The Unnecessary Burden of Prescribing Antibiotics to Asthma Patients without Proof of Infection

By the bioMérieux Connection Editors In addition to promoting antibiotic resistance, a recent study illustrates how giving antibiotics to patients with asthma exacerbation without any documented indication of lung infection can lengthen hospital stay, increase cost of care and result in increased risk for antibiotic-related diarrhea. According to the researchers, this study is the largest …

Newly-Discovered Protein in Platypus Milk Could Help Combat Superbugs

By the bioMérieux Connection Editors In 2010, scientists at Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), discovered that platypus milk had antimicrobial properties. Now, after 8 years of study, they think they know why. “Platypus are such weird animals that it would make sense for them to have weird biochemistry,” …

“Drug-Bug Match Auto-Posting” Reduces CRE Infections by more than 10% In New York Hospital

Interview with Vincent J. LaBombardi, Ph.D. Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, have been called, “nightmare bacteria,” because the multi-drug-resistant infections are so difficult to treat and can be deadly in up to 50% of cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  These bacteria produce an enzyme called carbapenemase that breaks down carbapenem …

The Economic Impact of Plague in Walter Scheidel’s Book, “The Great Leveler”

By the bioMérieux Connection Editors The Walton family, founder of Walmart, owns more wealth than 42 percent of American families combined, according to Scientific American. Three years ago, Scientific American reported that the top 20 percent of U.S. households own more than 84 percent of the nation’s wealth, while the bottom 40 percent own only …