Hospital superbugs could be destroyed with sheeting inspired by shark skin

Scientists have designed a coating material infused with antimicrobials based on the patterned diamond-like texture of sharks's skin that allows bacteria to simply wash off as they swim.
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ConclusionThese findings show that pets and veterinarians could be potential sources of MDR-MRSA and MDR-MRSP in Iran. Taken together, these findings warrant future investigations on the epidemiology and public-health significance of MDR-MRSA and MDR-MRSP both in veterinarians and companion animals in Iran.
Source: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
This study was performed to evaluate the total phenols, flavonoids, and antioxidant activities of twenty-four propolis samples from different regions of Morocco. In addition, two samples were screened regarding the antibacterial effect against four Staphylococcus aureus strains. Gas chromatography coupled to mass spectra (GC-MS) analysis was done for propolis samples used in antibacterial tests. The minimum inhibitory and minimum bactericidal concentration (MIC, MBC) were determined. The potential to acquire the resistance after sequential exposure of bacterial strains and the impact of adaptation to propolis on virulence ...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
(Natural News) Society is beginning to pay the price for years of antibiotic overuse, with superbugs claiming more and more lives every year and causing grave concern among health organizations and some medical professionals. Many are trying to reduce the number of antibiotic prescriptions they dole out, and one area where great reductions could potentially...
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uo Meng Yi Bi Antibiotic resistance has become a serious global problem that threatens public health. In our previous work, we found that ocotillol-type triterpenoid saponin showed good antibacterial activity. Based on preliminary structure-activity relationship, novel serious C-3 substituted ocotillol-type derivatives 7–26 were designed and synthesized. The in vitro antibacterial activity was tested on five bacterial strains (B. subtilis 168, S. aureus RN4220, E. coli DH5α, A. baum ATCC19606 and MRSA USA300) and compared with the tests on contrast. Among these derivatives, C-3 position free hydro...
Source: Molecules - Category: Chemistry Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 16 November 2018Source: Journal of Hospital InfectionAuthor(s): V. Pintado, R. Pazos, M.E. Jiménez-Mejías, A. Rodríguez-Guardado, B. Díaz-Pollán, C. Cabellos, J.M. García-Lechuz, J. Lora-Tamayo, P. Domingo, E. Muñez, D. Domingo, F. González-Romo, J.A. Lepe-Jiménez, C. Rodríguez-Lucas, A. Gil, I. Pelegrín, F. Chaves, V. Pomar, A. Ramos, T. AlarcónSummaryBackgroundStaphylococcus aureus meningitis is an uncommon nosocomial infection usually associated with neurosurgical procedures, but spontaneous infections ...
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
ConclusionThe decline in MRSA BSI rates, which was observed in our institution, was associated with changes in the population structure of the organism. This decline may be related to biologic properties of the prevailing MRSA clones.
Source: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
(London School of Hygiene&Tropical Medicine) A protein family found naturally in our cells could help stop the spread of dangerous drug resistant infections by using 'detective' like powers to collect evidence of bacterial infection and imprison it, according to new research published in the journal Cell Host&Microbe.
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Authors: Amer AM Abstract The discovery of novel and more efficient antimicrobial agents from natural sources like plants is one of the most important ways through which the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant pathogens can be overcome. Herein, we report the potential antimicrobial activity of Cichorium endivia L. subsp. pumilum. Different concentrations of various solvent extracts prepared from several parts of chicory were tested for their antimicrobial effect against a panel of microorganisms. The antimicrobial activity was analyzed using the well diffusion method, where zones of inhibition were used as indic...
Source: International Journal of Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Tags: Int J Microbiol Source Type: research
ConclusionsIn our study,  tigecycline was the only antibiotic that was active against over 90% of all major blood-borne pathogens. A global comparison revealed that antimicrobial resistance was higher in Africa, Asia and Latin America than in Europe and North America.
Source: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 12 December 2018Source: Journal of Global Antimicrobial ResistanceAuthor(s): Marwan Osman, Hiba Al Mir, Rayane Rafei, Fouad Dabboussi, Jean-Yves Madec, Marisa Haenni, Monzer HamzeAbstractAntibiotics can truly be considered the symbol of the 20th century's miracle drugs. However, excessive and inappropriate use of antibiotics in human and veterinary medicine has led to repercussions in terms of mortality, morbidity, and financial and societal costs, especially with the lack of novel drugs to combat infections caused by resistant pathogens. Unfortunately, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has ...
Source: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
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