Superbugs


  • Consortium to Seek and Destroy Europe‚Äôs Superbugs
    The war against antibiotic resistance is now gaining momentum, as a consortium of 14 European institutes celebrates its first year of molecular scrutiny of the pathogens posing imminent health threats. The aim of the three-year project is to exploit basic biological ...More
    April 14, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Identify Mechanism that Triggers Vancomycin Resistance
    A new study led by the scientific director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research has uncovered for the first time how bacteria recognize and develop resistance to a powerful antibiotic used to treat superbug infections.Gerry Wright, a ...More
    April 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • Reform Law Poised to Make Healthcare Safer, Consumers Union Says
    While most of the attention surrounding the landmark healthcare reform measure just signed into law has focused on how it expands access to affordable insurance coverage, it also enacts important initiatives that will improve patient safety, according to Consumers Union, ...More
    April 2, 2010 Posted in News
  • New Guidance on Catheterization Offered
    The National Association For Continence (NAFC) has released a new consumer educational resource, focusing on catheterization procedures and care in the United States. The Urinary Catheterization of Men and Women pamphlet is the newest addition to NAFC’s library of ...More
    March 4, 2010 Posted in News
  • Low Levels of Antibiotics Cause Multidrug Resistance in Superbugs
    For years, doctors have warned patients to finish their antibiotic prescriptions or risk a renewed infection by a "superbug" that can mount a more powerful defense against the same drug. But a new study by Boston University biomedical engineers indicates that treating ...More
    February 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • Sharing a Hospital Room Increases Risk of Superbugs
    Staying in a multi-bed hospital room dramatically increases the risk of acquiring a serious infectious disease, Queen's University researchers have discovered. A new study led by infectious diseases expert Dr. Dick Zoutman says the chance of acquiring serious infections ...More
    January 7, 2010 Posted in News
  • Disinfectants May Promote Growth of Superbugs
    Using disinfectants could cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics as well as the disinfectant itself, according to research published in the January issue of Microbiology.The findings could have important implications for how the spread of infection is managed in ...More
    January 7, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Drug-Resistant UTIs Spreading Worldwide
    A sudden worldwide increase in an antibiotic-resistant bacterium is cause for concern, according to a review in f1000 Medicine Reports.Faculty of 1000 member Dr. Johann Pitout, of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Calgary, urges the medical ...More
    January 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • Will Copper Keep Us Safe from the Superbugs?
    Three papers scheduled for publication in the January issue of the Journal of Hospital Infection suggest that copper might have a role in the fight against healthcare-associated infections.In a busy Birmingham (UK) teaching hospital, researchers swapped a conventional ...More
    December 1, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Vaccine for Urinary Tract Infections Shows Early Promise
    University of Michigan scientists have made an important step toward what could become the first effective vaccine to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs), if the robust immunity achieved in mice can be reproduced in humans. The research findings, which appear online ...More
    September 18, 2009 Posted in News