Money from infection-control industry muddies research into beating back superbugs

Makers of products using chlorhexidine to fight bacteria in hospitals provide support for scientists who repeatedly find those products to be very effective – even as concerns about safety have mounted. Date of Publication: April 7, 2017 Source: Reuters Investigates Authors: Deborah J. Nelson and Ryan McNeill Excerpt: "[A]s use of chlorhexidine products has [...]

February 15th, 2018|Categories: Science and Industry developments|

Super bacteria found on Rio beaches

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 [...]

July 19th, 2016|Categories: Antibiotic resistance|

Colistin resistance found in China

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 [...]

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

Superbug Outbreak at LA Hospital

'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 [...]

March 4th, 2015|Categories: Antibiotic resistance|

UK Scientists Announce Breakthrough in Race Against Antibiotic Resistance

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 [...]

Rates of Bacterial Mutation and Antibacterial Drug 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 [...]

June 17th, 2014|Categories: Antibiotic resistance|