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New research unit to uncover multi-drug resistant bacteria in hospitals

New research unit to uncover multi-drug resistant bacteria in hospitals

Multi-drug resistant bacteria have increased dramatically in hospitals in recent years and present immense challenges to staff and patients, often with fatal results. [More]
New rapid diagnostic test for multi-resistance to broad-spectrum antibiotics

New rapid diagnostic test for multi-resistance to broad-spectrum antibiotics

A rapid diagnostic test for multi-resistance to broad-spectrum antibiotics has just been developed at the University of Fribourg. Prof Patrice Nordmann and Dr Laurent Poirel of the Medical and Molecular Microbiology Unit have been collaborating with Unit 914 of the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) in Paris, of which Patrice Nordmann is also Director. [More]
Scientists turn to old class of antibiotics to fight superbugs resistant to modern medicine

Scientists turn to old class of antibiotics to fight superbugs resistant to modern medicine

Scientists at the University at Buffalo are turning to an old class of antibiotics to fight new superbugs resistant to modern medicine. [More]
Cepheid releases molecular test for detection of carbapenemase-producing Gram-negative bacteria

Cepheid releases molecular test for detection of carbapenemase-producing Gram-negative bacteria

Cepheid today announced the release of Xpert® Carba-R, an on-demand molecular test for rapid and accurate detection of carbapenemase-producing Gram-negative bacteria, to be marketed as a CE IVD product under the European Directive on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices. [More]
Findings have important implications for improving war wound healing

Findings have important implications for improving war wound healing

War wounds that heal successfully frequently contain different microbial species from those that heal poorly, according to a paper published ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. [More]
MGH researchers test novel approach to disinfecting wounds in animal study

MGH researchers test novel approach to disinfecting wounds in animal study

Application of a technology currently used to disinfect food products may help to get around one of the most challenging problems in medicine today, the proliferation of bacteria resistant to antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs. [More]
New report provides in-depth analysis and forecast of global market for HAI products

New report provides in-depth analysis and forecast of global market for HAI products

Reportbuyer.com has added a new market research report: Healthcare-Acquired Infection: Devices, Pharmaceuticals, and Environmental Products. [More]
Seward highlights effectiveness of Stomacher technique and sponge swabs for hygiene monitoring

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 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

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]