Tag Archives: Infections

New patient test could tell GPs if infections are antibiotic resistant in under two hours

A new rapid patient test which could identify whether bacteria isolated from clinical samples are antibiotic resistant in under two hours is being trialled on a range of antibiotics commonly used to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs). If successful, the test could transform decision-making around antibiotic choice by helping inform the five million antibiotic prescriptions… Read More »

deadly germs, Lost cures: In a Poor Kenyan Community, Cheap Antibiotics Fuel Deadly Drug-Resistant Infections

NAIROBI, Kenya — Four days after her toddler’s health took a turn for the worse, his tiny body racked by fever, diarrhea and vomiting, Sharon Mbone decided it was time to try yet another medicine. With no money to see a doctor, she carried him to the local pharmacy stall, a corrugated shack near her… Read More »

Blue light could treat superbug infections

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a bacterium that causes infection in various parts of the body, is often called a “superbug” thanks to its ability to dodge many common antibiotics. Although most MRSA infections aren’t serious, some can be life-threatening, sometimes resulting in amputation of the infected appendage. Rather than rolling the… Read More »

Regulators investigate salmonella infections linked to Conagra's cake mixes

(Reuters) – U.S. health regulators said here on Wednesday they were investigating a manufacturing facility that makes Conagra Brands Inc’s cake mixes for potential links to salmonella infections after some batches of the products were recalled on Monday. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) informed Conagra… Read More »