A reservoir of bacteria: Sink drains next to toilets in patient rooms may harbor dangerous organisms

Sinks situated next to patient toilets in hospital rooms may be reservoirs for Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC), increasing the risk of dangerous germ transmission, according to new research published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.  The study found a high prevalence of KPC positivity in sink drains located next to toilets. Of ...

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Better assessing bacteria sensitivity to antibiotics could change how drugs are prescribed

We rely on antibiotics to treat bacterial infections, but the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria forces doctors and patients to contend with shifting treatment plans. Furthermore, current laboratory tests to determine what bacteria is causing a particular infection takes days to complete and, in cases of serious infection, the results are often too late for the patient. Mechanical engineers from the ...

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Study reveals unsettling multidrug antibiotic resistance in remote Arctic soil microbes

A University of Kansas geologist’s work in the remote High Arctic of Norway has exposed the startling global spread of antibiotic-resistant microbes — including multidrug-resistant “superbugs” — that could have dire implications for human health worldwide. Jennifer Roberts, professor and chair of geology at KU, began by investigating the microbial geochemistry of thawing permafrost and its release of methane, a ...

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Researchers find antidepressants significantly raise risk of GI, intracranial bleeding

Patients taking anti-depressant medications classified as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are 40 percent more likely to develop severe gastrointestinal bleeding, particularly when they also use common over-the-counter pain relievers, according to a research review in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Nearly 13 percent of Americans 12 years and older take an antidepressant, and SSRIs are among the most ...

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Cardiff University researchers shed light on development of gastric cancer

Cardiff University researchers have uncovered new information about the underlying mechanisms for gastric cancer, providing hope of potential new therapies in the future. The team, at the University’s European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute, found they could stop gastric cells dividing and growing by deleting a particular cell-surface receptor implicated in the function of stem cells. “The prognosis of gastric ...

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