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Antibiotics News

Thousands of patients misprescribed antibiotics

During the 2013 flu season a new report highlights that antibiotics were inappropriately given to a large proportion of patients with influenza (a viral disease that is not helped by taking antibiotics).
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

U.K. pledges to lead antimicrobial resistance fight

London - Newly anointed British Science Minister Greg Clark has announced a new 'war cabinet' of the UK's seven research councils to lead the fight against antimicrobial resistance.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Antibiotic resistance of foodborne germs rises

Atlanta - According to the U.S. CDC, antibiotic resistance in foodborne germs remains an ongoing public health threat. The Agency has published information about the latest trends.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

New generation of antibiotics considered

A new approach in tackling and destroying antibiotic resistant bacteria is being considered. New research reveals an Achilles' heel in the defensive barrier that surrounds drug-resistant bacterial cells.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Protecting good bacteria from antibiotics

Antibiotics kill pathogenic bacteria. However, they can also kill beneficial bacteria and upset the human body, especially in the gut. Scientists have developed a way to help protect ‘good’ bacteria from antibiotics.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Antibiotics win public’s vote for Longitude Prize

London - The British public has voted for antibiotics as the subject of the Longitude Prize 2014 as a "post-antibiotic" era looms.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Two new antibiotics developed

Reversing the long period where no new antibiotics have been developed, two new drugs could be available within a matter of months.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Digging in the dirt: Citizen Scientists hunt for new medicines

Microbes are a rich source of medicines and it is thought that many life-saving compounds are still awaiting discovery. To help trace possible candidates, citizen scientists have been called on to help.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

Is government needed for antibiotic development?

Major pharmaceutical companies are hindering the development of new antibiotics, according to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (U.K.).
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Senator pushes further on antibiotic resistance threat Special

Washington - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has expanded on his plan to combat antimicrobial resistance and call for greater federal attention to the increase in antibiotic-resistant infections.
Digital Journal Report by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Antibiotics may harm newborn children

Bacteria from the mother are said to help "kickstart" a baby’s immune system. However, antibiotics used by the mother to fight bacterial infection may have the reverse effect and could interrupt immune system development for the infant.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Senator takes on antibiotic resistant organisms Special

Washington - With so-called “super bugs” on the rise, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has introduced a bill aimed at slowing down the rate of antibiotic resistant microorganisms.
Digital Journal Report by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Reducing E. coli in cows is key to food safety

Miami - A new treatment, using microparticles made from chitosan, may help dairy cattle resist uterine diseases and could help improve food safety for people. New research suggests chitosan microparticles kill bacteria.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Drug companies to phase out animal antibiotics

The U.S. FDA has asked 26 companies to voluntarily stop labeling drugs important for treating human infection as acceptable for animal growth promotion.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

New antibiotic combo targets pathogens

Microbiologists have developed an antibiotic "smart bomb" that can identify specific strains of bacteria and sever their DNA, eliminating the infection.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Use of drugs in animal feed remains high

A new analysis of U.S. government studies on animal feed uncovers a concerning and widespread use of antibiotics. Some of the antibiotics pose risks to human health.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

A world without antibiotics? The risk is real: experts

Paris - Humans face the very real risk of a future without antibiotics, a world of plummeting life expectancy where people die from diseases easily treatable today, scientists say.
In the Media by Mariette Le Roux (AFP)

'Golden age' of antibiotics 'set to end'

What most people assumed were permanent advances in medicine may become anything but, as pathogens gradually build immunity to antibiotics.
In the Media by Cameron Christner - 4 comments

Op-Ed: Most chicken in American stores is full of pathogens

Very few American's don't like chicken, either southern fried, baked or as chicken tenders along side their favorite dipping sauce. But most people don't realize just how many different kinds of dangerous pathogens raw chicken can harbor.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 9 comments

U.S. aims to limit antibiotics for farm animals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has laid out a plan so that farmers will no longer use antibiotics to fatten up animals.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

New chemicals show promising bacterial kill

Portland - A new bacterial-killing chemical has been announced. The new antibacterial agent is called a PPMO and it appears to function as well or better than many existing antibacterial chemicals.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Europe saying 'no' to antibiotic over-use?

European Antibiotic Awareness Day is marked annually on November 18. For this year the campaign is centering on antibiotic over-use.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Plasma, an antibiotic alternative?

Plasmas, by effectively destroying many bacteria, constitute an alternative to chemical disinfectants and potentially to antibiotics. A new report charts how this might happen.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

Concerns expressed over antibiotic resistance in agriculture

Research shows that antibiotic resistance is a natural occurrence in our soils. Scientists now consider this to be an issue which requires exploring further.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Risks of antibiotic over-use

Medics continue to over prescribe antibiotics for patients with sore throats. This over-use of antibiotics has serious implications, a new study reveals.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

U.S. Antibiotic Resistance Threat

The U.S. CDC estimates that at least 23,000 people in the U.S. die each year as a result of antibiotic-resistant infections.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Antibiotics can lead to pathogenic gut infections

Antibiotics can kill ‘good’ bacteria in the human gut leaving pathogenic strains to survive, which poses a risk of causing gut infections.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 5 comments

Chipotle considers change to allow some use of antibiotics

Chipotle Mexican Grill is revisiting its policy on never using antibiotic treated animals. The company says it may consider new protocols associated with using meats that come from animals given antibiotics.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 9 comments
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A colony of an Actinomycetes bacteria taken at 140x magnification. Bacteria of this type are known f...
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A colony of an Actinomycetes bacteria taken at 140x magnification. Bacteria of this type are known for producing many of the common antibiotics that have been discovered.
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Antibiotics like these may soon become lose their potency as pathogens adapt.
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Antibiotics like these may soon become lose their potency as pathogens adapt.
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Streptococcus pneumoniae (electron micrograph image)
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Streptococcus pneumoniae (electron micrograph image)
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Holstein-Friesian milk cow
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