Tag Archives: antibiotic

Antimicrobial resistance – what’s needed but how to get the resources to the innovators?

Antibiotic resistance is at a crisis point, nay a “tipping point”. There are several major programs which offer what sound like large sums of money to make new antibiotics, but to get these monies takes a lot

Can germs cause premenstrual syndrome?

Each month a woman’s body prepares itself for pregnancy.  Monthly hormonal cycles alter immunological defenses to allow survival of sperm cells, the fertilized egg, and the developing embryo.   At the onset of each cycle immune defenses are

A small step closer to a save new antibiotic

An important fundament of our so called modern medicine are substances that are save for humans to take but deadly for bacteria. They are known as antibiotics. Interestingly, most of these have their origin in microbes, using

Killing microbes with red light

Photosensitization is a process in which a chemical compound (photosensitizer) that absorbs energy from light is able to transfer that energy to oxygen molecules. As a consequence, reactive oxygen species (ROS), highly toxic to living cells, are

Use of antibiotics in animals and people – resistance transfer

There is a great debate going on in the European Union and the United States, regarding the effects of the use of antibiotics in animals and the potential transfer of resistance to man, primarily via the consumption

The growing number of resistance traits may limit the number of efficient antibiotics

Antibiotics are one of the major medical innovations of the 20th century. However, due to the escalation of multi- and even pandrug resistance in human clinical isolates, mainly in bacteria such as community-acquired Enterobacteriaceae and nosocomial Gram-negative

Can a just society ration healthcare?

The gross domestic product (GDP) of a country represents the dollar value of all goods and services produced by that country over a period of time, usually a year. One can think of the GDP as the