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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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Cranberry extract disrupts spread of hard-to-treat bacteria

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:00:00 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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

Test that differentiates between bacterial, viral infections in development

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A test could be developed to distinguish between bacterial and viral infections after scientists identified two genes switched on in bacterial infections.

Scientists find a salty way to kill MRSA

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Scientists have discovered a new way to attack Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. The team, from Imperial College London, have revealed how the bacteria regulates its salt levels.

New study explains why MRSA 'superbug' kills influenza patients

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Researchers have discovered that secondary infection with the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacterium (or "superbug") often kills influenza patients because the flu virus...

HIV is not a super-spreader of drug-resistant tuberculosis

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

While the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) pandemic fuels tuberculosis (TB) outbreaks, it does not drive the development and transmission of multidrug-resistance in TB patients as previously...

Antibiotic resistance appears to persist in bacteria, even absent selection pressure from antibiotics

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Plasmids are pieces of independent DNA that often carry multiple antibiotic resistance genes. Plasmids can jump from one bacterium to another, spreading that resistance.

Antibiotic resistance: Skin infection prevention treatment helps battle 'superbugs'

Sun, 31 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A new therapy has been developed to prevent skin infections through open wounds in hospitals and protect against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

New research confirms correlation of common bacteria (including MRSA) and eczema

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:00:00 PDT

A new study published in the British Journal of Dermatology has shown that, on average, 70% of eczema patients are colonised with Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (S.

Genetic target could help fight deadly drug-resistant infections

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Fungal infections pose a major threat to hospital patients and have proven difficult to combat, but scientists have unlocked evidence that could lead to more effective treatment.

Antibiotic resistance raising the specter of 'untreatable gonorrhea'

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:00:00 PDT

The sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea, one of the most common among Americans, is becoming resistant to azithromycin - a main recommended treatment.

New compounds defeat multi-drug resistant cancer cells

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:00:00 PDT

Researchers find a newly discovered class of molecules - called selenocompounds - can kill multi-drug resistant cancer cells in mice.

H. Pylori: Know the Facts

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Learn all about H. pylori, a type of bacteria that is linked to stomach ulcers. This article looks at the treatment and symptoms of H. pylori infections.

Colistin-resistant gene detected in the U.S. for the second time: Investigators alert to its possible spread

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 07:00:00 PDT

For the second time, a clinical isolate of a bacterial pathogen has been detected in humans in the United States which carries the colistin resistance gene, mcr-1.

New resistance gene found in "high risk" multidrug-resistant pathogen

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 05:00:00 PDT

A team of Italian investigators has discovered a new variant of an emerging antibiotic resistance mechanism. The new variant, dubbed mcr-1.

Self-prescribing antibiotics is a big problem

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Five percent of adults from a cohort of 400 people reported using antibiotics without a prescription during the previous 12 months.

How the bacterial protective shell is adapted to challenging environments

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have published new findings on the adaptation of the bacterial cell wall in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.