Americans are contracting superbugs from weight loss surgery in Mexico
The rate of US citizens returning home with pseudomonas aeruginosa, an aggressive bacteria, has more than doubled - from 11 in early January to 25 as of this week, according to the CDC. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Grueling life in space makes astronauts more susceptible to antibiotic-resistant superbugs
(Natural News) Traveling to outer space is a pretty tough gig for astronauts trying to stay healthy, as shuttling back and forth to places like Mars and the Moon significantly increases one’s risk of developing infections from antibiotic-resistant “superbugs,” experts claim. Not only is there a higher risk of contracting bugs like MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Superbugs have colonized the International Space Station -- but there's a silver lining
(Frontiers) Researchers have taken another small step towards deep space exploration, by testing a new silver- and ruthenium-based antimicrobial coating aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Published in Frontiers in Microbiology, their study shows that the AGXX ® dramatically reduced the number of bacteria on contamination-prone surfaces -- and could help protect future astronauts beyond the moon and Mars. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 19, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

How imported shrimp is bringing superbugs to Canada's shores
A CBC Marketplace investigation has found worrying levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria on imported shrimp bought at major grocery stores across Canada. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada Source Type: news

Active Bathing in Non-ICU Setting Does Not Cut Infections
WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 -- Daily bathing with chlorhexidine plus nasal mupirocin in carriers for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) does not cut rates of hospital-acquired bacterial infections overall in non-critical care units,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 13, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

First British woman with super-gonorrhoea caught it through unprotected sex on Ibiza holiday
One woman caught the antibiotic-resistant STI by having sex with multiple men in Ibiza, while another caught it when she had unprotected sex with a man who had just come home from the island. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heart-wrenching memoir of woman who died of cystic fibrosis and a superbug
Mallory Smith died of a superbug that infected her cystic fibrosis-ridden lungs at just 25. Her posthumous memoir, Salt in My Soul, reveals the young woman's struggle to not just survive, but thrive. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Track pathogenic organisms promptly with the National Database of Antibiotic Resistant Organisms
In response to the rising threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), NCBI built the National Database of Antibiotic Resistant Organisms (NDARO). With NDARO, you can: Browse a curated database of AMR genes Identify AMR genes in bacterial genomes with AMRFinder Identify bacterial … Continue reading → (Source: NCBI Insights)
Source: NCBI Insights - March 11, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: NCBI Staff Tags: Science Features What's New antibiotic resistance antimicrobial resistance Pathogen Detection Source Type: news

Your hospitals dirty little secret may be found on their floors, where superbugs flourish
(Natural News) Hospital floors may harbor superbugs that are easily overlooked when trying to control the spread of potentially life-threatening diseases, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. While hospital floors may look clean to the naked eye, a team of researchers — including researchers from the Case Western Reserve University School... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Honey and black cumin found to treat H. Pylori patients
(Natural News) Helicobacter pylori – or H. pylori – infections are fairly common, with more than half the world’s population likely walking around with these bacteria in their gut. Nonetheless, they are responsible for the majority of ulcers of the small intestine and stomach, and are becoming increasingly difficult to treat. New “superbug” type antibiotic-resistant strains... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hospital-Onset MRSA Decreased From 2002 to 2015
WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 -- Staphylococcus aureus infections are still a concern in the United States, despite a decline seen in hospital-onset methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) infections since 2005, according to two reports published in the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 6, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

A 'post-antibiotic world'?
(University of Southern California) The products of wastewater treatment have been found to contain trace amounts of antibiotic resistant DNA. Researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have found that even low concentrations of just a single type of antibiotic in the water supply leads to resistance to multiple classes of antibiotics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 6, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Results of ABATE infection trial published
(Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute) Daily bathing with an antiseptic soap, plus nasal ointment for patients with prior antibiotic resistant bacteria, reduced hospital acquired infections among patients with central venous catheters and other devices that pierce the skin, according to results of the ABATE Infection Trial. The study, " Chlorhexidine versus Routine Bathing to Prevent Multi Drug-Resistant Organisms and All-Cause Bloodstream Infection in General Medical and Surgical Units: The ABATE Infection Cluster Randomized Trial, " was published March 5 in The Lancet, Online. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious...
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 5, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Infection control technique may reduce infections in patients with catheters, drains
(Rush University Medical Center) Each year, approximately 5 million patients in the United States receive treatment that includes the insertion of a medical device such as a catheter, which puts them at increased risk of potentially life-threatening infection. Researchers have found a strategy that greatly reduced both overall infection and infection with antibiotic-resistant bacteria in a group of these patients. The results of their study were published today in the online issue of The Lancet. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 5, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Results of trial to stem hospital-acquired bacterial infections published
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) A trial evaluated whether daily bathing with the antiseptic soap chlorhexidine (CHG) -- and in those patients with MRSA, adding the nasal antibiotic mupirocin -- more effectively reduced hospital-acquired bacterial infections than bathing with ordinary soap and water. The researchers found that one subset of patients -- those with medical devices -- experienced a substantial benefit if they received the CHG/mupirocin intervention. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 5, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Carbapenem-resistant < i > Pseudomonas aeruginosa < /i > infection – Mexico
On 12 February 2019, the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) received a report regarding surgical site infections caused by antibiotic-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa after invasive procedures performed in Tijuana, Mexico. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - March 5, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

National Database of Antibiotic Resistant Organisms (NDARO)
Source: National Library of Medicine [National Institutes of Health] (NLM). Published: 3/2019. This database is a collaborative, cross-agency, centralized hub for researchers to access antimicrobial resistance (AMR) data to facilitate real-time surveillance of pathogenic organisms. The database allows users to browse a curated database of AMR genes, identify AMR genes in bacterial genomes with AMRFinder, identify bacterial genomes with AMR genes in the Isolate Browser, and submit sequence and phenotype data related to AMR. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

T2 Biosystems wins FDA breakthrough nod for drug resistance blood test
T2 Biosystems (NSDQ:TTOO) said yesterday that it won FDA breakthrough device designation for its T2Resistance Panel diagnostic designed to detect 13 drug resistance genes from a blood sample. The T2Resistance Panel is designed to identify 13 genes that the Lexington, Mass.-based company said include “the most clinically important.” This includes genes that indicate a resistance to antimicrobial drugs that can significantly affect the treatment of bacterial infections and several genes listed on the CDC’s Urgent Threat list for antibiotic resistance, T2 said. The system is intended for use on both gram-pos...
Source: Mass Device - February 28, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Diagnostics Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance T2 Biosystems Inc. Source Type: news

Mixed Results for Plazomicin in UTI, CRE (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Agent non-inferior to meropenem for complicated UTIs; efficacy less clear for superbug Enterobacteriaceae (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - February 28, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

War on superbugs is putting elderly people at risk of sepsis
The NHS offers local health boards additional payments if they bring down their prescription rates, and doctors are in turn pressured to give drugs to fewer patients. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rise of Drug-Resistant Superbugs Rings Alarm Bells in Europe Rise of Drug-Resistant Superbugs Rings Alarm Bells in Europe
The spread of superbugs resistant to antimicrobial drugs shows no sign of slowing in Europe, health officials said on Tuesday, making food poisoning and other infections more difficult to treat.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Why "bastard myrobalan" may be the next natural cure for antibiotic-resistant bacteria
(Natural News) Multi-drug resistant (MDR) bacteria are a real and present threat. This is why many scientists have focused their attention on finding novel treatments for infections caused by MDR bacteria. A study by researchers from the University of Peradeniya, the National Institute of Fundamental Studies, and the Veterinary Research Institute in Sri Lanka revealed a potential cure for these conditions.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pharmaceutical manufacturers contributing to the development and spread of dangerous, multidrug-resistant pathogens
(Natural News) Though antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” are becoming a significant public health threat, most Americans are clueless about the superbug problem and its deadly consequences. As bacteria mutate to outsmart and resist antibiotic drugs, some 700,000 people around the world die from an untreatable bacterial infection each year. Recently, public health officials from Nevada reported on... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: 'Antibacterial' chemical in toothpaste could strengthen bacteria
New research finds that triclosan, a compound that is in many consumer products, could make the bacteria it is supposed to kill stronger. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: MRSA / Drug Resistance Source Type: news

Rise of drug-resistant superbugs rings alarm bells in Europe
The spread of superbugs resistant to antimicrobial drugs shows no sign of slowing in Europe, health officials said on Tuesday, making food poisoning and other infections more difficult to treat. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Bacteria samples from all over the globe found to have antibiotic resistance genes, says research
(Natural News) Researchers warn that infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria will continue to increase each year, especially since these acquire more resistance genes from other bacteria. The effects of such a genetic delineation prompted scientists from the Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden to evaluate large numbers of bacterial DNA. Their study looked... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Postdischarge Decolonization Plan Lowers MRSA Risk (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- At-home protocol involved chlorhexidine mouthwash, chlorhexidine baths or showers, and nasal mupirocin (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - February 20, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Learn how to protect yourself from deadly superbugs by rejuvenating your immune system
(Natural News) Antibiotic resistance is a very real and present threat and it threatens everyone. This natural phenomenon often causes the rise in deadly superbugs since antibiotics only kill off the susceptible strains of bacteria, allowing the more resistant strains to mutate and grow even stronger. Some strains may even become immune to the antibiotics... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cocktail of common antibiotics can fight resistant E. coli
(Technical University of Denmark) Scientists from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability have discovered that a combination of two common antibiotics is able to eliminate multi-drug resistant E. coli causing urinary tract infections. This combination treatment could become an effective measure against clinically relevant antibiotic resistant urinary tract infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New tool in the fight against superbugs: A test that shows if bacteria is antibiotic resistant
(Natural News) A group of researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has developed a new antibiotic-resistant detection test. According to Science Daily, their process will allow medical professionals to determine how bacteria will react to a particular antibiotic in no more than half an hour. What once took two to three days could... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This Protocol May Reduce MRSA Infections After Discharge From The Hospital
New research finds that patients diagnosed with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in the hospital may prevent future MRSA infections by adhering to a standard bathing protocol at home after discharge. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 18, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Glatter, MD, Contributor Source Type: news

Wonder from Down Under: Australian Manuka honey shown just as effective as New Zealand varieties
(Natural News) New Zealand manuka honey has long been marketed as an effective means of lowering cholesterol, treating skin wounds, and even preventing cancer. However, new research has discovered that Australian-made manuka honey is just as potent against superbugs as the New Zealand variety. A team of researchers at the University of Technology Sydney studied... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Preventing 'cell wall remodeling' may hold key to defeating intransigent super bugs
(Case Western Reserve University) With a $3.34 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health, Edward W. Yu, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, is conducting research that could help physicians better understand how bacteria such as B. multivorans resist antibiotics, potentially leading to improved treatments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 18, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

MRSA Decolonization; Perinatal Depression: It's PodMed Double T! (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics also include active surveillance for prostate cancer and reducing opioid use after hip surgery (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - February 16, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

NASA scientists discover FIVE new previously unknown strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in SPACE
(Natural News) While cleaning the washrooms on the International Space Station (ISS), scientists from NASA reportedly discovered five new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that have never before been identified, suggesting that deadly “superbugs” have the capacity to mutate and proliferate, even in outer space. Publishing its findings in the journal BMC Microbiology, the National Aeronautics... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Decolonization to Reduce Postdischarge Infection Risk among MRSA Carriers
This RCT (n=2121) found postdischarge hygiene education (HE) and MRSA decolonisation with chlorhexidine and mupirocin led to lower risk of MRSA infection than HE alone (HR 0.70;95% CI 0.52-0.96;p=0.03) which led to lower risk of hospitalisation due to MRSA infection (0.71; 0.51-0.99). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Decolonization to Reduce Postdischarge Infection Risk among MRSA Carriers
This research article concludes that postdischarge MRSA decolonization with chlorhexidine and mupirocin led to a 30% lower risk of MRSA infection than education alone. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MRSA Decolonization Reduces Postdischarge Infection Risk MRSA Decolonization Reduces Postdischarge Infection Risk
A new study finds that decolonization of MRSA carriers following discharge from the hospital can reduce the risk of developing an infection in the subsequent year.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hospital Medicine News Source Type: news

Risk for MRSA Reduced With Postdischarge Decolonization
THURSDAY, Feb. 14, 2019 -- For patients colonized with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), postdischarge MRSA decolonization is associated with a reduced risk for infection, according to a study published in the Feb. 14 issue of the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 14, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Decolonization protocol can prevent dangerous infections among discharged hospital patients
(Rush University Medical Center) Hospital patients who have methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) can prevent future MRSA infections by following a standard bathing protocol after discharge, according to research results published in the Feb. 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Cleaning routine shows promise in curbing superbug infection
A new study finds a way for people to cut their risk of developing a dangerous superbug infection after leaving the hospital (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Aggressive sanitizing at home lowers post-hospital MRSA risk
(Reuters Health) - A six-month program of aggressively washing and sanitizing at home after surgery can lower the risk of developing a potentially-deadly infection for people who harbor the antibiotic-resistant bacterium known as MRSA, a new study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Cheap and easy cleaning routine wards off superbug infection
A new study finds a way for people to cut their risk of developing a dangerous superbug infection after leaving the hospital (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Postdischarge MRSA Decolonization Cut Infection Risk
(MedPage Today) -- Patients used antiseptic soap, mouthwash, nasal ointment for 6 months (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - February 13, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Bugs Vs. Superbugs: Insects Offer Promise In Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance
(Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paul Chisholm Source Type: news

Where antibiotics are more common than water, superbugs thrive
Where there is no water, antibiotics have long been used as a quick fix for infections spread by unhygienic conditions. But doctors in West Africa now warn of superbugs they cannot beat. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors admit vaccines are harmful and turn our immune systems against us
(Natural News) The World Health Organization (WHO) recently included vaccine skeptics – people who are hesitant to vaccinate themselves or their children because they are concerned about the potential health risks – on their annual list of “global health threats,” along with serious dangers like superbugs, climate change, the Ebola virus, HIV and air pollution.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

BFU physicists developed a new method to identify antibiotics-resistant bacteria
(Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University) A team of physicists from Immanuel Kant Baltic State University suggested a method to quickly identify single antibiotic-resistant bacteria cells that are the agents of tuberculosis. The new method helps find the bacteria and evaluate their resistance to antibiotics without damaging the biological material. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Even as hospitals cut risky antibiotic use in-house, patients often go home with them
(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) Even as hospitals try to cut back on prescribing powerful but risky antibiotics called fluoroquinolones, a new study shows that many patients still head home with prescriptions for the drugs -- increasing their risk of everything from 'superbug' infections to torn tendons. In fact, the hospitals that are actively trying to reduce inpatient fluoroquinolone use were twice as likely to discharge patients with a new prescription for one of them. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

'We're holding up a floodgate': B.C. fights off superbugs brought home by medical tourists
Health officials are warning travellers about the risk of contracting drug-resistant infections abroad, after two confirmed cases of an emerging superbug were found at Royal Columbian Hospital. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news