COVID-19 patients get needless antibiotics, data suggests

More than half of patients hospitalized with suspected COVID-19 in Michigan during peak months got antibiotics. Later tests showed 96.5% didn't need them.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Aug. 31, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 antibiotics hospitals infections health-and-medicine

Bacterial cells sacrifice themselves to protect the swarm

In the face of antibiotics, some bacterial cells use "necrosignaling" to warn their comrades and give them enough time to adapt.

Esther Robards-Forbes - UT Austin • futurity
Aug. 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: bacteria antibiotics drug-resistance health-and-medicine

Do antibiotics in early life increase IBD risk later?

A new study with mice offers evidence that giving antibiotics to babies may increase the risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) later.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: antibiotics microbiomes childrens-health health-and-medicine medications irritable-bowel-syndrome

‘Wrap, trap, and zap’ kills superbugs in wastewater

Adding a graphene "wrap" to an exisitng "trap and zap" strategy does a better job and destroying antibiotic-resistant bacteria in wastewater treatment.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: bacteria nanotechnology antibiotics drug-resistance health-and-medicine catalysts wastewater-treatment

Beautyberry compound aids antibiotic against MRSA

A compound from the American beautyberry boosts an antibiotic's activity against MRSA, research indicates.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
July 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: antibiotics plants drug-resistance drug-development featured health-and-medicine mrsa

High-fat diet and antibiotics combine to up pre-IBD risk

"Until now, we didn't appreciate how different environmental risk factors can synergize to drive the disease."

Nadine Yehya - UC Davis • futurity
July 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: inflammatory-bowel-disease food antibiotics gut-bacteria microbiomes biomarkers featured health-and-medicine

TB medication could fight fear and anxiety

An antibiotic that treats tuberculosis could help fight fear and anxiety disorders when combined with therapy, researchers report.

Rachel White-UT Austin • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: anxiety memory antibiotics tuberculosis fear health-and-medicine medications post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd

Newborn sepsis risk linked to maternal obesity

New findings link maternal obesity and a higher risk of sepsis among newborn babies. The researchers suggest why, and a potential prevention strategy.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: pregnancy obesity antibiotics babies sepsis health-and-medicine births

Natural antibiotic resists ‘superbugs’

A newly discovered natural antibiotic called teixobactin may be a perfect weapon to fight drug-resistant superbugs like MRSA.

Cheryl Critchley-Melbourne • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: bacteria covid-19 antibiotics drug-resistance health-and-medicine mrsa

Compounds in Brazilian berries can ‘disarm’ MRSA

Compounds inside berries from the Brazilian peppertree can keep MRSA from making the toxins it uses to damage tissues, researchers say.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
May 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: bacteria antibiotics plants drug-resistance health-and-medicine

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