Canada Antibiotics

'Nightmare' Superbug Resistant To All Medication

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Living

Antibiotics have no effect either.

This Probiotic Could Mean Less Antiobiotics For Your Kids

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Jason Tetro

A Finnish group of researchers released the results of a three-year study examining the effects of long-term probiotic use on antibiotics and children's health. The results suggest probiotics may offer far more than a means to prevent AAD and C. difficile. They may actually help to reduce the need for antibiotics in the future.

Canada Needs A National Strategy To Tackle The Rise Of 'Superbugs'

Bryan Thomas | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Bryan Thomas

In the arms race between germs and medicine, the global community has two complementary strategies at its disposal: First, we can develop new antimicrobials, and secondly, we can slow the emergence of resistant strains through judicious use of current antimicrobials.

A 1,000-Year-Old B.C. Remedy May Help Fight Antibiotic Resistance

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

It's been nearly two years since the World Health Organization called the rise in antibiotic resistance a crisis. Since that time, public health officials have sought new answers to prepare for an uncertain future. While the idea of making new and stronger antibiotics continues to explored, its popularity has faded.

Why Bad Breath Is So Hard To Fight (And What You Can Do To Stop It)

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Last week, an international team of researchers revealed how bacteria in the oral cavity may be able to withstand even the hardest toothbrushing. Their research showed just how stable certain species can be and suggested the cure may require a more ecological approach.

Cranberries For Children May Help Ward Off Urinary Troubles

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg For many Canadians, no turkey dinner is complete without the addition of cranberry sauce. The tartness from the red berries offers a perfect complement to the rich meal. But beyond these special moments, cranberries have long been thought to be an excellent way to improve health, particularly in the urinary tract.

Heartburn Medications Are Bad For Good Bacteria

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg If you are one of the over 6 million Canadians suffering from irregular heartburn or stomach ulcers, you're probably familiar with proton pump inhibitors, or PPI. But new research suggests a non-trivial link between these commonly-prescribed heartburn medications and increased risk of infection, all because of one specific stomach bacteirum. Let's investigate.

Bioactives - A Possible Alternative To Antibiotics In Agriculture

Jason Tetro | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Business
Jason Tetro

The World Health Organization has led the charge to raise awareness and ensure the public understands the looming crisis of what is commonly known as the post-antibiotic era. In essence, we may be forced to return to a world in which these life-saving medicines are no longer effective.

Simplicity May Turn Antibiotic Resistance Into Antimicrobial Revolution

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Despite all the technology in academic and pharmaceutical institutions, nothing can stop a microbe from figuring out how to best an antibiotic. As such, the mood is sombre at best and apocalyptic at worst. Instead of trying to develop yet another complex mousetrap, the answer lies in looking at weapons of mass microbial destruction already in use in the wild.

World Health Organization Says The Public Is Confused About Antibiotic Resistance

AFP/Relax News | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Living

Do you understand antibiotic resistance?

Why 'Superbugs' Pose Extra Challenges for Hospitals

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

The doctor said my mother was "colonized" by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The bacteria didn't actually make her sick, but the doctor said the germs might spread to other patients. It seemed to be a lot of fuss over nothing. Did the hospital overreact?

One of the Best Antibiotics Could Be in Your Kitchen

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

One of the best places to look for alternatives is nature. Antibiotics were first discovered in natural species -- fungi to be exact -- and a number of options for the future have been found. Now it seems there is another possible option worth exploring: turmeric.

The Trigger That Turns C. difficile Into A Killer

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.01.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

One of the primary goals in understanding how the bacterium used its toxin to cause disease focused on the nature of bacterial growth in the body. After all, not everyone who was exposed ended up with illness. The first major discoveries revealed the toxin was not produced all the time.

An "Archaea" Solution To The Post-Antibiotic Era

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.30.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgFor those studying this unique branch of terrestrial life, the identification of resistance genes in the environment suggested there had to be antimicrobials out there. If this was the case, the Archaea were going to play a role. The only question they couldn't answer was the nature of this role. This past week, a team of researchers from Vanderbilt University may have provided the answer: Horizontal Gene Transfer (HGT).

Viruses of Bacteria May Help Win The War Against Cholera

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgAntibiotics were the first and still are the go-to means of microbial distraction. However, in light of the continuing rise of antibiotic resistance, their usefulness is limited and we need to explore other options. One such ally is a living organism known to have just as much of a hatred for infectious bacteria: the bacteriophage.

Antibiotic Resistance May Have Met Its Match

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada Living

UBC scientists may have won a battle in the ongoing fight against antibiotic resistance. Researchers with the university have found that a peptide ...

Should Sick Animals Be Treated With Antibiotics?

Steven Burton | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Steven Burton

The U.S. FDA just convinced 25 drug companies to stop producing antibiotics for animals that are used in human medicine. Many believe Canada should follow suit. Clearly, it is humane to treat sick animals, but harm can come to humans if animal antibiotic use develops drug-resistant bugs that subsequently infect humans.

The Surprising Way Bacteria 'Talks' To Each Other

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.16.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg The results suggested bacteria are continually in communication with one another. When times get dire, they attempt to find anyone who might have resistance and be willing to pass it on. Once there is a yes, a crowd appears, all hoping for the same gift. Once they get it, they head off to do the same.

How You Are Contributing To Antibiotic Resistance

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgA new study out this week suggests that a third environment could become the next hotbed for antibiotic resistance. This one, however, may take the world by shock and signal that the end for antibiotics is indeed nigh. That resistance contributing environment is you, the human; specifically, your gut.

One Man's Poo Is Another Man's Prescription

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.17.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgFecal therapy is here to stay. With the number of options to treat acute and chronic gastrointestinal disorders shrinking, a means to not only treat but also cure cannot be disregarded. People may never get used to the smell of fecal microbiota therapy, but I know they'll definitely get used to the benefits. Let's rePOOPulate.

What Do We Do When the Antibiotics Stop Working?

Kapil Khatter | Posted 07.23.2013 | Canada
Kapil Khatter

Gonorrhea, tuberculosis, staphylococcus -- you didn't want to get them before, and you definitely don't want them now. These are some of the not so pretty faces of today's antibiotic resistance, of today's untreatable diseases. And the worst is yet to come.

Take Two Antibiotics and Call Your Back Doctor in the Morning

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Medical professionals may soon have one more weapon in their arsenal against chronic lower back pain. In 2008, a team out of the University of Southern Denmark treated a small group of lower back pain sufferers with antibiotics. Over 60% of the patients showed improvement in their condition.

The Evil Way Your Eyes Fend Off Germs

Jason Tetro | Posted 12.01.2012 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgThe eye is a complex organ and has developed a unique means to fight off germs. The eye has its own separate immune function to tackle a potential infection, which is called immune privilege. Research has since learned exactly how these peptides went about killing their enemies although the results are better placed in a Clive Barker novel -- AMPs manifest the well-known concept of death by a million paper cuts...

Common Antibiotic Can Cause Liver Injury

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.13.2012 | Canada Living

TORONTO - A commonly prescribed antibiotic appears to increase the risk of severe liver damage in some older patients, researchers say.Levofloxacin is...