3 LAPD Officers Contract Possible Antibiotic Resistant MRSA Infection

The Los Angeles Police Department revealed that a potential MRSA outbreak may have occurred at its West Valley station in Reseda. Three of its police officers developed skin infections after coming into contact with a homeless person.

Public Health May 8, 2019

Superbug Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Found In Hospital Patients' Hands And Nostrils

Researchers in Michigan have detected superbug antibiotic-resistant bacteria among hospital patients' hands and nostrils. The findings of the study emphasize the importance of following a strict hand-washing practice.

Public Health April 16, 2019

Fish Slime Could Be Next Big Thing In Antibiotics

The microbes found in fish slime could lead to the development of new antibiotics to treat infections caused by superbugs. Researchers already found strains of bacteria that have the potential to fight methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Medicine April 2, 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

12-Year-Old Girl In A Comatose Due To Staph Infection

12-year-old Deja Smith is fighting for her life from a deadly staph infection. She was just a typical pre-teen weeks ago until she fell ill and was rushed to the hospital a day later.

Medicine December 30, 2018

Flesh-Eating Infection Left Texas Prison Inmate Disfigured After He Was Denied Immediate Treatment In Jail, Lawsuit Claims

Inmate Harold Millican contracted a flesh-eating infection while in a Texas jail. He spent a week in the prison infirmary with a rotting wound because no one was available to transport him to the hospital.

Feature | Health December 18, 2018

Therapy Dogs Can Transmit Superbugs To Young Patients, But It Can Be Prevented: Study

Therapy dogs are there to help the patients, but evidently, they can inadvertently pass them superbugs as well. A simple antibiotic wash can help prevent the therapy dogs from spreading MRSA to young patients.

Public Health October 7, 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

Here's The Gross Reason Why You Should Stop Taking Your Phone To The Bathroom

Experts have warned about the dangers of using the cellphone inside the bathroom. Here's why it is not a good idea to browse through your Facebook News Feed while sitting on the toilet.

Public Health October 9, 2017

Superbug Alert: 10 California Babies Confirmed Infected With Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Ten newborn babies at the UC Irvine Medical Center in California's neonatal intensive care unit have been infected with methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is resistant to antibiotics and is difficult to treat.

Public Health April 17, 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

Superbug Infections Down In VA Hospitals Thanks To Veterans Affairs Prevention Initiative

New study showed that the rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus have steadily and significantly dropped. The results were recorded after the implementation of a Prevention Initiative.

Public Health January 8, 2017

Tasmanian Devil Milk Could Help Global Fight Against Drug-Resistant Superbugs

Compounds found in the milk of Australia's Tasmanian devil were found effective at killing disease-causing pathogens such as the drug-resistant bacteria MRSA. Findings could pave way for development of arsenal against superbugs.

Animals October 19, 2016

Scientists Find New Antibiotic In Nose Gunk That Can Kill MRSA

Bacteria in the human nose can create the new generation antibiotic that could kill methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA. Findings could lead to new treatments or preventive medicine.

Medicine July 28, 2016

Scientists Discover Nanotechnology Coating That Can Kill 99.9 Percent Of Superbugs

A new water-based coating could be added to the production process of metals, ceramics or glass. This will prevent the spread of the deadly supergbugs and could also kill disease-causing pathogens.

Biotech April 24, 2016

Computer Program Aims To Rapidly Detect Antibiotic Resistance From Bacterial Genomes

Researchers in the UK developed the Mykrobe Predictor, a software that can analyze drug-resistant bacteria and predict antibiotic effectivity. Tests showed it can produce accurate results similar to conventional drug susceptibility testing but at a much faster rate.

Life December 23, 2015

Time Lapse Video Reveals How Superbug Colony Moves

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA was thought to be static. For the first time, however, researchers were able to videotape the superbug colony's movement, which may lead to the development of new vaccines that can target the superbug's motility.

Life December 21, 2015

Pet Dogs And Cats Pass Drug-Resistant Infections To Humans, Experts Warn

Cats and dogs can transmit drug-resistant infections to anyone, officials from Public Health England warned. Experts urge pet owners to be cautious in handling antibiotic doses for pets.

Life November 18, 2015

Antibiotics Not To Be Used As Cold, Flu Treatment, Say Experts: Misuse Could Lead to Drug Resistance

An Australian nonprofit group warned against the dangerous notion that antibiotics can effectively cure colds and coughs. This is believed to fuel growing antibiotic resistance worldwide, which leads to at least 23,000 deaths every year in the U.S. alone.

Life November 16, 2015

Some Antibiotics Make The Superbug MRSA Stronger Instead Of Killing It

Researchers in the United States reveal the findings of their study on mice that superbugs or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) become stronger if exposed to inappropriate antibiotic treatment. Beta-lactam antibiotics, the most common line of drugs used in bacterial infections, can make MRSA-induced infections worse.

Life November 12, 2015

Roche-Genentech Working On Precision Drug Therapy That Could Combat MRSA Infection

Researchers from Roche-Genentech have found an antibiotic-antibody conjugate that could effectively combat MRSA infections. The technique is similar to treatments using chemotherapy drugs, experts said.

Life November 5, 2015

Bacteria Communicate With Each Other Like Brain Cells To Survive Chemicals And Antibiotics

When it comes to survival, even bacteria communicate with each other to endure chemicals and antibiotics. Scientists found bacterial cells in colonies 'talk' like neurons in the human brain.

Life October 22, 2015

Daniel Fells Makes Progress In Fight With MRSA Infection: NFL Player May Be Released From Hospital Soon

NFL Giant's Daniel Fells is on his way to recovering from his MRSA infection. Not only are doctors positive that they can save the football player's foot, they are hopeful that Fells can be discharged within the week.

Life October 20, 2015

Staph Kills More Babies Than Superbugs: Low Birthweight Infants More At Risk Of Infection

Researchers reporting in JAMA Pediatrics found that regular staph was as dangerous as superbugs such as MRSA in infants. Hand hygiene was recommended as a cost-effective and easy to perform intervention to prevent spread of infection.

Life October 19, 2015

Breast Cancer Drug Tamoxifen Boosts Immune Response Against MRSA

Tamoxifen was found in a recent study to power up white blood cells and make them better in killing bacteria. Treating mice with the breast cancer drug also led to enhanced clearance of MRSA and reduced death.

Life October 14, 2015

New Drugs Could Overcome Antibiotic Resistance: Here's How They Work

Study found new type of antibiotic that kills bacteria effectively and prevents MRSA-related deaths.

Life September 16, 2015

Indigo-Clean Is New Light Designed For Hospitals That Kills Bacteria

Hospital-acquired infections pose a major problem to patients, but a new light can kill bacteria. How could this change health care?

Life June 27, 2015

US Shortage Of Antibiotics Could Be Putting Patients At Risk

Gold-standard antibiotics used to treat drug-resistant infections are among those in short supply, report says. Ongoing shortages could have 'big impacts on health care,' researchers say.

Life April 23, 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

1,000-Year Old Medieval Potion May Be Antidote To Superbug

Researchers have found that an ancient Anglo-Saxon 'eye salve' is astonishingly effective against the modern MRSA 'superbug.'

March 31, 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

Meet Staphefekt, breakthrough drug to help humans fight superbugs

Staphefekt, a new drug, can fight superbugs in humans. The drug is currently available in a cream version and scientists are hoping to develop a pill or an injectable version of the drug soon.

Life November 7, 2014

MRSA superbugs prefer contact sport athletes

The superbug MRSA spreads more quickly among players of contact sports than other athletes, a new study reveals.

Life October 9, 2014

Obama takes on superbugs: The White House’s new war on drug-resistance

White House pushes federal agency to greater efforts in combating rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Experts warn of a "post-antibiotic" world unless action is taken.

Life September 19, 2014

Shark skin-like surfaces might help hospitals fight the spread of bacteria

Sharklet Technologies tested its shark skin-like surface material that was developed to fight against the spread of bacteria and infection in hospitals.

Internet Culture September 18, 2014

Hospital infections in New Hampshire down

Infection rates in New Hampshire hospitals are down, according to a new report - but what does that mean for patients?

Life August 5, 2014

Cubist Sivextro approved by FDA to treat skin infections

A new drug, Sivextro, created to treat forms of acute skin infections like MRSA, was approved by the FDA through an expedited review process and will be sold for five years without generic competition.

Life June 21, 2014

British scientists find weak spot in superbug's armor

A team of scientists identified a way to penetrate the protective outer wall that protects superbugs and make them difficult to kill. The findings could lead to drugs that bacteria cannot build resistance from.

Life June 20, 2014

MRSA, E. coli thrive in airplanes, says new study

Disease causing bacteria such as the MRSA, which causes about 19,000 deaths in the U.S. per year, and E.coli, known to cause bloody diarrhea and hemolytic uremic syndrome, can survive in airplane cabins for days posing possible risks for transmission.

Life May 21, 2014

Superbugs a global threat to public health, WHO warns

As more and more bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, global health will suffer, U.N. report says. Call is for immediate action.

Life May 5, 2014

Stethoscopes are germier than doctors' hands, study finds

The stethoscope should be disinfected after each patient visit, researchers have warned.

Life March 3, 2014

Your doctor's stethoscope may be a cesspool of germs, warns new study

The stethoscope may help doctors diagnose and cure illnesses but it can also be a cesspool of germs that could spread bacteria from one patient to another.

Life February 28, 2014

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