An Australian hospital that instituted aggressive infection control measures including daily facility-wide washdowns with high-strength bleach completely eliminated bloodstream infections with vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) in high-risk wards, researchers reported here.
Following impl... Read More
Within a year, the debate over whether a mouse virus causes chronic fatigue syndrome is likely to be settled, a prominent researcher told MedPage Today in an exclusive InFocus video interview here at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.
Two teams have now clai... Read More
Live press conference from ICAAC in Boston featuring:
* Mark Krockenberger, University of Syndey, New South Wales, Australia
* Daniel Frank, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, United States
* Paul Johnson, Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia
Sometimes the simplest solutions are best -- high school wrestlers may be able to reduce skin infections picked up during matches by cleaning exposed skin with a soap and water wipe after matches, a researcher said here.
A study of 151 high school wrestlers in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., fou... Read More
As technology continues to move forward, fast DNA-based tests can offer diagnosis in hours compared to the days it can take for a bacterial culture to grow, often with the same level of certainty. Still, cultures remain the definitive gold-standard for confirming diagnosis. Have we finally rea... Read More
The 50th annual meeting of the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) kicked off in Boston on Sunday with experts warning that a "slowdown" in research on antibiotic development could result in treatment challenges, Agence France-Presse reports.
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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was discovered in 1960. Over the following 40 years, MRSA was a problem confined largely to the health-care setting. In the late 1990s, the first United States reports of community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) infections appeared. At present, sever... Read More
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The next time a man hands you a hot dog after making a run to the restroom and the concession stand at an Atlanta Braves baseball game, be careful: there is a good chance he did not wash his hands, according to a report released Monday by a group that sends spies into public restrooms in the nam... Read More
Researchers from Newcastle University in the U.K. have found that bacteria have the sense of olfaction.
The study, conducted by Dr. Reindert Nijland (now at University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands) and Dr. J. Grant Burgess, was published online Aug. 18 in Biotechnology Journal.
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The unfolding story of how salmonella bacteria infected two giant egg operations in Iowa this summer is the latest chapter of a mysterious narrative about how a minor bacterial annoyance took off 35 years ago to become the second most common cause of food-borne illness in the United States.
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Antibiotic-resistant superbugs have become a big public health concern, but the existing antibacterial cleaners and soaps on the market are often based on harsh chemicals that kill everything they come into contact with or leach out into the environment. In other cases, their effect is only temp... Read More
Antibiotics can temporarily upset your stomach, but now it turns out that repeatedly taking them can trigger long-lasting changes in all those good germs that live in your gut, raising questions about lingering ill effects.
Nobody yet knows if that leads to later health problems. But the find... Read More
An exciting program is planned for the Southern California Regional American Society for Microbiology conference being held November 5-6 in La Jolla, San Diego at the beautiful Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines resort.
Early bird registration ends September 15th so get your forms submitted either ... Read More
An infectious-disease nightmare is unfolding: A new gene that can turn many types of bacteria into superbugs resistant to nearly all antibiotics has sickened people in three states and is popping up all over the world, health officials reported Monday.
The U.S. cases and two others in Canada ... Read More
People with HIV are at high risk for vitamin D deficiency, according to result of two studies presented here.
In a cross-sectional cohort study of 147 Spanish patients, nearly three-quarters had serum levels of 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25(OH)D) that were below 30 micrograms per liter (μg/L), acc... Read More
Statins are well-known as a class of drugs that are used to help lower cholesterol but recent evidence suggests they might be good for more than your heart. They may play a role in preventing and treating certain bacterial infections including pneumonia and sepsis. Presenters at ICAAC discuss ... Read More
Members of the ICAAC Program Committee give an overview of the ICAAC meeting and discuss sessions of particular interest. Lunch will follow.
* M. Lindsay Grayson, Austin Hospital/Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia
* Craig Rubens, Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center, Seatt... Read More
Participants in this session at ICAAC discuss the latest issues appearing on the horizon for infectious disease researchers including the changing epidemiology of drug resistance in Salmonella and the possibility that chronic fatigue syndrome could be associated with a retroviral infection.
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Mom's advice about cleaning your hands may finally be starting to get through. In the August 2010 observational study sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology and the American Cleaning Institute® (formerly The Soap and Detergent Association), 85% of adults washed their hands in public ... Read More