Tag Archives: Bacteria

Antibiotic Alternative? A Virus to Fight Bacteria

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Viruses and bacteria are the culprits behind the infectious diseases that plague humans. Researchers recently turned one against the other, using viruses to wipe out a potentially life-threatening bacterium in a 15-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis. This old-time approach to battling bacterial infections… Read More »

Microgels let medical implants fight off bacteria

Joint replacements are among the most common elective surgeries — but around one in 100 patients suffer post-surgical infections, turning a routine procedure into an expensive and dangerous ordeal. Now, researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have developed a “self-defensive surface” for these implants that release targeted micro-doses of antibiotics when bacteria approach, potentially sharply… Read More »

Discovery by Canadian researchers of how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics could lead to more effective drugs

Ontario researchers say they have discovered how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, a finding they say could help combat the growing problem. Maikel Rheinstadter, a physics professor with McMaster University in Hamilton, and Andree Khondker, an undergraduate biochemistry student, said they found bacteria fight off antibiotics by stiffening their cell membranes and changing the barrier’s… Read More »