Search Tag: Infections

Attacking MRSA With Metals from Antibacterial Clays

2013 20 May

In the race to protect society from infectious microbes, the bugs are outrunning us. The need for new therapeutic agents is acute, given the emergence of novel pathogens as well as old foes bearing heightened antibiotic resistance. Shelley Haydel, a researcher at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute has a new approach to developing effective,... Read more

Receptor Proteins Could Hold Clues to Antibiotic Resistance in MRSA

2013 16 May

Scientists at Imperial College London have identified four new proteins that act as receptors for an essential signalling molecule in bacteria such as MRSA. The receptors are thought to play an important role in enabling bacteria to respond to their environment. Their discovery provides scientists with vital clues in the hunt for new antibiotics,... Read more

New Research Identifies Infection & Sepsis-Related Mortality Hotspots Across the U.S.

2013 16 May

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have created the first U.S. map that pinpoints hotspots for infection and severe sepsis related-deaths. (Credit: Penn Medicine) First Map of Its Kind Reveals Key Areas for Additional Research and Support Services In the past, researchers have sought to determine... Read more

St. Anthony Hospital Unveils Xenex’s New Germ-Eliminating “Robot” to Enhance Patient Safety

2013 15 May

St. Anthony Hospital’s (Oklahoma) newest approach to disinfecting a room looks a little like a science fiction character. The new Xenex room disinfection system uses ultraviolet (UV-C) light that is 25,000 times more powerful than the sun to quickly ‘zap’ nasty organisms that cause infections like the flu, norovirus,... Read more

Lancaster General Hospital Employs Robot to Eradicate Germs in Intensive Care and Trauma-Neuro Units

2013 11 Apr

Xenex, a robot that emits high-intensity ultraviolet light, kills germs in an operating room at Lancaster General Hospital (Image Credit: Dan Marschka, Lancaster Online) Pulsing lights blink inside a glass-walled room in the intensive care unit at Lancaster General Hospital (LGH). Meet LGH's newest housekeeper, and its newest weapon in the fight... Read more

WHO Recommendation on Influenza Virus Vaccines for Northern Hemisphere

2013 19 Mar

On 21 February 2013, WHO issued its recommendation for the composition of influenza vaccines for the 2013-2014 influenza season in the northern hemisphere. A short headline report on the vaccine recommendations for next season is available as well as a more detailed report which also contains information on the antiviral resistance and the laboratory-assessed... Read more

International Space Station Plays Host to Innovative Infectious Disease Research

2013 07 Mar

Performing sensitive biological experiments is always a delicate affair. Few researchers, however, contend with the challenges faced by Cheryl Nickerson, whose working laboratory aboard the International Space Station (ISS) is located hundreds of miles above the Earth, traveling at some 17,000 miles per hour. Nickerson, a... Read more

Xenex’s Superbug Zapping “Robot” Eliminates CRE; Being Used to Fight HAI and Enhance Patient Safety

2013 06 Mar

The Xenex "robot" uses pulse xenon to deliver UV light throughout patient rooms, operating rooms (ORs), equipment rooms, emergency rooms, intensive care units (ICUs) and public areas to destroy viruses, bacteria and bacterial spores in just 5-10 minutes per room. (Photo: Business Wire) Customers Report that Xenex Device Halts Spread of Norovirus... Read more

Researchers Discover How the Bacterium Staphylococcus Aureus Colonises the Nose

2013 05 Mar

A collaboration between researchers at the  School of Biochemistry and Immunology  and the  Department of Microbiology  at Trinity College Dublin has identified a mechanism by which the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) colonises our nasal passages. The study, recently published in the prestigious journal PLOS Pathogens, shows for the first... Read more