Antibiotics

Oral Antibiotics May Raise Risk of Kidney Stones

Pediatric researchers have found that children and adults treated with some oral antibiotics have a significantly higher risk of developing kidney stones. This is the first time that these medicines have been linked to this condition. The strongest risks appeared at younger ages and among patients most recently exposed to antibiotics. “The overall prevalence of kidney stones has risen by 70 percent over the past 30 years, with particularly sharp
Antibiotics

Want to Beat Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs? Rethink That Strep Throat Remedy

Got a sore throat? The doctor may write a quick prescription for penicillin or amoxicillin, and with the stroke of a pen help diminish public health and your own future health by helping bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics. It’s time to develop alternatives to antibiotics for small infections, according to a new thought paper by scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and to do so quickly. It has been
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Nova Southeastern University Researchers Studying How to Disrupt Bacteria to Treat Infections

Bacteria are everywhere. And despite widespread belief, not all bacteria are “bad.” However, to combat those that can cause health issues for humans, there has been an over-reliance on the use of antibiotics – so much so, that many of them are now proving ineffective due to bacteria developing increased resistance to them. “More and more antibiotics are essentially becoming useless,” says Robert Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department
Biotechnology

Queen’s Research Discovers Vitamins Could Help Treat Cystic Fibrosis

Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast have discovered why antibiotics for treating people with cystic fibrosis are becoming less effective and how fat soluble vitamins might offer a viable solution. A team of researchers led by Professor Miguel Valvano, from the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine at Queen’s University Belfast, has discovered why some particularly harmful bacteria are not responding to antibiotics. The bacteria, Burkholderia cenocepacia, are highly antibiotic resistant and