Medications

Cocktail of common antibiotics can fight resistant E. coli

Today, many disease-causing bacteria acquire resistance genes, which make antibiotic treatment ineffective. One gene especially—CTX-M-15, encoding an extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)—can lead to resistance in E. ...

Pediatrics

Breastfeeding protects infants from antibiotic-resistant bacteria

A recent study completed at the University of Helsinki investigated the amount and quality of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in breast milk and gut of mother-infant pairs. The findings have been published in the journal Nature ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Understanding antibiotic resistance in patients with cystic fibrosis

A defective gene causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). There, it traps bacteria, causing patients to develop frequent lung infections that progressively damage these vital ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

When it comes to gonorrhea, gender matters

The World Health Organization estimates that 78 million people worldwide are infected with gonorrhea each year. Men with infections tend to have obvious symptoms while women are often asymptomatic or experience mild symptoms. ...

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