Superbugs


  • 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
  • MRSA Pre-Screening Effective in Reducing Otolaryngic Surgical Infection Rates
    Pre-operative screening of patients for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) may be an effective way to reduce infection rates following otolaryngic surgeries, according to new research published in the January 2009 issue of Otolaryngology – Head and ...More
    January 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Drugs Against MRSA, Other Superbugs Still Lacking
    Infectious disease experts warn that new drugs are urgently needed to treat six drug-resistant bacteria that cause most hospital infections and increasingly escape the effects of antibiotics.The ESKAPE pathogens -- as these six bad bugs have been dubbed -- are still on the ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • Hospital Superbugs on the Rise Despite Prevention Efforts, Study Shows
    Although infection control has been substantially ramped up in Canadian hospitals since the SARS crisis of 2003, resistant bacterial infections post-SARS are multiplying even faster, a new Queen's University study shows.Led by Queen's University epidemiologist Dr. Dick ...More
    November 7, 2008 Posted in News
  • Handwashing Policies in Place but Monitoring Hand Hygiene Remains a Challenge
    According to a new analysis from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), 99 percent of the 103 Ontario hospitals participating in a 2008 patient safety survey reported that they had a formal hand hygiene policy in place, and just more than one-third of these ...More
    October 30, 2008 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene