Superbugs


  • Bacteria Create Aquatic Superbugs in Waste Treatment Plants
    For bacteria in wastewater treatment plants, the stars align perfectly to create a hedonistic mating ground for antibiotic-resistant superbugs eventually discharged into streams and lakes.In the first known study of its kind, Chuanwu Xi of the University of Michigan School ...More
    May 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Hospitals in Pennsylvania Prevent UTIs
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common healthcare-acquired infection, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all nosocomial infections. This has become a major issue for hospitals since the Centers ...More
    May 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • Obesity Associated with Higher Risk for Urinary Tract Infections
    As body mass increases, so does a patient’s risk of urinary tract infection (UTI), according to Baltimore researchers. A new study, presented at the 104th annual scientific meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) assesses and stratifies this ...More
    April 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • APIC Offers New Classroom Tool in Fight Against HAIs
    Sellers of surgical masks and disinfectants are going back to school to fight superbugs.The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announces a special course for industry sales teams and marketers designed to enlist new allies in the ...More
    April 21, 2009 Posted in News
  • Hospital Care Varies for Children with UTIs
    More than 45,000 infants and children in the United States are hospitalized each year for urinary tract infections (UTIs), but a new study reveals significant variability across hospitals in treatment and outcomes.The findings of the study provide an opportunity to ...More
    April 21, 2009 Posted in News
  • “Positive Deviance” Efforts Help Reduce MRSA Rates Up to 62 Percent
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Plexus Institute today announce results from an analysis of a multifaceted methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) prevention program that employed positive deviance (PD), a novel approach to social and behavioral ...More
    March 23, 2009 Posted in News
  • Superbug Complicates Treatment of Infections in Cystic Fibrosis
    The unexpected behavior of a family of "superbugs" called the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) could have implications for the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. CF patients produce large quantities of sticky mucus in their lungs that is difficult to expel and is ...More
    March 17, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • New Research Reveals How Cranberry Products Prevent UTIs
    Chemicals present in cranberries—and not the acidity of cranberry juice, as previously thought—prevent infection-causing bacteria from attaching to the cells that line the urinary tract, as documented in a report published in Journal of Medicinal Food.Urinary ...More
    March 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • Scientists Debug Superbug
    An international team of scientists, led by MonashUniversity researchers, has uncovered the workings of a superbug that kills elderly hospital patients worldwide -- a discovery that has the potential to save lives and healthcare systems billions of dollars each year.The ...More
    March 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • Scientists Unlock Secrets of C. difficile's Protective Shell
    The detailed structure of a protective 'jacket' that surrounds cells of the Clostridium difficile superbug, and which helps the dangerous pathogen stick to human host cells and tissues, is revealed in part in the March 1 issue of Molecular Microbiology.Scientists hope that ...More
    February 27, 2009 Posted in News