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Staphylococcus aureus is a spherical bacterium (coccus) which on microscopic examination appears in pairs, short chains, or bunched, grape-like clusters. These organisms are Gram-positive. Some strains are capable of producing a highly heat-stable protein toxin that causes illness in humans.
Coating implants with tissue plasminogen activator can prevent biofilm-related infections

Coating implants with tissue plasminogen activator can prevent biofilm-related infections

Biofilms--mats of bacteria similar to the plaque that grows on teeth--frequently coat the surfaces of catheters, and of various medical implants and prostheses, where they can threaten lives or lead to failure of the implants. Antibiotics are impotent against biofilms. [More]
Tamoxifen drug clears MRSA, reduces mortality

Tamoxifen drug clears MRSA, reduces mortality

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have found that the breast cancer drug tamoxifen gives white blood cells a boost, better enabling them to respond to, ensnare and kill bacteria in laboratory experiments. Tamoxifen treatment in mice also enhances clearance of the antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogen MRSA and reduces mortality. [More]
Allergan's anti-infective portfolio to be highlighted at IDWeek 2015

Allergan's anti-infective portfolio to be highlighted at IDWeek 2015

Allergan plc today announced that its infectious disease portfolio will be featured in 13 abstracts highlighting data at IDWeek 2015, which takes place from October 7-11, 2015, in San Diego. [More]
Cleaning patient rooms with combination of chemicals and UV light cuts transmission of superbugs

Cleaning patient rooms with combination of chemicals and UV light cuts transmission of superbugs

Healthcare facilities continue to battle drug-resistant organisms such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) that loiter on surfaces even after patient rooms have been cleaned and can cause new, sometimes-deadly infections. [More]
Overall incidence of serious, highly drug-resistant group of bacteria relatively low in 2012-2013

Overall incidence of serious, highly drug-resistant group of bacteria relatively low in 2012-2013

The overall incidence in 2012-2013 was relatively low of a serious, highly drug-resistant group of bacteria (Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae [CRE]) that are an important cause for health-care associated infections, according to a study published online by JAMA. Most CRE cases were associated with prior hospitalizations and discharge to long-term care settings. [More]
Plymouth University and Ingenza partner to develop efficient, scalable microbial production system for epidermicin

Plymouth University and Ingenza partner to develop efficient, scalable microbial production system for epidermicin

Ingenza is collaborating with researchers at Plymouth University to develop an efficient, scalable microbial production system for epidermicin, an exciting new antibiotic that rapidly kills methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other harmful bacteria. [More]
Unlocking the genes behind antibiotic resistance: an interview with Professor Romesberg

Unlocking the genes behind antibiotic resistance: an interview with Professor Romesberg

Bacteria are very, very diverse. This is why their susceptibility to different antibiotics can be very different. It also makes the tools they have to evolve resistance in many cases different. [More]
AmpliPhi's novel bacteriophage therapy demonstrates comparable efficacy to vancomycin in S. aureus lung infection model

AmpliPhi's novel bacteriophage therapy demonstrates comparable efficacy to vancomycin in S. aureus lung infection model

AmpliPhi Biosciences Corporation, a global leader in the development of bacteriophage-based antibacterial therapies to treat drug-resistant infections, today announced experimental results highlighting that its prototype bacteriophage cocktail demonstrated comparable efficacy to vancomycin in reduction of Staphylococcus aureus in a murine lung infection model. [More]
Study compares effectiveness of nafcillin and cefazolin in patients with MSSA blood stream infections

Study compares effectiveness of nafcillin and cefazolin in patients with MSSA blood stream infections

Research comparing clinical outcomes between patients receiving nafcillin and cefazolin for treatment of methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) bacteremia shows that overall treatment failure rate among patients receiving cefazolin was no worse than nafcillin, and significantly fewer adverse effects were documented for those receiving cefazolin. [More]
New Locilex microbiology data presented at ICAAC/ICC 2015 scientific conference

New Locilex microbiology data presented at ICAAC/ICC 2015 scientific conference

Dipexium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a late-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of Locilex (pexiganan cream 0.8%), and research collaborators, JMI Laboratories, announced that new Locilex microbiology data were presented at the American Society for Microbiology's Interscience Conference of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy and International Society of Chemotherapy's International Congress of Chemotherapy and Infection (ICAAC/ICC 2015) scientific conference in San Diego, California, September 17-21, 2015. [More]
Combination of TXA709 and cefdinir demonstrates synergistic antibacterial activity against MRSA

Combination of TXA709 and cefdinir demonstrates synergistic antibacterial activity against MRSA

TAXIS Pharmaceuticals, a drug-discovery company focused on developing a new class of antibiotic agents to treat life-threatening, multidrug-resistant bacterial infections, announced the presentation of results demonstrating the synergistic antibacterial activity of its lead clinical candidate, TXA709, when combined with cefdinir, a third-generation cephalosporin antibiotic. [More]
Highly diluted acetic acid in vinegar can kill bacteria, prevent infection in burn wounds

Highly diluted acetic acid in vinegar can kill bacteria, prevent infection in burn wounds

Highly diluted acetic acid, an active ingredient of household vinegar, has been shown to be an effective alternative agent to prevent infection and kill bacteria found in burn wounds. [More]
Tackling MRSA with bacteriophage

Tackling MRSA with bacteriophage

MRSA is bad news. If you've never heard of it, here's what you need to know: It's pronounced MER-suh, it's a nasty bacterial infection and it can cause serious disease and death. [More]
Three-drug strategy effective against drug-resistant staph infection, finds new research

Three-drug strategy effective against drug-resistant staph infection, finds new research

Three antibiotics that, individually, are not effective against a drug-resistant staph infection can kill the deadly pathogen when combined as a trio, according to new research. [More]
Virginia Tech scientists discover new treatments to target antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Virginia Tech scientists discover new treatments to target antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Virginia Tech researchers have discovered a new group of antibiotics that may provide relief to some of the more than 2 million people in the United States affected by antibiotic resistance. [More]
Aridis' AR-301 granted FDA Fast Track Designation for treatment of pneumonia caused by S. aureus

Aridis' AR-301 granted FDA Fast Track Designation for treatment of pneumonia caused by S. aureus

Aridis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company applying proprietary technologies to produce novel anti-infectives and immunotherapies for infectious diseases, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Fast Track Designation to AR-301, the Company's fully human anti-Staphylococcal alpha-toxin IgG1 monoclonal antibody (mAb). [More]
Research opens up potential new pathways to vaccine development against HA-MRSA

Research opens up potential new pathways to vaccine development against HA-MRSA

New research led by NYU Langone Medical Center has uncovered why a particular strain of Staphylococcus aureus -- known as HA-MRSA -- becomes more deadly than other variations. These new findings open up possible new pathways to vaccine development against this bacterium, which the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions says accounts for over 10,000 deaths annually, mostly among hospital patients. [More]

Vestagen Technical Textiles completes $3.3 million convertible note bridge financing

Vestagen Technical Textiles, Inc., today announced that it has completed a $3.3 million convertible note bridge financing. Advent Life Sciences and HealthQuest Capital led the financing, and other existing Vestagen investors also participated. [More]
Antibiotic resistance awareness: an interview with Professor Colin Garner

Antibiotic resistance awareness: an interview with Professor Colin Garner

The threat of antibiotic resistance is very real. It is estimated that 700,000 people die each from resistant infections. In Europe the figure is 25,000 deaths and a similar number in the USA. [More]
Researchers demonstrate successful eradication of multi-resistant bacteria from stables

Researchers demonstrate successful eradication of multi-resistant bacteria from stables

Multi-resistant bacteria represent a major problem not only in hospitals but also in animal husbandry. A study of the University Bonn describes how a farmer successfully eliminated these pathogens entirely from his pig stable. However, the radical hygiene measures taken in this case can only be applied in individual cases. Nevertheless, the work has yielded a number of recommendations - not only for farms but also for hospitals. The study appeared in the Journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology. [More]
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