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Antibiotics are drugs used to treat infections caused by bacteria and other microorganisms.
Researchers decode effects of antimicrobial peptide on bacterial cells

Researchers decode effects of antimicrobial peptide on bacterial cells

The team of Julia Bandow, who heads the RUB's Junior Research Group Microbial Antibiotic Research, has been studying the MP196 peptide as a representative of a group of very small positively charged peptides that consist of some four to ten amino acids. [More]
Insmed reports results from ARIKAYCE phase 2 trial for treatment resistant NTM lung infections

Insmed reports results from ARIKAYCE phase 2 trial for treatment resistant NTM lung infections

Insmed Incorporated today reported results from the Company's phase 2 clinical trial of ARIKAYCETM, or liposomal amikacin for inhalation, for the treatment of patients with treatment resistant nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung infections. [More]
Emergence of community-acquired infections due to ESBL-producing bacteria on the rise

Emergence of community-acquired infections due to ESBL-producing bacteria on the rise

The emergence of community-acquired infections, such as urinary tract infections (UTI), due to strains resistant to common antibiotics are on the rise, according to Rhode Island Hospital researchers. The study is published online in the journal Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control. [More]
ASU scientist selected as 2014 recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award

ASU scientist selected as 2014 recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award

Roy Curtiss III, a scientist at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society for Microbiology. [More]
SIFI, NovaMedica agree to market eight products for treatment of ophthalmic pathologies in Russia

SIFI, NovaMedica agree to market eight products for treatment of ophthalmic pathologies in Russia

Leading Italian developer of innovative eye care solutions S.I.F.I. S.p.A. and Russian pharmaceutical company NovaMedica have entered into an exclusive commercial agreement for NovaMedica to market eight products developed and licensed by SIFI for the treatment of a wide range of ophthalmic pathologies in Russia and the CIS. [More]
Common cholesterol-lowering drugs provide relief to patients suffering from chronic lung disease

Common cholesterol-lowering drugs provide relief to patients suffering from chronic lung disease

Common cholesterol-lowering drugs could provide relief to patients suffering from a chronic lung disease, a study has shown. [More]

Antibiotics for UTI often taken before, after incontinence surgery

One in four women undergoing surgery for urinary incontinence has recently taken antibiotics for a urinary tract infection, a large population-based study shows. [More]
CSP analogues may attenuate S. pneumoniae virulence, resistance

CSP analogues may attenuate S. pneumoniae virulence, resistance

The spread of virulent, antibiotic-resistant strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae may be controllable through the use of competence-stimulating peptide analogues, US researchers believe. [More]
Breastfeeding increases prevalence of Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria in infants

Breastfeeding increases prevalence of Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria in infants

Breastfeeding until at least nine months of age increases prevalence in the gastrointestinal tract of Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria, species which are known to contribute to development of a healthy immune system, according to a paper describing the establishment of the intestinal microbiota during the first three years of life. [More]
Researchers developing new medication to tackle river blindness and elephantiasis

Researchers developing new medication to tackle river blindness and elephantiasis

Researchers are developing new drug treatments to tackle river blindness and elephantiasis, which affect up to 150 million people across the world. [More]
Scientists produce antibiotic whose biological activity can be controlled with light

Scientists produce antibiotic whose biological activity can be controlled with light

Scientists of the KIT and the University of Kiev have produced an antibiotic, whose biological activity can be controlled with light. Thanks to the robust diarylethene photoswitch, the antimicrobial effect of the peptide mimetic can be applied in a spatially and temporally specific manner. [More]

China Pharma Holdings' revenue decreases 40% to $32.8 million in fiscal year 2013

China Pharma Holdings, Inc., an NYSE MKT listed corporation with its fully-integrated specialty pharmaceuticals subsidiary based in China, today announced financial results for the year ended December 31, 2013. [More]

Tetraphase provides clinical update on lead antibiotic candidate and Phase 3 clinical program

Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTPH) today provided a clinical update on its lead antibiotic candidate, eravacycline, and its Phase 3 global clinical program IGNITE (Investigating Gram-negative Infections Treated with Eravacycline). [More]

New study provides first ever reliable data on antibiotic use in non-EU countries

A new study, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, provides the first ever reliable data on antibiotic use in non-European Union southern and eastern European countries and newly independent states. [More]

LSTM and University of Liverpool receive GHIT Fund to target lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) together with colleagues at the Department of Chemistry (University of Liverpool (UoL)) and Japanese pharmaceutical company Eisai are pleased to announce that they have been awarded a Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) Fund to develop new drugs to target lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis. [More]

Study: Infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on rise in U.S. children

Infections caused by a concerning type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise in U.S. children, according to a new study published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and available online. [More]
Trimethoprim is more effective against streptococci than expected, says research

Trimethoprim is more effective against streptococci than expected, says research

The focus of his team was also on samples, in which the bacteria failed to respond to the agent. They discovered two types of resistance. "Spontaneous mutations can occur in the gene for dihydrofolate reductase rendering trimethoprim no longer able to attack the changed enzyme, which means it becomes ineffective," Nitsche-Schmitz explained. [More]
Novan Therapeutics reports positive results from SB204 Phase 2 study for treatment of acne vulgaris

Novan Therapeutics reports positive results from SB204 Phase 2 study for treatment of acne vulgaris

Novan Therapeutics, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on advancing nitric oxide therapies for a number of diseases, announced today positive Phase 2 study results of its topical SB204 drug candidate for the treatment of acne vulgaris. [More]

Study provides evidence that sepsis-related mortality has steadily decreased over time

In critically ill patients in Australia and New Zealand with severe sepsis or septic shock, there was a decrease in the risk of death from 2000 to 2012, findings that were accompanied by changes in the patterns of discharge of intensive care unit (ICU) patients to home, rehabilitation, and other hospitals, according to a study appearing in JAMA. [More]
Many community hospitals prescribe ineffective antibiotics for patients with bloodstream infections

Many community hospitals prescribe ineffective antibiotics for patients with bloodstream infections

Growing drug resistance, a high prevalence of S. aureus bacteria and ineffective antibiotics prescribed to one in three patients are among the challenges facing community hospitals in treating patients with serious bloodstream infections, according to researchers at Duke Medicine. [More]