July 19, 2016

Super bacteria found on Rio beaches

July 19th, 2016|Categories: Antibiotic resistance|

CNN is reporting that "A group of Brazilian scientists has detected a drug-resistant bacteria growing off some of Rio de Janeiro's most stunning beaches, in research being published a month before the city hosts the 2016 Olympic Games. According to lead researcher Renata Picao, the "super bacteria" entered the city's [...]

June 2, 2016

November 19, 2015

Colistin resistance found in China

November 19th, 2015|Categories: Antibiotic resistance|Tags: , |

In the news this week is the story that an antibiotic of last resort for curing otherwise drug-resistant superbug infections has succumbed to a resistant bacterial strain in China. The unfortunate discovery has led to a widespread call by scientists for urgent restrictions on the use of the class of anti-biotics [...]

March 4, 2015

Superbug Outbreak at LA Hospital

March 4th, 2015|Categories: Antibiotic resistance|

'Superbug' outbreak raises questions about medical scope By ALICIA CHANG Feb. 19, 2015 11:08 PM EST Two people have died and five more have been infected, supposedly due to a carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, after undergoing endoscopic procedures. The Associated Press story suggests that, "the infections may have been transmitted [...]

July 3, 2014

UK Scientists Announce Breakthrough in Race Against Antibiotic Resistance

July 3rd, 2014|Categories: Antibiotic resistance, Science and Industry developments|

via theIndependent.co.ukby Charlie Cooper, theIndependent.co.uk Story: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/british-university-makes-antibiotic-resistance-breakthrough-9546497.html Scientists at the research-intensive University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK announced last month that they have found an “Achilles heel” of a particularly significant group of antibacterial resistant superbugs. The “Achilles heel” they’ve announced finding pertains to the cell membrane of this [...]

June 17, 2014

Rates of Bacterial Mutation and Antibacterial Drug Resistance

June 17th, 2014|Categories: Antibiotic resistance|

via motherboard.vice.comby Michael Byrne, motherboard.vice.com Story: http://motherboard.vice.com/en_ca/blog/the-newest-catch-22-of-antibacterial-drug-resistance "Nature Communications" has found that harmful bacterium spread more quickly when isolated from other neighboring bacteria, as outlined in a recent paper released by the journal. The paper, which observed mutation rates of bacteria including E. coli, reported that such rates increase proportionately to [...]

May 30, 2014

Superbugs a worldwide threat

May 30th, 2014|Categories: Antibiotic resistance, Science and Industry developments|

via FoxNews.com Story: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/04/30/who-drug-resistant-superbugs-serious-threat-worldwide/ The WHO is reporting that antibiotic-evading superbugs are continuing to strengthen and proliferate across the globe (also covered here and here). Image via Foxnews.com The result of this spreading threat is that in many cases, many common yet important drugs no longer possess the same effectiveness they [...]

WHO report indicates drug-resistant superbugs’ ‘devastating’ implications are a reality

May 16th, 2014|Categories: Antibiotic resistance|Tags: , , , |

via RT.com Story: http://rt.com/news/155900-superbugs-un-antibiotic-resistance/ "The implications will be devastating", warns Keiji Fukuda, the WHO's assistant director-general for health security. The now very real threat of potentially disastrous implications of drug-resistant superbugs, as outlined in a new report recently released by the WHO, is what Fukuda is referring to. A researcher [...]

June 18, 2013

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