FDA Rationale for Recognition Decision: Meropenem
Currently, there are no FDA-recognized susceptibility test interpretive criteria (breakpoints) for meropenem for Acinetobacter spp. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - January 2, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: FDA Source Type: news

Every 15 Minutes, Someone In The US Dies Of A Drug-Resistant Superbug
(CNN) — Every 15 minutes, someone in the United States dies of a superbug that has learned to outsmart even our most sophisticated antibiotics, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s about 35,000 deaths each year from drug-resistant infections, according to the landmark report. The report places five drug-resistant superbugs on the CDC’s “urgent threat” list — two more germs than were on the CDC’s list in 2013, the last time the agency issued a report on antibiotic resistance. Genetic research shows germs have become especially adep...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Featured Health Antibiotics Bacteria CNN Superbugs Source Type: news

Antibiotic-Resistant ‘ Superbugs ’ A Growing Health Crisis, New Report Finds
By Elizabeth Cohen and Nadia Kounang, CNN (CNN) — Every 15 minutes, someone in the United States dies of a superbug that has learned to outsmart even our most sophisticated antibiotics, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s about 35,000 deaths each year from drug-resistant infections, according to the landmark report. The report places five drug-resistant superbugs on the CDC’s “urgent threat” list — two more germs than were on the CDC’s list in 2013, the last time the agency issued a report on antibiotic resistance. Gene...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Syndicated CBSN Boston Antibiotics CNN Source Type: news

Control and Elimination of Acinetobacter baumanii in an ICU Control and Elimination of Acinetobacter baumanii in an ICU
What strategies helped one ICU control and eliminate drug-resistant A. baumanii infections?Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

University of Edinburgh Study Finds Antimicrobial Bacteria in Hospital Wastewater in Research That Has Implications for Microbiologists
The highly infectious bacteria can survive treatment at local sewage plants and enter the food chain of surrounding populations, the study revealed Researchers at the University of Edinburgh (UE) in Scotland found large amounts of antimicrobial-resistance (AMR) genes in hospital wastewater. These findings will be of interest to microbiologists and clinical laboratory managers, as the […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 11, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Acinetobacter Acinetobacter johnsonii AMR Challenge anatomic Source Type: news

The anaesthetists' role in perioperative infection control: what is the action plan?
Hospitalised patients who suffer from healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) experience increased morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs. Enterococcus, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella, Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas, and Enterobacter spp. (ESKAPE) are leading causative organisms of infection. Postoperative HAIs affect at least 7% of patients undergoing surgery, as proven by rigorous investigation and falling within the 1.9 –8.8% range reported by national stakeholders. Treatment of HAIs has fuelled resistance, making infections more difficult to treat when they develop. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bacteria associated with hospital infections are found in raw meat
(Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)) Bacteria of the Acinetobacter ACB complex, which are frequently acquired in hospital settings, can also be found in beef meat, according to a study led by ISGlobal, an institution supported by 'la Caixa' and performed with meat samples from markets in Lima, Peru. Although the isolates were susceptible to most antibiotics, these results suggest that raw meat can act as a reservoir for these pathogenic bacteria. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 8, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Managing Acinetobacter baumannii Infections Managing Acinetobacter baumannii Infections
A. baumannii is commonly involved in nosocomial infections, but few therapeutic options are available. Find out what there is to know.Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

UTSA's Bernard Arulanandam elected Fellow of National Academy of Inventors
(University of Texas at San Antonio) Since joining the faculty at UTSA in 2001, Arulanandam has conducted innovative research in vaccine development related to the pathogen Chlamydia trachomatis, which causes the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia, Francisella tularensis, which causes the respiratory infection tularemia or rabbit fever, and Acinetobacter Baumannii, a pathogen that has seen an uptick in occurrence in injured soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Two more premature infants die in bacterial outbreak at New Jersey hospital
The death toll is now up to three after two more premature infants died after contracting Acinetobacter baumanii, a hospital-acquired infection, at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drug resistant infections associated with higher in-hospital mortality rates in India
(Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics& Policy) In one of the largest studies to measure the burden of antibiotic resistance in a low- or middle-income country, researchers at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics& Policy report that in-hospital mortality is significantly higher among patients infected with multi-drug resistant (MDR) or extensively drug resistant (XDR) pathogens including Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Acinetobacter baumannii. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 16, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

External Quality Assessment of Laboratory Performance: European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net), 2017
Source: European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Published: 11/2018. This 25-page report provides an analysis of the external quality assessment (EQA) performance of laboratories participating in the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net) in 2017. A total of 893 laboratories participated in the EQA exercise. Six bacterial strains were used: Acinetobacter baumannii complex, Enterococcus faecium, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus pneumoniae. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Premature baby dies of suspected bacterial infection
At least four infants have contracted life-threatening Acinetobacter baumannii at University Hospital in Newark in the past month, officials reveal. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Phage Therapy Offers Lifeline for Antimicrobial Resistance
(MedPage Today) -- Collaborative effort saves patient with multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - October 9, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Novel xCELLigence Study of Acinetobacter baumannii Biofilms Receives...
Doctoral candidate using real-time impedance monitoring to elucidate key biofilm genes awarded a travel grant by ACEA Biosciences(PRWeb July 17, 2018)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/07/prweb15631055.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - July 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Nosocomial neonatal meningitis with Acinetobacter baumannii on myelomeningocele
(Bentham Science Publishers) In this article, together with a review of the literature, we report two cases of imipenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii neonatal meningitis following ruptured myelomeningocele, treated with intravenous colistin with favorable results. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 13, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Carbapenem-Nonsusceptible Acinetobacter baumannii Carbapenem-Nonsusceptible Acinetobacter baumannii
This report provides insight into the incidence of infections with carbapenem-nonsusceptible A. baumannii bacterium.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Resistant A. Baumannii Rose in Children From 1999 to 2012
FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 -- Between 1999 and 2012, Acinetobacter baumannii (A. baumannii) antibiotic resistance increased in children, though there was a decreasing trend after 2008, according to a study published in the Journal of the Pediatric... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 15, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Hospital superbug uses tiny sticky fingers to infect medical tools and devices
(University of Turku) The antibiotic-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii bacterium is one of the most globally harmful bacteria that causes nosocomial infections. Researchers at the University of Turku have discovered that the bacterium attaches to plastic medical devices using tiny finger-like structures. The researchers were able to develop antibodies that prevent the bacterial spread. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 31, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Multi-drug resistant infections rising in children
(Rush University Medical Center) Antibiotic-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii infections, one of the most common hospital-acquired infections in children across the United States, are on the rise, according to results of a recent study published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society on March 22. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mixed progress on drug resistance in A. baumannii infections in children
(Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics& Policy) Researchers examined antibiotic resistance trends in clinical specimens from children with Acinetobacter baumannii infections, over 13 years. An overall increase was observed between 1999 and 2012 in the proportion of isolates that were resistant to cephalosporin and carbapenem; a slight decline was detected after a peak in 2008. 'It is encouraging to see a downtrend after 2008, but we need to continue to monitor resistance trends,' said study co-author Dr. Sumanth Gandra of CDDEP. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 2, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Virulence switch in 'Iraqibacter': Potential Achilles heel?
(Emory Health Sciences) Microbiologists have identified a component of a genetic switch, which they call a potential 'Achilles' heel,' for a type of bacteria often associated with wounded warriors. The switch makes it possible for Acinetobacter baumannii to change between a virulent, hardy form and an avirulent form that is better at surviving at lower temperatures outside a host. Defining the switch could map out targets for new antibiotics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 23, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Research project on dangerous hospital germ extended
(Goethe University Frankfurt) Cases of multi-resistant bacteria in hospitals have increased dramatically in recent years and the health system faces tremendous problems as a result. Alongside 'old acquaintances', such as Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or Klebsiella pneumonia, another pathogen has now arrived on the scene: Acinetobacter baumannii. In order to find new weapons for the fight against this aggressive germ, in 2014 the German Research Foundation established a Research Unit led by Goethe University Frankfurt which has now been extended for a further three years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Coinfection with Acinetobacter baumannii Carbapenem-Resistant and Carbapenem-Susceptible Strains
Acinetobacter baumannii is an opportunistic pathogen that is emerging as an important cause of health care-associated infections, especially in patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) [1]. Among the carbapenem-hydrolyzing class D β-lactamases (CHDL), OXA-23-like enzymes are the most prevalent, occurring worldwide [2]. We isolated carbapenem-resistant and -susceptible A. baumannii strains from different sites in the same patient. Here, we describe the characterization of these isolates and discuss the implications of these f indings and their clinical importance. (Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter)
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - December 27, 2017 Category: Microbiology Authors: Karyne Rangel, Daniela Betzler, Cardoso Gomes, Gabrielle Limeira Genteluci, Maria Jos é de Souza, Maria Helena Simões Villas Bôas Tags: Case Report Source Type: news

Guidelines for the prevention and control of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, Acinetobacter baumannii and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in health care facilities
The World Health Organization has produced these first global guidelines for preventing and controlling three types of carbapenem-resistant gram-negative bacteria in health settings. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Combined resistance to multiple antibiotics: A growing problem in the EU
(European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)) On the occasion of the 10th European Antibiotic Awareness Day, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is releasing its latest EU-wide data on antibiotic resistance, as well as its guidance on prevention and control of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). In 2016, combined resistance to several antibiotic groups continued to increase for Escherichia coli and Acinetobacter species. This situation is of great concern as patients infected with these multidrug-resistant bacteria have very limited treatment options. (Source: EurekAlert! ...
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 15, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

T2 Biosystems files 510(k) for T2Bacteria Panel
T2 Biosystems Inc. (NSDQ:TTOO) said today it filed a 510(k) appliation with the FDA for its T2Bateria Panel rapid diagnostic solution designed to identify pathogens assocaited with Sepsis. The T2Bacteria panel is designed to run on the FDA-cleared T2Dx instrument to provide diagnosis of sepsis pathogens within hours, reducing the time for patients with bloodstream infections to receive treatment, the Lexington, Mass.-based company said. The submission includes data from a pivotal clinical trial of the T2Bacteria Panel which compared it to blood culture, as well as the performance of the panel in known bacteria positiv...
Source: Mass Device - September 11, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Diagnostics Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance T2 Biosystems Inc. Source Type: news

Kitchen sponges may be a 'bacteria hotspot' – but no need to worry
Conclusion There's no need to panic about the results of this study. Bacteria are everywhere, so it's no surprise to find them growing in kitchens. The researchers say sponges, being porous and usually damp, represent ideal conditions for bacteria to grow. The study found that one of the most dominant types of bacteria came from the Moraxella family. These bacteria are often found on human skin, so it's likely they got onto the sponges from people's hands. Moraxella are also linked to the unpleasant smell sometimes found after laundry has taken longer to dry, so they seem to be common in the household environment.  T...
Source: NHS News Feed - August 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle/exercise Source Type: news

Sewage Saved This Man's Life. Someday It Could Save Yours.
When Thomas Patterson woke up from a two-month coma in March 2016, he learned two things he couldn’t believe: Donald Trump was soon to become the Republican nominee for president, and his wife, Steffanie Strathdee, had saved him from dying of an antibiotic-resistant superbug by injecting him with viruses harvested from sewage. It took a lot of convincing for him to accept these weren’t just more hallucinations. Patterson and Strathdee met while serving on a National Institutes of Health grant review panel almost 16 years ago. Strathdee doesn’t usually find review panels a riveting experience, but when she...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sewage Saved This Man's Life. Someday It Could Save Yours.
This article has been updated to amend overstatements of the length of time it took the Texas A&M team to secure the phages they sent to Patterson, as well as the number of researchers to whom Strathdee reached out. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 11, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Current State and Further Development of Animal Models of Serious Infections Caused by Acinetobacter Baumannii and Pseudomonas Aeruginosa
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 03/17/2017 This web page provides information, documents, and presentations from a meeting on March 1, 2017, to facilitate the development of narrow-spectrum antibacterial drugs, such as those that are active against only a single species of bacteria that may not occur frequently. Acinetobacter baumannii and Pseudomonas aeruginosa are Priority 1 (Critical) pathogens on the World Health Organization (WHO) priority pathogens list. Animal models of infection may be useful to explore the activity of a candidate antibacterial drug and may help to predict whether the drug will be efficacious in...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 6, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

These 3 Superbugs Pose The Greatest Risk To Human Health
The World Health Organization is issuing a warning about a group of deadly bacteria: Recently, the WHO released its first-ever list of “priority pathogens,” a list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that the organization says pose the greatest threat to human health. The list is divided into three categories: critical-, high- and medium-priority. Three pathogens made it into the critical-priority group. These bacteria are resistant to multiple antibiotics and pose a high risk to people in hospitals and nursing homes, the WHO says. Multidrug-resistant bacteria, sometimes called “superbugs,” are a ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 23, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

New Antibiotics Urgently Needed to Combat Resistant Bacteria
Credit: WHO/Jim HolmesBy IPS World DeskROME/GENEVA, Feb 28 2017 (IPS)The United Nations health organisation has just published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens” – a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health. The list was drawn up in a bid to guide and promote research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics, as part of the World Health Organization (WHO) efforts to address growing global resistance to antimicrobial medicines.The list highlights in particular the threat of gram-negative bacteria that are resistant to multiple anti...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 28, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: IPS World Desk Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

WHO Says New Drugs Urgently Needed To Fight 12 'Priority Pathogens'
New antibiotics need to be developed urgently to combat 12 families of bacteria, the World Health Organization said on Monday, describing these “priority pathogens” as the greatest threats to human health. The United National health agency said many of these bacteria have already evolved into deadly superbugs that are resistant to many antibiotics. The bugs “have built-in abilities to find new ways to resist treatment” the WHO said, and can also pass on genetic material that allows other bacteria to become drug-resistant. Governments need to invest in research and development (R&D)if new drugs a...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UV light helps Duke hospitals fight transmission of super bugs
Treatment TermsInfectious diseases SEO Meta Description UV light helps hospitals cut transmission of super bugs like MRSA that linger in patient rooms and cause new infections. Author Debbe Geiger Content Blocks ContentA type of ultraviolet light called ultraviolet light C or UVC is helping hospitals cut transmission of super bugs like MRSA that linger in patient rooms and cause new infections, according to a study by Duke Health researchers. As a result, several UVC machines are now in use at Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital Section Features Text Content Header Tough bug...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - January 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dg62 at duke.edu Source Type: news

UV light helps Duke hospitals fight transmission of super bugs
Treatment TermsInfectious diseases SEO Meta Description UV light helps hospitals cut transmission of super bugs like MRSA that linger in patient rooms and cause new infections. Author Debbe Geiger Content Blocks ContentA type of ultraviolet light called ultraviolet light C or UVC is helping hospitals cut transmission of super bugs like MRSA that linger in patient rooms and cause new infections, according to a study by Duke Health researchers. As a result, several UVC machines are now in use at Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital Section Features Text Content Header Tough bug...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - January 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dg62 at duke.edu Source Type: news

Stronger'Superbugs,' and No New Drugs to Fight Them Stronger'Superbugs,' and No New Drugs to Fight Them
For nearly two years, a killer stalked the patients of Providence Alaska Medical Center. It was a bacteria called Acinetobacter baumannii, a common cause of infections in hospitals. This one was different.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - December 16, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Efforts needed to stop the spread of carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii
(European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)) ECDC's latest risk assessment highlights the need of increased efforts to face this significant threat to patients and healthcare systems in all EU/EEA countries and outlines options to reduce risks through clinical management, prevention of transmission in hospitals and other health-care settings, prevention of cross-border transmission, and improvement of preparedness of EU/EEA countries. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 14, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New Fast, Inexpensive, Mobile Device Accurately Identifies Healthcare-Acquired Infections and Communicates Findings to Doctors ’ Smartphones and Portable Computers
Use of these new technologies creates opportunities for clinical laboratories and pathologists to add more value when collaborating with physicians to advance patient care Ongoing improvements in point-of-care testing are encouraging one major academic medical center to apply this mode of testing to the diagnosis of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). This development should be of interest […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 31, 2016 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Acinetobacter biological culturing centers for medicare and medicaid services clinical laboratory CMS DNA E. c Source Type: news

Candida colonization raises risk of Acinetobacter-based VAP
Acinetobacter baumanii was the most common cause of ventilator-associated pneumonia in ICU patients, and the risk of A. baumannii infection was significantly higher when airways were... (Source: Family Practice News)
Source: Family Practice News - July 24, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Bacteria Can Persist on Gloves, Transfer to Surfaces Bacteria Can Persist on Gloves, Transfer to Surfaces
A species of bacteria linked to ventilator-associated pneumonia, Acinetobacter baumannii, can persist on examination gloves and transfer to plastic surfaces commonly found in hospitals. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Miniature scaffolding could support fight against superbugs
Tiny molecular scaffolding that joins molecules together could be the key to our battle against antibiotic resistance. Research shows that carbon nanodot scaffolding assembled with small molecules called polyamines can kill some dangerous drug-resistant bacteria, including Acinetobacter baumanii and Klebsiella pneumonia. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 13, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Miniature scaffolding could support fight against superbugs
(Elsevier) Tiny molecular scaffolding that joins molecules together could be the key to our battle against antibiotic resistance. Research published in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters shows that carbon nanodot scaffolding assembled with small molecules called polyamines can kill some dangerous drug-resistant bacteria, including Acinetobacter baumanii and Klebsiella pneumonia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Acinetobacter baumannii -- The New MRSA?Acinetobacter baumannii -- The New MRSA?
Infections caused by this bacteria are commonly multi-drug resistant and can be difficult to treat. Find out what there is to know. ePlasty, Open Access Journal of Plastic Surgery (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - April 26, 2016 Category: Surgery Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Polymyxin Susceptibility Testing: a Cold Case Reopened
In recent years, the emergence of multidrug-resistant Gram-negative rods and a dwindling antimicrobial armamentarium has led to renewed use of the polymyxins. With increasing use of polymyxins, there has been increase in resistance among previously susceptible populations of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Acinetobacter baumannii. Unfortunately, susceptibility testing for the polymyxins is fraught with difficulties, making clinically informative interpretation of these tests challenging. (Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter)
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - April 21, 2016 Category: Microbiology Authors: Kurt H. Jerke, Mark J. Lee, Romney M. Humphries Source Type: news

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Says Hospitals Making Progress Against Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs But More Work Is Needed
Adapted from MedlinePlus (Health Day) Health officials report that U.S. hospitals are making huge strides in the fight against antibiotic-resistance superbugs nevertheless, far too many people are becoming infected in health care facilities. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advocating doctors, nurses and other health professionals to lead the fight against infections. Study senior author Dr. Clifford McDonald states, “It is reported that more than 700,000 patients in the United States are infected by bacteria and 75, 000 die from acquired infections.” He also adds, “In some hospital...
Source: Network News - March 18, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Marcus Spann Tags: Advocacy Public Health Source Type: news

Characteristics of MDR Acinetobacter baumannii StrainsCharacteristics of MDR Acinetobacter baumannii Strains
This study determined the antibiotic susceptibility profile and genetic mechanisms of beta-lactam resistance in 27 clinical strains of Acinetobacter baumannii. Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pathology & Lab Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Characterization of Isolates of Acinetobacter baumanniiCharacterization of Isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii
This study sought to identify and characterize clinical isolates of A. baumannii with respect to its antibiotic susceptibility. Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - December 15, 2015 Category: Pathology Tags: Pathology & Lab Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

NIH Funds Nine Anti-Microbial Resistance Diagnostic Projects to Deal with ‘Super Bugs’ and Give Clinical Laboratories New Diagnostic Tools to Improve Patient Care
Lab-on-a-chip technology could reduce the time needed to identify infection-causing bacteria and for physicians to prescribe correct antibiotics  Pathology groups and medical laboratories may see their role in the patient-care process grow if researchers succeed in developing culture-independent diagnostic tools that quickly identify bacterial infections as well as pinpoint the antibiotics needed to treat them. […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 13, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Aaron Hawkins PhD Acinetobacter baumannii Anthony S. Fauci MD anti-microbial BioFire Di Source Type: news

Wet wipes may help spread hospital bugs
Conclusion This research suggests detergent cleaning wipes used in UK hospitals and the home show large variability in their ability to kill three selected microbes, including Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile. Researchers tested seven commonly used wipes and found they varied a lot in their ability to kill the bugs. More worryingly, it looked like the wipes were picking up the germs rather than killing them – in almost all the wipes tested, the bugs were spread if they were used on a different surface. The implication of this is that wipes shouldn't be used on consecutive surfaces. The authors mention...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Source Type: news