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Dr. Jian-Dong Li receives $1.6 million to develop novel therapeutic targets to treat middle-ear infections

Dr. Jian-Dong Li receives $1.6 million to develop novel therapeutic targets to treat middle-ear infections

Dr. Jian-Dong Li, a professor and director of the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Inflammation and Immunity, has received a five-year, $1.6 million federal grant to develop novel anti-inflammatory therapeutics against middle-ear infections. [More]
Aridis' Aerucin gets FDA Fast Track Designation for treatment of hospital-acquired and ventilator-associated pneumonia

Aridis' Aerucin gets FDA Fast Track Designation for treatment of hospital-acquired and ventilator-associated pneumonia

Aridis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company applying proprietary technologies to produce novel therapies for infectious diseases, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Fast Track Designation to its fully human monoclonal antibody Aerucin for the treatment of hospital-acquired and ventilator-associated pneumonia caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. [More]
IPs spend more time in collecting and reporting hospital infection data than protecting patients

IPs spend more time in collecting and reporting hospital infection data than protecting patients

Collecting and reporting hospital infection data to federal health agencies takes more than 5 hours each day, at the expense of time needed to ensure that frontline healthcare personnel are adhering to basic infection prevention practices such as hand hygiene, according to a recent case study, to be presented on Saturday, June 27 at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. [More]

Pilot antibiotic program at pediatric long-term care facility decreases use of topical antibiotic

A pilot antibiotic stewardship program at a pediatric long-term care facility brought about a 59 percent decrease in use of a topical antibiotic and an 83 percent decrease in orders for antibiotics without proper documentation during a six-month period, according to a new study. [More]
World MRSA Day Kickoff Event and Global C. difficile Summit to be held on September 26, 2015 in Illinois

World MRSA Day Kickoff Event and Global C. difficile Summit to be held on September 26, 2015 in Illinois

Methicillin-resistant Staphyloccocus aureus (MRSA), the antibiotic resistant form of Staphylococcus aureus is rampant in U.S. healthcare facilities, in the community, in livestock and in the environment. [More]
Researchers identify fast and accurate approach to diagnose respiratory tract infection

Researchers identify fast and accurate approach to diagnose respiratory tract infection

Researchers from the University of Manchester are part of a team that has identified an important new approach to diagnose infections in critically ill patients rapidly and accurately. [More]
New research examines antibiotic choice for treating children with community-acquired pneumonia

New research examines antibiotic choice for treating children with community-acquired pneumonia

New Vanderbilt-led research shows hospitals are doing a better job of using antibiotics less commonly associated with antibiotic resistance to treat children hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). [More]
Australian researchers launch global search to discover antibiotics against superbug bacteria

Australian researchers launch global search to discover antibiotics against superbug bacteria

Australian researchers from The University of Queensland have launched a global search to discover antibiotics capable of combating superbug bacteria that are resistant to current antibiotics. [More]
Survey finds first evidence of MRSA in sausages, minced pork from supermarkets in the UK

Survey finds first evidence of MRSA in sausages, minced pork from supermarkets in the UK

A survey carried out earlier this year has found the first evidence of the 'superbug' bacteria Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in sausages and minced pork obtained from supermarkets in the UK. However, researchers stress that this does not pose a significant immediate risk to the public. [More]

DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals supports WHO’s ‘Call to Action’ on antimicrobial resistance

Following the Global Health Summit in Uppsala (Sweden) on 2-3 June, 2015, DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals pledged its commitment to the WHO’s ‘Call to Action’ on antimicrobial resistance issued at the Summit. One of the biggest opportunities to maintain the effectiveness and availability of antibiotics is responsible waste management, to date a highly undervalued dimension in the debate around resistance. DSP promised to use its expertise and influence in this area to help curb antimicrobial resistance. [More]
Scientists develop new technique to analyze bacterial populations

Scientists develop new technique to analyze bacterial populations

Scientists from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have developed a new technique to more precisely analyze bacterial populations, to reveal epigenetic mechanisms that can drive virulence. The new methods hold the promise of a potent new tool to offset the growing challenge of antibiotic resistance by bacterial pathogens. [More]
Study shows bacteriophages remain active against P. aeruginosa infection after nebulization

Study shows bacteriophages remain active against P. aeruginosa infection after nebulization

bacteriophage-based antibacterial therapies to treat drug resistant infections, today announced new data demonstrating that bacteriophages remain active against Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) after nebulization. [More]
Researchers working on new system that can detect patient's antibiotic resistance in 30 minutes

Researchers working on new system that can detect patient's antibiotic resistance in 30 minutes

A new device being developed by medical experts will transform the time it takes to detect antibiotic resistance in patients from several days to just half an hour. [More]

Johns Hopkins researcher to help address solutions to antibiotic-resistant bacteria at White House

Johns Hopkins infectious disease researcher Sara Cosgrove, M.D., M.S., has been tapped by the White House to help address solutions to the ever-growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. [More]
Common antibiotic azithromycin effectively kills many multidrug-resistant bacteria

Common antibiotic azithromycin effectively kills many multidrug-resistant bacteria

Contrary to current medical dogma, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences report that the common antibiotic azithromycin kills many multidrug-resistant bacteria very effectively — when tested under conditions that closely resemble the human body and its natural antimicrobial factors. [More]
UK scientists explore the impact of antibiotic resistant bacteria on surfers

UK scientists explore the impact of antibiotic resistant bacteria on surfers

UK Scientists are about to begin an innovative study that will shed light on how surfers exposed to human sewage and diffuse pollution in seawater might be affected by antibiotic resistant bacteria. [More]
Whole genome sequencing can help implement rapid-response infection control protocols

Whole genome sequencing can help implement rapid-response infection control protocols

Whole genome sequencing can quickly isolate the specific strain of bacteria causing an outbreak, identify the source of contamination, and enable rapid infection prevention to stop the spread of infection, according to a study published today. [More]

Duration of antibiotic treatment can be cut by half for complicated abdominal infections

In a finding important for preventing the development of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and 22 other institutions have determined that the duration of antibiotic treatment for complicated abdominal infections can be cut by half and remain equally effective. [More]
Enhancing body's gut defense system can reverse bloodstream infections

Enhancing body's gut defense system can reverse bloodstream infections

An upset in the body's natural balance of gut bacteria that may lead to life-threatening bloodstream infections can be reversed by enhancing a specific immune defense response, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found. [More]
New Tel Aviv University research introduces promising new tool to combat antibiotic-resistant pathogens

New Tel Aviv University research introduces promising new tool to combat antibiotic-resistant pathogens

At its annual assembly in Geneva last week, the World Health Organization approved a radical and far-reaching plan to slow the rapid, extensive spread of antibiotic resistance around the world. The plan hopes to curb the rise caused by an unchecked use of antibiotics and lack of new antibiotics on the market. [More]
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