‘Poisoned arrow’ defeats antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Staphylococcus aureus illustration (stock image).Credit: © nobeastsofierce / stock.adobe.com Poison is lethal all on its own — as are arrows — but their combination is greater than the sum of their parts. A weapon that simultaneously attacks from within and without can take down even the strongest opponents, from E. coli to MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus).advertisement […]

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Artificial intelligence yields new antibiotic

Bacterial colony in dish (stock image).Credit: © motorolka / Adobe Stock Using a machine-learning algorithm, MIT researchers have identified a powerful new antibiotic compound. In laboratory tests, the drug killed many of the world’s most problematic disease-causing bacteria, including some strains that are resistant to all known antibiotics. It also cleared infections in two different mouse […]

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Antibiotics discovered that kill bacteria in a new way

Lab technician holding a Petri dish (stock image).Credit: © angellodeco / Adobe Stock A new group of antibiotics with a unique approach to attacking bacteria has been discovered, making it a promising clinical candidate in the fight against antimicrobial resistance.advertisement The newly-found corbomycin and the lesser-known complestatin have a never-before-seen way to kill bacteria, which is […]

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Excessive antibiotic prescriptions for children in low-, middle-income countries

Children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are receiving an average of 25 antibiotic prescriptions during their first five years of life, an excessive amount that could harm the children’s ability to fight pathogens as well as increase antibiotic resistance worldwide, according to a new study from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss […]

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Dangerous bacteria communicate to avoid antibiotics

Bacteria illustration (stock image).Credit: © Christoph Burgstedt / Adobe Stock A bacterial infection is not just an unpleasant experience — it can also be a major health problem. Some bacteria develop resistance to otherwise effective treatment with antibiotics. Therefore, researchers are trying to develop new types of antibiotics that can fight the bacteria, and at the […]

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