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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 antibiotic from bacteria found on Kenyan ant could help beat MRSA

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 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.