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

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

Simple method protects more NICU babies from Staph germs

Using antibiotic cream and antiseptic wipes can cut the chance that parents will pass dangerous Staph bacteria to their baby in the NICU.

Johns Hopkins University • futurity
Dec. 31, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: bacteria parents antibiotics hospitals babies infections health-and-medicine mrsa staphylococcus

2 new vaccine strategies may outsmart staph bacteria

Vaccinating pregnant women or newborn babies against staph bacteria may be an effective way to fight dangerous infections, research with mice finds.

Kristina Sauerwein-Washington University • futurity
Dec. 26, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: bacteria antibiotics drug-resistance vaccines infections health-and-medicine mrsa staphylococcus

Best defense against MRSA at home: Wash your hands

Drug-resistant MRSA easily spreads at home but the best protection is pretty simple: Wash your hands.

Kristina Sauerwein-Washington University • futurity
Dec. 2, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: pets childrens-health families infections featured health-and-medicine mrsa

Some people have better genetic protection from MRSA

One gene mutation seems to make it much more likely that people will fight off MRSA infections, which could lead to new treatments.

Sarah Avery-Duke • futurity
Sept. 17, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: genes antibiotics infections health-and-medicine immune-systems mrsa

Polymer kills 99.9% of MRSA in just 5 minutes

A new self-sterilizing polymer could be a forceful weapon against a range of viruses and drug-resistant bacteria, including MRSA, flu, and rabies.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Sept. 13, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: bacteria drug-resistance materials-science polymers health-and-medicine mrsa

‘Fishing’ shows how staph bacteria talk to each other

Greater knowledge of how staphylococci communicate may make it possible to prevent them from causing infections.

Mathilde Andersen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
May 10, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: bacteria health-and-medicine mrsa staphylococcus

Blue light breaks down MRSA’s defenses

Exposing MRSA to blue light renders it defenseless against antiseptics as mild as hydrogen peroxide.

Kayla Zacharias-Purdue • futurity
April 3, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: bacteria light infections health-and-medicine mrsa

To prevent bloodstream infections, coat catheters?

A new coating could keep intravascular catheters from becoming a haven for harmful bacteria.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
March 8, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: bacteria hospitals infections health-and-medicine coatings biofilms mrsa

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