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MRSA is a type of bacterial infection that is resistant to several widely used antibiotics, which makes it difficult to treat. The overuse of antibiotics in recent years has played a major part in antibiotic resistance and superbugs. Infections can be tre

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Drug-resistant 'nightmare bacteria' show worrisome ability to diversify and spread

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

A family of highly drug-resistant and potentially deadly bacteria may be spreading more widely - and more stealthily - than previously thought, according to a new study from Harvard T.H.

For viral predators of bacteria, sensitivity can be contagious

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Is bacterial sensitivity contagious? Scientists show for the first time how bacteria that are entirely resistant to a bacteriophage, or bacterial virus, can become susceptible to it after spending...

Eight years of decreased MRSA healthcare-associated infections associated with Veterans Affairs Prevention Initiative

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

The Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Health Administration's campaign to limit healthcare facility-associated infections (HAIs) of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)...

New research describes how bacteria resists 'last-resort' antibiotic

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

An international research team, led by the University of Bristol, has provided the first clues to understand how the mcr-1 gene protects bacteria from colistin - a 'last resort' antibiotic used to...

Know thy enemy: Kill MRSA with tailored chemistry

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

UConn medicinal chemists have developed experimental antibiotics that kill MRSA, a common and often deadly bacteria that causes skin, lung, and heart infections.

MRSA linked to outsourced cleaning in NHS hospitals

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 07:00:00 PST

A study of NHS hospitals suggests those that employ private cleaners have higher rates of the superbug MRSA, which can cause life-threatening infection.

Resistance to drug of last resort found in farm animals in US

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Carbapenems are one of the most important classes of antibiotics used in humans, and are an important agent against multi-drug resistant bacteria.

Serious, highly drug-resistant infections increasing among US children

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Highly drug-resistant infections are on the rise among U.S. children, reports a new study published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.

Highly drug-resistant infections rising among American children

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 07:00:00 PST

Researchers reveal rates of multidrug- and carbapenem-resistant P. aeruginosa are rising among U.S. children and call for aggressive prevention strategies.

Good drugs for bad bugs: Simple changes to antibiotic treatment of MRSA may help beat the bacteria

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

Microbiologists have identified how MRSA may be more effectively treated by modern-day antibiotics, if old-fashioned penicillin is also used.

Research on new, rapid screening test identifies potential therapies against drug-resistant bacteria

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 05:00:00 PST

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), Clinical Center and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)...

Improved TB treatment steps closer as target for new antibiotics identified

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 07:00:00 PST

Improved treatments for TB and other resistant infections may lie in developing new antibiotics that attack a previously untargeted bacterial enzyme.

Scientists identify key evolutionary catalyst for antibiotic resistance

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

A new study led by scientists at the University of Oxford has found that small DNA molecules known as plasmids are one of the key culprits in spreading the major global health threat of antibiotic...

First study to link antibiotic resistance with exposure to the disinfectant chlorhexidine

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:00:00 PST

Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria exposed to chlorhexidine-containing disinfectants can become resistant to colistin, a last resort antibiotic often used against multidrug resistant pathogens.

Enzyme is crucial for combatting antibiotic-resistant E. coli infections

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 03:00:00 PST

Research by bioscientists at the University of Kent and the University of Queensland is expected to pave the way for new approaches to kill bacteria that no longer respond to conventional...

Cranberry extract disrupts spread of hard-to-treat bacteria

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:00:00 PST

Scientists discover that compounds found in cranberries restrict the spread of hard-to-treat bacteria by disrupting their cell-to-cell communications.

MRSA uses decoys to evade a last-resort antibiotic

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

The superbug MRSA uses decoys to evade a last-resort antibiotic, reveals new research.

Antibiotics live in action

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

A new microscopic technique is enabling scientists to observe the antibiotic daptomycine live in action.

A lead to overcome resistance to antibiotics

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common bacterium of our environment. It can however become a formidable pathogen causing fatal infections, especially in intubated patients, people suffering from cystic...

New insights into how drug-resistant bacteria build their defences

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:00:00 PST

Improved understanding of the way in which hundreds of different types of disease-causing bacteria operate could help pave the way to tackling their effects, according to leading scientists.

UTI testing technology cuts screening time to four hours

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PST

Researchers using DNA sequencing to profile antibiotic resistance in infection have achieved a turnaround time from 'sample to answer' of less than four hours for urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Molecular analysis suggests multi-drug-resistant typhoid common in Nigeria

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:00:00 PST

Typhoid fever is a major cause of illness and death worldwide, with more than 20 million estimated cases and over 200,000 deaths per year.

Deworming drugs could treat deadly C. difficile infection

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PST

A class of drugs used to deworm animals may have the potential to treat even the deadliest strains of Clostridium difficile in humans, new study suggests.

WHO revise STD treatment guidelines as threat of antibiotic resistance escalates

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PST

Prompted by rapidly increasing resistance to antibiotics, the WHO have revised treatment guidelines for three STDs: gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia.

Mycoplasma Pneumoniae: What You Need to Know

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PST

Learn all about Mycoplasma pneumoniae, bacteria that can cause mild infections in the lung. This article looks at transmission, symptoms, and treatment.