteria being like ...More
    August 23, 2012 Posted in News
  • Researchers Unveil Molecular Details of How Bacteria Propagate Antibiotic Resistance
    Fighting superbugs – strains of pathogenic bacteria that are impervious to the antibiotics that subdued their predecessor generations – has required physicians to seek new and more powerful drugs for their arsenals. Unfortunately, in time, these treatments also can fall ...More
    July 26, 2012 Posted in News
  • NTU Scientists Invent Superbug Killers
    The superbugs have met their match. Conceived at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), a solution comes in the form of a coating which has a magnetic-like feature that attracts bacteria and kills them without the need for antibiotics. The killer coating, which has shown ...More
    May 10, 2012 Posted in News
  • Coalition Asks Congress to Approve Legislation for New Drugs to Treat Infections
    Congress must seize the opportunity this year in “must-pass legislation” to head off a growing public health crisis – the inability to treat deadly antibiotic-resistant “super bugs” – by addressing the lack of new antibiotics in development. The Infectious Diseases Society ...More
    February 23, 2012 Posted in News