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Preventative strategy in stem cell transplant recipients may help thwart C. diff infections

Preventative strategy in stem cell transplant recipients may help thwart C. diff infections

It may be possible to safely prevent one of the most common - and costly to treat - infections contracted by hospitalized patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation for the treatment of blood cancers, according to a study from the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania. [More]
Clinical study to test sensitivity and effectiveness of smart bandages begins

Clinical study to test sensitivity and effectiveness of smart bandages begins

A clinical trial of a smart bandage which changes colour when it detects infections is beginning using samples from burns patients from four UK hospitals. [More]
ESCMID experts raise awareness for optimal use of antibiotics to combat AMR

ESCMID experts raise awareness for optimal use of antibiotics to combat AMR

Experts at the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (ESCMID) are joining colleagues across the globe this week to promote prudent use of antibiotics. [More]
Researchers find drug-resistant bacteria in air samples

Researchers find drug-resistant bacteria in air samples

Polluted city air has now been identified as a possible means of transmission for resistant bacteria. Researchers in Gothenburg have shown that air samples from Beijing contain DNA from genes that make bacteria resistant to the most powerful antibiotics we have. [More]
NPS MedicineWise urges Australians to handle antibiotics with care

NPS MedicineWise urges Australians to handle antibiotics with care

This Antibiotic Awareness Week (14-20 November), Australians are being urged to handle antibiotics with care—not just because of the threat of antibiotic resistance, but because their use can also result in significant side effects. [More]
Supercomputer models play key role in finding new drug candidates to combat antibiotic resistance

Supercomputer models play key role in finding new drug candidates to combat antibiotic resistance

Supercomputer simulations at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have played a key role in discovering a new class of drug candidates that hold promise to combat antibiotic resistance. [More]
Swiss National Science Foundation launching new research programme against antibiotic resistance

Swiss National Science Foundation launching new research programme against antibiotic resistance

The Swiss National Science Foundation is launching the National Research Programme "Antimicrobial Resistance", which aims to develop new solutions to ensure that antibiotics remain effective. [More]
Highly antibiotic-resistant infections on the rise among U.S. children, study reports

Highly antibiotic-resistant infections on the rise among U.S. children, study reports

Highly drug-resistant infections are on the rise among U.S. children, reports a new study published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. [More]
Global effort may help win battle against antibiotic resistance

Global effort may help win battle against antibiotic resistance

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) does not seem to cause much worry among the general population and can be thought of as a future problem. [More]
Phage therapy may be solution to treating antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections

Phage therapy may be solution to treating antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections

Phage therapy may be a solution to treating infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Since 2013, researchers at the University of Helsinki in Finland have collected bacteriophages to combat antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains, and hope to start clinical phage therapy trials in the near future. [More]
NPS MedicineWise urges people to understand that antibiotic resistance is happening here and now

NPS MedicineWise urges people to understand that antibiotic resistance is happening here and now

This global Antibiotic Awareness Week (14-20 November 2016), Australians are being urged to understand that antibiotic resistance is happening here and now, with increased rates of resistance being reported to many commonly-used antibiotics. [More]
ROAR experts share tips about appropriate use of antibiotics

ROAR experts share tips about appropriate use of antibiotics

The discovery of antibiotics remains one of the most important medical advances to date, but overuse and inappropriate use of antibiotics has led to many infections becoming resistant to treatment. [More]
Researchers lay foundation for improved TB treatment by targeting new enzyme

Researchers lay foundation for improved TB treatment by targeting new enzyme

Researchers at Johns Hopkins report they have laid the foundation to develop novel antibiotics that work against incurable, antibiotic-resistant bacteria like tuberculosis by targeting an enzyme essential to the production and integrity of bacterial cell walls. [More]
New technology uses USB stick to monitor HIV in bloodstream

New technology uses USB stick to monitor HIV in bloodstream

The device, created by scientists at Imperial College London and DNA Electronics, uses a drop of blood to detect HIV, and then creates an electrical signal that can be read by a computer, laptop or handheld device. [More]
Research shows new role for plasmids in antibiotic resistance

Research shows new role for plasmids in antibiotic resistance

A new study led by scientists at the University of Oxford has found that small DNA molecules known as plasmids are one of the key culprits in spreading the major global health threat of antibiotic resistance. [More]
Researchers engineer new weapon to destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Researchers engineer new weapon to destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Over the past few decades, many bacteria have become resistant to existing antibiotics, and few new drugs have emerged. [More]
Social media platforms offer effective method to reinforce antimicrobial stewardship programs

Social media platforms offer effective method to reinforce antimicrobial stewardship programs

A new study from the University of Chicago Medicine examines the use of social media platforms to inform young physicians about proper use of antimicrobial agents such as antibiotics. [More]
Researchers identify drug-resistant superbug in Australian domestic animal

Researchers identify drug-resistant superbug in Australian domestic animal

The first evidence of a superbug in a domestic cat that could infect humans and livestock has been discovered in Australia. [More]
Value of cranberries in prevention of urinary infections is disproved

Value of cranberries in prevention of urinary infections is disproved

A study conducted by Yale University has shown that cranberries do not reduce the incidence of urinary tract infections.

Urinary tract infection (UTI) is the presence of microbial pathogens within the kidneys, bladder or urethra and is considered to be the most common bacterial infection. [More]
Tackling antimicrobial resistance by turning ideas into action

Tackling antimicrobial resistance by turning ideas into action

“This is our moment to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR),” declared Ed Whiting, Head of Policy and Chief of Staff, Wellcome Trust, London at Antibiotic Research UK’s inaugural lecture held at Portcullis House, Westminster today. Ed’s pragmatic discussion mirrored the theme of the event: turning ideas in action. [More]
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