Two Foods supercharge normally ineffective antibiotics

Two Foods supercharge normally ineffective antibiotics We look at two separate studies: Cranberries join forces with antibiotics to fight bacteria “But when we simultaneously treated the bacteria with an antibiotic and the cranberry extract, no resistance developed.” Manuka honey to kill drug-resistant bacteria found in cystic fibrosis infections The results showed that it was effective…

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,…

Skin, soft tissue infections succumb to blue light : 100% Survival of Infections Vs. 18%

Contact: Jim Sliwa jsliwa@asmusa.org 202-942-9297 American Society for Microbiology Blue light can selectively eradicate Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections of the skin and soft tissues, while preserving the outermost layer of skin, according to a proof-of-principle study led by Michael R. Hamblin of the Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Harvard Medical School, Boston. The research is published…

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…

Superbug MRSA Identified in U.S. Wastewater Treatment Plants

The School of Public Health News November 5, 2012 NEWS RELEASE Contact: Kelly Blake, kellyb@umd.edu, 301-405-9418   University of Maryland-led study is first to document environmental source of the antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the United States   College Park, Md.–A team led by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health has found that…

Leaves of carob tree, source of chocolate substitute, fight food-poisoning bacteria: Listeria

Contact: Michael Bernstein m_bernstein@acs.org 202-872-6042 American Chemical Society Leaves of the plant that yields carob — the substitute for chocolate that some consider healthier than chocolate — are a rich source of antibacterial substances ideal for fighting the microbe responsible for listeriosis, a serious form of food poisoning, according to a report in ACS’ Journal…

Stream in India has record high levels of drugs

2009 study posted for filing By Margie Mason THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PATANCHERU, India — When researchers analyzed vials of treated wastewater taken from a plant where about 90 Indian drug factories dump their residues, they were shocked. Enough of a single, powerful antibiotic was being spewed into one stream each day to treat every person…

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…

Viruses Help MU Scientists Battle Pathogenic Bacteria and Improve Water Supply

  Newly developed technique can kill antibiotic-resistant germs Sept. 24, 2012 Story Contact(s): Timothy Wall, walltj@missouri.edu, 573-882-3346 COLUMBIA, Mo. — Infectious bacteria received a taste of their own medicine from University of Missouri researchers who used viruses to infect and kill colonies of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, common disease-causing bacteria. The viruses, known as bacteriophages, could be…

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…