WHO sounds alarm on drug-resistant bacteria
Global health body warns none of antibiotics currently being developed are enough to tackle superbugs (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - April 15, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

MRSA Colonization Linked to Increased Mortality Risk in Adults
WEDNESDAY, April 14, 2021 -- Among middle-aged and older community-dwelling adults, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonization is associated with increased mortality risk, according to a research letter published in the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 14, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Superbug killer: New nanotech destroys bacteria and fungal cells
(RMIT University) A new dual bug killer is one of the thinnest antimicrobial coatings to date.The coating works by tearing bacteria and fungal cells apart, offering a smart solution to the twin global health threats of drug-resistant bacterial and fungal infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Why the Healthcare Association of New York State is partnering with Vyv
Vyv makes non-ultraviolet LEDs that kill microbes — including bacteria such as MRSA, salmonella, E. coli and C. diff. — that grow on surfaces. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 13, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Justin Dawes Source Type: news

Antibiotics: Netflix-style subscriptions target superbugs
The current pandemic has shown the value of planning ahead of crises (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - April 5, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Paleopharmaceuticals from Baltic amber might fight drug-resistant infections
(American Chemical Society) For centuries, people in Baltic nations have used ancient amber for medicinal purposes. Even today, infants are given amber necklaces that they chew to relieve teething pain, and people put pulverized amber in elixirs and ointments for its purported beneficial properties. Now, scientists have pinpointed compounds that help explain Baltic amber's therapeutic effects and that could lead to new medicines to combat antibiotic-resistant infections. The researchers will present their results today at ACS Spring 2021. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 5, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Healthcare-associated infections
Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Escherichia coli (E. coli) are bacterial infections that commonly occur as a direct result of healthcare interventions (such as medical or surgical treatment), or from being in contact with a healthcare setting. They are the most well-known healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs). HCAIs pose a serious risk to patients, staff and visitors, can incur high costs for the NHS, and can cause significant morbidity to those infected. The emergence of new infections also poses a risk to patients and staff, as highlighted by the transmis...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Silent MRSA carriers have twice the mortality rate of adults without the bacteria
(University of Florida) More than 3 million people in the U.S. carry MRSA, the staph strain that is hard to treat and resistant to many antibiotics. Unless MRSA carriers develop an infection or are tested for the bacteria, they may not even know they carry it, yet they are at significant risk for premature death. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Covid won't be the last pandemic. Will we be better prepared for the next one? | Devi Sridhar
Whether it ’s a new virus or antimicrobial resistance, governments must build on the lessons of 2020 to defeat the next outbreakCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWouldn ’t it be wonderful if we never had to face another pandemic? As we reflect on the past year, the words that come to mind are “never again”. Never again should more than 120,000 lives be lost to a contagious virus, a number that would have been unthinkable almost a year ago, when government adv isers thought thatlosing 20,000 people would be a good outcome. Nor should we endure another year of lockdowns...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 24, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Devi Sridhar Tags: Coronavirus Science World news UK news Infectious diseases Source Type: news

A sense for the unseen: Novel DNA sensor can rapidly detect antibiotic-resistant pathogens
(University of Fukui) The persistent overuse of antibiotics has led to the evolution of antibiotic resistant pathogens, or " superbugs, " which can cause severe life-threatening infections that must be diagnosed and treated early on. However, antibiotic sensitivity assays used to detect resistance rely on cell culture that can take several days. Overcoming this limitation, researchers have now designed a novel self-driven DNA nanosensor that can rapidly detect methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a lethal superbug, with high sensitivity and specificity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 22, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New antibiotic clears multi-drug resistant gonorrhea in mice in single dose
(Penn State) A new antibiotic compound clears infection of multi-drug resistant gonorrhea in mice in a single oral dose, according to a new study led by researchers at Penn State and Emory University. The compound targets a molecular pathway found in bacteria but not humans and could lead to new treatments for gonorrhea and infections from other bacteria, such as tuberculosis and MRSA. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How our microplastic waste becomes 'hubs' for pathogens, antibiotic-resistant bacteria
(New Jersey Institute of Technology) Researchers at New Jersey Institute of Technology have shown that ubiquitous microplastics can become 'hubs' for antibiotic-resistant bacteria and pathogens to grow once they wash down household drains and enter wastewater treatment plants -- forming a slimy layer of buildup, or biofilm, on their surface that allows pathogenic microorganisms and antibiotic waste to attach and comingle. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Estimated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Decolonization in Intensive Care Units Associated With Single-Application Chlorhexidine Gluconate or Mupirocin, JAMA Network Open 4(3): e210652-e210652
Conclusions and Relevance: These findings suggest that there may be room for significant improvement in anti-MRSA disinfectants, including the compounds themselves and their delivery mechanisms. Despite the decolonization estimates found in this study, these agents are associated with robust outcomes after delays in administration, which may help in alleviating concerns over patient comfort and toxic effects. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MRSA prevalence and hospital-level antibiotic use: A retrospective study across 122 acute-care hospitals, Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology 42(3): 353-355
We evaluated the relationship between local MRSA prevalence rates and antibiotic use across 122 VHA hospitals in 2016. Higher hospital-level MRSA prevalence was associated with significantly higher rates of antibiotic use, even after adjusting for case mix and stewardship strategies. Benchmarking anti-MRSA antibiotic use may need to adjust for MRSA prevalence. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Effect of vancomycin loading dose on clinical outcome in critically ill patients with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus pneumonia, Journal of Thoracic Disease 13(2): 768-777
Background: Vancomycin is the treatment of choice for serious methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. Current guidelines recommend giving an initial loading dose (LD) of 25-30 mg/kg to rapidly increase the serum concentration. However, high-quality evidence for the clinical benefit of LD is lacking. Herein, we aim to examine the association between vancomycin LD and clinical outcome. Methods: A retrospective cohort study was conducted on adult patients treated for MRSA pneumonia with vancomycin in medical intensive care units from April 2016 to August 2018. MRSA pneumonia was defined by the Centers f...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How bacterial traffic jams lead to antibiotic-resistant, multilayer biofilms
(eLife) The bacterial equivalent of a traffic jam causes multilayered biofilms to form in the presence of antibiotics, shows a study published today ineLife. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 16, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Researchers study coconut oil as a natural treatment for antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, severe burns
(Natural News) Antibiotic resistance is a genuine health threat. It is considered one of the major health issues of this age. Severe burn victims are particularly susceptible to antibiotic-resistant infection because their body tissues create a niche environment for pathogens. Antibiotic ointments used to be an effective treatment but the rising threat of antibiotic resistance leaves many burn patients... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NIH awards grants to support bacteriophage therapy research
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has awarded $2.5 million in grants to 12 institutes to support research on bacteriophage therapy. These awards represent NIAID's first series of grants focused on research on this therapy, an emerging field that could yield new ways to fight antimicrobial-resistant bacteria. A 2019 report from CDC found that antibiotic-resistant pathogens cause more than 2.8 million infections in the U.S. each year and more than 35,000 people die. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 11, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Deforestation favors an increase in the diversity of antibiotic-resistant soil bacteria
(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) Study suggests that replacing native vegetation with pasture or crops increases competition among microorganisms, favoring those with antimicrobial resistance genes. Brazilian scientists advocate more research to find out whether bacteria can migrate to food and reach human. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

During Pandemic, Clinical Laboratories Should Be Alert for Drug Resistant Infections That Pose High Risk to COVID-19 Patients
On top of everything else during this pandemic, drug-resistant infections are threatening the most vulnerable patients in COVID-19 ICUs New study by researchers at the University of Minnesota highlights the continuing need for microbiologists and clinical laboratories to stay alert for COVID-19 patients with drug-resistant infections. In their study, researchers highlighted CDC statistics about the […] The post During Pandemic, Clinical Laboratories Should Be Alert for Drug Resistant Infections That Pose High Risk to COVID-19 Patients appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 10, 2021 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations AMR anatomic pathology antibiotic resistant bacteria antimicrobial resistance ARB CDC Center Source Type: news

Research pinpoints unique drug target in antibiotic resistant bacteria
(John Innes Centre) Researchers have identified a critical mechanism that allows deadly bacteria to gain resistance to antibiotics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Antibiotic-resistant strains of staph bacteria may be spreading between pigs raised in factory farms
(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) DNA sequencing of bacteria found in pigs and humans in rural eastern North Carolina, an area with concentrated industrial-scale pig-farming, suggests that multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strains are spreading between pigs, farmworkers, their families and community residents, and represents an emerging public health threat, according to a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Toxic ingredient in disinfectants can give rise to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, birth defects and more
(Natural News) Experts are raising the alarm about a certain family of chemicals that are found in several commercial cleaning products. Quaternary ammonium compounds, or quats, are charged chemicals that can kill bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms. But though they are effective disinfectants, researchers found that quats can give rise to serious health and environmental problems,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study unravels antibiotic resistance in MRSA ‘superbug’ infections
FINDINGSResearchers applied a new approach pioneered at UCLA to predict whichmethicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA,infections willfail to respond toantibiotic treatment. By focusing on epigenetics — changes to gene expression that can’t be detected by standard DNA sequencing — the study examined how the immune system recognizes dangerous superbugs and works with antibiotics to clear them.BACKGROUNDThe Staphylococcus aureus bacterium can  live harmlessly on a person’s skin and in their nose, occasionally causing mild infections that can be treated with standard antibiotics. When i...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 3, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Optimizing disinfection to prevent spread of antibiotic resistance in wastewater
(GIST (Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology)) Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have become a global threat today, owing in part to the efficiency with which resistance spreads among them. Some of this spread happens in waterbodies--and our wastewater systems are no exception. A group of scientists from Korea and the US has now conducted some of the groundwork needed to optimize disinfection processes and minimize the spread of antibiotic resistance through waterbodies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Bacteria-hunting viruses can track down antibiotic-resistant bugs where they hide
Bacteriophages could potentially help us mitigate the rising threat of antibiotic resistance (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Radio/Quirks & Quarks Source Type: news

Early Detection and Control of Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus Outbreak in an Intensive Care Unit, Balkan Medical Journal 38(1): 23-28
Conclusion: Molecular typing techniques are the cornerstones for the investigation of outbreaks. Infection control measures, such as enhancing cleaning procedures, promoting hand hygiene, should be enforced in the ICU unit. All patients, including those who have already been discharged to other departments, must be put on contact isolation. HCWs carrying the MRSA strains could be offered decolonization. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in hip fracture, The bone & joint journal 103-B(1): 170-177
Aims: Infection after surgery increases treatment costs and is associated with increased mortality. Hip fracture patients have historically had high rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonization and surgical site infection (SSI). This paper reports the impact of routine MRSA screening and the " cleanyourhands " campaign on rates of MRSA SSI and patient outcome.; Methods: A total of 13,503 patients who presented with a hip fracture over 17 years formed the study population. Multivariable logistic regression was performed to determine risk factors for MRSA and SSI. Autoregressive integrat...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Organization of antibiotic stewardship in Europe: the way to go, Wiener medizinische Wochenschrift 171(Suppl 1): 4-8
It is more than two decades ago that a European Union conference on " The Microbial Threat " hosted by the Danish Government in Copenhagen in September 1998 issued recommendations to encourage good practice in the use of antimicrobial agents and reduce inappropriate prescribing. Essential components of those recommendations were antimicrobial teams in hospitals and the use of feedback to prescribers as well as educational activities. Two decades later, important surveillance systems on both antimicrobial resistance as well as on antibiotic consumption are functioning at the European level and in most European cou...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Effectiveness of Contact Precautions to Prevent Transmission of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci in Intensive Care Units, Clinical Infectious Diseases 72: S42-S49
Conclusions We found little evidence that contact precautions implemented during the STAR*ICU trial reduced transmission of MRSA or VRE. We did find important differences in the transmission dynamics between MRSA and VRE. Differences in organism and healthcare setting may impact the efficacy of contact precautions. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Comparative Effectiveness of Switching to Daptomycin Versus Remaining on Vancomycin Among Patients With Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Bloodstream Infections, Clinical Infectious Diseases 72: S68-S73
Conclusions Switching to daptomycin within 3 days of initial receipt of vancomycin is associated with lower 30-day mortality among patients with MRSA BSI. This benefit was not seen when the switch occurred later. Future studies should prospectively assess the benefit of early switching from vanco mycin to other anti-MRSA antibiotics. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Beating the resistance: WVU scientists target antibiotic-resistant infections with $1.4M DOD grant
(West Virginia University) With the aid of $1.4 million-grant from the DOD's Defense Threat Reduction Agency, researchers, led by Mariette Barbier of the WVU School of Medicine, will aim to develop small molecule and antibody therapeutics to treat infections prone to antibiotic resistance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 16, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

CDC warns of antibiotic-resistant infection outbreaks in COVID-19 care units
At least 20 outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant infections have occurred in hospitals across the country since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gulls, sentinels of bacteria in the environment
(University of Barcelona) Gulls are one of the main wild birds that act as reservoirs of Campylobacter and Salmonella, two most relevant intestinal antibiotic-resistant bacteria causing gastroenteritis in humans. Therefore, according to an article published in the journalScience of the Total Environment seagulls could act as sentinels of the antibiotic pressure in the environment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Phages can anticipate bacteria's location and destroy them before they cause an infection
(Baylor College of Medicine) A novel strategy has the potential of becoming a game changer in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria that live in hard-to-reach places. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Livestock Workers at Higher Risk for'Superbug' Infection
MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2021 -- Livestock workers have an elevated risk of getting infected with dangerous, antibiotic-resistant " superbug " bacteria, a new study shows. Researchers from Michigan State University expected that finding when studying those... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 8, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Turmeric may be the key to preventing diseases caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria
(Natural News) British and German researchers may have found the key to defeating antibiotic-resistant bacteria and preventing the diseases they cause. In their study, which appeared in the journal ACS Applied Bio Materials, the researchers said that their newly developed tiny capsules loaded with curcumin — the active compound in turmeric — can treat infections caused by antibiotic-resistant strains... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UTEP fights superbugs with $1.2 Million NIH grant to produce antibiotics
(University of Texas at El Paso) Chu-Young Kim, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at The University of Texas at El Paso, is helping combat the threat of superbugs - illnesses caused by drug-resistant bacteria -- by returning to nature.His work is supported by a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a biological method for producing new versions of current antibiotics that have become ineffective due to resistance.Superbugs are a major problem threatening the lives and health of people worldwide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 2, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Why antibiotic-resistant cells persist
(University of Houston) University of Houston biomolecular engineer, Mehmet Orman, has received an NSF CAREER Award to explore cells that defy all efforts to kill them. Known as 'persister' cells, they are thought to be responsible for recurring chronic infections such as those of the urinary tract and for creating drug-resistant mutants. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Livestock workers face high MRSA risk
(Michigan State University) For Michigan State University's Felicia Wu, the surprise isn't that people who work with livestock are at higher risk of picking up antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but instead how much higher their risk levels are. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 28, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Can common antibiotics harm your heart? Research links them to increased risk of heart conditions
(Natural News) It is becoming increasingly clear that pharmaceutical antibiotics are not the life-saving drugs their makers say they are. Prone to misuse, antibiotics have given rise to a new breed of drug-resistant bacteria called “superbugs,” creating one of the most dangerous public health crises of this time. On top of this, antibiotics have numerous side effects. They can cause changes... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diclofenac mitigates virulence of multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Archives of microbiology 202(10): 2751-2760.
In conclusion, diclofenac can be used in combination with antibiotics as anti-virulence agent against MDR-MRSA which will enhance the ability of immune system to eradicate infection. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists study nanocapsules in the search for an antibiotic-free approach to superbugs
(Natural News) Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem around the world, with multiple strains of bacteria now showing adaptations designed to increase their protection against the drugs that have been formulated to kill them. One such pathogen is Helicobacter pylori, which, according to current data, is carried by around 4.4 billion people worldwide, although it... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Monash University leads breakthrough against antibiotic-resistance
(Monash University) New research published today has discovered how to revert antibiotic-resistance in one of the most dangerous superbugs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 12, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Gene-editing produces tenfold increase in superbug slaying antibiotics
(John Innes Centre) Scientists have used gene-editing advances to achieve a tenfold increase in the production of super-bug targeting formicamycin antibiotics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 12, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Children's Hospitals Are to Blame as Superbugs Attack Kids Children's Hospitals Are to Blame as Superbugs Attack Kids
A growing body of research shows that overuse and misuse of antibiotics in children's hospitals helps fuel these dangerous bacteria that attack adults and, increasingly, children.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines - January 4, 2021 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Hospital Medicine News Source Type: news

Fluoride to the rescue?
(University of California - Santa Barbara) Scientists have long been aware of the dangerous overuse of antibiotics and the increasing number of antibiotic-resistant microbes that have resulted. While over-prescription of antibiotics for medicinal use has unsettling implications for human health, so too does the increasing presence of antibiotics in the natural environment. The latter may stem from the improper disposal of medicines, but also from the biotechnology field, which has depended on antibiotics as a selection device in the lab. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 4, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Infectious Diseases Expert: No Evidence New Coronavirus Variant Is Any Deadlier
NPR's Michel Martin discusses coronavirus mutations with physician Matt McCarthy, author of Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists turned toxic pesticide into treatment against antibiotic-resistant bacteria
(Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University) Russian scientists from Kaliningrad and St. Petersburg have synthesized nitrogen-containing cyclic compounds that differ only in the relative position of side substituents. They are analogs of pesticides which are toxic and carcinogenic to humans, but the modifications allowed turning them into a powerful weapon against bacteria resistant to most antibiotics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

War on superbugs must follow defeat of Covid-19
World needs new antibiotics and action to keep existing ones effective (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - December 28, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news