Old enemies, new hope – β-lactams could be used alongside other antibiotics to kill MRSA

Old enemies, new hope – β-lactams could be used alongside other antibiotics to kill MRSA

Oxacillin, a β-lactam antibiotic, can reduce the virulence of MRSA and open it up to attack from the host immune system and other antibiotics, new research has shown. MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is one of the most dangerous pathogens affecting the world at the moment, with 20% of infected patients dying from systemic infections … Read more

A new, powerful antimicrobial peptide that can give the immune system a helping hand

A modified antimicrobial peptide has been developed which goes the extra mile: as well as showing activity against a wide range of harmful bacteria, it also backs up the immune system, helping it to deal with infection more effectively. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are short sequences of amino acids, produced across all kingdoms of life, which … Read more

Widely used antiseptic can cause resistance to last-line antibiotic

Widely used antiseptic can cause resistance to last-line antibiotic

A research team has found that when the bacteria Klebsiella pneumoniae become resistant to chlorhexidine it can also grant them resistance to colistin, a ‘last-line’ antibiotic. The potential for an organism to become resistant to an antibiotic as a result of its resistance against a biocide has been debated in the past, but this is … Read more

Antibiotic resistance – your new worst enemy?

I’ve got some bad news for you. Something bad is coming. Something really, really, really bad… and it’s coming for you. It’s coming for me, for your friends and family. In fact, it’s coming for everyone on this planet. I’m talking about antimicrobial resistance and it’s going to make us all suffer. Let’s back it … Read more

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