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Seward highlights effectiveness of Stomacher technique and sponge swabs for hygiene monitoring

Seward Ltd., manufacturers of the world leading range of Stomacher paddle blenders and Stomacher® accessories used in sample preparation for microbiological analyses, have highlighted the highly effective use of its Stomacher technology in combination with sponge swabs for hygiene monitoring and biosecurity applications. [More]
FOB Synthesis enters into license agreement with AstraZeneca to treat drug-resistant bacterial infections

FOB Synthesis enters into license agreement with AstraZeneca to treat drug-resistant bacterial infections

FOB Synthesis, Inc. has entered into a research and development option and license agreement with AstraZeneca for the development of a novel antibiotic to treat drug-resistant bacterial infections. [More]
Researchers identify resistance protein that allows bacteria to survive chlorhexidine

Researchers identify resistance protein that allows bacteria to survive chlorhexidine

Researchers have identified a resistance protein that allows bacteria to survive chlorhexidine, a disinfectant commonly used in wipes, cleansers and mouthwashes in hospitals. [More]
FDA promise to "reboot" antibiotic development rules to combat rise in resistance falls short

FDA promise to "reboot" antibiotic development rules to combat rise in resistance falls short

The rise of antibiotic resistance among hospital-acquired infections is greater than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found in its 2008 analysis, according to an ahead-of-print article in the journal, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. [More]
Scientists find way to attack dangerous bacteria that cause eye infections

Scientists find way to attack dangerous bacteria that cause eye infections

Much as predators attack their prey in the animal world, there are bacteria that consume and kill other bacteria. Scientists are reporting new progress in putting the predator microbes to work - to attack dangerous bacteria that cause eye infections that lead to blindness and have grown resistant to antibiotics. [More]

Current hospital cleaning protocol may be inadequate to rid MDR A. baumannii

Current hospital cleaning protocol may be inadequate to rid patient rooms of multidrug-resistant (MDR) Acinetobacter baumannii, according to a study in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). [More]
Metalloacid surfaces may be answer to hospital-acquired infections

Metalloacid surfaces may be answer to hospital-acquired infections

Coating surfaces in metalloacids may help control the spread of hospital-acquired infections, suggest study findings. [More]
LpxC-1 can effectively treat antibiotic-resistant infections

LpxC-1 can effectively treat antibiotic-resistant infections

A new type of antibiotic can effectively treat an antibiotic-resistant infection by disarming instead of killing the bacteria that cause it. Researchers report their findings in the October 2 issue of mBio-, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. [More]

Wound dressing containing ionic silver capable of killing multidrug-resistant organisms

ConvaTec, a world-leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies for community and hospital care, today announced in vitro study results showing that a wound dressing containing ionic silver is able to kill several strains of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs), commonly referred to as 'superbugs.' The study results were published in the August issue of the International Wound Journal. [More]
Healthcare professionals receive SingHealth Duke-NUS Scientific Congress abstract awards

Healthcare professionals receive SingHealth Duke-NUS Scientific Congress abstract awards

Results of the highly anticipated Best Oral Presentation and Best Poster Awards were announced at SingHealth Duke-NUS Scientific Congress 2012, held on 3 and 4 August 2012 at the Raffles City Convention Centre. [More]

BioMed Protect’s Sanotracin RTU rapidly and effectively kills C. difficile within 3 minutes

In the United States Clostridium difficile or "C. difficile" is now recognized as one of the most dangerous and fastest growing Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs) in existence. Now surpassing even Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), C. difficile infections tripled between 2000 and 2005. [More]
New photoactive compound eradicates 'Iraqibacter' from wounds and skin infections

New photoactive compound eradicates 'Iraqibacter' from wounds and skin infections

Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, have developed a novel approach for eradicating drug-resistant bacteria from wounds and skin infections, using light to trigger the controlled release of nitric oxide. The UCSC team developed a photoactive compound that releases nitric oxide when exposed to light, and loaded it into a porous, biocompatible material that could be applied as a sprayable powder. [More]

Study finds multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii in 48% of infected patient rooms

Multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (MDR-AB) was found in the environment of 48 percent of the rooms of patients colonized or infected with the pathogen, according to a new study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of APIC - the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. [More]
Two TGen students receive SRP grants for antibiotic resistance and Alzheimer's research

Two TGen students receive SRP grants for antibiotic resistance and Alzheimer's research

Two Arizona university graduate students working at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) have each received $50,000 grants from the Salt River Project. [More]
ASM to honor LA BioMed investigator for A. baumannii infection study

ASM to honor LA BioMed investigator for A. baumannii infection study

Ashraf Ibrahim, Ph.D., principal investigator at LA BioMed who specializes in infectious diseases, was recently honored by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the ICAAC Program Committee in the area of Therapy and Prevention of Microbial Disease. [More]

Temple University, URMC partner to translate novel medical research into new drugs

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and Temple University School of Pharmacy have announced a partnership that will help translate novel medical research into new drugs for treating diseases. [More]
Cubist initiates CXA-201 Phase 3 trial in complicated urinary tract infections

Cubist initiates CXA-201 Phase 3 trial in complicated urinary tract infections

Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the initiation of a pivotal Phase 3 trial of CXA-201 in patients with complicated urinary tract infections. [More]

Tetraphase presents TP-434, TP-2758 antibiotics study data against pathogens at ECCMID

Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on next-generation antibiotics, announced today that it is presenting new results of several studies designed to support the continued advancement of its lead antibiotic, TP-434, a potent new broad-spectrum intravenous antibiotic with oral stepdown potential effective against difficult-to-treat and multidrug-resistant pathogens. [More]
New in vitro study results show that wound dressing with ionic silver kills strains of highly-resistant bacteria

New in vitro study results show that wound dressing with ionic silver kills strains of highly-resistant bacteria

ConvaTec, a world-leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies for community and hospital care, today announced new in vitro study results showing that a wound dressing containing ionic silver is able to kill several strains of highly-resistant bacteria, commonly referred to as 'superbugs.' [More]

IDSA develops plans to combat deadly antibiotic-resistant 'super bugs'

To head off a health care disaster, the Infectious Diseases Society of America has developed a plan to combat deadly antibiotic-resistant "super bugs" and is rolling out the multi-pronged plan today, on World Health Day 2011. [More]