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New MRSA Superbug Emerges in Brazil

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An international research team led by Cesar A. Arias, M.D., Ph.D., at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has identified a new superbug that caused a bloodstream infection in a Brazilian patient. The report appeared in the April 17 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Among Children in the United States on the Rise

Infections caused by a specific type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise in U.S. children, according to new study published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. While still rare, the bacteria are increasingly found in children of all ages, especially those 1-5 years old, raising concerns about dwindling treatment options.

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Fighting Antibiotic Resistance with ‘Molecular Drill Bits’

In response to drug-resistant “superbugs” that send millions of people to hospitals around the world, scientists are building tiny, “molecular drill bits” that kill bacteria by bursting through their protective cell walls. They presented some of the latest developments on these drill bits, better known to scientists as antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society.

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Honey Is a New Approach to Fighting Antibiotic Resistance: How Sweet It Is!

Honey, that delectable condiment for breads and fruits, could be one sweet solution to the serious, ever-growing problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics, researchers said here today. Their study was part of the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society.

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Doctors Issue New Treatment Guidelines for Skin Abscesses Caused by MRSA

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It has been more than 10 years since the clinical battle began with community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and doctors are still grappling with how to diagnose, treat and prevent this virulent form of staph infection, which is immune to many antibiotics. As MRSA cases have increased dramatically over the decade, so have the number of skin abscesses — generally pus-filled boils or pimples with discharge — that characterize these infections. A New England Journal of Medicine report features updated guidelines outlining the best ways to treat and manage these abscesses - authored by emergency room doctors on the front lines of treating these infections. Also included are tips to help prevent MRSA from spreading.

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Scientists Uncover Drug Resistance Mechanism that Could Impact Development of Two Antibiotic Drug Candidates

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A new study by scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute has uncovered a mechanism of drug resistance. This knowledge could have a major impact on the development of a pair of highly potent new antibiotic drug candidates.

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Bacterial Superbug Protein Structure Solved

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A research team from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., is the first to decipher the 3-D structure of a protein that confers antibiotic resistance from one of the most worrisome disease agents: a strain of bacteria called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which can cause skin and other infections. The Vanderbilt team's findings may be an important step in combatting the MRSA public health threat over the next 5 to 10 years.

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A Quicker, Cheaper Way to Detect Staph in the Body

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Watch out, infection. University of Iowa researchers have crated a probe that can identify staph bacteria before symptoms appear. The probe is noninvasive and is expected to be cheaper and faster than current diagnostic techniques. Results published in the journal Nature Medicine.

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Research Finds Potential Treatment for Drug-Resistant H7N9 Influenza Virus

A research project supervised by Kansas State University's Juergen Richt is showing promise in fighting the deadly novel avian H7N9 influenza virus.

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Epidemic of Escherichia coli Infections Traced to One Strain of Bacteria

— In the past decade, a single strain of Escherichia coli, or E. coli, has become the main cause of bacterial infections in women and the elderly by invading the bladder and kidneys, according to a study published today in the American Society for Microbiology’s open access journal mBio.

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