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Researchers uncover hidden antibiotic potential of cannabis

Hamilton - A cannabis compound has been shown to kill some of the most worrisome antibiotic-resistant bacteria in a study by Canadian researchers at McMaster University.

Essential Science: Is a vaccine for MRSA possible?

MRSA has caused numerous deaths in the hospital setting. Despite good progress with other vaccines, no vaccine for MRSA appears in sight. A new study shows why this is and points towards the best direction to go forwards.

Cannabis leaves show antibacterial effect against MRSA

The search for antimicrobials often leads scientists into the unlikeliest of areas. New research shows that the leaves of the cannabis plant have an antimicrobial effect, including efficacy against drug resistant forms of Staphylococcus aureus.

Ten infants in Calif. neonatal ICU tested positive for superbug

Irvine - County and hospital officials are investigating how 10 infants in a neonatal intensive care unit all tested positive for the same strain of a dangerous superbug at the University of California Irvine Medical Center.

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.

Deadly MRSA superbug now found in British pork

New checks have revealed that pork products made in the UK are infected with the MRSA superbug. The discovery confirms that the deadly bacteria is now present in the human food chain and is spreading from country to country.

Superbugs account for 1 in 7 hospital infections

Bethesda - Superbugs are causing an increasing number of infections in U.S. hospitals, according to a new study. Pathogenic bacteria are responsible for one in seven infections.

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.

Reviving an old therapy to fight a new threat Special

Boston - It’s an arms race and one we’re losing. MRSA is a bacterial infection that’s evolved to resist just about everything medicine can throw at it including methicillin, amoxicillin, penicillin and oxacillin.

Infection rates running high in Spanish hospitals

Madrid - People at, or having recently left, hospitals in Spain have a 6 to 8 percent chance of contracting an infection, according to a new report. The issue is a further example of the rise in antimicrobial resistant bacteria.

MRSA superbug in supermarket pork sparks alarm over farming risks

Cambridge - A strain of the MRSA superbug linked to the overuse of antibiotics has been discovered in pork sold by several prominent British supermarkets, according to an investigation by The Guardian.

Old Anglo-Saxon remedy kills hospital super-bug MRSA

Astonishingly, a remedy called "Bard's eyesalve" found in a 10th century Anglo-Saxon manuscript is creating quite a stir in modern day medical circles. The remedy can actually kill Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Mixed results for hospital acquired infections in England

London - The number of cases of hospital acquired infection in English hospitals has slowed down, meaning fewer people are contracting pathogens like MRSA from the clinical setting. However, rates of C. diff are up.

Hospital bacteria traced back to farm animals

Edinburgh - Some types of hospital superbugs, notably MRSA, isolated from U.K. hospitals, have been linked back to bacteria detected in farm animals. Several of the isolates are antibiotic resistant.

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.

Primary European MRSA strain originated in Africa

Copenhagen - The primary type of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infecting people in Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa, is derived from a single sub-Saharan ancestor, according to a new study.

MRSA control measures in hospitals are not working

MRSA "superbug" control measures "lack evidence" that they are effective at reducing hospital acquired infections. This is according to a new report published in The Lancet.

Method to track infections in pigs

The latest genetic sequencing technologies have been utilized to develop new methods to identify genes which are important for the survival of bacterial infections in pigs. This is seen as an important step for reducing infection in livestock.

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.

One in 25 patients infected in U.S. hospitals

New federal data has revealed that one in 25 U.S. hospital patients has caught an infection while residing in the hospital.

MRSA no longer just a hospital disease

In recent years the stealth-like bacteria MRSA, sometimes simply called “staph,” has expanded from people to animals: ranging from pigs and other farm animals to family pets.

MRSA dominates with the help of skin bacteria

There could be an explanation for how the most common strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) rapidly rose to prominence. MRSA is a common cause of hospital acquired infections.

MRSA survives by stealing genes of other bacteria

A common and pathogenic strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) survives by stealing genetic information from other bacteria.

How staph infection attacks the immune system

Scientists have discovered how the staph pathogen — S. aureus — has the ability to hijack a primary human immune defense mechanism and use it to destroy white blood cells.

A new MRSA treatment in development

A novel approach to treat and eliminate methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been proposed by a research team.

NFL and MRSA infections, curse of the locker room?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Johnthan Banks has been sidelined with an MRSA infection. He isn't the first player this season to contract the 'locker room' infection.

Pig-manure fertilizer linked to human MRSA infections

People living near pig farms or agricultural fields fertilized with pig manure are more likely to become infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria, new research suggests.

Human MRSA originated from cattle

The MRSA strain of bacteria that causes skin and soft tissue infections in humans, and is linked to serious hospital acquired infections, originally came from cattle.

Farm workers carry high numbers of antibiotic resistant bacteria

Farm workers who work on farms where high levels of antibiotics are used in farm animals carry a high proportion of antibiotic resistant bacteria compared with farms that are antibiotic-free.

Diabetic pregnant mothers are at a greater risk from MRSA

Pregnant women with diabetes are more than three times as likely as mothers without diabetes to become infected with MRSA, according to a review of various medical research papers.
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File photo: Baby in a neonatal ICU in 1980.
File photo: Baby in a neonatal ICU in 1980.
Jaap Vermeulen (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Professor Eric Brown (left); research associate Maya Farha (centre)  and postdoctoral fellow Omar El...
Professor Eric Brown (left); research associate Maya Farha (centre), and postdoctoral fellow Omar El-Halfawy, are authors of the study.
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UC Irvine Hospital at twilight.
UC Irvine Hospital at twilight.
University of California, Irvine - School of Medicine
Scanning electron micrograph of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and a dead human neutrop...
Scanning electron micrograph of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and a dead human neutrophil.
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This 2005 scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicted numerous clumps of methicillin-resistant Staph...
This 2005 scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicted numerous clumps of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, commonly referred to by the acronym, MRSA; Magnified 9560x.
CDC / Janice Haney Carr
Dr. Christina Lee of the School of English at University of Nottingham.
Dr. Christina Lee of the School of English at University of Nottingham.
University of Nottingham
95 year old patient while under MRSA droplet isolation
95 year old patient while under MRSA droplet isolation

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