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Computational biologists predict antibiotic resistances

14/03/2017

Every year, some 25,000 people die in the European Union from antibiotic-resistant, hard to treat bacteria. Although there are diagnostic methods in place to recognize such resistances in advance, these are typically very time-consuming.
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Air pollution can alter the effectiveness of antibiotics

06/03/2017

Researchers from the University of Leicester have for the first time discovered that bacteria that cause respiratory infections are directly affected by air pollution - increasing the potential for infection and changing the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment.
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Doctors prescribe more antibiotics when expectations are high

17/02/2017

Experimental evidence confirms what surveys have long suggested: Physicians are more likely to prescribe antibiotics when they believe there is a high expectation of it from their patients, even if they think the probability of bacterial infection is low and antibiotics would not be effective, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association.
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Faster way of detecting bacteria

08/02/2017

Brett Etchebarne, an assistant professor of emergency medicine in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University, has created a molecular diagnostic system that can identify dangerous bacteria such as E. coli, staph infections, and even some superbugs.
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How multi-resistant pathogens can be defeated

07/02/2017

The steadily increasing resistance of many pathogens to antibiotics is one of the major challenges of modern medicine. Many of the common antibiotics have already lost their effect. Accordingly, there is an urgent need for alternatives to antibiotics for the treatment of infections that are caused by multi-resistant bacteria, one of which is anti-virulence therapy.
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Antibiotics can boost bacterial reproduction

31/01/2017

The growth of bacteria can be stimulated by antibiotics, scientists at the University of Exeter have discovered.
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New type of monitoring: life of bacteria in microdroplets

12/01/2017

In the future, it will be possible to carry out tests of new drugs on bacteria much more efficiently using microfluidic devices, since each of the hundreds and thousands of droplets moving through the microchannels can act as separate incubators.
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Antibiotic resistance just became more complex

05/01/2017

Bacteria that are susceptible to antibiotics can survive when enough resistant cells around them are expressing an antibiotic-deactivating factor. This new take on how the microbial context can compromise antibiotic therapy was published by a team of microbiologists from the University of Groningen microbiologists, together with colleagues from San Diego, in the journal "PLOS Biology".
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