HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Bacteria Becoming Increasingly Resistant To Antibiotics, But New Vaccines Are On The Horizon

LOS ANGELES (January 11, 1998) -- Streptococcus pneumoniae, bacteria that can cause life-threatening infections in adults and especially children, are rapidly becoming resistant to penicillin and cephalosporins such as ceftriaxone, the most widely used antibiotics currently available to treat bacterial infections, according to Moshe Arditi, M.D., author of an article in the November issue of Pediatrics and director of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Arditi said that while the bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics at "an astonishing rate," the penicillin-resistant strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae, or pneumococci, obtained from children with meningitis do not appear to be more virulent, or severe, than those that are susceptible to penicillin -- at least for now.

The Pediatrics article describes a three-year study of children suffering from pneumococcal meningitis. Researchers reviewed the charts of 180 children who were admitted to eight different children's hospitals between September 1, 1993 and August 31, 1996. Because one child had two episodes of infection, 181 episodes were documented in the findings. Dr. Arditi said the study looked at the clinical presentation, hospital course and outcome, taking into consideration the antibiotic resistance patterns of the pneumococci causing the infection. Researchers then determined whether there was a difference in outcome if the infecting organism was an antibiotic-resistant strain of pneumococcus.

"If you look at each year of the three-year study and look at the percentages, you see a dramatic increase in antibiotic resistance between the second year, for example, and the third year," said Dr. Arditi. "In the second year, the penicillin non-susceptible rate (intermediate susceptible and resistant organisms) was 13 percent. In the third year of the study, it jumped to 27 percent. For ceftriaxone, resistance in the first
'"/>

Contact: Sandra Van
sandy@vancommunications.com
1-800-396-1002
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
11-Jan-1999


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Bacteria use molecular lasso to cop copper
2. Bacterial protein recycling factor possible key to new class of antibiotics
3. Bacteria spill their guts to aid researchers in quest for new antibiotics
4. Bacteria live in the esophagus!
5. Bacteria lingering in body may pose future food poisoning risks, Stanford study finds
6. Bacteria discoveries could resemble Mars, other planets
7. Bacterial relationships revealed
8. Bacteria-eating viruses may spread some infectious diseases
9. Bacteria convert food processing waste to hydrogen
10. Bacterial viruses make cheap easy vaccines
11. Bacterial infections alter allergic response

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/16/2017)... --  Bridge Patient Portal , an enterprise patient ... Systems , an electronic medical record solutions developer ... a partnership to build an interface between the ... products, including Centricity Practice Solution (CPS), Centricity Business ... integrations will allow healthcare delivery networks using GE ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... The global military biometrics market ... by the presence of several large global players. The ... major players - 3M Cogent, NEC Corporation, M2SYS Technology, ... 61% of the global military biometric market in 2016. ... military biometrics market boast global presence, which has catapulted ...
(Date:4/13/2017)... April 13, 2017 UBM,s Advanced Design and ... will feature emerging and evolving technology through its 3D ... will run alongside the expo portion of the event ... and demonstrations focused on trending topics within 3D printing ... and manufacturing event will take place June 13-15, 2017 at ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/9/2017)... , ... October 09, 2017 , ... ... four-tiered line of medical marijuana products targeting the needs of consumers who are ... of Kindred takes place in Phoenix, Arizona. , As operators of two successful ...
(Date:10/7/2017)... ... October 06, 2017 , ... ... advanced instruments and applications consulting for microscopy and surface analysis, Nanoscience Instruments ... consulting, Nanoscience Analytical offers a broad range of contract analysis services for ...
(Date:10/7/2017)... , Oct. 6, 2017  The 2017 Nobel ... three scientists, Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank ... in cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) have helped ... the structural biology community. The winners worked with ... now routinely produce highly resolved, three-dimensional images of ...
(Date:10/6/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 06, 2017 , ... ... host a lunch discussion and webinar on INSIGhT, the first-ever adaptive clinical trial ... Investigator, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The event is free and open to the public, ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: