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A 1,000-Year-Old Remedy For MRSA

While the antibiotic potential of some materials used in historical medicine has been demonstrated, empirical tests of entire remedies are scarce. This is an important omission, because the efficacy of “ancientbiotics” could rely on the combined activity of their various … Continue reading

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Death by Licking

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), first identified in the 1960s, was initially considered to be a nosocomial pathogen (hospital acquired infection). Beginning in the late 20th century, a specific clone of MRSA known as USA300 emerged as a leading cause of … Continue reading

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New potential strategies against superbugs

Two new papers in PLoS Pathogens offer new potential strategies against superbugs. Continue reading

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Haemoglobin promotes Staphylococcus aureus nasal colonization

Staphylococcus aureus is an important human pathogen that is found in the nasal passages of approximately 1/3 of the population. The nose serves as a reservoir for spread of this pathogen and predisposes the host to potential infection. Factors contributing to S. aureus nasal colonization are only beginning to be understood. Continue reading

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MRSA – pathogen, politics and penalties

In the current era of public scientific debate such as the scientific merit of climate change, it should come as no surprise that a bacterium would have its 15 minutes of political limelight. For microbiologists, who often complain that our contributions go unnoticed and that we have no political power, this story serves to prove otherwise. Continue reading

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Beyond the target pathogen: ecological effects of antibiotics

Antibiotics can have ecological effects that impact the efficacy of other antimicrobial agents or facilitate the development of secondary infections. When antibiotics are administered, particularly when they are overused or misused, they change the environment and the biome, which in … Continue reading

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New Approach for the Discovery of Antibiotics

The traditional route for identifying early hits in antibiotic research is to target multiplying bacteria. All current antibiotics have been generated this way. Activity of a potential antibiotic in such assays is predictive of an antimicrobial effect in humans (bearing … Continue reading

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What gets up your nose?

Staphylococcus aureus is an invasive human pathogen with increasing incidence and morbidity in hospitals and the community. Both healthy persons and those with underlying illness are at risk for diverse skin and soft tissue infections, endocarditis, osteomyelitis, meningitis, bacteremia, and … Continue reading

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Clustering of MRSA strains across Europe

Staphylococcus aureus is the main cause of purulent infection in humans. S. aureus has the potential for local as well as disseminated infection and can cause lesions in all tissues and anatomical sites. Infections can be either acquired in the … Continue reading

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