JCU Scientist Finds Alcohol-Free Solution Works

August 8, 2017

A James Cook University scientist has made a discovery that will make life easier for surgery patients and their surgeon. Antiseptic solutions are routinely applied to clean the skin prior to surgery.

Penn Study Details Impact of Antibiotics, Antiseptics on Skin Microbiomes

June 20, 2017

The use of topical antibiotics can dramatically alter communities of bacteria that live on the skin, while the use of antiseptics has a much smaller, less durable impact. The study, conducted in mice in the laboratory of Elizabeth Grice, PhD, an assistant professor of dermatology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, is the first to show the long-term effects of antimicrobial drugs on the skin microbiome. Researchers published their findings today in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

Bacteria Used to Fight Antimicrobial Contamination of Soil and Water

April 20, 2017

One of the most widely used antimicrobial products in use since 1964, triclosan, is also one of the top 10 environmental contaminants in rivers - possibly disrupting the endocrine systems of wildlife and causing toxic effects to their reproduction and development. Now, a new study at the University of Nevada, Reno has found a potential way to reduce the presence of the antimicrobial that is also linked to problems with antibiotic resistance.