Antibiotic resistance

Category archives for Antibiotic resistance

Early this week, grant application; yesterday and today, IRB and IACUC for another project. But once again, fellow Sbers are keeping me busy reading about stories I’d like to be writing on; see yet again Mike on E. coli O157:H7–everything old is new again; Ed on a new study showing yet again how amazing bacteria…


Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has taken up residence in sport teams, prisons, schools, the military, and even swine. A new article in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that, at least in Boston and San Francisco, it’s also causing a lot of infections in men who have sex with men; more after the jump.

Over at Evolgen, RPM notes an interesting study in PNAS, looking at antibiotic use and how it serves to drive the emergence and maintenance of antibiotic-resistant strains. The current paradigm for antibiotic use is to prescribe relatively high doses of drugs for a few days to a few weeks (or months, in the case of…

In my field, many things that cause the average man-on-the-street to get a bit squeamish or squicked are rather commonplace. My own studies include two types of bacteria that are carried rectally in humans (and other animals), so I spend an absurd amount of time thinking about, well, shit, and the lifeforms that inhabit it…

MRSA and swine: collision course

Both Mike and Revere have new posts up documenting swine as a new threat to human health (beyond the pork chops and bacon), via carriage of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in these animals. Several papers have been published recently documenting high rates of MRSA carriage in swine in the Netherlands, and also have documented transmission of…

Pediatric Grand Rounds 2.11

Welcome to this month’s edition of Pediatric Grand Rounds! Sit back with a cup of mulled cider and enjoy the best of the past month:

A perfect winter storm developing?

A few news stories hit my inbox all at once yesterday–and the combination of them doesn’t bode well for childrens’ health; more after the jump.

Busy day here, but I do have a brief post up on MRSA over at Correlations if you’re looking for some reading material. [Edited to add: Mike has a lot more new MRSA stuff here; well worth reading!]

A good excuse not to wear neckties

…They make be spreading disease. British hospitals are working on keeping that in check by implementing a new dress code:

Clostridium Marys

Clostridium difficile is an emergent bacterium. A close relative of the bacteria that cause tetanus and botulilsm (Clostridium tetani and Clostridium botulinum, respectively), C. difficile is an intestinal bacterium that can cause colitis. C. difficile has until recently been a fairly rare cause of disease, and then only typically within a hospital setting. However, the…