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Medieval medical books could hold the recipe for new antibiotics

Medieval medical books could hold the recipe for new antibiotics

For a long time, medieval medicine has been dismissed as irrelevant. This time period is popularly referred to as the “Dark Ages,” which erroneously suggests that it was unenlightened by science or reason. However, some medievalists and scientists are now looking back to history for clues to inform the search for new antibiotics.

April 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
WHO lists top ‘superbug’ threats

WHO lists top ‘superbug’ threats

WHO publishes list of bacteria for which new antibiotics are urgently needed World Health Organization (WHO) published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens” – a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health. The list was drawn up in a bid to guide and promote research and […]

February 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
US penalizes hospitals for drug-resistant infections

US penalizes hospitals for drug-resistant infections

By Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News The federal government has cut payments to 769 hospitals with high rates of patient injuries, for the first time counting the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs in assessing penalties. The punishments come in the third year of Medicare penalties for hospitals with patients most frequently suffering from potentially avoidable complications, […]

December 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Throw-away scopes: A way to ditch superbugs?

Throw-away scopes: A way to ditch superbugs?

By Chad Terhune Kaiser Health News In response to a series of superbug outbreaks around the country, some doctors and hospitals are trying out disposable scopes to combat the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. U.S. regulators recently approved two new colonoscopes designed to be used just once and thrown away. They will sell for $250 or […]

December 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Watch bacteria mutate and become able to resist an antibiotic

Watch bacteria mutate and become able to resist an antibiotic

By Ekaterina Pesheva Harvard Medical School A time-lapsed video reveals how bacteria develop resistance to increasingly higher doses of antibiotics in a matter of days. In a creative stroke inspired by Hollywood wizardry, scientists from Harvard Medical School and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have designed a simple way to observe how bacteria move as they […]

September 9, 2016 | By | Reply More