Drug-resistant bacteria lurk in sewer biofilms

The biofilms that cling to sewer walls often contain harmful, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and can withstand standard treatment to disinfect sewers, research finds.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
July 6, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: bacteria drug-resistance health-and-medicine biofilms wastewater-treatment

Raw milk can harbor lots of drug-resistant bacteria

If left out, raw milk can become home to a huge amount of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria. Researchers also found it doesn't have much probiotic value.

Amy Quinton-UC Davis • futurity
June 29, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: food drug-resistance probiotics health-and-medicine milk

Most people don’t clean right, so use these tips

An expert in disinfectants warns that you should know what's in the cleaning products you buy and make sure you're using them the right way.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 drug-resistance consumers health-and-medicine

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

Blue light could be the ‘next frontier’ in superbug fight

A new, blue light-based weapon called photolysis, may be key in the fight against antibiotic-resistant pathogens like MRSA.

Boston University • futurity
May 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: bacteria drug-resistance light science-and-technology health-and-medicine mrsa superbugs

Resistance to 1 antibiotic may prime bacteria for more

When a type of bacteria has resistance to one antibiotic, that can set it up to become a multidrug-resistant strain, researchers say.

James Urton-Washington • futurity
April 29, 2020 ~9 min

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

Bacteria used CRISPR way before humans did

"We humans have only recently begun to exploit nature's CRISPR-Cas systems, but as it turns out, we are not the first."

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
March 25, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: bacteria antibiotics drug-resistance genetic-engineering competition parasites science-and-technology immune-systems

Tiny device detects harmful bacteria in blood

A tiny device that detects bacteria in blood could help diagnose and fight deadly infections, researchers say.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
March 23, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: bacteria drug-resistance e-coli blood infections health-and-medicine

Cancer cell scavengers gobble up dead cells for fuel

Drug resistance is a major challenge in the fight against cancer. A new discovery could offer a way to overcome the obstacle.

Tom Vasich-UC Irvine • futurity
March 20, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: cancer tumors drug-resistance health-and-medicine

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