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Topic of the Month March: Blood

Modified Antibiotic to Vanquish Resistant Bacteria

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Photo: Pills [18/09/2014] Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have devised a new antibiotic based on vancomycin that is powerfully effective against vancomycin-resistant strains of MRSA and other disease-causing bacteria.Modified Antibiotic to Vanquish Resistant Bacteria - Read more

New methods to identify MRSA in pigs

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Photo: MRSA culture in petri dish [06/08/2014] It is important to keep the number of MRSA infections at a low level. In a PhD project at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, the latest technologies within whole genome sequencing were exploited to develop new methods to identify genes which are important for the survival of MRSA in pigs.New methods to identify MRSA in pigs - Read more

Multi-resistant bacteria want to conquer the world

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[01/08/2014] Bacteria lurk everywhere: on the skin, in the intestines and in every puddle. Most of them that are hanging out in the human body are good bacteria. But not all of them. Those pathogens that exhibit resistance and are thus very hard to combat are the most dangerous kind. Their spread threatens people all over the world.Multi-resistant bacteria want to conquer the world - Read more

Probe: A Quicker, Cheaper Way to Detect Staph in the Body

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Photo: Staph detector [04/02/2014] Researchers at the University of Iowa have created a noninvasive chemical probe that detects a common species of staph bacteria in the body.Probe: A Quicker, Cheaper Way to Detect Staph in the Body - Read more

Hygiene: Education and Information Impact Compliance

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Photo: Hand washing [30/10/2013] A study at Rhode Island Hospital observed staff on 161,526 occasions to monitor how often they cleaned their hands (i.e., hand hygiene) between July 2008 to December 2012 and found that hand hygiene compliance improved from 60 percent to 89 percent.Hygiene: Education and Information Impact Compliance - Read more

Drug: Marine Compound Shows Potency against Anthrax

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Photo: Sea bottom [22/07/2013] This finding is the latest evidence that the oceans offer a vast resource for novel therapeutics: a chemical compound from an ocean microbe could be used to treat anthrax, among others.Drug: Marine Compound Shows Potency against Anthrax - Read more

Infections: Holding Multi-Resistant Bacteria in Check

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Photo: Elisabeth Memmel and Jürgen Seibel [03/07/2013] In the fight against multi-resistant bacteria, University of Würzburg chemists may have achieved a major breakthrough. With a trick, they induced the bacteria to change their cell surface. This reduced the risk of infection dramatically.Infections: Holding Multi-Resistant Bacteria in Check - Read more

Antibiotics: Development Progresses Slowly

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Photo: Pills [18/04/2013] Despite the desperate need for new antibiotics to combat increasingly deadly resistant bacteria, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved only one new systemic antibiotic since 2010. That drug was approved two and a half years ago.Antibiotics: Development Progresses Slowly - Read more

Infections: Antibiotic Resistance Is a Growing Concern

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Photo: Pills [15/10/2012] As a result of concerns about antibiotic resistance, doctors in the United States are increasingly prescribing newer, more costly and more powerful antibiotics to treat urinary tract infections, one of the most common illnesses in women.Infections: Antibiotic Resistance Is a Growing Concern - Read more

Quorum Sensing: Fighting Bacteria's Strength in Numbers

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[21/05/2012] Scientists at The University of Nottingham have opened the way for more accurate research into new ways to fight dangerous bacterial infections by proving a long-held theory about how bacteria communicate with each other.Quorum Sensing: Fighting Bacteria's Strength in Numbers - Read more

Attack of the microorganisms: Medical Science and Technology against hospital-acquired Infections

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[01/09/2011] Time and again it sweeps through the media and we hear of serious diseases, like for instance MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), which attack patients in hospitals. Needless to say these diseases happen, but they have long ago come to the forefront of hygiene experts, who fight with a vengeance to prevent essentially “man-made” infections in clinics and hospital facilities.Attack of the microorganisms: Medical Science and Technology against hospital-acquired Infections - Read more

Hospital Hygiene: “Optimum conditions require sufficient and qualified personnel“

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[22/03/2011] Many hospital stays go smoothly. Then suddenly complications arise and the patient experiences strange symptoms. The problem is well-known: often this is due to an infection with dangerous, antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A frequent cause is lack of hygiene. Thousands of patients all over the world contract these so-called nosocomial infections. How can this development be stopped?Hospital Hygiene: “Optimum conditions require sufficient and qualified personnel“ - Read more

Infection Prevention: Sharing a Hospital Room Increases Risk of 'Super Bugs'

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[06/01/2010] Staying in a multi-bed hospital room dramatically increases the risk of acquiring a serious infectious disease, researchers have discovered.Infection Prevention: Sharing a Hospital Room Increases Risk of 'Super Bugs' - Read more

MRSA: Seek and You Will Find

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Seek and You Will Find [01/09/2009] German experts estimate that about 50,000 people each year contract MRSA that are immune against conventional antibiotics. They estimate since nobody really knows the real number. A new obligation to inform is supposed to provide more transparency which in turn should help to systematically fight the dangerous germs. MRSA: Seek and You Will Find - Read more

 
 

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