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Drug-resistant bacteria in patients’ urine or stools raise risk of drug-resistant sepsis

Vienna, Austria: People who have recently been found to have drug-resistant bacteria in their urine or stool samples have a greatly increased risk of developing a bloodstream infection that is also resistant to certain antibiotics, according to a study presented … Continue reading

Published Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases

New research sheds light on treating bloodstream infections with fewer side effects and without the need for antimicrobials of “last resort”

Vienna, Austria: Patients with bloodstream infections could avoid treatment with a combination of antimicrobial therapies if they are given the right drug as early as possible and if they are classified as at low risk of death. This would reduce … Continue reading

Published Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases

Testing urine for particular proteins could be key to preventing kidney transplant failure

Vienna, Austria: Testing for molecular markers in the urine of kidney transplant patients could reveal whether the transplant is failing and why, according to research presented at the 27th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID). Transplants are … Continue reading

Published Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at 12:01 am
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Study of bacteria’s DNA fingerprint suggests it could be spreading around Europe via food distribution

Vienna, Austria: Foods should be investigated as a potential source of spread of Clostridium difficile, according to research presented at the 27th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID). Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) causes gut infections and can … Continue reading

Published Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 at 12:01 am
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The cost of Clostridium difficile infections: thousands of hospital beds occupied a year and patients at higher risk of death if infection recurs

Vienna, Austria: Repeated infection with the bacterium Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), which causes stomach upsets and diarrhoea, is linked to higher death rates, as well as having a significant impact on health services in terms of cost and hospital beds … Continue reading

Published Friday, April 21st, 2017 at 12:01 am
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WHO report is ‘major step forward’ in fight against drug-resistant bacteria

A new report by the World Health Organization lays out, for the first time, which antibiotic-resistant bacteria pose the greatest risk to global health and urgently need new effective treatments. The report was chaired by Prof. Evelina Tacconelli, executive committee … Continue reading

Published Monday, February 27th, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Posted in Infectious diseases
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