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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.

Essential Science: Treating Parkinson’s with antibiotic dose

The neurodegenerative disease Parkinson’s can be treated through a controlled dose of antibiotics according to a Brazilian research institute. The findings are based on pre-clinical research studies.

Antibiotics counteract benefits of whole grain

Copenhagen - Antibiotics can adversely affect the health properties of whole grain. This appears particularly so for women. According to a new study, experimental findings show the importance of controlling the use of antibiotics.

Antibiotics are a potential link to bowel cancer precursor

A new study has found that people who take antibiotics over long time are more at risk of developing growths on the bowel that could be a precursor to cancer.

Air pollution alters bacteria and effectiveness of antibiotics

We know that air pollution is the single largest environmental health risk in the world today. Now a new study has discovered how bacteria that cause respiratory infections are directly affected by air pollution.

Antibiotic spider silk promises improved drug delivery

Nottingham - Researchers are developing a spider silk that has antimicrobial properties, for use with regenerative medicine, wound healing and for drug delivery.

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.

New insight into bacterial drug resistance

Researchers are investing time and resources trying to understand how pathogenic bacteria function, in a quest to find new ways to inhibit and kill the disease causing organisms.

Antimicrobial resistance occurs naturally in soil bacteria

Bacteria, isolated from soil and with no known contact with human society, have been shown to exhibit antimicrobial properties. The organisms were isolated from in prairie soils.

Giving antibiotics to children increases allergy risk

Prescribing antibiotics to children may raise the risk of children going on to develop allergies in later life, a new study suggests.

Medics call for nine antibiotics per year limit

A new research paper has called on medics to restrict doses of antibiotics prescribed each year to nine per year. This is seen as necessary in order to limit antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Blood test can discriminate between viral and bacterial infection

An inexpensive blood test could one day tell a doctor whether an infection is bacterial or viral, potentially saving a person's life, as well as helping to prevent the unwarranted use of antibiotics.

Will reducing antibiotic use lead to more infections?

London - A consensus is developing around restricting the use of antibiotics and antimicrobials. However, what is the impact on human health if the use of these pharmaceutical compounds is curtailed?

Essential Science: How natural products can help fight pathogens

Although synthetic medicines provide the basis for most modern antimicrobials, have all natural remedies been exhausted? A new research paper suggests there are still some herbs still to be exploited.

Antibiotic resistance rates rise with children

London - In evidence of an emerging generational issue, half of children around the world could carry organisms resistant to the most commonly prescribed antibiotics and antimicrobials. This presents concerns for future treatments.

Reduce antibiotic use now, say European parliamentarians

New measures are required to stem the use of antibiotics and antimicrobials in order to slow down the emergence of new ‘superbugs’ (multi-drug resistant bacteria.) To achieve this, European politicians call for new measures.

Big Pharma wants governments to pay for new antibiotics

Human society needs a new generation of antimicrobials to overcome the problem of multi-drug resistance. A key question stemming from this is who should pick up the bill?

Op-Ed: Scratching around beards for antibiotic candidates Special

London - The hunt for new candidate antibiotics stretches to all parts of the globe. It's possible, though, a candidate microorganism is lurking closer to home — in people's beards. This was featured in a recent BBC program, reviewed here by Digital Journal.

Gene in 'last resort' antibiotics resistance found in Denmark

Copenhagen - A gene that makes bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics has been found in Denmark, a new study has shown, after first being identified by researchers in China.

Most turkey producers still using antibiotics and other drugs

A few days ago, Chicago-based Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) released a new report examining the use of antibiotics and other drugs in turkey production in the U.S.

Essential Science: Health effects of antibiotic use

A disturbing, newly issued report suggests just one single course of antibiotics can disrupt the microbial composition in the gut sufficiently to trigger a spate of unintended ill-health effects. Digital Journal gets to the bottom of the issue.

'Invincible' bacteria threatens global epidemic: study

Paris - Medicine's final line of defence against deadly disease has been breached, raising the spectre of a global epidemic, scientists say, after finding bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics.

Do antibiotics to treat MRSA make patients sicker?

New evidence suggests certain antibiotics intended to treat patients with MRSA infections are actually causing more harm than good.

University receives funding to tackle antimicrobial resistance

Loughborough - Loughborough University has received $750,000 of funding to explore the issue of bacterial resistance to antibiotics and to look for new candidate compounds to use as antimicrobials.

Two-thirds of antibiotics are needlessly prescribed

London - A new report, aimed at the U.K. but applicable to most parts of the developed world, has concluded that around two-thirds of antibiotics are unnecessarily prescribed and are of no effect.

Call for rapid tests to stem antibiotic overuse

A report has called for a new wave of testing to be introduced to allow doctors to assess whether a patient needs antibiotics. The idea is to reduce situations where a patient is given antibiotics based on an absence of medical evidence.

U.K. seeking antibiotic guardians

London - The British government is seeking healthcare professionals and members of the public to become "antibiotic guardians." This is to help with using antibiotics more wisely and helping to conserve stocks.

Wastewater may not trigger antibiotic resistance

Copenhagen - Some scientists have been concerned that wastewater, where bacteria and antibiotics mix, could be seeding an increase in antibiotic resistance. A new study puts forward evidence that this is not the case.

Time to clamp down on 'soft touch' doctors?

London - Should doctors who indiscriminately administer antibiotics to appease patients where there is no clinical need to do so be fined? This is the call of a leading health expert.
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