Cigarette smoke can cause MRSA bacterial strains to become more resistant to antibiotics, new research from the University of Bath indicates. Furthermore, cigarette smoke exposure can make some strains of Staphylococcus aureus – a microbe present in 30-60% of the global population and responsible for many diseases, some fatal — more invasive and persistent, although… Read more

The antibiotic daptomycin is effective and well-tolerated in children for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, new research has found. In a randomized, controlled clinical trial, the first of its kind, a multi-institution research team investigated daptomycin, part of a new class of antibiotics currently approved only for use in adults, which the Food and Drug… Read more

The breast cancer drug tamoxifen gives white blood cells a boost, better enabling them to respond to, ensnare and kill bacteria in laboratory experiments. Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have found Tamoxifen treatment in mice also enhances clearance of the antibiotic-resistant bacterial… Read more