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Mycoplasma genitalium was first discovered in the early 1980s.
Source: ABC News: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

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According to this study: Decolonization with chlorhexidine and mupirocin led to lower risks of postdischarge methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and readmission compared with hygiene education alone.
Source: AJN - Category: Nursing Tags: Journal Watch Source Type: research
In this study, we evaluated the antimicrobial activity of the extracts from herbal plant Persecaria pensylvanicum’s flower, leaf, stem and root. This plant is also known by a common name Pennsylvania smartweed. The antimicrobial effect of the extracts was tested using minimimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum bacteriocidal concentration (MBC) methods in comparison with tetracycline, a commercial antibiotic.ResultsWe found that extract from P. pensylvanicum kills bovine mammary glands pathogenic S. aureus strain Newbould 305. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) breakpoints for extracts from flower, l...
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
WHO Africa’s Matshidiso Moeti, abortion rows, superbug jitterbug
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news
Reports of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) harboring the mecC gene have increased in the UK since first being described. To our diagnostic S. aureus multiplex PCR, a mecC primer set was designed and implemented, and then the prevalence in our patient population was investigated. Fewer than 1% of the clinical isolates possessed the mecC gene, confirming that mecA remains the dominant genetic determinant of MRSA in East London.
Source: Journal of Clinical Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Tags: Bacteriology Source Type: research
There is growing evidence for the value of bacterial whole-genome sequencing in hospital outbreak investigations. Our aim was to develop methods that support efficient and accurate low-throughput clinical sequencing of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolates. Using a test panel of 25 MRSA isolates previously associated with outbreak investigations, we devised modifications to library preparation that reduced the processing time by 1 hour. We determined the maximum number of isolates that could be sequenced per run using an Illumina MiniSeq platform and a 13-hour (overnight) run time, which equated to 21...
Source: Journal of Clinical Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Tags: Bacteriology Source Type: research
Scientists have discovered yet another way that single-celled organisms have outsmarted us.The tiny bacteria that live inside our guts have an ingenious way of withstanding the onslaught of antibiotics we throw at them, according to a report published Thursday in the journalScience. The two-part...
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - Category: Science Authors: Source Type: news
Conclusions: Our findings suggest the need for a comprehensive, multipronged policy response particularly at the time when the antibiotic pipeline is nearly empty. We recommend thoughtful, integrated infection prevention and control strategies to address the immediate and long-term threats of AR in Bahrain and the GCC. PMID: 31110624 [PubMed]
Source: Oman Medical Journal - Category: Middle East Health Tags: Oman Med J Source Type: research
This study aimed to determine the dynamics of colonization with antimicrobial-resistant Gram-negative bacteria amongst patients in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Thailand. From 97 enrolled patients, 52% were colonized by an extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) organism at some point during their stay and 64% were colonized by a carbapenem-resistant organism. Rapid acquisition of ESBL-positive and carbapenem-resistant organisms was found. Once colonized with an antibiotic-resistant organism, patients remained colonized for the remainder of their NICU stay.
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 22 May 2019Source: Journal of Global Antimicrobial ResistanceAuthor(s): Vanessa Silva, Francisco Almeida, Adriana Silva, Susana Correia, José António Carvalho, Ana Paula Castro, Eugénia Ferreira, Vera Manageiro, Manuela Caniça, Gilberto Igrejas, Patrícia Poeta
Source: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 22 May 2019Source: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and MedicineAuthor(s): Dickson K. Kirui, Gregor Weber, Jennifer Talackine, Nancy J. MillenbaughAbstractThe growing prevalence of biofilm-associated multi-drug resistant (MDR) bacteria necessitates the innovation of non-traditional approaches to improve the effectiveness of mainstay antibiotics. Here, we evaluated the use of gold nanoparticle (GNP)-targeted pulsed laser therapy to enhance antibiotic efficacy against in vitro methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and MDR Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms. Treatment with ant...
Source: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine - Category: Nanotechnology Source Type: research
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