Technologists and biologists have combined resources to use computer simulations to show how bacteria are able to destroy antibiotics. This combination approach could lead to the development of a new generation of drugs.
If a patient contracts an infection while in the hospital, then each day of hospitalization increases the likelihood that the infection will be antibiotic resistant by one percent. This alarming finding comes from a new study.
There are fears that national guidelines in the U.K. to reduce inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics in primary care have failed dramatically in relation to treatment of the common cold, according to a new study.
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Antibacterial resistance is a growing global problem. According to the most recent statistics from the CDC, at least 2 million people acquire serious infections with bacteria that are resistant to one or more of antibacterial drugs.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.