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New antibiotics could come from a DNA binding compound that kills bacteria in 2 minutes

A synthetic DNA binding compound has proved surprisingly effective at binding to the DNA of bacteria and killing all the bacteria it touched within two minutes. The DNA binding properties of the compound were first discovered in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick by Professor...

Rep. Slaughter Reintroduces Bill to Help Fight Antibiotic Resistance Crisis by Combating Misuse of Antibiotics in Animal Agriculture

WASHINGTON, March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Keep Antibiotics Working (KAW) -- a national coalition of health, consumer, agricultural, environmental, humane, and other advocacy groups with more than ten million supporters -- today welcomed the reintroduction of a bill that would help combat t...

Pew Applauds Introduction of Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act

PAMTA would curtail the growth of resistant bacteria on factory farms WASHINGTON, March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly one year after the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production released its landmark recommendations on how America should reform the way food animals are raise...

Could carbon dioxide replace antibiotics in surgery?

Oxford, UK, 04 February 2009 The journal Medical Hypotheses ( http://www.intl.elsevierhealth.com/journals/mehy/ ), an Elsevier publication, has announced the winner of the 2008 David Horrobin Prize for medical theory. Written by Mikael Persson and Jan van der Linden from the Karolinska Instit...

E. coli persists against antibiotics through HipA-induced dormancy

HOUSTON - Bacteria hunker down and survive antibiotic attack when a protein flips a chemical switch that throws them into a dormant state until treatment abates, researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center report in the Jan.16 edition of Science . "For antibiotics to wo...

Preventive Use of Antibiotics Cuts ICU Deaths

Dutch researchers admit more review is needed on potential antibiotic resistance WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Giving people antibiotics before they were admitted to a hospital intensive care unit led to a drop in patient deaths, a new Dutch study found. The findings sho...

Most Important Factors Driving Usage of Antibiotics in the ICU Setting are Availability in Intravenous Formulation, Activity Against Key Gram Negative Pathogens, Drug Interactions and Bactericidal Activity

Intensive Care Setting Is Characterized by Lower Level of Usage Restrictions, According to a New Report from AMR and Decision Resources MALVERN, Penn. and WALTHAM, Mass.,Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Arlington Medical Resources (AMR) and Decision Resources find that the most important factors t...

Statement From The Pew Charitable Trusts on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Reversal on Antibiotics Safeguards in Animal Farming

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Laura Rogers, project director for the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision to reverse its plan to ban off-label usage of certain antibioti...

Long-term antibiotics reduce COPD exacerbations, raise questions

Long-term use of a macrolide antibiotic may reduce the frequency of exacerbations in patients with moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by as much as 35 percent, according to a London-based study. "Our results show a significant effect of low-dose macrolide therapy, ...

Averting postsurgical infections in kids: Give antibiotics within hour before first incision

Giving children preventive antibiotics within one hour before they undergo spinal surgery greatly reduces the risk for serious infections after the surgery, suggests a Johns Hopkins study to be published in the August issue of Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal (also available online ahead of ...

LegalView Reveals Details of the FDA Mandated Black Box Warning For Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Such as Cipro and Levaquin

LegalView reported of a recent FDA warning for antibiotics under the fluoroquinolones drug family that will now require a black box warning, the strongest warning issued by the FDA. The FDA instituted the mandate due to the greater risk of tendonitis and tendon rupture among patients prescribed t...

Researchers seek children for a study of antibiotics for a urinary tract disorder

Researchers conducting a study to learn if children with a urinary tract disorder known as vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) should be treated with an antibiotic for an extended period of time are seeking to enroll more participants. The study, known as the Randomized Intervention for Children with Vesi...

Pigs raised without antibiotics more likely to carry bacteria, parasites

COLUMBUS, Ohio While consumers are increasing demand for pork produced without antibiotics, more of the pigs raised in such conditions carry bacteria and parasites associated with food-borne illnesses, according to a new study. A comparison of swine raised in antibiotic-free and conventional p...

When Are Antibiotics for Lyme Disease Medically Necessary?

Guidelines downplay antibiotic treatment for longstanding symptoms PORTLAND, Ore., June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- As good weather brings people outdoors and into the woods, it also exposes them to tick bites that can result in Lyme disease, one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the Unit...

Green Tea Boosts Antibiotics for Superbugs

Egyptian study finds drink increased effectiveness threefold MONDAY, March 31 (HealthDay News) -- Green tea can help antibiotics be three times more effective in fighting drug-resistant bacteria, even superbugs, according to a study by researchers at Alexandria University in Egypt. ...

Don't Prescribe Antibiotics for Adult Sinus Woes

Most doctors can't discern when drugs will work, and when they won't, analysis finds THURSDAY, March 13 (HealthDay News) -- It's extremely difficult for doctors to tell the difference between sinus infections that can be cured by antibiotics and those that can't, a new review finds. ...

Biannual Antibiotics May Cut Major Cause of Blindness in Africa

Ocular strain of chlamydia responds well to expanded treatment, report says TUESDAY, Feb. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Increasing the administration of antibiotics from annually to twice a year in rural African villages could help reduce serious eye infections that can lead to blindness, a n...

Advanced Life Sciences to Participate in Antibiotics Expert Panel at the 10th Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference

- Corporate Presentation to be Webcast - CHICAGO, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Advanced Life Sciences Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADLS ), a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of novel drugs in the therapeutic areas of infectio...

Blood tests and better communication skills could cut over-prescribing of antibiotics

Improving communications skills and the use of a simple blood test could help cut the growing number of inappropriate prescriptions of antibiotics, a joint Cardiff University trial has discovered. In a major new clinical trial, published in the British Medical Journal , a team of researchers ...

AUDIO from Medialink and Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals: Risks of Overusing Antibiotics

NEW YORK, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- They're one of the 20th century's greatest medical advances, but overuse of antibiotics can have great potential risks as well. Listen to this report from Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals at: http://inr.mediaseed.tv/oneClip_C/?feed=BVivIsq_wKeijAggqVWn...

Health experts urge supermarket pharmacies to 'get smart' about free antibiotics

As influenza season shifts into high gear, with 24 states now reporting widespread activity, the nation's infectious diseases experts are urging supermarket pharmacies with free-antibiotics promotions to educate their customers on when antibiotics are the right prescriptionand when they can do mor...

Researchers find new chemical key that could unlock hundreds of new antibiotics

Chemistry researchers at The University of Warwick and the John Innes Centre, have found a novel signalling molecule that could be a key that will open up hundreds of new antibiotics unlocking them from the DNA of the Streptomyces family of bacteria. With bacterial resistance growing researcher...

Scientists Hot on Trail of New Antibiotics

Natural compounds could mean faster treatments for TB, fight other drug-resistant bacteria FRIDAY, Oct. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers believe they are close to perfecting a new class of broad-spectrum antibiotics that could counter increasingly drug-resistant bacteria, a new study...

Wheezing after early-life antibiotics

Children who are given antibiotics in their first three months often wheeze at 15 months of age. However, this wheezing is probably more due to the presence of chest infections than to the use of antibiotics. These were the key findings of research carried out by researchers in New Zealand, an...

FDA Mandates Black Box Warning for Some Antibiotics

Fluoroquinolones, which include Cipro, can cause tendinitis and tendon rupture, agency says TUESDAY, July 8 (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones will need to carry a black box warning alerting physicians to the increased risk of tendonitis and tendon rupture associ...

Federal Action Needed to Fill Antibiotic Pipeline, Says the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics

BOSTON, June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Antibiotic resistance is one of the major public health threats of the 21st century and the focus of today's Senate hearing, Emergence of the Superbug: Antimicrobial Resistance in the US. Resistant infections pose a threat to US healthcare's reliance ...

Salmonella in garden birds responsive to antibiotics

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that Salmonella bacteria found in garden birds are sensitive to antibiotics, suggesting that the infection is unlike the bacteria found in livestock and humans. Salmonella is increasingly resistant to antibiotics and can sometimes go undetect...

Sugar-coated antibiotics

Researchers from the John Innes Centre and the University of East Anglia have recently elucidated the structure and function of an enzyme which is involved in decorating antibiotics with sugar molecules. Many antibiotics have a variety of different carbohydrate molecules attached to them which ca...

Gator Blood May Be New Source of Antibiotics

Early research shows proteins from the reptiles can fight off 'superbugs' MONDAY, April 7 (HealthDay News) -- Call it a case of gator aid. New research suggests that alligator blood could serve as the basis for new antibiotics targeting infections caused by ulcers, burns and even drug-...

Synthetic peptoids hold forth promise for new antibiotics

Drug-resistant bacterial infections are a growing concern, and much research has been devoted to finding new classes of antibiotics to fight them. Stanford researchers may have found some answers in peptoids, a class of manmade molecules very similar to natural proteins that play an important r...

DNA with a twist: New company to search for cancer drugs and antibiotics

A new company has joined the fight against MRSA and cancer. Researchers at the John Innes Centre (Norwich) have launched a new company, Inspiralis Ltd, based around their expertise in DNA topoisomerases a group of enzymes that help DNA molecules to unravel and wind up properly and not to become t...

Ear infection superbug discovered to be resistant to all pediatric antibiotics

Researchers have discovered a strain of bacteria resistant to all approved drugs used to fight ear infections in children, according to an article to be published tomorrow in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). A pair of pediatricians discovered the strain because it is their s...

Contamination of the Environment by Antibiotics Fed to Livestock

Approximately 9 and 13 million kilograms of antibiotics are used to raise live stocks in the US annually. These antibiotics are used for growth advancement and disease prevention purposes. Large amounts of antibiotics from these animals end up as manure, which is commonly applied to agricultural ...

Daily Antibiotics may Not Prevent Future Urinary Tract Infections Risk in Kids

Taking antibiotics daily to prevent future urinary tract infection after a first childhood infection may not be such a good idea , for not only does it not help, but it may also end up increasing the risk that bacteria causing the infection might develop resistance to the drugs. The finding...

Most Heart Patients Do Not Need Antibiotics Before Dental Procedures

Based on a review, most dental patients with heart disease do not need antibiotics before dental procedures to prevent infective endocarditis (IE), a rare// , but life-threatening heart infection. According to revised guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) with input from the Ame...

Natural Antibiotics Yield Secrets to Atom-level Imaging Technique

Frog skin and human lungs hold secrets to developing new antibiotics, and a technique called solid-state NMR spectroscopy// is a key to unlocking those secrets. That's the view of University of Michigan researcher Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy, who will discuss his group's progress toward that goal...

Bacteria Fighter Goes Where Antibiotics Can't

Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have figured out a way to turn one of nature’s most powerful microbe //fighters into a guided missile that strikes specifically at a common bacteria responsible for serious infections throughout the body. Professor Amram Mor of the Bi...

New Line of Antibiotics Could Halve Treatment Time

St George’s Medical School Researchers are developing the first of the generation of antibiotics, which are a compound for the treatment// of the hospital superbug MRSA that lives in the nose. The new drug targets bacteria that are left behind by standard antibiotics because the bacteria have...

Antibiotic Ear Drops Favored Over Oral Antibiotics for Ear Infections

A multicenter study on treating common ear infections in children with ear tubes adds to a growing body of evidence that favors antibiotic ear drops over antibiotics swallowed// in pill or liquid form in such cases, a UT Southwestern Medical Center researcher reports. The latest study, involv...

Efforts to Check Uncontrolled use of Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance

Researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine, the Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and the Richard Roudebush Veterans //Administration Medical Center have noted in a research regarding guidelines that control antibiotics and antibiotic resistance in hospitals, that the hospitals which adhe...
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