Tag Archives: Antibiotic resistance

Watch antibiotic resistance evolve before your eyes!

Thanks to MCRO student Jack Iasiello for sending me a link to a fascinating video of how E. coli can quickly evolve antibiotic resistance. Harvard University and the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology set up a 2 foot by 4 foot “petri … Continue reading

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Super-gonorrhea is here.

I have discussed a number of bacteria that are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics: KPC Klebsiella, and ANY bacteria containing the NDM-1 superplasmid. We also have known about increasing antibiotic resistance in the STD bacteria, Neisseria gonorrheae. Historically (meaning since the … Continue reading

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Student suspended for sharing antibiotics.

Yesterday a Harnett County middle school student was suspended for giving some of her antibiotics to a friend. The student was given a prescription of antibiotics for a sinus infection and “other ailments”. When she got to school she: gave a pill … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Katie and antibiotic overuse

Katie Couric had a nice segment on the over use of antibiotics on the news last night. Basically it stated that we are giving animals antibiotics in order to grow them at high densities, higher profits (=low quality of life). … Continue reading

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