Category Archives: Antibiotic resistance

When to use antibiotics

It is important that you only use antibiotics for bacterial infections. Antibiotics help stop bacterial infections by acting on peptidoglycan, 70S ribosomes and bacterial enzymes. Viruses DO NOT HAVE THESE.  Therefore, using an antibiotic for a viral infection will not … Continue reading

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Uh-oh

Remember I told you that we were going to see more of NDM-1 in the US soon? The poster’s first response was to advise not to travel outside of the US. I am going to politely disagree. I think NDM-1 … Continue reading

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Very scary stuff

Are we creating monsters in real life? I think so. However, we seem to be fairly oblivious to the fact that they are out there and becoming more dangerous. Last week we discussed the dramatically higher incidence of VRE in … Continue reading

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Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci on the Rise?

Enterococci are normal gut flora that are found in most humans. The two major species that  live in and effect humans are Enterococcus faecalis and Enterococcus faecium (the species name gives you some idea of where and how they are distributed as well). … Continue reading

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Syphilis re-emerges as a global monster

Since the 15th century, the organism that causes syphilis,  Treponema pallidum, has been  responsible for producing vast amounts of human misery by being a major cause of  blindness, heart disease, insanity and even death. But since the discovery of antibiotics, syphilis infections … Continue reading

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Attack of the Superbugs- Gram negatives

You know it is bad when even the New York Times is discussing antibiotic resistance. How bad is it? From this NYTs report, it appears that gram negative organisms are vying to replace MRSA (a gram positive bacteria) on the list … Continue reading

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