Credit: CC0 Public Domain There is a growing need for new antibiotics to help combat the looming threat of antimicrobial resistance. According to a new study conducted by researchers at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) with colleagues at the University of Oslo, and other organizations, between 1999 and 2014, only 25 […]Continue Reading ...
A University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher and his collaborators at the University of California, San Francisco have repurposed the gene-editing tool CRISPR to study which genes are targeted by particular antibiotics, providing clues on how to improve existing antibiotics or develop new ones. Resistance to current antibiotics by disease-causing pathogens is a growing problem, one estimated […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Young children prescribed antibiotics and, to a lesser extent, drugs to curb excess stomach acid, may be at heightened risk of obesity, suggests research published online in the journal Gut. These drugs, particularly if taken for lengthy periods, may alter gut microbes that have been associated with weight gain, explain the […]Continue Reading ...
A new study suggests that antibiotics are being overused in up to 60 percent of patients undergoing common urological procedures. The study, led by Daniel Livorsi, MD, University of Iowa assistant professor of internal medicine, shows that the high rates of overuse were mostly due to extended use of antibiotics following the procedure. The findings […]Continue Reading ...
Purdue University researchers have developed a new approach using two synergistic antibiotics to treat lung infections. Credit: iStockPhoto.com Purdue University researchers have developed a new approach to treating the fourth-leading cause of death worldwide – lower respiratory infections. Lung infections, often caused by multi-drug-resistant bacteria, are deadly because the ‘superbugs’ are resistant to all available […]Continue Reading ...
Researchers analyzing the sales of oral antibiotics for children in 70 high- and middle-income countries found that consumption varies widely from country to country with little correlation between countries’ wealth and the types of antibiotics. Of concern is the relatively low-level use of amoxicillin, an antibiotic to treat the most common childhood infections. In addition, […]Continue Reading ...
Brazil’s Ministry of Health received reports of 11,524 outbreaks of foodborne diseases between 2000 and 2015, with 219,909 individuals falling sick and 167 dying from the diseases in question. Bacteria caused most outbreaks of such illnesses, including diarrhea and gastroenteritis. The most frequent were Salmonella spp., with 31,700 cases diagnosed in the period (14.4% of […]Continue Reading ...
FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 — An “alarming” number of American parents save unused antibiotics and give them to family members and other people, a new study finds. This type of misuse helps fuel antibiotic resistance, the study authors said. Their report is scheduled for presentation Monday in Orlando, Fla., at the national conference of the […]Continue Reading ...
Study identifies key step in spread of drug resistance, opportunity for intervention Spotless surfaces in hospitals can hide bacteria that rarely cause problems for healthy people but pose a serious threat to people with weakened immune systems. Acinetobacter baumannii causes life-threatening lung and bloodstream infections in hospitalized people. Such infections are among the most difficult […]Continue Reading ...
Dr Bielicki with a patient. Credit: UKBB Researchers analyzing the sales of oral antibiotics for children in 70 high- and middle-income countries found that consumption varies widely from country to country with little correlation between countries’ wealth and the types of antibiotics. Of concern is the relatively low-level use of amoxicillin, an antibiotic to treat […]Continue Reading ...
Dec 19 2018 In a new report published in Expert Review of Vaccines, the Global Meningococcal Initiative (GMI) – a leading group of scientists, doctors and public health officials – warns that the incidence of meningococcal meningitis strains with resistance to traditional antibiotics is at risk of increasing worldwide. Over the past 50 years, vaccines […]Continue Reading ...
The Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP), Eisai Co., Ltd. (“Eisai”) and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (“Takeda”) have signed an agreement for GARDP to access and screen components of Eisai and Takeda’s chemical libraries. Both libraries will be tested by the Institut Pasteur Korea in the hope of discovering novel compounds with antibacterial activity. […]Continue Reading ...
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a notification regarding antibiotic usage and resistance this week. The organization has warned that some countries have a very high consumption of antibiotics and there is a shortage in several regions worldwide. This disparity has led to misuse that had spread antibiotic resistance, the WHO says. Status of […]Continue Reading ...
The human gut is teeming with billions of beneficial bacteria. Therapies that use antibiotics often destroy most of them. Whether and how the intestinal flora will subsequently recover has been investigated by a research team that included scientists from the MDC. The results have been published in the scientific journal Nature Microbiology. The human digestive […]Continue Reading ...
According to the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety, 700 to 800 t of antibiotics are consumed annually in the field of human medicine alone. Consumption in the area of veterinary medicine even totals about 1700 t. This high consumption of antibiotics, however, leads to an increasing amount of multi-resistant bacteria that aggravate […]Continue Reading ...
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