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Curb Overuse of Antibiotics to Reduce Drug-Resistant Superbug - Expert Available

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Canadian Leaders in Antibiotic Resistance Welcome US Plan, Say It Drives Momentum in Critical Global Fight

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A new five-year plan to fight the critical problem of antibiotic resistance brings welcome momentum and attention to a fight that demands a global effort, say leading Canadian researchers in the field, who are available to comment this afternoon.

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Common Bacteria on Verge of Becoming Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

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Antibiotic resistance is poised to spread globally among bacteria frequently implicated in respiratory and urinary infections in hospital settings, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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Chlorine Use in Sewage Treatment Could Promote Antibiotic Resistance

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Chlorine, a disinfectant used in most wastewater treatment plants, may be failing to eliminate pharmaceuticals from wastes. As a result, trace levels get discharged from the treatment plants into waterways. Now, scientists are reporting that chlorine treatment may encourage the formation of new, unknown antibiotics that could enter the environment, potentially contributing to the problem of antibiotic resistance. They will present the research at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

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TSRI Scientists Find Clues to Cancer Drug Failure

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Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have published a pair of studies showing how the primary protein responsible for multidrug chemotherapy resistance changes shape and reacts to therapeutic drugs.

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Growth Signal Can Influence Cancer Cells’ Vulnerability to Drugs, Study Suggests

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In theory, a tumor is an army of clones, made up of many copies of the original cancerous cell. But tumor cells don’t always act like duplicates, and their unpredictable behavior can create problems for treatment. For while some cells within a tumor succumb to anti-cancer drugs, others may survive to bring the cancer back to life once therapy has ended.

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Curb Overuse of Antibiotics to Reduce Drug-Resistant Superbug

An aggressive campaign to reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics has helped cut the rate of infection with a dangerous drug-resistant bacteria at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ, by nearly 40 percent.

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Chinese Institute Funds New Antibiotics Work

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Margaret Riley, an evolutionary biologist and pioneer research in antibiotic-resistant bacteria, announced a partnership with a Chinese scientist to develop a new drug platform, pheromonicins, with $400 million per year from Beijing. Riley plans to open a sister institute in Amherst, Mass.

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When Strep Throat Is Something Else: Forgotten Bacterium Is the Cause of Many Severe Sore Throats in Young Adults

New research from UAB suggests that Fusobacterium necrophorum more often causes severe sore throats in young adults than streptococcus — the cause of the much better known strep throat. The findings, suggest physicians should consider F. necrophorum when treating severe sore throat in young adults and adolescents that worsens.

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Researchers Design “Evolutionary Trap” to Thwart Drug Resistance

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Using theoretical and experimental approaches, researchers at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research have developed a two-pronged strategy that uses an evolving cell population’s adaptive nature against it.