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  • Researchers Discover That Cigarette Smoke Makes Superbugs More Aggressive
    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an antibiotic-resistant superbug, can cause life-threatening skin, bloodstream and surgical site infections or pneumonia. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine now report that cigarette ...More
    April 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • AncientBiotics: A Medieval Remedy for Modern-Day Superbugs?
    Dr. Christina Lee, an Anglo-Saxon expert from the School of English has enlisted the help of microbiologists from University of Nottinham’s Centre for Biomolecular Sciences to recreate a 10th century potion for eye infections from Bald’s Leechbook an Old English ...More
    March 31, 2015 Posted in News
  • Common Bacteria on the Verge of Becoming Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs
    Antibiotic resistance is poised to spread globally among bacteria frequently implicated in respiratory and urinary infections in hospital settings, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The study shows that two genes that confer ...More
    March 25, 2015 Posted in News
  • Predicting Superbugs' Countermoves to New Drugs
    With drug-resistant bacteria on the rise, even common infections that were easily controlled for decades -- such as pneumonia or urinary tract infections -- are proving trickier to treat with standard antibiotics. New drugs are desperately needed, but so are ways to ...More
    January 5, 2015 Posted in News
  • Drug Developed at Pitt Proves Effective Against Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs
    A treatment pioneered at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research (CVR) is far more effective than traditional antibiotics at inhibiting the growth of drug-resistant bacteria, including so-called superbugs resistant to almost all existing antibiotics. The ...More
    December 10, 2014 Posted in News
  • Deadly Superbug in Southeast Michigan Shows Recent Decline
    A new study finds a decrease in an emergent strain of the superbug methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) that is resistant to last line defense antibiotics. Researchers examined the prevalence of vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA) infections in southeastern ...More
    November 25, 2014 Posted in News
  • Sandia Researchers Find Clues to Superbug Evolution
    Sandia National Laboratories’ researchers Kelly Williams, left, and Corey Hudson look at the mosaic pattern of one of the Klebsiella pneumoniae plasmids and discuss mechanisms that mobilize resistance genes. Photo courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories  A team ...More
    September 23, 2014 Posted in News
  • MIT Engineers are Battling Superbugs
    In recent years, new strains of bacteria have emerged that resist even the most powerful antibiotics. Each year, these superbugs, including drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis and staphylococcus, infect more than 2 million people nationwide, and kill at least 23,000. ...More
    September 22, 2014 Posted in News
  • NIH Scientists Track the Evolution of a Superbug
    Using genome sequencing, National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists and their colleagues have tracked the evolution of the antibiotic-resistant bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae sequence type 258 (ST258), an important agent of hospital-acquired infections. While ...More
    March 17, 2014 Posted in News
  • River Samples Shed Light on the Spread of Potential Superbugs
    The spread of antibiotic-resistance to one of the most pristine locations in Asia is linked to the annual human pilgrimages to the region, new research has shown. Experts from Newcastle University, UK, and the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi (IIT-Delhi), sampled ...More
    February 17, 2014 Posted in News