C. auris infections have become increasingly common, and they are more frequently resistant to antifungal drugs doctors use to treat them. Scientists have been attempting to determine the origin of C. auris, but it has been difficult because the pathogen seems to have appeared in several places around the world simultaneously.
With vaccine hesitancy recently cited by the World Health Organization as one of the leading threats to global health, it’s hard to overemphasize the benefits of preventative vaccines, especially among children.
The BMJ just published a new study showing that nearly 25 percent of antibiotics prescribed in the U.S. are inappropriate, which some have claimed illustrates that U.S. doctors are being more judicious in prescribing antibiotics to outpatients. However, a deeper dive into the study shows that the opposite may be true.
“We have found that deep-sea microorganisms, especially actinomycetes, are an attractive, untapped source for the discovery of anti-infective agents,” said Guojun Wang, Ph.D., assistant research professor at FAU Harbor Branch.