More Promising Phage News —Using Bacteria-Killing Viruses To Treat Antibiotic-Resistant Infections
A recent international study led by Graham Hatfull, PhD, reported encouraging outcomes in 20 consecutive patients with life-threatening infections who were treated with phages. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 30, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Judy Stone, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Source Type: news

Widespread 'Superbug' in Pigs Can Jump to Humans
A strain of the superbug MRSA has emerged in pigs that is highly resistant to antibiotics and is a growing cause of human infections. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - June 29, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Using viruses to treat antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections
In several patients, treatment of bacterial lung infections with viruses called phages eliminated the infection. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - June 28, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Super-gonorrhoea: Treatment-resistant superbug becoming 'major global threat' warns expert
SCIENTISTS have warned the antibiotic-resistant strain of super-gonorrhoea may pose a "major global threat" in the wake of an Austrian man catching the sexually transmitted disease. It comes as MPs have been urged to increase efforts to tackle the rise of superbugs. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 22, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Analyzing the Cost of Hospital Contact Isolation Practices: Implications for Nursing Administrator Practice, Research, and Policy
This study aimed to determine the weekly costs of contact precaution (CP) use with medically stable patients infected/colonized with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and to estimate the annual financial and environmental costs of CP. Background: The increasing use of disposables for infection control contributes to increasing hospital costs and amounts of solid waste at rates that are becoming unsustainable. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An Interplay of Multiple Positive and Negative Factors Governs Methicillin Resistance in Staphylococcus aureus
The development of resistance to β-lactam antibiotics has made Staphylococcus aureus a clinical burden on a global scale. MRSA (methicillin-resistant S. aureus) is commonly known as a superbug. The ability of MRSA to proliferate in the presence of β-lactams is attributed to the acquisition of mecA, which encodes the alternative p enicillin binding protein, PBP2A, which is insensitive to the antibiotics. Most MRSA isolates exhibit low-level β-lactam resistance, whereby additional genetic adjustments are required to develop high-level resistance. Although several genetic factors that potentiate or are required for high-le...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Analyzing the Cost of Hospital Contact Isolation Practices: Implications for Nursing Administrator Practice, Research, and Policy
This study aimed to determine the weekly costs of contact precaution (CP) use with medically stable patients infected/colonized with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and to estimate the annual financial and environmental costs of CP. Background: The increasing use of disposables for infection control contributes to increasing hospital costs and amounts of solid waste at rates that are becoming unsustainable. Methods: A cost analysis was conducted using data from time/motion observations and previous waste audit study, along with hospital finance department values and US Department of Labor salary rates. R...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 17, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Breakthrough in battle against superbugs
The NHS is set to roll out two ‘superbug’ busting drugs through a deal that will help tackle antimicrobial resistance. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 16, 2022 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

MRSA Fast Facts
Read CNN's Fast Facts about MRSA and learn more about the bacteria that is resistant to all beta-lactam antibiotics. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 6, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Urine infections can be treated with simple pill that doctors won't prescribe
The tablet - methenamine hippurate - sidesteps increasingly common problems with traditional antibiotic treatments that can damage the liver and kidneys or become useless in the face of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 4, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HHS: Meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will hold a public meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB) on September 12-13, 2022. The PACCARB advises and provides information and recommendations to the Secretary of HHS regarding programs and policies intended to reduce or combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria that may present a public health threat. The main focuses of the meeting will be on One Health Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and pandemic preparedness policy, and the final agenda will be published on thePACCARB website. Pre-registration is required f...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 23, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Improving Vancomycin Stewardship in Critically Ill Children
We report a quality improvement (QI) intervention to reduce vancomycin use in our tertiary care PICU.; Methods: We retrospectively quantified the prevalence of infections caused by organisms requiring vancomycin therapy, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), among patients with suspected bacterial infections. Guided by these data, we performed 3 QI interventions over a 3-year period, including (1) stakeholder education, (2) generation of a consensus-based guideline for empiric vancomycin use, and (3) implementation of this guideline through clinical decision support. (Source: Current Awareness Servi...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists devise method to prevent deadly hospital infections without antibiotics
A hospital or medical clinic might be the last place you ’d expect to pick up a nasty infection, but approximately 1.7 million Americans do each year, resulting in nearly 100,000 deaths from infection-related complications and roughly $30 billion in direct medical costs.The biggest culprits, experts say — accounting for two-thirds of these infections — are medical devices like catheters, stents, heart valves and pacemakers, whose surfaces often become covered with harmful bacterial films. But a novel surface treatment developed by a UCLA-led team of scientists could help improve the safety of t hese devices and ease ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - May 19, 2022 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Bacteria-Killing Viruses Are Successful In Treating Antibiotic-Resistant Infections
Two patients with difficult-to-treat Mycobacterium infections have —for the first time—been successfully treated with phage therapy. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - May 15, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Judy Stone, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Source Type: news

Soluble fiber reduces antibiotic resistance in digestive tract, study finds
Healthy adults who eat a balanced diet rich in soluble fiber have lower levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their digestive tracts, a study published Tuesday found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 10, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news