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University of Maryland School of Medicine Researchers Provide New Insight into Deadly Fungal Infections

Study Discovers Molecular Pathways That May Lead to Treatments ...

Three-drug combinations could help counter antibiotic resistance, UCLA biologists report

Each year, approximately 700,000 people die from drug-resistant bacterial infections. A study by UCLA life scientists could be a major step toward ...

Synthetic Biology Used to Limit Bacterial Growth and Coordinate Drug Release

Researchers at the University of California San Diego and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have come up with a strategy for using synthetic biology ... Full story

Travelers import superbugs

Many tourists returning from India were found colonized with multidrug-resistant «superbugs». Microbiologists at the Institute for Infectious Diseases of the University of Bern also isolated a strain possessing a gene which can make these life-threatening bacteria resistant to the last active antibiotic option. ... Full story

New Research into Improving Hand Hygiene in Intensive Care Units

Although hand hygiene is known to be the key to preventing hospital acquired infections such as MRSA, compliance with good hygiene practices remains low. With ... Full story

What are gut bacteria doing in critically ill lungs? New discovery could change ICU care

Vicious cycle of inflammation and microbiome disruption may play key role in sepsis, ARDS and more, U-M team’s work suggests ... Full story

International team describes step-by-step progress in battling toxoplasmosis

In the July 14 edition of Scientific Reports (Nature), 39 researchers from 14 leading institutions in the United States, United Kingdom and France suggest novel approaches that could hasten the development of better medications for people suffering from toxoplasmosis. This chronic, currently incurable infection, caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, infects the brain and eye of as many as 2 billion people worldwide. ... Full story

Flesh-eating bacteria: Who's at risk?

A casual glance at recent media or online postings might lead one to surmise that death lurks in the waters off Galveston and Corpus Christi. On the heels of headlines warning of a Zika invasion, new banners focus on flesh-eating bacteria. By this, they mean some form of the naturally-occurring Vibrio bacteria. It can indeed prove deadly for immune-compromised individuals who consume raw shellfish or expose wounds to salt water, especially during the warmer months along our coastal waters. ... Full story

CDC study higlights gonorrhea's increasing drug resistance, along with rising incidence

An analysis of data and isolates from the Gonococcal Isolate Surveillance Project (GISP), led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shows declining susceptibility to the drug azithromycin from 2013-2014. Azithromycin is one of two drugs in the recommended dual therapy treatment for gonorrhea. The CDC’s STD Treatment Guidelines currently recommend an injection of ceftriaxone and an oral dose of azithromycin for gonorrhea treatment. ... Full story

High-resolution imaging reveals the secrets of a bacterial toxin

Many bacteria use specialized toxins to attack and infect other cells. Scientists at EPFL and the University of Bern have now modeled a major such toxin with unprecedented resolution, uncovering the way it works step-by-step. ... Full story

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