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Essential Science: Can antimicrobial coatings kill coronavirus?

The antimicrobial properties of metals have been known about for thousands of years, and the use of copper and silver have been commonplace as part of hospital infection control strategies. Can specific surfaces help tackle coronavirus?

Antivitamins hold promise in overcoming antimicrobial resistance

Are antivitamins the solution to the antimicrobial resistance problem? Microbiologists have now identified a new approach that involves 'antivitamins', and these are said to hold promise with the development of a new generation of antimicrobials.

Essential Science: Firing the arrow with new antibiotics

Scientists have successful developed a so-termed 'poisoned arrow' designed to defeat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Such developments are critical in the battle against antimicrobial resistant organisms. The success is based on a dual-mechanism.

Is airplane sewage spreading antibiotic-resistant microbes?

Examining sewage from five airports, microbiologists have found that 90 percent of 187 E. coli isolated were resistant to at least one antibiotic.

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.

HP accelerating antibiotics by printing medicines

Global technology company HP is to work with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help to speed up the testing of new antibiotics, as part of the race to combat antimicrobial resistance.

Shark skin inspires new antibacterial surface

A new type of antibacterial surface technology has been developed. The inspiration for the surface came from a study of the skin of sharks. The surface has been commercialized by a company called Sharklet Technologies.

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.

Mānuka honey effective against pathogenic bacteria

The antiseptic properties of Mānuka honey have been hotly debated (along with other ‘health’ benefits.) Now a new report shows how, even at low dilutions, the honey can suppress bacterial growth.

Battling superbugs with star-shaped polymers

Small polymers, of star-shape formation, have been proven to be effective at killing a range of bacteria. This includes bacteria that are antibiotic resistant. These polymers are formed from proteins.

Special coating developed to protect medical implants

Infections from medical implants are rare but they can still occur. In order to safeguard devices from bacterial contamination, researchers have developed a special biofilm coating.

Insect chitin could have antimicrobial properties

A new study suggests chitin, a biopolymer extracted from insects and crustaceans, could be effective against pathogenic microorganisms.

Dealing with burns with peppermint oil and cinnamon

New research suggests that longstanding food additives — peppermint oil and cinnamon — could aid the healing of burns. This is due to the presence of antimicrobial compounds.

Antimicrobial copper leads to patient safety

The U.K. health service have concluded that the use of products containing copper, which is an antimicrobial metal, is of benefit and enhances patient safety through minimizing hospital acquired infections.

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.

New surface kills bacteria, even in the dark

A research group has developed a first light-activated antimicrobial surface that can kill pathogenic bacteria even in the dark. It is hoped that the use of the surface will reduce hospital acquired infections.

New approach to tackle tuberculosis

Pyridomycin, a substance produced by non- pathogenic soil bacteria, has been found to be a potent antimicrobial against a related strain of bacteria that cause tuberculosis.

Copper destroys deadly norovirus

Researchers have found out that copper and copper alloys rapidly destroy norovirus, the highly-infectious sickness bug that often surfaces during the winter months.

Silver helps antibiotics work better

Silver has been shown to make bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics. Silver weakens bacterial cell membranes and induces a chain reaction which makes them vulnerable to other chemicals.

Proteins from the eye used to make anti-bacterial drugs

According to a study undertaken at UC Berkeley, in the U.S., proteins found in the eye can be harnessed to fight pathogenic bacteria.

Wallaby milk next possible anti-superbug weapon

SYDNEY: An antimicrobial compound produced in wallaby milk could be a new weapon in the continuing battle against antibiotic-resistant superbugs, say researchers conducting pre-clinical trials.

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