Superbugs


  • Researchers Work to Develop Screening Method for Superbug
    A team of researchers from the University of Houston (UH) and St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital (SLEH) are working to develop improved screening methods to detect a potentially lethal, drug-resistant superbug that has made its way to Texas. Specifically, the research team ...More
    September 9, 2011 Posted in News, Infections & Pathogens
  • Genomic Analysis of Superbug Provides Clues to Antibiotic Resistance
    An analysis of the genome of a superbug has yielded crucial, novel information that could aid efforts to counteract the bacterium’s resistance to an antibiotic of last resort. The results of the research led by scientists from The University of Texas Health Science Center ...More
    September 8, 2011 Posted in News, Infections & Pathogens
  • Aggressive Drug Therapy Aids Superbug Evolution
    New research raises troubling concerns about the use of aggressive drug therapies to treat a wide range of diseases such as infections from MRSA, C. difficile and malaria, and even cancer. "The universally accepted strategy of aggressive medication to kill all targeted ...More
    August 3, 2011 Posted in News, Infections & Pathogens
  • Comating MDROs
    In recent months, the medical community has witnessed outbreaks of NDM-1, KPC and a new strain of Escherichia coli, underscoring the urgency of addressing antibiotic stewardship to save lives and billions of dollars in costs caused by antibiotic-resistant and ...More
    July 18, 2011 Posted in Content Library
  • Scientists Develop Fatty 'Kryptonite' to Defeat Multidrug-Resistant Superbugs
    Superbugs, which can cause wide-spread disease and may be resistant to most, if not all, conventional antibiotics, still have their weaknesses. A team of Canadian scientists discovered that specific mixtures of antimicrobial agents presented in lipid (fatty) mixtures can ...More
    June 17, 2011 Posted in News
  • Life-Saving Antibiotics Face a Doubtful Future
    To head off a healthcare disaster, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has developed a plan to combat deadly antibiotic-resistant superbugs and is rolling out the multi-pronged plan today, on World Health Day 2011. Infections are becoming increasingly ...More
    April 7, 2011 Posted in News
  • Communication Pathways Within Proteins May Yield New Drug Targets to Stop Superbugs
    A School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis biophysicist has developed a new method to identify communication pathways connecting distant regions within proteins. With this tool, Andrew J. Rader, PhD, assistant professor of physics, has ...More
    January 31, 2011 Posted in News
  • Identifying Enzymes to Explode Superbugs
    With the worrying rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), scientists from a wide range of disciplines are teaming up to identify alternative therapies to keep them at bay. One long-considered solution is the use of ...More
    October 4, 2010 Posted in News
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases Pose Current and Future Challenges
    Newly recognized disease-causing viruses, bacteria and other infections are continually emerging around the world, posing difficult challenges for patient diagnosis and treatment and for public health responses. A special symposium section of the September issue of the ...More
    September 22, 2010 Posted in News
  • Nearly 400 Medicines and Vaccines in Development to Fight Infectious Diseases
    Critical challenges remain in the centuries-old battles against infectious diseases, particularly as bacteria and viruses mutate and as the threat of bioterrorism grows. Responding to this need, America’s biopharmaceutical research companies this year have 395 new medicines ...More
    September 10, 2010 Posted in News