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Some Antidepressants May Help Treat Multiple Infections, Study Says

A multi-organizational study has identified a potential of certain antidepressants to inhibit the spread of infections. The class of drug known as FIASMAs can target an enzyme in cells needed by pathogens to survive within their host's body.

Medicine June 2, 2019

81 Percent Of Antibiotics Prescribed By Dentists Prior To Dental Procedures Are Unnecessary

A large percentage of antibiotics prescribed to patients prior to a dental procedure are not aligned with national guidelines. The finding is significant because dentists are behind 10 percent of antibiotic prescriptions in the United States.

Public Health May 31, 2019

CRISPR-Modified Viruses Could Be Next Potent Weapon Against Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Scientists are looking at CRISPR gene-editing technology to develop a treatment to antibiotic-resistant bacteria or superbugs. A company called Locus Biosciences claimed that it has a 'living antibiotic' made up of viruses that only attack harmful pathogens.

Public Health May 24, 2019

Children Diagnosed Via Telemedicine More Likely To be Given Drugs Instead Of Other Treatments Says Study

Considered as the next healthcare frontier, telemedicine could end up doing more harm than good for the children. A new study suggested the kids were more likely to receive an antibiotic prescription in this method compared to traditional consultations.

Medicine April 8, 2019

Superbug Gene First Detected In India Found In One Of Most Remote Places On Earth

Antibiotic-resistant genes first detected in India in 2008 have spread to the Arctic, one of the most pristine environments on Earth. How did the superbug genes get there?

Feature | Health January 28, 2019

Scientists Turn Wasp Venom Into Potent Antibiotic Drug

Can wasp venom be the answer to the superbug problem? MIT researchers were able to turn the toxic peptides of wasp venoms into antibiotics that can clear an infection within a few days.

Medicine December 8, 2018

Vampire Horsefly Infestation Linked To Heatwave Raises Risk Of Potentially Deadly Insect Bites

Spikes in calls about insect bites coincided when the temperature peaked between June 24 and July 9. The Antibiotic Research UK said that the bite from the bloodsucking horseflies may lead to potentially deadly infections.

Public Health July 16, 2018

Sexually Transmitted Infection MG Could Become The Next Antibiotic-Resistant Superbug

Doctors warned that the sexually transmitted disease Mycoplasma genitalium, or MG, could become resistant to standard antibiotics. What are the symptoms of this STI and potential effects of untreated infection?

Public Health July 11, 2018

Antibiotic Resistant Super Gonorrhea Spreading Fast As 2 Cases Detected In Australia

The highly antibiotic-resistant 'super gonorrhea' strain, first diagnosed in a patient from the UK, has been recently detected in two Australians. One of them contracted the infection in Southeast Asia, similarly to the patient from the UK.

Public Health April 21, 2018

CDC Warns Of 'Nightmare Bacteria' That Is Antibiotic Resistant Spreading Throughout The U.S.

CDC has released a new report detailing the spread of a nightmare bacteria that is antibiotic resistant. There have been more than 200 cases reported across the U.S.

Public Health April 5, 2018

‘Nightmare Bacteria’ Is An Epidemic In At Least 27 US States: What Could Happen If It Continues To Spread?

Government officials and healthcare workers worked double time to prevent the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. These superbugs will cost the country billions of dollars in hospitalization and medications with no certain recovery.

Public Health April 5, 2018

Sinus Infections Are Treated Too Long With Antibiotics: CDC Study

Even when new regulations have been passed, U.S. physicians are still prescribing too many antibiotic medications for sinus infections. This puts patients at risk of side effects and drug resistance.

Public Health April 2, 2018

New Drugs Needed? Main Antibiotic Treatment Fails To Cure Traveler's Super Gonorrhea Infection

The combination of azithromycin and ceftriaxone failed to cure the infection of a UK man who contracted drug-resistant gonorrhea in Southeast Asia. WHO earlier cited the need for new drugs amid rising cases of antibiotic-resistant strains of the sexually transmitted infection.

Public Health March 29, 2018

British Man Has First Ever Case Of Antibiotic-Resistant Super Gonorrhea After One-Night Stand

One man's one night of pleasure turned into suffering when he realized that he had caught a strain of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea. He caught super gonorrhea while he was on vacation in Southeast Asia.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 28, 2018

Low-Income Countries Drive Rise In Global Antibiotic Use

The rate of antibiotic use increased 39 percent from 2000 to 2015. Researchers said that the dramatic rise in global antibiotic use is driven by consumption in countries such as India, China, and Pakistan.

Public Health March 28, 2018

Platypus Milk Could Save Lives By Combating Superbugs And Antibiotic Resistance

One of the world's strangest animals could be the key to fighting superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics. Platypus milk contains a protein that could fight these superbugs.

Medicine March 15, 2018

Powerful Antibiotic Found In Dirt Could Kill Drug-Resistant Superbugs

Researchers have discovered a new a potentially new antibiotic that's very powerful. This could help against drug-resistant bacteria that the health sector is struggling against.

Medicine February 13, 2018

Researchers Say It’s OK Not To Finish Antibiotics But Doctors Disagree

Researchers recently claimed that patients do not need to finish out their antibiotics. Doctors are now firing back over the irresponsible and potentially harmful advice.

Public Health July 28, 2017

Vaccine Fuels Hope In The Tough Fight Against Gonorrhea

In a new study, a mass vaccination campaign for a meningitis outbreak in New Zealand has offered the unintended benefit of helping reduce gonorrhea incidence. Should we expect a gonorrhea vaccine soon amid the threat of antibiotic resistance?

Public Health July 11, 2017

Spread Of ‘Superbug’ Gonorrhea Is Now Imminent, WHO Warns

Health officials warn about the spread of super gonorrhea, one that is antibiotic resistant. Gonorrhea spreads due to a number of factors, including a decline in condom use and oral sex.

Public Health July 7, 2017

Antibiotic Gets Supercharged To Stop Resistant Bacteria In Their Tracks

Scientists are structurally modifying vancomycin to make it more powerful in the fight against antibiotic resistance. Why it took a long time for vancomycin-resistant enterococci to strike offers clues on the antibiotic's potential.

Medicine May 30, 2017

Amid Antibiotic Resistance And Current Treatments, How Are We Faring In The Fight Against Tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis is not yet a relic of the past as it continues to kill millions every year, especially in low-income countries and Africa. How is the battle going in the face of antibiotic resistance and new bacterial strains?

Public Health March 26, 2017

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Antimicrobial Resistance

Experts consider antimicrobial resistance as one of the biggest threats to global health. What is it, what causes it, and how can it cast us back to the dark ages of medicine?

Public Health March 6, 2017

Blood Of Komodo Dragons: The Antidote For Antibiotic Resistance?

A team of scientists from George Mason University believes the blood of Komodo dragons, the largest lizards in the world, contain potent antimicrobial properties that can solve antibiotic resistance.

Medicine March 3, 2017

‘Priority Pathogens’: WHO Sounds Alarm On These 12 Superbugs

The WHO has published its first-ever list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens,” which details the 12 superbugs believed to pose the greatest threat to human health. Find out what these drug-resistant bacteria are.

Public Health February 28, 2017

Common Weed In Florida Fights Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Without Killing Bacteria

The red berries of the Brazilian peppertree, a noxious weed in Florida, contain compounds that can disarm potentially deadly bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. What makes the plant a good tool for fighting superbugs?

Public Health February 10, 2017

Researchers Turn To ‘Brute Force’ In Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance

Sometimes, brute force is the answer. Researchers have found that existing antibiotics can be modified to take advantage of 'brute force' in dealing with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Medicine February 4, 2017

Deadliest Tuberculosis Type Spreads Across South Africa Via Person-To-Person Transmission: Study

Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a new study of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR- TB) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa says person-to-person transmission is the reason behind the outbreak.

Public Health February 3, 2017

Antibiotics Can Bolster Bacteria Growth And Resistance To Treatment: Study

A new study from the University of Exeter in England confirms that bacterial overgrowth is encouraged by antibiotics, as seen in the mutated E.coli bacteria used in the study. Antibiotic resistance continues to be a global health concern.

Public Health February 1, 2017

Studies Show Antibiotic-Resistant Gene MCR-1 Spreading In China

Antibiotic use is critical in health care. However, overuse has given rise to antibiotic resistance, with researchers recently reporting that the antibiotic-resistant gene MCR-1 has spread in China.

Public Health January 31, 2017

Can This Molecule Stop Superbugs In Their Tracks?

Scientists from Oregon State University have developed a new potential weapon in the fight against antibiotic-resistant germs. The key: the PPMO molecule for neutralizing the bacteria’s ability to evade antibiotics.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 25, 2017

Superbug CRE May Spread And Infect People Without Causing Any Symptoms

The superbug CRE may infect people without them knowing it. The antibiotic-resistant bacteria has the ability to silently spreading without causing symptoms.

Public Health January 19, 2017

Death Of Woman From Superbug Resistant To 26 Antibiotics Highlights Danger Of Drug Resistance

The death of a woman in Nevada from a superbug resistant to 26 antibiotics highlights the growing problem posed by drug resistance. What happens when more infections become resistant to treatments?

Medicine January 16, 2017

Woman Dies Of Superbug Resistant To All Available Antibiotics In The US

A woman in Nevada died of an infection resistant to all of the 26 antibiotics in the United States. She was hospitalized several times in India prior to her return to the US.

Public Health January 14, 2017

Superbugs Are Developing Antibiotic Resistance Faster Than We Can Keep Up

Superbugs are growing in number while new antibiotics being developed have dwindled in number and potency. Research shows this trend could lead to 10 million deaths by the year 2050.

Medicine December 28, 2016

ALERT! Nightmare Superbug CRE May Be Spreading Beyond Hospitals: CDC

New cases of a superbug infection may have been contracted outside of healthcare facilities. Six people in Colorado were recently reported to have the 'nightmare superbug.'

Public Health December 18, 2016

Bacteria Carrying Gene Resistant To Carbapenem Antibiotics Discovered In US Pig Farm

A bacteria carrying a gene resistant to carbapenem antibiotics has been discovered in a pig farm in the United States. How did the mutant gene get into the animal farm?

Public Health December 6, 2016

CDC Releases Core Guidelines To Aid Outpatient Facilities In Addressing Antibiotic Resistance

The CDC released a set of four guideline pillars to guide the medical personnel involved in the medication of outcare patients. One of the core positive effects of this measure will be lowering antibiotic resistance.

Public Health November 15, 2016

Social Media Could Be An Effective Tool Against Antibiotic Resistance: Study

A new study suggested social media use could increase the knowledge and correct implementation of antibiotics in young medical residents. The study used Facebook and Twitter to test the interns' knowledge.

Medicine November 2, 2016

Using Same Hospital Bed As A Patient Given Antibiotics Increases Risks Of Clostridium Infection

Hospital beds are usually associated with getting better but a new study is saying this may depend on who used it before. If the previous patient received antibiotics, the subsequent patient is likelier to develop a Clostridium infection, report researchers.

Public Health October 11, 2016

Global Crisis: UN Pledges To Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, the United Nations elevated the antibiotic resistance crisis on par with other major health issues such as Ebola and HIV. World leaders have pledged to strengthen efforts against the issue.

Public Health September 23, 2016

Antibiotics Are Still Overprescribed In US Hospitals Amid Concerns Over Drug Resistance

Despite growing concerns over bacteria becoming drug-resistant, doctors still overprescribe antibiotics in hospitals. What strategies can be adopted to help curb this problem?

Public Health September 20, 2016

Fourth Case Of Drug Resistant Superbug Identified In Connecticut Toddler

A 2-year-old girl who traveled to the Caribbean was found to have a drug-resistant strain of E.coli. The superbug was resistant to colistin, but the patient recovered after she was treated with the antibiotic paromomycin.

Public Health September 9, 2016

Triclosan, Similar Chemicals Used In Antibacterial Soaps May Cause More Harm Than Good

FDA issues new rule banning sale of antibacterial soaps that contain triclosan and similar ingredients. These chemicals may worsen antibiotic resistance and are associated with hormonal disruption and cancer.

Public Health September 3, 2016

Clinical Tool May Reduce Unnecessary Antibiotic Use In Kids With Respiratory Tract Infection And Cough

The clinical tool STARWAVe considers seven factors that can help doctors determine if a patient suffering from respiratory tract infections and cough need to be prescribed with antibiotics. The new tool may help curb the problem with antibiotic resistance.

Public Health September 3, 2016

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