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Pediatric CAP: Short 5-Day Antibiotic Course Beats 10-Day thumbnailAntibiotics

Pediatric CAP: Short 5-Day Antibiotic Course Beats 10-Day

The evidence is in: Less is more when it comes to treating uncomplicated community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in young children. Five days of antibiotic therapy resulted in a superior clinical response compared to 10 days of treatment and had the added benefit of a lower risk of inducing antibiotic resistance, according…
January 19, 2022
Halting antibiotic resistance is a little less futile thumbnailAntibiotics

Halting antibiotic resistance is a little less futile

Rice University bioscientists have developed a microfluidic platform for high-throughput studies of how bacteria evolve antibiotic resistance. One syringe of a solution containing bacteria or an antibiotic can provide millions of microspheres for analysis. Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University A new experimental platform developed at Rice University promises to speed up…
January 18, 2022
Are Antibiotics Necessary in All Newborns? thumbnailAntibiotics

Are Antibiotics Necessary in All Newborns?

Antibiotics were administered to most newborns, even those with low risk for early-onset sepsis (EOS), according to a retrospective cohort study. Among over 1,000 newborns at low risk for developing EOS, 80.4% were given antibiotics, in comparison with 91% of over 6,300 newborns who were not considered low risk (PRead…
January 17, 2022

Supercomputers could be answer to greatest threat to human health

NewsUKResearchers are using computers to redesign existing antibiotics.(PA) (PA Wire) Scientists have made a “giant leap” using supercomputers to combat the greatest threat to human health posed by antibiotic resistance. Each year about 700,000 people are estimated to die because of antibiotic resistant bacteria, and that number is expected to…
January 4, 2022

Scientists identify genes key to microbial colonization of plant roots

Expression of the enzyme diguanylate cyclase (DGC2884, in green) by a bacteria called Pantoea sp. YR343 on tree roots when forming biofilms and colonizing those roots. Arrows indicate locations of bacterial colonization. Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory Some microbes can form thin films called biofilms. These biofilms give them an…
December 23, 2021

An Enemy Within: Researchers Discover How Pathogens Hide in Tissue

Salmonella survive antibiotic therapy in the white pulp (red) of the spleen. Credit: Biozentrum, University of Basel Antibiotics cure many bacterial infections. However, some patients suffer a relapse. A research group at the University of Basel has now discovered why some bacteria can survive antibiotic therapy. The team uncovered where…
December 13, 2021