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 …

Continued Success of Small Hospital’s “Bug Squad” a Wake-Up Call for Healthcare Facilities Still Lagging in Antibiotic Stewardship

By the bioMérieux Connection Editors St. Luke’s Magic Valley (SLMV) Medical Center in Twin Falls, Idaho, provides a model case for how a small hospital can dramatically reduce overuse of antimicrobial drugs when the microbiology lab and pharmacy work collectively and continuously with the clinical staff on stewardship. St. Luke’s “Bug Squad” program saved the …