Superbugs


  • 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
  • Bacteria in Urinary Infections Steal Iron From Their Host
    Bacteria that cause urinary tract infections (UTIs) make more tools for stealing from their host than friendly versions of the same bacteria found in the gut, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Washington have ...More
    February 23, 2009 Posted in News
  • Nanoemulsion Potent Against Superbugs Killing Cystic Fibrosis Patients
    University of Michigan scientists report highly encouraging evidence that a super-fine oil-and-water emulsion, already shown to kill many other microbes, may be able to quell the ravaging, often drug-resistant infections that cause nearly all cystic fibrosis deaths.Cystic ...More
    February 4, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Can Cannibalism Fight Infections?
    Whenever humans create a new antibiotic, deadly bacteria can counter it by turning into new, indestructible superbugs. That’s why bacterial infection is the No. 1 killer in hospitals today. But new research from Tel Aviv University may give drug developers ...More
    February 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • Running Out of Options to Fight Superbugs
    People are dying from "superbugs" because our antibiotic arsenal has run dry, leaving the world without sufficient weapons to fight ever-changing bacteria, warn infectious disease researchers at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.In a Jan. 29 perspective in ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in News