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New Genetic Test for Antimicrobial Resistance

Posted by Rebecca James on Mar 1, 2019 1:25:06 PM

You've most likely taken an antibiotic at least once in your lifetime. From treatments for painful strep throat or ear infections as a child, to burning urinary tract infections or itchy skin infections, antibiotics are one of the most highly utilized and important medication classes we have.  Soon, your doctor may have a new weapon in their arsenal to diagnose and target treatment:  scientists at American University have developed a rapid, highly sensitive genetic test to determine whether bacteria carry a gene that causes resistance to two common antibiotics. Their research, published in BMC Infectious Diseases, demonstrated that the new test works as accurately as culture-based methods but gives results in minutes, not hours or days.

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Topics: disease, research, antibiotic

New Hope for Cleaning Up Our Oceans?

Posted by Rebecca James on Feb 8, 2019 3:29:09 PM
Plastic is ubiquitous in our society, it is one of the most useful classes of materials we utilize in our everyday lives, and we are surrounded by it on more ways than one. 
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Topics: research

New TB Study Has Hopeful Results

Posted by Rebecca James on Aug 28, 2018 5:02:34 PM
Tuberculosis (TB), an infectious disease targeting the lungs, is the second biggest killer, globally.  In 2015,  1.8 million people died from the disease, with 10.4 million falling ill, despite the development of vaccines and effective drug treatment.  At one point, the United Nations predicted that TB would be eliminated worldwide by 2025, but treatment options remain surprisingly sparse.  The only vaccine for TB was developed nearly a century ago, and offers limited protection.  Even worse,  patients are becoming increasingly resistant to available drugs.
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Topics: disease, research