Unwanted impact of antibiotics broader, more complex than previously known

Public Release: 10-Feb-2015 40 percent of all adults and 70 percent of all children take one or more antibiotics every year They also kill intestinal epithelium. Destruction of the intestinal epithelium is important because this is the site of nutrient absorption antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant microbes caused significant changes in mitochondrial function Oregon State University CORVALLIS,…

Report: Americans completely reliant on China for antibiotics

Posted By Christopher Bedford On 11:57 AM  02/17/2014 The United States is nearly completely reliant on China for it’s supply of lifesaving antibiotics. “The crucial ingredients for nearly all antibiotics, steroids and many other lifesaving drugs are now made exclusively in China,” The New York Times reported in the 32nd paragraph of a Friday article entitled…

UT study: Chemical in antibacterial soaps may harm nursing babies

Contact: Lola Alapo lalapo@utk.edu 865-974-3993 University of Tennessee at Knoxville KNOXVILLE—A mother’s prolonged use of antibacterial soaps containing the chemical triclocarban may harm nursing babies, according to a recent study from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The study, which was conducted on rats, showed that exposure to the compound may reduce the survival rates of…

Good bacteria may expunge vancomycin-resistant bacteria from your gut

Contact: Jim Sliwa jsliwa@asmusa.org 202-942-9297 American Society for Microbiology Probiotic possibilities loom Too much antibiotic can decimate the normal intestinal microbiota, which may never recover its former diversity. That, in turn, renders the GI tract vulnerable to being colonized by pathogens. Now researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, and Centro Superior de…

Medicinal toothbrush tree yields antibiotic to treat TB in new way

Contact: Tony Maxwell zoe.dunford@nbi.ac.uk 44-160-345-0771 Norwich BioScience Institutes A compound from the South African toothbrush tree inactivates a drug target for tuberculosis in a previously unseen way. Tuberculosis causes more deaths worldwide than any other bacterial disease. At the same time as rates are increasing, resistance strains are emerging due, in part, to non-compliance with…

Antibiotics have long-term impacts on gut flora/ Up to 2 years

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Laura Udakis l.udakis@sgm.ac.uk 44-118-988-1843 Society for General Microbiology Short courses of antibiotics can leave normal gut bacteria harbouring antibiotic resistance genes for up to two years after treatment, say scientists writing in the latest issue of Microbiology, published on 3 November. The researchers believe that this reservoir increases the…

Repeated antibiotic use alters gut’s composition of beneficial microbes, Stanford study shows

2010 study posted for filing   Contact: Bruce Goldman goldmanb@stanford.edu 650-725-2106 Stanford University Medical Center STANFORD, Calif. – Repeated use of an antibiotic that is considered generally benign, because users seldom incur obvious side effects, induces cumulative and persistent changes in the composition of the beneficial microbial species inhabiting the human gut, researchers at the…

Disinfectants can make bacteria resistant to treatment: Makes Bacteria Stronger

2008 Study posted for filing Contact: Lucy Goodchild press@sgm.ac.uk 44-011-898-81843 Society for General Microbiology Chemicals used in the environment to kill bacteria could be making them stronger, according to a paper published in the October issue of the journal Microbiology. Low levels of these chemicals, called biocides, can make the potentially lethal bacterium Staphylococcus aureus…

Plain soap as effective as antibacterial but without the risk – Triclosan no more effective a soap

Contact: Laura Bailey baileylm@umich.edu 734-647-1848 University of Michigan ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Antibacterial soaps show no health benefits over plain soaps and, in fact, may render some common antibiotics less effective, says a University of Michigan public health professor. In the first known comprehensive analysis of whether antibacterial soaps work better than plain soaps, Allison Aiello of…

Plants uptake antibiotics

Contact: Sara Uttech suttech@soils.org 608-268-4948 Soil Science Society of America Routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock may be contaminating the environment MADISON, WI, JULY 09, 2007- Scientists at the University of Minnesota have been evaluating the impact of antibiotic feeding in livestock production on the environment.  This particular study, funded by the United States Department…

Inula helenium ( elecampane ) 100% Effective against MRSA in vitro, 200 Strains

Br J Biomed Sci. 2009;66(4):186-9. In vitro activity of Inula helenium against clinical Staphylococcus aureus strains including MRSA. O’Shea S, Lucey B, Cotter L. Source Department of Biological Sciences, Cork Institute of Technology, Cork, Ireland. Abstract The present study aims to investigate the bactericidal activity (specifically antistaphylococcal) of Inula helenium. The antimicrobial activity of the…