Smart bandage detects infections, auto-releases antibiotic

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THE SMART BANDAGES SHORTENED WOUND-HEALING TIMES IN MOUSE STUDIES.

A colorful new weapon has emerged in the war on antibiotic resistance.

On Wednesday, researchers in China published a study in the journal ACS Central Science detailing their creation of a new kind of smart bandage. At first, when you apply it to a wound, the bandage is green. But if it detects a bacterial infection, the bandage turns yellow — and releases a built-in antibiotic to treat the infection.

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Antibiotics found in world’s rivers at levels up to 300 times above safe levels

 

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A new study has found that in over 100 of 700 river samples taken, antibiotic concentrations were at levels exceeding safe concentrations, with the Danube found to be the most contaminated river in Europe

In a massive global study, led by researchers at the University of York, hundreds of rivers around the world have been tested for levels of common antibiotics. The study found 65 percent of all samples contained some concentration of antibiotics, with the worst cases showing levels more than 300 times higher than the generally accepted safe threshold.

The study is the first to coordinate such a broad global survey of the world’s rivers, examining levels of 14 common antibiotics from 711 sites across 72 countries. John Wilkinson, one of the researchers coordinating this large project, suggests that alongside many regions never before monitored, this is the largest antibiotic survey ever conducted.

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The 12 most dangerous superbugs, ranked by the WHO

 

The World Health Organization says we need to step up the fight against a dozen bacteria that are growing resistant to all the antibiotics we have to treat them.

One of the scariest features of the antibiotic resistance crisis — which has been accelerated by how we overuse these drugs — is that pharmaceutical companies aren’t developing new antibiotics quickly enough. They also often place profits ahead public health when choosing which drugs to develop.

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CDC warns “we will soon be in a post-antibiotic era”

For some patients and for some microbes, we are already in the post-antibiotic era.

The Centers for Disease Control, in a highly unusual new report, warned that America is threatened by a wave of new antibiotic-proof germs that could threaten public health, and that overuse of antibiotics in health care and industrial agriculture bears much of the blame.

 

 

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40% of chronic back pain patients could be cured with antibiotics

Scientists in Denmark found that 20% to 40% of chronic lower back pain was caused by bacterial infections.

A course of antibiotics instead of surgery could cure up to 40% of patients with chronic back pain, in a medical breakthrough that one spinal surgeon says is worthy of a Nobel prize.

 

 

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Nightmare drug-defying bacteria are spreading in U.S. hospitals

CDC microbiologist,holds up a plate that demonstrates the modified Hodge test, which is used to identify resistance in bacteria.

In hospitals across America, deadly infections with bacteria that resist even the strongest antibiotics are on the rise. Health officials have warned that here is only a “limited window of opportunity” to halt their spread.

 

 

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Four-fifths of all antibiotics are consumed by the meat industry

Livestock consumption of antibiotics reached a record nearly 29.9 billion pounds in 2011.

The Food and Drug Administration, last year,  proposed a set of voluntary “guidelines”designed to nudge the meat industry to curb its antibiotics habit.  Since then, the agency has been mulling whether and how to implement the new program. Meanwhile, the meat industry has been merrily gorging away on antibiotics—and churning out meat rife with antibiotic-resistant pathogens—if the latest data from the FDA itself is any indication.

 

 

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Chicken farms turn to oregano as a substitute for antibiotics

Chickens at Bell & Evans eat feed laced with oregano oil.

Anyone visiting Bell & Evans these days will notice the smell of oregano wafting for Scott Sechler’s office.  The smell is so strong that visitors will wonder whether Sechler has quit the production of chicken and gone into the pizza business.

 

 

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Childhood obesity linked to antibiotic use in infants: Studies

Children who were given antibiotics in their first six months had a higher incidence of obesity later.

A higher risk of obesity has been found in the use of antibiotics in young children, according to new studies.  Two new studies, one on mice and one on humans, conclude that changes of the intestinal bacteria caused by antibiotics could be responsible.

 

 

 

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New antiviral drug could destroy nearly any viral infection

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Scientists have come up with a brand new drug called DRACO that seems to be able to hunt down and destroy any and all viruses.

Antibiotics, such as penicillin, can treat most bacterial infections.  But when it comes to viral infections, including  influenza, the common cold, and deadly hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola, antibiotics are useless.

 

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Spoonful of Sugar Can Help the Medicine Go Down – Sugar Improves Effectiveness of Antibiotics

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Antibiotics made more effective with sugar.

A spoonful of sugar, it seems, can do more than help the medicine go down – it can also help make it work.  Sugar can improve the effectiveness of antibiotics against infections, according to researchers.

 

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