Bacterial resistance is a growing problem around the world. While antibiotics were a miracle drug of the 20th century, their widespread use has led to drug-resistant strains. In the U.S. … Continue Reading Researchers develop non-invasive electronic wound-healing technology.
Infectious diseases such as hepatitis C and some of the world’s deadliest superbugs, C. difficile and MRSA among them, could soon be detected much earlier by a unique diagnostic test, … Continue Reading Researchers develop world’s most sensitive universal diagnostic test for all disease.
Clostridium difficile is a dangerous intestinal bacterium that can cause severe diarrhoea and life-threatening intestinal infections after long-term treatment with antibiotics. Bacteria such as this are becoming increasingly resistant to … Continue Reading The molecular docking site of the intestinal pathogen C. difficile has been identified.
At its annual assembly in Geneva last week, the World Health Organization approved a radical and far-reaching plan to slow the rapid, extensive spread of antibiotic resistance around the world. … Continue Reading New bacteriophage precision medicine reverses antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a gel filled with toxin-absorbing nanosponges that could lead to an effective treatment for skin and wound infections caused by … Continue Reading Study shows nanosponge cleans up MRSA infections without the use of antibiotics.
A new method of testing the most common cause of life-threatening infection in people with cystic fibrosis could improve efforts to study and combat the illness. The bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa … Continue Reading Researchers develop first human model of P. aeruginosa infection in cystic fibrosis lungs.
The increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistance, when infectious bacteria evolve to evade drugs designed to control them, is a pressing public health concern. Each year two million Americans acquire antibiotic-resistant … Continue Reading Researchers identify target against MRSA, gram-positive infections using precision genetics.
Antibiotic-resistant infections are on the rise, foiling efforts to reduce death rates in developing countries where uncontrolled use of antibiotics and poor sanitation run amok. The epidemic of ‘superbugs,’ bacteria … Continue Reading Bacteriophages encoded from antibiotic-resistant bacteria DNA, used to destroy parent bacteria.
One of the human body’s first responses to a viral infection is to make and release signalling proteins called interferons, which amplify the immune system response to viruses. Over time, … Continue Reading Ebola protein blocks early step in body’s counterattack on virus.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have discovered an enzyme that regulates production of the toxins that contribute to potentially life-threatening Staphylococcus aureus infections. The study is published in the … Continue Reading Discovery yields master regulator of toxin production in staph infections.
An experimental vaccine protected 100 percent of animal models against the highly infectious and virulent bacterium, Clostridium difficile, which causes an intestinal disease that kills approximately 30,000 Americans annually. The … Continue Reading C. difficile vaccine proves safe, 100 percent effective in animal models.
Saudi Arabian researchers have detected genetic fragments of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the air of a barn holding a camel infected with the virus. The study indicates … Continue Reading Researchers detect and confirm MERS-CoV genetic material in the air.