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Q&A: Genetic testing can identify antibiotic resistance Special

LexaGene has developed a point of care medical device that can identify pathogens as well as antibiotic/antimicrobial resistance within one hour. The device does this completely automatically through the amplification of genetic material.

Application of blue light to eliminate bacterial biofilms

An emerging, novel approach to control antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections is based on the use of light, in particular of blue wavelengths (400–470 nm). A new research paper of interest, concerning biofilm elimination by inducing oxidative stres

Dolphins are showing cases of antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance and the consequential enhanced risk to from pathogenic organisms is not only something that affects humans; other animals, such as dolphins, are equally impacted, according to new research.

Antibiotic use may lead to heart problems

Medical researchers have found a link between two types of heart problems and a commonly prescribed class of antibiotics - fluoroquinolones. The greatest risk is where antibiotics are used for 30 days of use.

Teaching CRISPR and antibiotic resistance to high school students

BioBits Health have developed a new hands-on, low-cost, high-technology synthetic biology kit for use in the classroom. A pilot study has recently been completed in Chicago and he kits are now ready for wider roll-out.

After IS, Mosul tackles another terror: super-resistant bacteria

Mosul - Explosives left behind by the Islamic State group in Iraq's Mosul took 12-year-old Abdallah's left leg, but another kind of terror may cost him his arm: antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Essential Science: Antimicrobial found in ancient Irish soil

Swansea - A bacterium discovered in ancient Irish soil has been shown to be capable of halting the growth of certain ‘superbugs’. The discovery offers new hope for tackling antibiotic resistance.

Farm herbicide Roundup could increase antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance is causing significant medical problems and while a key factor is over-prescription of antibiotic medications, there are other factors. Once factor, according to new research, could be common agricultural herbicides.

New approach to fighting antibiotic resistant bacteria

One of the most pressing concerns on the planet is the issue of multi-drug resistance bacteria and the risk these organisms pose to human health. One of the ways to address this could stem from a new research project.

More than 4 million eggs recalled in Poland

Warsaw - Poland's veterinary service on Friday recalled some 4.3 million eggs contaminated with an antibiotic, just days after Dutch eggs were pulled from supermarket shelves in Germany.

New class of antibiotics to combat drug resistance

Chicago - A new class of antibiotic has been discovered. The chemical kills bacteria by binding to ribosome. This disrupts protein synthesis, and stops the microbial cell from replicating. This is a step forward in the search for new antimicrobials.

Essential Science: Surfers at risk from pathogenic bacteria

Surfers and others who like aquatic sports have been given a new problem to consider. Research indicates that surfers and body-boarders harbor higher levels of potentially dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their guts compared with non-surfers.

Old antibiotic compounds could become the next life-saving drugs

Leeds - The battle between humans and antimicrobial resistant bacteria continues to be one of the major problems affecting society. A new initiative from University of Leeds scientists aims to review previously discarded medicinal products.

New class of antibiotics discovered in dirt

U.S scientists have discovered a new antibiotic family discovered from dirt (samples of soil). The discovery could represent a step forwards in the quest to find new types of antibiotics and antimicrobials.

64 percent of antibiotic cocktails sold in India 'illegal': study

Paris - Nearly two-thirds of multi-drug antibiotic cocktails sold in India between 2007 and 2012 were unapproved, said researchers Monday, warning such "illegal" compounds were fuelling the spread of drug-resistant diseases.

'Forgotten' antibiotic offers hope against worst superbugs

An antibiotic overlooked since its discovery in the late-1970s could help develop new drugs against life-threatening infections caused by some of the world's most dangerous superbugs.

Antibiotic resistance linked to household disinfectant triclosan

Birmingham - British scientists have found a connection between a significant mechanism of antibiotic resistance to the disinfectant triclosan. This chemical is found in many common domestic products.

Therapy alternative to farm animal antibiotics

London - Despite longstanding scientific concerns, antibiotics continue to be given to farm animals as a means of producing leaner meat. This helps to spread antibiotic resistance. A new type of therapy offers an alternative.

Super-tough antibiotic to fight superbugs

London - Microbiologists have managed to ‘re-engineer’ an existing antibiotic so that it can take on one of the most threatening ‘superbugs’: the genera of vancomycin-resistant enterococci.

Unnecessary antibiotics still prescribed for colds

Toronto - There has been plenty of publicity about prescribing antibiotics for viral infections, yet the problem continues within the medical community, according to a study of U.S. health sector practices. The problem connects with the antibiotic resistance issue.
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