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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.

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.

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.

Many household dogs are carrying MRSA

Community transferred and acquired MRSA is a growing concern, especially for those admitted to hospital. One common reservoir for the antibiotic-resistant bacteria are domestic dogs. A new study reveals the extent of the problem.

India's drug industry fights antibiotic pollution claims by media

Dehli - The head of one of India's drug industry lobby groups spoke out Thursday, saying media reports linking pollution in some lakes and rivers to factories making antibiotics is wrong, insisting the drug industry is in compliance with environmental rules.

Milk from Tasmanian devils helps fight superbugs

It seems one of the strange science stories of the week, but Australian scientists have discovered that the milk from Tasmanian Devils has antimicrobial properties, including activity against antibiotic resistant organisms.

Three-drug cocktail could overcome antibiotic resistance

An interesting new study, using a combination of techniques from biology to mathematics has found that overcoming antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections could be achieved by using a three-drug cocktail, or combination of antibiotics.

'Phage' that attacks antibiotic resistant bacteria found in pond

Yale researchers went fishing for a natural product to use in combating antibiotic-resistant pathogens and found one floating on the water of a Connecticut pond.

Op-Ed: FDA issues import alert on shrimp and prawns from Malaysia

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an import alert on Malaysian shrimp and prawns on Monday. This means that all imports of the seafood products under the alert will be detained without inspection.

Top food companies urging funding to combat antibiotic resistance

A large number of the nation's top food companies and others sent a letter to Congress this week, urging lawmakers to include funding in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget for the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic- Resistant Bacteria.

Bacteriophages: Something old is becoming new again

The threat of antibiotic resistance on a global scale is real, so much so that scientists are taking a second look at a therapy that has been around for a number of years. Think viruses that have the ability to infect and fight harmful bacteria.

Speaking of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, here's another problem

Aiken - Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are becoming more common, prompting medical and health care officials, as well as the media to better educate the public in the misuse and abuse of antibiotics. However, based on a new study, it may be worse than thought.

Research companies pair up to tackle antibiotic resistance

London - As part of the growing action against the progressive rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria, two R&D organizations are to work together with the aim of creating new antibiotics.

European Union takes action on antibiotics

One root of antibiotic resistance is from animals to people. To assess this, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is running a public consultation on how to assess the risks of antimicrobial resistance passing from food animals to human.

Treatment of wastewater raises new health concern

A new concern has been expressed about the presence of large numbers of antibiotics in wastewater. Here treatments to "clean up" wastewater may be modifying the antibiotics and, by doing so, triggering a rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Slow progress on the antibiotic resistance front

Geneva - Despite calls to restrict the use of antibiotics, in order to stem the tide of antibiotic resistance, a new report shows that around three-quarters of the countries in the world have no plans to slow-down on antibiotic use.

Remote tribespeople carry antibiotic resistant genes

Washington D.c. - Researchers have discovered antibiotic resistance genes in the bacteria of a South American tribe never exposed to antibiotic drugs. This suggests some bacteria have always been antibiotic resistant.

Drug resistant bacteria lurking in New York subways

A new study has shown that New York City's subway system is crowded with microbes that are resistant to two widely used antibiotics.

Predicting antibiotic resistance through advanced genetics

Tokyo - The challenge faced by scientists in developing a new generation of antibiotics to challenge the menace of antibiotic resistant superbugs is considerable. To help with this, researchers have pinpointed the how resistance develops.

Antibiotic resistance detected in monkeys

Veracruz - Antibiotic resistance is the scourge of modern medicine. Alarmingly, even animals that live far from humans are developing resistance to antibiotics.

Farm workers take drug resistant bacteria home

A new study has found that over half of farm workers who look after animals in industrial hog farms carry home hog-related bacteria in their noses. This is potentially harmful for the farm workers and their families.

Researchers discover key antibiotic power of honey bee bacteria

Lund - A budding discovery courtesy of research teams at Lund University in Sweeden may open the door to defeating deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

New antibiotic in development

Chicago - A new drug designed to treat tuberculosis could be the basis for a class of broad-spectrum drugs that act against various bacteria. Interestingly the drug may be capable of evading resistance.

Honey may help fight antibiotic resistance among bacteria

Research presented at the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society indicates that honey could offer a solution to combat antibiotic-resistance among bacteria.

Lonely bacteria trigger antibiotic resistance

Bacteria that are found in lower numbers are more likely to mutate, resulting in higher rates of antibiotic resistance, new research has concluded.

Do industrial solvents help antibiotic resistance?

Tianjin - Chinese researchers have reported that some industrial solvents may help bacteria share an antibiotic resistance gene. This means that some solvents might be leading to a rise in certain bacterial diseases.

California senate pushes bill to curb antibiotics in farm animals

Sacramento - The California State Senate has advanced a bill to restrict the use of antibiotics in farm animals. Farmers have been using antibiotics for growth enhancement, but now the bill will demand that the drugs be sold by prescription for medical reasons only.

Antibiotic resistance: Not a new problem, an out of control one

The world is facing what appears to be a cataclysm in the global health care arena. “Superbugs” - bacteria that use nature’s micro-evolutionary mechanisms to develop antibiotic resistance have become a major threat to public health.

Op-Ed: The cost of a total knee replacement can run extraordinarily high Special

Sacramento - Total knee replacements are no longer a rarity. Especially in adults over age 50. Knee and hip replacement surgeries are performed in the United States at a rate of roughly one million annually.

Op-Ed: Addressing antibiotic resistance Special

Saint Albans - Humans face the very real risk of a future without antibiotics. The implications of this are that life expectancy could fall due to people dying from diseases that are readily treatable today.
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NASA Astronaut Rick Mastracchio shown holding a GAP in his right hand and the crank used to perform ...
NASA Astronaut Rick Mastracchio shown holding a GAP in his right hand and the crank used to perform an activation in the other as he performed the experimental operations onboard the ISS. The open CGBA incubator loaded with other 15 GAPs is in the bottom right. This is a NASA image.
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Focused ion beam/scanning electron microscopy (FIB/SEM) image of samples challenged with 25 μg/mL g...
Focused ion beam/scanning electron microscopy (FIB/SEM) image of samples challenged with 25 μg/mL gentamicin: spaceflight (left) and Earth control (right). FIB/SEM analysis corroborated the findings on reduced cell size in space. Scale bar on axes = 500 nm.
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Thin-section transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images of E. coli. Left: sample cultured on Eart...
Thin-section transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images of E. coli. Left: sample cultured on Earth and challenged with 50 μg/mL gentamicin. Right: sample cultured in space and challenged with 175 μg/mL shows the presence of extracellular vesicles (red arrows) and irregular cellular shapes.
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Matt created a film on bacteriophages for his animation class in the Biomedical Visualization program at UIC. This is one scene from that video presentation.
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Pamela Yeh  Elif Tekin and their UCLA colleagues plan to offer open-access software based on their w...
Pamela Yeh, Elif Tekin and their UCLA colleagues plan to offer open-access software based on their work that would let other scientists choose the most effective combinations of antibiotics.
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S1. Proportions of isolates from U4  U8  and U10 resistant to various antibiotic and antibiotic comb...
S1. Proportions of isolates from U4, U8, and U10 resistant to various antibiotic and antibiotic combinations excluding the cephlasporins.
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E. coli commonly grows with uniform fine turbidity as seen in the 25 μg/mL Earth control (upper ima...
E. coli commonly grows with uniform fine turbidity as seen in the 25 μg/mL Earth control (upper image). Spaceflight samples challenged with the concentrations of gentamicin at 125 μg/mL or higher tended to aggregate. The lower image shows the spaceflight sample treated with 175 μg/mL—after its return to Earth—and the clustered cells (red box) in an otherwise visibly clear growth medium.
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