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Re-Engineered Antibiotic Shows Potential for Treatment of Drug-Resistant Bacteria

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Researchers led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have developed a second-generation antibiotic that shows early effectiveness against common bacterial infections that pose a serious health threat to children and adults. The findings appear today in the scientific journal Science Translational Medicine.

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Bacteria Research Opens Way for New Antibiotics

University of Adelaide researchers have discovered a target for the development of completely new antibiotics against disease-causing bacteria.

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Study Finds Swine Farming Is a Risk Factor for Drug-Resistant Staph Infections

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A new study led by the University of Iowa shows swine farmers are six times more likely to be carriers of staph bacteria, including the MRSA strain, than others. Results appear online in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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Are Hospitals Doing All They Can to Prevent C. diff Infections? Not Yet, New Study Suggests

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Nearly half of American hospitals aren’t taking key steps to prevent C. difficile, a kind of gut infection that kills nearly 30,000 people annually and sickens hundreds of thousands more – despite strong evidence that such steps work, according to a new study.

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Tiny Lab Devices Could Attack Huge Problem of Drug-Resistant Infections

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A Johns Hopkins engineer, supported by a major NIH grant, is leading a multi-institution team that wants to keep bacterial infections from dodging the dwindling arsenal of drugs that destroy the deadly microbes.

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Iowa State, Ames Lab Scientists Describe Protein Pumps That Allow Bacteria to Resist Drugs

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Research teams led by Edward Yu of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory have described the structure of two closely related protein pumps that allow bacteria to resist certain medications.

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Unprecedented Microbial Diversity Reported in Remote Amazonian Tribe

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A multicenter team of U.S. and Venezuelan scientists, led by researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center, have discovered the most diverse collection of bodily bacteria yet in humans among an isolated tribe of Yanomami Indians in the remote Amazonian jungles of southern Venezuela.

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Bacterial Flora of Remote Tribespeople Carries Antibiotic Resistance Genes

An international team of scientists, including researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, have found antibiotic resistance genes in the bacterial flora of a South American tribe that never before had been exposed to antibiotic drugs. The findings suggest that bacteria in the human body have had the ability to resist antibiotics since long before such drugs were ever used to treat disease.

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Mount Sinai Scientists Find Unprecedented Microbial Diversity in Isolated Amazonian Tribe Previously Unexposed to Antibiotics or Processed Foods

Scientists from the Icahn School of Medicine, collaborating with a multicenter team of U.S. and Venezuelan researchers, have discovered the most diverse collection of bacteria yet in humans among an isolated tribe of Yanomami Amerindians in the remote Amazonian jungles of Venezuela.

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Could Maple Syrup Help Cut Use of Antibiotics?

A concentrated extract of maple syrup makes disease-causing bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics, according to laboratory experiments by researchers at McGill University. The findings suggest that combining maple syrup extract with common antibiotics could increase the microbes’ susceptibility, leading to lower antibiotic usage