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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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New ultrafast method for determining antibiotic resistance

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at Uppsala University have developed a new method for very rapidly determining whether infection-causing bacteria are resistant or susceptible to antibiotics.



MRSA survival chances predicted by DNA sequencing the superbug

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Sequencing the DNA of the MRSA superbug can accurately identify patients most at risk of death and could help medics develop new treatments as we move towards personalised medicine, say scientists...



Even bacteria have baggage - and understanding that is key to fighting superbugs

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 11:00:00 PDT

New research points to treatment strategies for multi-drug antibiotic resistance using currently available drugs.



Could probiotics replace antibiotics in wound healing?

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Antibiotics are increasingly failing to keep serious infections at bay. Research indicates that probiotic bacteria might help, but more evidence is needed.



Three klebsiella bacteria species cause life-threatening infections and share drug resistance genes

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A team of US researchers has discovered that three different species of Klebsiella bacteria can cause life-threatening infections in hospital patients and that all three share genes that confer...



'Complete the course' message for antibiotics should be dropped

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Advice that patients should complete a course of antibiotics is not supported by evidence and should be dropped, according to researchers at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and colleagues.



Novel class of antibiotics shows promise against plague, drug-resistant bacteria

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Pathogenic bacteria are rapidly developing resistance to the arsenal of microbial therapies - and driving researchers to identify families of therapeutics with new modes of action.



MRSA emerged years before methicillin was even discovered

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) emerged long before the introduction of the antibiotic methicillin into clinical practice, according to a study published in the open access journal...



Manuka honey: Is it really a superfood?

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Manuka honey has become highly popular, mainly because it's being called a superfood. Learn about the reported benefits, uses, and risks of Manuka honey.



New study links antibiotic resistance to common household disinfectant triclosan

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Scientists from the University of Birmingham and Norwich Research Park have discovered a link between a major mechanism of antibiotic resistance and resistance to the disinfectant triclosan which is...



Common antimicrobials help patients recover from MRSA abscesses

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria are resistant to multiple antibiotics and commonly cause skin infections that can lead to more serious or life-threatening infection in...



Finding the perfect match: A new approach to battle drug-resistant bacteria

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Antibiotics were the wonder drug of the 20th century, but persistent use and over-prescription have opened the door that has allowed bacteria to evolve resistance.



Bacteria from cystic fibrosis patient could help thwart antibiotic-resistant TB

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The number of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) cases is rising globally. But a newly discovered natural antibiotic - produced by bacteria from the lung infection in a cystic fibrosis patient - could...



Researchers discover new antibiotic effective against drug-resistant bacteria

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists from Rutgers University-New Brunswick, the biotechnology company NAICONS Srl., and elsewhere have discovered a new antibiotic effective against drug-resistant bacteria: pseudouridimycin.



Combining vitamin C with antibiotics destroys cancer stem cells

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 08:00:00 PDT

When it comes to killing cancer stem cells - key drivers of cancer metastasis and recurrence - vitamin C and antibiotics can form a lethal combination.



New antibiotic packs a punch against bacterial resistance

Tue, 30 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have given new superpowers to a lifesaving antibiotic called vancomycin, an advance that could eliminate the threat of antibiotic-resistant...



Omega-3 fatty acids weaken Listeria, study finds

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Omega-3 fatty acids can neutralize Listeria monocytogenes, making the listeriosis-causing bacterium vulnerable to attack, new research finds.



Key to 'superbug' antibiotic resistance discovered

Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

An international study led by Monash University has discovered the molecular mechanism by which the potentially deadly superbug 'Golden Staph' evades antibiotic treatment, providing the first...



Scientists discover abundance of uncommon superbug strain in Greater Houston area

Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Houston Methodist Research Institute scientists used genome sequencing to discover that an otherwise rare strain of a superbug was found in more than one-third of the Houston patients studied.



Drug-resistant tuberculosis set to increase in four high burden countries

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis are forecasted to increase in the four high burden countries (India, the Philippines, Russia, and South Africa) between 2000 and 2040, with the upturn likely to...



Bioinspired agent kills drug-resistant bacteria

Thu, 04 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers in Ireland have developed a bioinspired antimicrobial treatment that can rapidly kill drug-resistant bacteria.



Novel antibiotic resistance gene in milk

Tue, 02 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers of the University of Bern have identified a new antibiotic resistance gene in bacteria from dairy cows.



A quarter of nursing home residents are colonized with drug-resistant bacteria

Tue, 02 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The significant presence of multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria (MDR-GNB), such as E.



Drug-resistant bacteria in patients' urine or stools raise risk of drug-resistant sepsis

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

People who have recently been found to have drug-resistant bacteria in their urine or stool samples have a greatly increased risk of developing a bloodstream infection that is also resistant to...



New test can identify dangerous bacteria with resistance to last-resort antibiotic

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research suggests it is possible to quickly and accurately diagnose some the most dangerous and drug-resistant types of bacterial infections, using equipment already owned by most hospitals.