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Patient registries useful in fight vs. antibiotic-resistant bacteria

2019 09 May

Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are bacteria that are resistant to most antibiotics. It is estimated that at least two million people get infected each year with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, resulting in at least 23,000 deaths. Such bacteria can quickly spread across healthcare facilities as doctors and hospital personnel may not realise... Read more

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Study: Microbiome Disruption May Have Key Role in ARDS, Sepsis

2016 18 Jul

Researchers from the University of Michigan (U-M) Medical School have found culture-independent evidence that the lung microbiome is enriched with gut bacteria, both in a murine model of sepsis and in patients with ARDS. In more severely critically ill patients, lung bacteria were more outnumbered by the misplaced gut bacteria. The researchers conclude... Read more

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New Ways to Stop Spread of Staph and MRSA

2015 09 Jun

A new study suggests that a person's environment is more important than their genes in determining the bacteria that inhabit their noses. Interestingly, the study also suggests that some common nasal bacteria may prevent the spread of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (or Staph), which can cause infections. The study, published in the AAAS journal Science... Read more

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'Good' Bacteria Could Fight Hospital Infections

2015 07 May

A new study published in JAMA has shown that drinking a non-toxic strain of Clostridium difficile bacteria could help reduce the incidence of recurrent infection caused by the toxic strains of the bacteria. C. difficile is the most common cause of healthcare-associated infection in U.S. hospitals. Recurrence occurs in 25 to 30 percent of patients,... Read more

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miacom diagnostics: New IVD Tools for Direct Testing of Respiratory Samples

2015 24 Apr

miacom diagnostics specialises in the development and commercialisation of diagnostics tools for identification and differentiation of bacteria in acute infectious diseases. The company was founded in Duesseldorf, Germany in 2006 with the vision to develop faster and better diagnostic methods than the ones currently available on the market. “One of... Read more

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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

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Gene Test for Rapid Sepsis Diagnosis

2014 24 Oct

Researchers from the University of British Columbia (BC, Canada) have developed a new test that could help clinicians predict within an hour if a patient will develop severe sepsis. Currently, a typical diagnosis takes about 24 to 48 hours but with this new test, doctors could start treating patients almost immediately, according to the study published... Read more

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Study Uncovers Genetic Evidence: Sepsis Caused by Single Bacteria

2014 24 Mar

A recent study undertaken by an international team of academics and published in the academic journal PLOS Pathogens, has investigated the causes that turn localised infections into the life-threatening systematic disease sepsis, and has found genetic evidence pointing at one single bacteria as the cause. This is the first time that such as... Read more