Search Tag: MRSA

Study: Protocol Increases Appropriate Antibiotic Use

2015 19 Jan

According to a retrospective study, an antibiotic protocol that determined antibiotic use based on risk for health care-associated infections significantly increased appropriate prescription of antibiotics in a paediatric ICU. The study has been published online in Annals of the American Thoracic Society .   Researchers evaluated patients with an... Read more

New Software Predicts Superbugs' Countermoves to New Drugs

2015 05 Jan

In the fight against drug-resistant bacteria, new drugs are urgently needed, but so are ways to maximise the effective lifespan of these drugs. Researchers at Duke University in the U.S. have developed open-source software that can predict a constantly-evolving infectious bacterium's counter-moves to a new drug before the drug is tested on patients.... Read more

Vancomycin Still Useful For Staph Infections

2014 11 Oct

A new study published in JAMA has determined that vancomycin, an antibiotic that came out more than 50 years ago, remains effective in treating Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections. The study's authors said doctors should continue to use the drug even as newer antibiotics can now be bought in the market. Staphylococcus aureus is amongst... Read more

"Bio-floaters" in Antibiotic-Resistant Joint Infections

2014 04 Oct

Results of a new study by Thomas Jefferson University (PA, USA) scientists published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases could help explain the joint pain caused by different infections, including Lyme disease, and why these infections are so resistant to antibiotic treatment. "Our goal was to determine why Staphylococcus aureus, particularly methicillin-resistant... Read more

Chemists Uncover New Class of Antibiotics

2014 12 Mar

According to research findings described in an article entitled "Discovery of a New Class of Non-beta-lactam Inhibitors of Penicillin-Binding Proteins with Gram-Positive Antibacterial Activity", and published in the the Journal of the American Chemical Society, a team of University of Notre Dame researchers have discovered a new class of antibiotics... Read more

New Treatment Discovery Leads to MRSA Infection Cure

2013 15 Nov

According to a pioneering study recently published in the journal ‘Nature’, the work of University Distinguished Professor of Biology Kim Lewis has led to a promising new approach in the treatment for and elimination of the methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.  This powerful antibiotic-resistant bacterium, dubbed the "superbug",... Read more

Researchers Uncover Keys to Antibiotic Resistance in MRSA

2013 06 Oct

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is shown in the background (in gray). This figure depicts domains and key ligands of the penicillin binding protein 2a — a key resistance enzyme. The red molecule on the right is ceftaroline, a drug recently approved by the FDA. (Credit: University of Notre Dame) University of Notre Dame researchers... Read more

New Antibiotic Shows Promise for Treating MRSA Pneumonia

2013 18 Sep

A drug approved just two years ago for treating bacterial infections may hold promise for treating the potentially fatal MRSA pneumonia, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study. Researchers found that patients treated with the antibiotic ceftaroline fosamil, or CPT-F, had a lower mortality rate after 28 days than the mortality rate seen in patients... Read more

The UK Is Not Investing Enough In Research Into Multi-Drug Resistant Infections, Say Researchers

2013 18 Sep

Study of funding awarded to antimicrobial resistance research projects in the UK calls for political leadership and sustained and targeted spending. Although emergence of antimicrobial resistance severely threatens our future ability to treat many infections, the UK infection-research spend targeting this important area is still unacceptably... Read more

Fighting Infectious Disease The Modern Way - With Robots

2013 26 Jun

Germ-fighting robots that pulse UV light are used by Loyola University Health System to fight infectious disease. Hospitals are synonymous with cleanliness and now Loyola University Health System is the first academic medical center in Illinois to take disinfection to futuristic levels. Nicknamed “Ralph” by the housekeeping staff at Gottlieb... Read more