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Tag: Antibiotic-resistant bacteria

New Compound That Kills Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Could Be A Weapon Against Superbugs

Scientists discover a new compound that could be the key to fighting antibiotic resistant superbugs. A cure is crucial as infections from these bacteria are predicted to kill more people than cancer by 2050.

Public Health May 29, 2019

Animals In Petting Zoos Carry Highly Virulent Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Health experts warn about the potential of petting zoos becoming breeding grounds for multidrug resistant bacteria. Zoogoers can come into direct contact with these microbes when they interact with infected animals.

Public Health April 16, 2019

Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Found In Americans After Surgery In Mexico

Several American travelers who went to Tijuana returned with an antibiotic-resistant infection. The kind of infection they have is rare in the United States and considered difficult to treat.

Public Health January 25, 2019

Space Bacteria Adapting To Harsh Environment To Survive, Scientists Explain

A new study sheds light on why bacteria in space are adapting to harsh conditions. Researchers further said that these microbes don't actually mutate into antibiotic-resistant organisms but were just coping with their new environment.

Space January 8, 2019

Majority Of Supermarket Meat Contaminated With Superbugs: Report

A new report states that nearly 80 percent of raw meats in supermarkets are contaminated with superbugs. What can consumers do to stop the spread of such bacteria?

Public Health June 30, 2018

Flesh-Eating Disease Usually Found In Africa Now An Epidemic In Australia

Scientists in Australia voiced out their concerns amid the growing and worsening flesh-eating disease in Victoria. The cases of infections at present were also more severe and contagious than before.

Public Health April 17, 2018

Surfers More Likely To Have Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria In Their Stomachs

Surfers are more likely to have their stomachs colonized by antibiotic-resistant bacteria than non-surfers, a new study found. Researchers attempted to test the strength of the E. coli bacteria in the presence of cefotaxime, and here’s what they discovered.

Public Health January 15, 2018

Pet Owners Warned Not To Feed Animals With Raw Meat Products

Researchers are warning pet owners about the dangers of feeding their pets raw meat products, as they pose a risk not only to animals but also to themselves. These products were often found to be infected with parasites and bacteria.

Public Health January 13, 2018

Shape-Shifting Bacteria: Behavior Of E.Coli Aboard ISS Could Pose Risk To Future Space Explorations

E.coli bacteria sent to the International Space Station were observed to change shape after being subjected with the antibiotic that kills them on Earth. What does this mean to future space explorations?

Space September 15, 2017

Modified Antibiotics Offer Hope Against Superbugs As Multidrug-Resistant Infections Emerge

Amid emerging cases of multi-drug infections in the United States, researchers have found a way to modify drugs to make them more effective at fighting superbugs. This is how they improved the antibiotic vancomycin.

Public Health May 31, 2017

Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Existed Even Before The Dinosaur Age

A study indicated that drug resistant enterococci or Superbugs existed even before the dawn of the dinosaurs. The research conducted also isolated the genes responsible for the superior resistance in these bacterial strains.

Public Health May 12, 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

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

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

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

Bill Gates: World Is Vulnerable To Deadly Flu Epidemic In Next Decade

In an interview with the BBC, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates expressed his concern about the world's inability to handle deadly epidemics in the future. He said global emergency response systems need to be strengthened and better treatments developed.

Public Health December 31, 2016

Air Pollution Discovered As A Means Of Transmission For Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Researchers at Gothenburg University have found that antibiotic drug-resistant bacteria can utilize polluted city air as a medium of transmission. Polluted air in Beijing was used as a sample for the study.

Public Health November 21, 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

Watch: Bacteria Evolves To Develop Antibiotic Resistance

Bacteria evolve, mutating to overcome challenges in their environment. For the first time, a large-scale look at how the process goes is provided by researchers, showing how antibiotic resistance develops.

Medicine September 9, 2016

Superbug Resistant To Last Resort Antibiotic Discovered In The US

For the first time, researchers found a superbug with gene resistant to antibiotic colistin in the U.S. What are the threats posed by this strain of E. coli bacteria?

Public Health May 27, 2016

Antibiotic Use In Farms Animals Contribute To Global Rise Of Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Antibiotics are used to promote growth and prevent diseases among pigs in swine farms. Extensive use of antibiotics in feeds, however, drives the rise of superbugs.

Life April 15, 2016

One In Seven Hospital Infections Caused By Superbugs: CDC

Some hospital infections are caused by superbugs or drug-resistant bacteria strains, the CDC has found. The U.S. health agency advised all health care professionals to be a frontrunner in the fight against hospital-related infections.

Life March 4, 2016

Scientists Find About 100 Bacteria In Beards And About 25 Percent Show Antibiotic Activity

Microbiologists from the University College London discovered bacterial strains in human beards that are capable of killing other known infections. The team believes this could lead to the creation of newer antibiotics to treat drug-resistant microbes.

Life February 4, 2016

Protein From Breast Milk May Take Down Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

The increasing incidence of global antibiotic resistance has spurred scientists to find ways to take down superbugs. Now, a new study discovered that a certain protein from breast milk may just be the key to combating drug-resistant viruses and bacteria.

Life January 25, 2016

Superbug Solution? Light-Activated Nanoparticles Kill More Than 90 Percent Of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Quantum dots, or light-activated nanoparticles that are about 20,000 times smaller than human hair, successfully killed 92 percent of drug-resistant bacteria. Will they be man's next ally in the fight against antibiotic resistance?

Life January 19, 2016

Gene That Turns Bacteria Into Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Found In Canada

The MCR-1 gene could transform bacteria into antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Chinese scientists first reported it in November 2015 but the Canadian public health agency's investigation found the MCR-1 gene has been in Canada since 2010.`

Life January 7, 2016

Environmental Pollution Also To Blame For Antibiotic Resistance: Other Factors That Make Bacteria Drug Resistant

Aside from the misuse of drugs, a scientist observed that the rapid emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is also caused by environmental contamination in stream systems. The research included samples from the Savannah River System.

Life December 26, 2015

Bacteria That Can Resist 'Last Resort' Antibiotic Found In Great Britain

Antibiotic-resistant strains of E. coli and salmonella first detected in China have reached the UK, officials say. Despite that, public health risk is still considered very low.

Life December 23, 2015

E.coli, Other Bacteria Now Resistant To Last Line Of Antibiotics, Scientist Warn

Researchers from China discovered new resistant superbugs in a pig farm in China. Not only are they resistant to last line antibiotics, they are also capable of transmitting their immunity to other bacterial strains.

Life November 19, 2015

Scarlet Fever Re-Emerges In Asia, Europe And May Be Resistant To Antibiotic

An international team of researchers has traced cases of scarlet disease outbreaks in parts of the United Kingdom and Asia in the past five years. The illness, which is known to mostly affect children between the ages of eight and 12, has largely been eliminated from the world for 100 years.

Life November 5, 2015

Peppermint And Cinnamon Extracts Deployed In Nanoparticle Capsules To Fight Harmful Bacteria

Encapsulating molecules extracted from peppermint and cinnamon in silica nanoparticles allowed researchers to take advantage of the microbial properties of these materials. The tiny capsules could be deployed to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as MRSA.

July 9, 2015

No More Superbugs: Researchers Develop Method To Kill Harmful Bacteria Without Antibiotics

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University have developed a new antibacterial technology that can eliminate specific types of deadly bacteria without the use of antibiotics.

Life June 30, 2015

Antibiotic-Resistant Typhoid Spreads Worldwide - Epidemic In Africa

Typhoid fever is now spreading worldwide in a new form, resistant to treatment by antibiotics. What is the real danger from this deadly outbreak?

Life May 12, 2015

FDA Wants Data On Antiseptic Sanitizers Used In Hospitals

Health care workers frequently use hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps. Are the products safe and effective?

Life April 30, 2015

Gut Bacteria In Amazonian Tribe Reveals New Information On Human Microbiome

Yanomami Amerindians living in the Amazonian rainforest of Venezuela were found to have a far greater diversity of bacteria in their guts than peple from the developed world. What could cause such an effect?

Internet Culture April 19, 2015

Cigarette Smoke Has Potential To Supercharge Superbug Potency

The antibiotic-resistant superbug MRSA becomes more resistant to immune defenses after exposure to cigarette smoke, according to a new study.

Life April 6, 2015

Everything You Need To Know About Shigellosis — America's New Drug-Resistant Stomach Bug — Before You Panic

Shigellosis infections are being recorded around the United States. Should you be worried about this antibiotic-resistant superbug?

Life April 3, 2015

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Go Airborne, Origin Traced To Texas Cattle Yards

The air around some Texas cattle ranches is filled with DNA from antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This is the first time that DNA from the drugs and microbes have been detected in the air.

Life April 1, 2015

New Antibiotic is Potent Killer of Superbugs

Superbugs are resistant to a wide range of antibiotics, but they may have just met their match in Teixobactin.

Life January 8, 2015

Superbugs Killing Thousands of Babies in India. Should You Worry?

Babies are naturally susceptible to infections, but everyone is at risk because superbugs resistant to antibiotics can affect anyone. And when taken hold, they might never let go.

Life December 5, 2014

White House identifies drug-resistant superbugs as threat to national security and economy

The Obama administration has acknowledged the threats posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria and ramped up efforts to combat the problem by establishing a task force that will develop a strategy to combat superbugs.

Life September 19, 2014

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