Drug-resistant bacteria are a growing challenge for the medical community, but choosing effective antibiotics right off the bat can reduce the growth of these bacteria and help patients recover more quickly from illness. Fortunately, researchers from universities and hospitals … [Read more...] about New technique speeds up infection treatment and fights drug-resistant bacteria
The first naturally-occurring bacteria killer, penicillin, was discovered nearly a century ago and with it came the advent of a new class of medicines: antibiotics. Bacterial infections were the leading cause of death at the time, and the new drugs gave doctors a way to combat … [Read more...] about Could “antivitamins” be the cure to antibiotic resistance?
If it feels like you’re hearing about antimicrobial resistance more often these days, that’s because it is a growing problem that threatens to get worse if nothing is done about it (sounds like climate change). Antimicrobial resistance refers to the fact that bacteria are … [Read more...] about Why there’s real hope for humans in the fight against antimicrobial resistance
There is no doubt that antibiotics are one of the greatest advances in medicine. The problem, however, with these bug-killers is that when they’re out to hunt, they cannot distinguish between good and bad bacteria, thus killing both kinds. In the end, this can destroy the … [Read more...] about New antibiotics wipe out targeted pathogens while sparing beneficial microbes
Biofilms are the tough gangs of the bacterial world. A slimy substance that forms when bacteria group together in a kind of gooey overlay, biofilm causes up to 80 percent of all bacterial infections. These formations usually adhere to surfaces around wounds or implanted medical … [Read more...] about Scientists discover new way to break down bacterial infections using electricity