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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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Global rise of multidrug resistant tuberculosis threatens to derail decades of progress

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New antibiotics are becoming available for the first time but without accurate diagnostics, clear treatment guidelines, and improved control efforts, their effectiveness could be rapidly lost...

Fighting MRSA with new membrane-busting compound

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Public health officials are increasingly concerned over methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Could new 'helper drugs' restore antibiotic susceptibility in superbugs?

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 07:00:00 PDT

New research suggests it may be possible to restore susceptibility to antibiotics in superbugs by locating and inactivating genes that promote resistance.

Tuberculosis: Soil bacteria compound may yield potent new drug

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Synthetic versions of a compound found in soil bacteria show promise as new drug candidates to fight TB, which is increasingly resisting current therapies.

Contaminated hospital floors may help to spread infection

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Because they are not frequently touched surfaces, hospital floors are often excluded from efforts to improve disinfection. New research now questions this.

WHO prioritize 12 treatment-resistant bacteria for drug development

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:00:00 PDT

For the first time, in a bid to guide drug development, the WHO publish a list of 12 priority pathogens that pose the greatest threat to human health.

Study reports multidrug resistant bacteria found in hospital sinks

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Many recent reports have found multidrug resistant bacteria living in hospital sink drainpipes, putting them in close proximity to vulnerable patients.

Study finds resistant infections rising, with longer hospital stays for US children

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Infections caused by a type of bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics are occurring more frequently in U.S.

Scientists find genetic mutations that drive antibiotic resistance

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have identified novel mutations in bacteria that promote the evolution of high-level antibiotic resistance.

Online-only pharmacies that don't require prescriptions could be helping to fuel antibiotic resistance, finds study

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists have found that antibiotics are illegally available without prescription on 45 per cent of online pharmacy websites surveyed, in a study published in Journal of Antimicrobial...

Researchers make breakthrough in fight against superbug

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at Queen's University Belfast have discovered why a lethal superbug is so resistant to the last line antibiotic meaning potential treatments could now be developed to fight the killer...

Encouraging signs for potential new antibiotic

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, reveals strong evidence that the first in a new class of antibiotic is as effective as an established antimicrobial agent in the...

Researchers help add greater precision to fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A study publishing in the journal Science led by researchers at Indiana University and Harvard University is the first to reveal in extreme detail the operation of the biochemical clockwork that...

New antibiotic from bacteria found on Kenyan ant could help beat MRSA

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new antibiotic, produced by bacteria found on a species of African ant, is very potent against antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs' like MRSA according to scientists.

How best to treat infections and tumors: Choice of containment versus aggressive treatment depends on drug resistance

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:00:00 PDT

In cases where drug resistance can lead to treatment failure, new research shows that therapies tailored to contain an infection or a tumor at tolerable levels can, in some cases, extend the...

'Brute force' can overcome antibiotic resistance

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Antibiotics can still kill drug-resistant bacteria if they 'push' hard enough into bacterial cells, finds new UCL-led research funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Novel combination therapy overcomes difficult-to-treat form of antibiotic resistance

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Combination therapy with two antibiotic compounds overcame pathogenic Enterobacteriaceae harboring a pernicious form of antibiotic resistance, in a bone-infected patient, where other drugs had...

Scientists step closer to developing new drug in fight against antimicrobial resistance

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists have for the first time determined the molecular structure of a new antibiotic which could hold the key to tackling drug resistant bacteria.

'Survival gene' stops strains of TB mutating into deadly 'superbugs'

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists have discovered a key 'survival gene' that prevents strains of tuberculosis (TB) from mutating into drug-resistant 'superbugs'.

Antibiotics, not dirty hospitals, the main cause of C. difficile epidemic

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Restricting the use of a common antibiotic was more important than a high profile "deep clean" of hospitals in massively reducing UK antibiotic resistant Clostridium difficile (C.

Why hospital antibiotic management strategies do little to curb resistance

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

With an alarming growth in antibiotic resistance and doctors increasingly having to resort to last-chance antibiotics to save patients, is there a better way for hospitals to manage antibiotic...

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

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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...