Entries in Drug Resistance (56)

Friday
May272016

Woman found to harbor infection resistant to antibiotic of last resort

For the first time, doctors have diagnosed an American with an infection that can't be treated with an antibiotic of last resort, an ominous development in the battle against antibiotic resistance, according to a new study.

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Friday
May272016

How to stop superbugs from killing 10 million people a year

Superbugs could kill one person every three seconds by 2050, the equivalent of 10 million people a year, according to the final report last week from the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, established in 2014 to keep the world from being "cast back into the dark ages of medicine."

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Wednesday
Mar232016

Antibiotic Resistance Common in Kids' Urinary Tract Infections

A substantial portion of E. coli urinary tract infections (UTIs) in children were resistant to commonly used antibiotics, both in first world countries and less developed parts of the world, according to a meta-analysis.

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Friday
Mar112016

Deadly superbugs from hospitals get stronger in the sewers and could end up in the Pacific Ocean

Scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency recently announced they had discovered a lethal superbug — the same one that caused outbreaks at UCLA and two other Los Angeles-area hospitals — in sewage at one of sewage treatment plants.

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Friday
Mar112016

CDC Reports 1 in 7 Hospital-Acquired Infections Now Caused By Antibiotic-Resistant Super Bugs

One in every 25 patients develops an infection during a stay in a hospital and many of these hospital acquired infections (HAIs) are caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds. “Chilling” and “deeply concerning” is how Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC director, describes the new Vital Signs report outlining the prevalence of hospital infections.

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Saturday
Sep192015

How restaurant chains rate on antibiotics in meat supply

A new report and scorecard is sounding the alarm on the use of antibiotics in the meat and poultry served at America's top restaurant chains. The paper, "Chain Reaction," written by several public interest groups, grades the 25 largest fast food and fast casual restaurants in the country on their antibiotic policies and the transparency with which they implement them.

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Thursday
Aug272015

Superbugs in conventional ground beef

Samples of beef taken from cows raised conventionally were found to contain twice the amount of dangerous superbugs than those taken from sustainably produced beef, according to recent research from Consumer Reports.

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Friday
Jul312015

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs: Deadlier than previously thought

A new study presents some troubling findings when it comes to the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs in hospitals across the country. The antibiotic-resistant bacteria, once thought to be less "fit" than other strains, in fact survive better and cause more deadly infections, according to the findings.

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Monday
Jul062015

MRSA epidemics in US, South America share common ancestor

Two epidemics of community-associated MRSA, both linked to the USA300 clone and its Latin American variant, appeared to derive from sister clades with a common ancestor, according to recent data.

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Thursday
Jun252015

Superbug c. difficile linked to five deaths at Nottingham (UK) hospitals

A superbug was linked to the deaths of five patients over a 12-month period, according to figures from an NHS Trust in Nottingham. The number of cases of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) increased by a quarter, from 90 to 113, at the Queens Medical Centre and City Hospital.

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