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  • Radicals unite antibiotics - Drugs that target different pathways share a way to kill bacteria.

    09/07/2007 4:02:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 273+ views
    news@nature.com ^ | 6 September 2007 | Mary Muers
    Close window Published online: 6 September 2007; | doi:10.1038/news070903-14 Radicals unite antibiotics Drugs that target different pathways share a way to kill bacteria.Mary Muers One mechanism of action binds together three major types of antibiotics.Punchstock The discovery of a common mode of killing shared by different types of antibiotic could lead to the creation of superdrugs, researchers suggest. Antibiotics are known to attack different vital processes in bacteria. But a study published in Cell1 today has revealed that three major classes of unrelated drugs use the same ultimate weapon to finish off the infectious critters. All of them force...
  • Bid to Create Super-Antibiotics

    09/07/2007 7:56:40 AM PDT · by Froufrou · 4 replies · 263+ views
    breitbart.com ^ | 09/06/07 | Unknown
    Research into the way antibiotics work could make them more effective weapons in the battle against bacteria. Researchers have learned that all three major classes of antibiotics kill bugs by boosting levels of free radicals, destructive molecules which damage DNA and cell membranes. The new findings could aid the development of new anti-bacterial drugs, and help scientists overcome resistance to existing antibiotics. One way bacteria become drug resistant appears to be through their in-built DNA repair mechanism, which kicks in after exposure to free radicals. "Our findings suggest that if you could shut off the bacteria's repair response, you might...
  • Publix to offer 7 popular prescription antibiotics for free

    08/07/2007 4:44:54 AM PDT · by TheTruthAintPretty · 84 replies · 2,455+ views
    CAPE CORAL - Publix supermarket chain said today it will make seven common prescription antibiotics available for free, joining other major retailers in trying to lure customers to their stores with cheap medications. The oral antibiotics, representing the most commonly filled at the chain's pharmacies, will be available at no cost to anyone with a prescription as often as they need them, Publix CEO Charlie Jenkins Jr. said. Fourteen-day supplies of the seven drugs will be available at all 684 of the chain's pharmacies in five Southern states. The prescription antibiotics available under the program are amoxicillin, cephalexin, penicillin VK,...
  • Instant Steam Takes On Antibiotic Resistant 'Superbugs' Like MRSA

    08/01/2007 2:28:09 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 692+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 8-1-2007 | Society Of Chemical Industry
    Source: Society of Chemical Industry Date: August 1, 2007 Instant Steam Takes On Antibiotic Resistant 'Superbugs' Like MRSA Science Daily — A method for making instant steam, without the need for electricity, promises to be useful for tackling antibiotic resistant 'superbugs' like MRSA and C. difficile, as well as removing chewing gum from pavements and powering environmentally friendly cars, reports Nina Morgan in Chemistry & Industry, the magazine of the SCI. 'The value of instant steam lies in creating truly portable steam that can be generated intermittently on demand,' says Dave Wardle, business development director at Oxford Catalysts. The company...
  • DA (in TN) Cracks Down on Illegal Antibiotics

    07/13/2007 3:26:51 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 2 replies · 318+ views
    ClevelanhdNewsNow.Net ^ | Posted 4:00 p.m., July 13, 2007 | Louis Lee
    In Mexico, pharmacies don't require a prescription for antibiotics. They are sold like most cold remedies here are, over the counter. It has come to the attention of the Bradley County District Attorney's office that this practice has found its way here. District Attorney General Steve Bebb has issued a warning for stores that cater to hispanic customers that the stocking and sale of antibiotics in the United States by anyone but a licensed pharmacologist filling a legal prescription will not be tolerated. The warning came in the form of a bi-lingual notice that was distributed to law enforcement agencies...
  • Antibiotic Use in First Year May Increase Asthma Risk

    06/22/2007 1:42:08 AM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 344+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 19, 2007 | NICHOLAS BAKALAR
    The use of antibiotics in the first year of life is associated with an increased risk for asthma at age 7, a new study has found, and the reason may be that antibiotics destroy not only disease-causing microbes, but also those that are helpful to the developing immune system. Antibiotic use had a greater impact on children who would otherwise be considered at lower risk — children who lived in rural areas and those whose mothers did not have asthma — than on those who were already at increased risk because of an urban environment or genetic predisposition. Studies of...
  • Tyson will no longer sell fresh chicken raised with antibiotics

    06/20/2007 6:36:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 75 replies · 1,086+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | June 20, 2007 | LAUREN SHEPHERD
    Associated Press NEW YORK -- NEW YORK Tyson Foods will no longer use antibiotics to raise chicken that is sold fresh in stores and will launch a $70 million advertising campaign to tout the shift, the nation's largest meat producer said Tuesday. The company said fresh chicken raised without antibiotics was shipped to stores Monday and will be sold beginning later this week in packaging that emphasizes that there are no artificial ingredients. "We're providing mainstream consumers with products they want," Tyson Chief Executive Richard L. Bond said at a news conference. Consumers will have to pay slightly more for...
  • Agency Urges Change in Antibiotics for Gonorrhea

    04/12/2007 10:54:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 478+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 13, 2007 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    The rates of drug-resistant gonorrhea in the United States have increased so greatly in the last five years that doctors should now treat the infection with a different class of antibiotics, the last line of defense for the sexually transmitted disease, officials said yesterday. The percentage of drug-resistant gonorrhea cases among heterosexual men jumped, to 6.7 percent in 2006 compared with 0.6 percent in 2001, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Standard monitoring of gonorrhea cases is conducted among men who go to S.T.D. clinics. New data from such sites in 26 cities show that rates...
  • Weak drug combos find new use - Antibiotics that don't work could beat back resistant bacteria.

    04/06/2007 9:58:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 621+ views
    news@nature.com ^ | 4 April 2007 | John Whitfield
    Close window Published online: 4 April 2007; | doi:10.1038/news070402-6 Weak drug combos find new useAntibiotics that don't work could beat back resistant bacteria.John Whitfield You would think that a combination of antibiotics that is less effective than either drug on its own would be fairly useless. But researchers now say that such ineffectual mixes could be used in the campaign against resistance to the drugs. The counterintuitive conclusion comes from the observation — so far seen only in the lab — that less-effective drug mixes allow bacteria that are sensitive to drugs to out-compete those that are resistant them....
  • Tie Ban For Doctors To Stop Spread Of MRSA (UK)

    12/17/2006 8:35:48 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 724+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-18-2006 | Alex Berry
    Tie ban for doctors to stop spread of MRSA By Alex Berry Last Updated: 2:35am GMT 18/12/2006 Doctors have been ordered to ditch their ties over fears they are spreading the deadly hospital superbug MRSA. An NHS trust has also told all its staff involved in direct patient care not to wear jewellery, wrist watches, scarves or any "superfluous clothing". Even consultants have been warned that being smartly-dressed when giving patients bad news could present an infection risk. The move, by Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, follows a report by the British Medical Association calling for doctors to...
  • 'Virtually untreatable' TB found

    09/07/2006 1:36:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies · 2,089+ views
    BBC ^ | 6 September 2006
    About 1.7 million people die from TB globally each year A "virtually untreatable" form of TB has emerged, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Extreme drug resistant TB (XDR TB) has been seen worldwide, including in the US, Eastern Europe and Africa, although Western Europe has had no cases. Dr Paul Nunn, from the WHO, said a failure to correctly implement treatment strategies was to blame. TB experts have convened in Johannesburg, South Africa, to discuss how to address the problem. TB presently causes about 1.7 million deaths a year worldwide, but researchers are worried about the emergence of...
  • Concern Mounts as Bacteria Resistant to Antibiotics Disperse Widely

    08/24/2006 12:31:16 AM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies · 1,414+ views
    NY Times' Terrorist Tip Sheet ^ | August 22, 2006 | KATE MURPHY
    In April 2005, Sara Stephan, a 13-year old in Charleroi, Pa., developed what looked like a pimple on her cheek. A blemish on a teenager is not exactly cause for alarm, but her mother, Carla Stephan, became concerned when it started to spread and swell. “Her whole cheek got big and red,” she said. Next, a similar lesion above Sara’s eye. Then, she got one the size of a softball on her buttock, and several more on her thighs. Tests showed that Sara had a particularly persistent and sometimes deadly bacterial infection known as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, often abbreviated as...
  • Anger and Disbelief at Teen's Death (Following National Guidelines)

    08/20/2006 3:20:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 1,604+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | August 21, 2006 | Andrew Clennell and Harriet Alexander
    Health Department says it did not give antibiotics to an 18-year-old woman who later died of meningococcal disease because it was "following national guidelines". The department's director-general, Robyn Kruk, announced an external review yesterday into the handling of the case of Jehan Nassif, of Yagoona, who died on Friday morning. Ms Nassif died less than three days after a visit to Bankstown Hospital to see her boyfriend's cousin, Elias Khouzame, who had the disease. Ms Nassif's boyfriend, George Khouzame, 19, had caught a Gulf Air flight home on Monday with Elias and two other relatives from a holiday in Greece....
  • 3 Valley residents fall to new bacteria strain [Patients on anti-biotics MOST at risk]

    08/09/2006 10:27:44 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies · 240+ views
    http://www.avpress.com/n/09/0809_s7.hts ^ | Wednesday, August 9, 2006.
    It begins as microscopic bacteria that invades the intestine with the potential to kill in extreme cases, or cause severe bouts of diarrhea in other instances. Probably a hundred cases have occurred in the past year in the Antelope Valley, though most of those stricken with Clostridium difficile survived, according to Dr. Michael Cohen, an infectious diseases specialist in Lancaster who tends to patients at Antelope Valley and Lancaster Community hospitals. "We've had cases at both hospitals," Cohen said. "Cases have been documented nationwide. At least three patients in Antelope Valley died." Deaths usually result from one of two conditions:...
  • Antibiotics abridged - Unnecessarily long prescriptions may fuel drug resistance.

    06/10/2006 1:54:05 AM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 846+ views
    from news@nature.com ^ | 9 June 2006 | Helen Pearson
    Cutting the length of time that patients take certain antibiotics could help to tackle the rise in drug resistance. So say the authors of a study showing that just three days' worth of drugs can fight pneumonia just as well as a longer treatment. Many antibiotics are prescribed for a week, ten days, or more, and patients are usually told to finish the course of pills to ensure that all the infection-causing bugs are eradicated. It is widely thought that not finishing the full course of drugs may allow a few of the hardiest bugs to linger, raising the risk...
  • As 'organic' goes mainstream, will standards suffer?

    05/18/2006 6:00:09 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 33 replies · 913+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! ^ | Wednesday, May 17, 2006 | Amanda Paulson
    CHICAGO - Buying organic milk these days - or organic apples, eggs, or beef - no longer has to mean an extra trip to a Whole Foods supermarket or the local co-op. Organic products now line the shelves at Safeway and Costco. And Wal-Mart - already the nation's largest organic-milk seller - says it wants to sell more organic food. Large companies including Kraft, General Mills, and Kellogg own sizable organic- and natural-food brands. Now, they are developing organic versions of their own products, too. Still, while some organic-food fans welcome its broadening appeal and availability, others worry that the...
  • Evolution follows few of the possible paths to antibiotic resistance

    04/13/2006 9:02:49 AM PDT · by <1/1,000,000th% · 10 replies · 499+ views
    Harvard University Gazette ^ | April 6, 2006 | Steve Bradt
    Darwinian evolution follows very few of the available mutational pathways to attain fitter proteins, researchers at Harvard University have found in a study of a gene whose mutant form increases bacterial resistance to a widely prescribed antibiotic by a factor of roughly 100,000. Their work indicates that of 120 harrowing, five-step mutational paths that theoretically could grant antibiotic resistance, only about 10 actually endow bacteria with a meaningful evolutionary advantage. The research is described this week in the journal Science. "Just as there are many alternate routes one might follow in driving from Boston to New York, one intrinsic property...
  • Pet-Human Link Studied in Resistant Bacteria

    03/21/2006 10:31:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 588+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 22, 2006 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    ATLANTA, March 21 — Antibiotic resistance has long been an important human health problem. But now it is also showing up in a small but growing number of pets in this country, Canada and Europe, scientists and federal health officials said on Tuesday at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases here. The health officials said they did not want to sound too loud an alarm. But they said they wanted to learn more about the problem that has developed involving the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, the most common cause of staphylococcal infections among people. The same genetic strains of S....
  • Pataki Remains Hospitalized; No Discharge Date Set

    02/28/2006 8:22:34 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies · 1,102+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 27 February 2006 | (AP)
    Gov. George Pataki remained hospitalized Monday nearly a week after undergoing a surgery to correct a postoperative complication related to an emergency appendectomy. Pataki, 60, continued eating some food Monday but also remained on intravenous nutrition and antibiotics to reduce the risk of an abscess... `The governor's doctors have indicated that there has been a slow return of normal digestive function because of the ruptured appendix,'' ... Pataki was originally to be released two days after the Feb. 16 appendectomy. ``The governor continues to be in good spirits and is reading, walking around and conducting state business,'' ...
  • Bellingham (WA) Boy Fighting Flesh-Eating Bacteria

    02/21/2006 12:15:43 PM PST · by Sopater · 141 replies · 2,467+ views
    KIRO TV Washington ^ | February 21, 2006 | KIRO TV
    POSTED: 12:01 am PST February 21, 2006 UPDATED: 9:25 am PST February 21, 2006 SEATTLE -- A 6-year-old Bellingham boy is fighting to survive a deadly infection that's killing the tissue in his face. Jake Finkbonner has necrotizing faciitis, a ravaging bacteria. Finkbonner was airlifted from Bellingham to Children's Hospital a week ago. He's had three surgeries so far to try to save his life. The problem started when the boy received a fat lip from a fall at a basketball game. Jake's father, Donny Finkbonner, said surgeons worked on his son the night he was brought to Children's Hospital...
  • Deadly Intestinal Bacteria on the Rise

    02/01/2006 8:53:06 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 983+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/1/06 | Bonnie Pfister - ap
    TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey is among the states seeing an increase in deaths from an intestinal bacterial infection that most often strikes older hospital patients who have taken antibiotics. National occurrences are up as well because, officials say, an overuse of antibiotics for other ailments is killing off the "good" bacteria that used to control the growth of Clostridium difficile bacterium. In the Garden State, the number of deaths attributed to the infection has doubled since 1997. State hospital discharge data reviewed by The Record of Bergen County found the infection has sickened 10,000 New Jerseyans a year, killing...
  • Woman Becomes Quadruple Amputee After Giving Birth {Not a Joke}

    01/21/2006 4:15:11 PM PST · by Popman · 230 replies · 8,624+ views
    wftv.com ^ | January 20, 2006
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- A Sanford mother says she will never be able to hold her newborn because an Orlando hospital performed a life-altering surgery and, she claims, the hospital refuses to explain why they left her as a multiple amputee. The woman filed a complaint against Orlando Regional Healthcare Systems, she said, because they won't tell her exactly what happened. The hospital maintains the woman wants to know information that would violate other patients' rights. Claudia Mejia gave birth eight and a half months ago at Orlando Regional South Seminole. She was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando...
  • Superbugs abound in soil

    01/20/2006 6:52:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 31 replies · 753+ views
    News@Nature.com ^ | 19 January 2006 | Helen Pearson
    Survey of bacteria reveals an array of antibiotic-resistance. Bacteria that live in soil have been found to harbour an astonishing armoury of natural weapons to fight off antibiotics. The discovery could help researchers anticipate the next wave of drug-resistant 'superbugs'. Researchers have long known that soil-dwelling bacteria make natural antibiotics, and that they have inbuilt ways to survive their own and other bugs' toxins; in some cases, the genes that help them dodge antibiotics have transferred into infectious bugs that plague humans. Microbiologists have identified a few of the ways that soil microbes neutralize antibiotics. But Gerard Wright and his...
  • Bugs Behaving Badly (Antibiotics are aging, and bacteria are learning to fight them off)

    01/10/2006 10:03:03 AM PST · by Ben Mugged · 34 replies · 1,405+ views
    US News ^ | 10 Jan 2006 | Avery Comarow
    Last month brought fresh evidence that while small, bacteria can certainly look out for themselves. Clostridium difficile, a microbe that can cause serious digestive illness and death in vulnerable patients in hospitals and nursing homes but rarely bothers healthy adults outside healthcare settings, was blamed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for doing just that in four states. Like many other germs, it apparently had mutated, under pressure from antibiotics, into a toxic new strain. ~snip~ Military service members injured in Iraq and Afghanistan increasingly are coming home with Acinetobacter baumannii, a potent microbe that causes pneumonia...
  • Deadly bacteria spreading through US hospitals

    12/03/2005 6:21:05 AM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 27 replies · 1,291+ views
    www.physorg.com/ ^ | December 03, 2005
    Deadly bacteria spreading through US hospitals A lethal bacteria which surfaces in people being treated with antibiotics is spreading in North America and has grown resistant to drugs, according to two studies published Friday in the New England Journal of Medicine. According to one of the studies, a new, virulent and resistant strain of the bacteria Clostridium difficile broke out in eight US hospital centers between 2000 and 2003. Provoked by antibiotics inside the intestines of hospital patients, the bacteria showed an ability to mutate and increase its resistance to drugs, the report said. Moreover, the bacteria, which infects the...
  • Superbugs found in chicken survey

    08/16/2005 6:34:30 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 5 replies · 482+ views
    BBC ^ | 8/16/05
    Significant numbers of chickens on sale in UK shops are contaminated with superbugs, a scientific survey commissioned by BBC One's Real Story suggests.Of the British-grown chickens analysed, over half were contaminated with multi-drug resistant E.coli which is immune to the effects of three or more antibiotics. More than a third of the 147 samples, which included overseas and UK produced chicken, had E.coli germs resistant to the important antibiotic Trimethoprim which is used to treat bladder infections. The Health Protection Agency scientists testing the meat also found 12 chickens had antibiotic resistant Campylobacter. And VRE, or Vancomycin Resistant Enteroccci, were...
  • Crocodile blood may yield powerful new antibiotics

    08/16/2005 7:22:55 AM PDT · by Sax · 16 replies · 789+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8/16/05 | Michael Perry
    Crocodile blood may yield powerful new antibiotics By Michael Perry Tue Aug 16, 1:05 AM ET SYDNEY (Reuters) - Scientists in Australia's tropical north are collecting blood from crocodiles in the hope of developing a powerful antibiotic for humans, after tests showed that the reptile's immune system kills the HIV virus. The crocodile's immune system is much more powerful than that of humans, preventing life-threatening infections after savage territorial fights which often leave the animals with gaping wounds and missing limbs. "They tear limbs off each other and despite the fact that they live in this environment with all these...
  • Bird flu drug for humans rendered useless China’s use on chickens has led to resistance in virus

    06/18/2005 3:37:46 PM PDT · by seacapn · 13 replies · 590+ views
    MSNBC, via The Washington Post ^ | June 17, 2005 | Alan Sipress
    HONG KONG - Chinese farmers, acting with the approval and encouragement of government officials, have tried to suppress major bird flu outbreaks among chickens with an antiviral drug meant for humans, animal health experts said. International researchers now conclude that this is why the drug will no longer protect people in case of a worldwide bird flu epidemic. China's use of the drug amantadine, which violated international livestock guidelines, was widespread years before China acknowledged any infection of its poultry, according to pharmaceutical company executives and veterinarians. Since January 2004, avian influenza has spread across nine East Asian countries, devastating...
  • WARNING: Whooping Cough Outbreak

    06/09/2005 12:26:04 AM PDT · by ppaul · 211 replies · 11,722+ views
    Whooping Cough Outbreak Communities throughout the U.S. are experiencing whooping cough (pertussis) outbreaks - the worst in 40 years. If the school nurse or the health department informs you that there is a pertussis outbreak in your school or community, you may need to call your pediatrician. The school or health department will tell you if your child was directly exposed and requires antibiotics. Health departments across the country are acting quickly to prevent the spread of pertussis, so your cooperation in contacting your pediatrician is crucial. Please follow the instruction of the health department. The care of children in...
  • "Antibiotic" Beer Gave Ancient Africans Health Buzz

    05/19/2005 6:57:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies · 753+ views
    National Geographic ^ | May 16, 2005 | John Roach
    Humans have been downing beer for millennia. In certain instances, some drinkers got an extra dose of medicine, according to an analysis of Nubian bones from Sudan in North Africa. George Armelagos is an anthropologist at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. For more than two decades, he and his colleagues have studied bones dated to between A.D. 350 and 550 from Nubia, an ancient kingdom south of ancient Egypt along the Nile River. The bones, the researchers say, contain traces of the antibiotic tetracycline. Today tetracycline is used to treat ailments ranging from acne flare-ups to urinary-tract infections. But the...
  • Antibiotics Gain Strength With Natural Compound

    07/21/2004 10:52:57 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 27 replies · 1,398+ views
    Bio.com ^ | 7/20/04
    07/20/04 -- More and more common antibiotics are losing their effectiveness because they are used too often, allowing bacteria to develop resistance to the drugs. A University of Rhode Island researcher has found a solution to this problem with a natural compound that boosts antibiotic strength from 100 to 1,000 times. While conducting research on infection prevention, URI Microbiology Professor Paul Cohen stumbled upon a compound -- lysophosphatidic acid -- that is naturally produced in the human body in great quantities wherever there is inflammation.According to Cohen, bacteria are divided into two groups -- Gram-positive and Gram-negative -- based on...
  • Antibiotics linked to huge rise in allergies

    05/27/2004 10:23:47 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 17 replies · 301+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 5/27/2004 | James Randerson
    The increasing use of antibiotics to treat disease may be responsible for the rising rates of asthma and allergies. By upsetting the body's normal balance of gut microbes, antibiotics may prevent our immune system from distinguishing between harmless chemicals and real attacks. "The microbial gut flora is an arm of the immune system," says Gary Huffnagle at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbour. His research group has provided the first experimental evidence in mice that upsetting the gut flora can provoke an allergic response. Asthma has increased by around 160 per cent globally in the last 20 years. Currently...
  • Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea on Rise

    04/30/2004 6:41:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies · 398+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 30, 2004 | Rob Stein
    CDC Suggests Change in Treatment for Gay, Bisexual Men The number of gay and bisexual men who are getting infected with gonorrhea that cannot be cured by the most commonly used antibiotics is increasing rapidly, federal health officials said yesterday. Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea more than doubled between 2002 and 2003, primarily because of a jump from a rate of 1.8 percent to 4.9 percent among gay and bisexual men, according to preliminary data collected at sexually transmitted disease clinics in 23 cities, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Massachusetts and New York City have reported similar findings. As...
  • Bacteria Run Wild, Defying Antibiotics

    03/01/2004 4:50:30 PM PST · by NYC Republican · 9 replies · 401+ views
    NY Times ^ | 3/1/04 | Abigail Zuger
    A new chapter in the continuing story of antibiotic resistance is being written in doctors' offices across the country, as a group of common bacteria rapidly becomes resistant to the antibiotics that have been used to treat them for decades. The bacteria are called Staphylococcus aureus, or staph for short. Staph are the most common cause of skin infections like boils and can also cause lung infections, bloodstream infections and abscesses in the body's internal organs. In hospitalized patients, infections caused by antibiotic-resistant staph have been common for years. Among healthy people, though, antibiotic resistance in staph has not been...
  • Study Suggests Breast Cancer Is Linked to Use of Antibiotics

    02/16/2004 10:06:59 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 173+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 17, 2004 | ANAHAD O'CONNOR
    Frequent use of antibiotics has been linked to a greater risk of breast cancer, say researchers who studied thousands of American women and found that those who took the drugs most often had twice the risk of the disease. The study uncovered a relationship between greater use of antibiotics and a heightened risk of breast cancer, but researchers sought to temper their findings by cautioning that they had only highlighted an association, not a causal link. "This is potentially worrisome, but we don't know why this connection exists, we only have an observation," said Dr. John D. Potter, director of...
  • Antibiotic Use Linked with Breast Cancer Risk

    02/16/2004 6:45:30 PM PST · by Aracelis · 17 replies · 311+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Mon Feb 16, 2004 | Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The use of antibiotics appears to be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer and fatal breast cancer, according to the results of a new study reported in this week's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. However, the investigators add that although a relationship has been found, their findings do not prove that antibiotic use is the cause of breast cancer in these women and they note that other factors may be involved. Earlier reports have suggested a link between antibiotics and increased cancer risk, lead author Dr. Christine M. Velicer...
  • Lack of Antibiotic Research Raises Concerns

    01/26/2004 7:39:45 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 14 replies · 272+ views
    Reuters to My Yahoo! ^ | 1-26-04 | Ben Hirschler and Ransdell Pierson
    LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - With "superbugs" stalking hospitals and old killers such as tuberculosis re-emerging, the world badly needs more powerful antibiotics. Yet the pipeline of new treatments is drying up as drugmakers -- citing poor financial returns -- focus instead on chronic conditions, such as high cholesterol, where medicines are taken for years rather than curing patients in one or two weeks. The shrinking of the medical armory is a growing worry for health care officials and has sparked a debate between regulators and pharmaceutical companies over ways to kick-start investment. "The relative lack of research on anti-microbials is...
  • Pipeline for antibiotics is running dry

    01/11/2004 8:19:32 AM PST · by FairWitness · 15 replies · 227+ views
    STLtoday.com ^ | 1-11-04 | Tina Hesman
    <p>A dramatic shortage in the number of new antibiotics could create a public health crisis soon, infectious disease experts warn.</p> <p>Major pharmaceutical companies have abandoned or scaled back research and development of drugs that kill bacteria in favor of anti-viral drugs, such as those to combat HIV, and medicines for chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure and heart disease.</p>
  • WY Health Department Works to Educate on Antibiotic Misuse

    12/17/2003 6:40:23 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 1 replies · 229+ views
    Cheyenne, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle ^ | 12-17-03 | Fashek, Allison
    Health Department works to educate on antibiotic misuse People see antibiotics as a cure-all, but inappropriate use can diminish the benefits, doctors say. By Allison Fashek rep8@wyomingnews.com Published in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle CHEYENNE - When people get sick, they tend to want antibiotics. Jodee Tschirhart, nurse manager at the Cheyenne Children's Clinic, sees it on a daily basis. "They think antibiotics are a cure-all," she said. But as doctors have been saying for many years, taking antibiotics when you don't need them can cause the drugs not to work when you do need them. And the issue of drug resistance...
  • School athletes hear of infection

    10/15/2003 10:53:02 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 275+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, October 16, 2003
    <p>ATLANTA (AP) &#8212; Health and sports officials are warning schools and sports teams about a hard-to-treat skin infection once common to hospitals and prisons, that's now attacking athletes on the playing field.</p> <p>The National Federation of State High School Associations sent a warning Tuesday to states about a staph infection that can't be cured by the usual penicillin-related antibiotics.</p>
  • Antibiotics 'close to being useless' -

    09/28/2003 4:26:47 PM PDT · by UnklGene · 75 replies · 331+ views
    The Telegraph - UK ^ | September 29, 2003
    Antibiotics 'close to being useless' (Filed: 28/09/2003) Antibiotics could become useless in as little as 12 years, a leading professor has warned. Prof Hugh McGavock, from the University of Ulster, has blamed over-prescribing in the medical profession and farming for the reduction in the effectiveness of drugs. The professor, who specialises in prescribing science, told BBC Radio Five Live that it could lead to thousands of people dying from treatable illnesses in the future. He claimed the crisis was as big as AIDS, estimating that people would be resistant to all antibiotics by 2015, the BBC reported. While agreeing it...
  • Dramatic Rise Seen in Worrisome Gut Microbes

    09/16/2003 8:12:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 229+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/16/03 | Deborah Mitchell - Reuters Health
    CHICAGO (Reuters Health) - A group of drug-resistant microbes that infect the intestine have become much more common among hospitalized patients and in the general community over the last decade, a Spanish team of researchers report. The bacteria are called extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Enterobacteriaceae. The findings are concerning because these microbes are resistant to drugs called cephalosporins, and most can evade other types of antibiotics too. Dr. Rafael Canton of Hospital Ramon y Cajal in Madrid presented his team's findings here at the 43rd annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. The researchers compared more than 1200 stool samples...
  • Study: Drug-Resistant Infections Increasing in U.S. Hospitals;Resistance Tripled 1997-2002

    08/05/2003 9:18:32 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 7 replies · 287+ views
    Study: Drug-Resistant Infections Increasing in U.S. Hospitals; Resistance Among Strep Infections Nearly Tripled Between 1997-2002 8/5/03 11:55:00 AM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk, Medical Reporter Contact: Tarsis Lopez of Solucient, 847-440-9619 or tlopez@solucient.com EVANSTON, Ill., Aug. 5 /U.S. Newswire/ -- A new study finds the number of both streptococcal and staphylococcal infections resistant to antibiotics nearly tripled between 1997 and 2002 in U.S. hospitals. About 4.3 percent of inpatient strep infections and 28.1 percent of inpatient staph infections were considered drug resistant by mid-year 2002. The findings are published in a report released today by Solucient. More than 2 million...
  • Cattlemen Confused By New Rules On Big Macs

    06/22/2003 10:25:50 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 13 replies · 2,162+ views
    Cattlemen Confused By New Rules On Big Macs McDonald's Policy Is Questioned POSTED: 6:58 a.m. CDT June 20, 2003 OMAHA, Neb. -- The Nebraska Cattlemen want to know how McDonald's reached the new policy for producers to phase out growth-promoting antibiotics in animals. Nebraska Cattlemen spokesman Mike Fitzgerald said the organization thinks it's important all marketing-related polices are based on science. He said the antibiotics producers use are approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are not used for growth purposes. Sallie Atkins, with the Nebraska Beef Council, also was not aware of any antibiotics that promote growth....
  • McDonald's Tells Meat Suppliers To Phase Out Antibiotics

    06/20/2003 9:41:36 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 140+ views
    McDonald's Tells Meat Suppliers To Phase Out Antibiotics Burger Giant Wants Antibiotics Phased Out By End Of 2004 POSTED: 5:21 p.m. PDT June 20, 2003 UPDATED: 5:37 p.m. PDT June 20, 2003 CHICAGO -- Responding to rising concerns about antibiotics in livestock, McDonald's Corp. is telling its suppliers to phase out the use of the growth-promoting drugs in animals, a move advocacy groups say could help curb the practice worldwide. Read the press release. The fast-food giant announced a new policy Thursday on the use of antibiotics in food animals after a year of consultations with environmental, science and...
  • McDonald's to End Growth Antibiotic Use in Meat

    06/19/2003 6:55:07 PM PDT · by pttttt · 10 replies · 327+ views
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | June 19,2003 | not given
    Yahoo! News   Thu, Jun 19, 2003 McDonald's to End Growth Antibiotic Use in Meat Thu Jun 19,12:53 PM ET CHICAGO (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp. on Thursday told its meat suppliers to phase out growth-promoting antibiotics that are also used in human medicine, prompted by concerns that overuse could reduce the effectiveness of the drugs in people. McDonald's, the largest fast-food chain in the world, uses more than 2.5 billion pounds of chicken, beef, and pork annually. McDonald's said its new policy calls for the elimination of antibiotic drugs some producers have used to help animals grow faster. It sets...
  • Huge rise in superbugs deaths (UK Socialised Medicine Alert!)

    12/13/2002 5:39:50 AM PST · by UKCajun · 38 replies · 771+ views
    The Evening Standard ^ | 13 Dec 2002 | Colin Adamson
    The number of deaths caused by hospital superbugs has tripled in the past decade with London worst hit, new figures show today. The first major study of its kind into the most common infection, MRSA, comes two months after the Evening Standard alerted Londoners to the growing danger of superbugs, which thrive on dirty wards and poor staff hygiene. A Standard investigation revealed that more than 100 patients a month in the capital are being struck down by the drug-resistant MRSA infection which, while not always fatal, can kill in hours. Now the situation is being officially recognised with a...
  • Special Forces Soldier Exposes Drug Loophole

    07/17/2002 6:52:05 PM PDT · by Theophilus · 16 replies · 662+ views
    Science - Reuters ^ | Wed Jul 17, 6:10 PM ET | Gene Emery
    Special Forces Soldier Exposes Drug Loophole Wed Jul 17, 6:10 PM ET By Gene EmeryBOSTON (Reuters) - A U.S. special forces soldier on a mission to cure a sinus infection turned to a local pet store to buy antibiotics without a prescription, exposing a potentially dangerous loophole in consumer safety rules, doctors said in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine ( news - web sites). Doctors at a health clinic in the Pentagon ( news - web sites) said one of their patients, an Army Special Forces soldier, admitted he had bought antibiotics without a prescription in the fish medication...
  • Vandals strike NY dairy farm tanks

    04/08/2002 2:39:43 PM PDT · by jwalburg · 7 replies · 457+ views
    AP Wire: Aberdeen American News ^ | Mon, Apr. 08, 2002 | CAROLYN THOMPSON
    Vandals Strike NY Dairy Farm Tanks CAROLYN THOMPSON Associated Press Writer JAVA CENTER, N.Y. (AP) - Someone has been sneaking onto dairy farms at night in western New York and putting antibiotics into milk storage tanks and injecting cows with the drugs, police say.The tampering has ruined about 44,000 gallons of milk worth about $49,000 to farmers, state police Lt. John Hibsch said.Authorities have no suspects in the 14 cases under investigation since the fall, Hibsch said. The most recent cases were reported late last month.Authorities said none of the tainted milk made it to store shelves or into milk...