In the era of meta-omics, infection control and prevention must consider healthcare-associated infections in the global context of pathobiome.
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In this study the authors assess the burden of illness, impacts and costs associated with surgical site infections, concluding that SSIs impart a broad and significant impact on both patients and their families.
As part of our focus around World Antibiotic Awareness Week (13–19 November) we spoke to Professor Jonathan Cooke, a pharmacologist and pharmacist based in the UK who holds a special interest in antimicrobial resistance. He shares his thoughts on this pressing issue below:
For the first time, researchers have employed an electroceutical technique – using electric field-based dressings – to manage biofilm infections. Understanding how this technique could influence host–microbe interactions will be pivotal in its application to wound healing in humans.
Researchers have reported that statins could have an antimicrobial effect against Staphylococcus aureus – indicating that statin users may have a decreased risk of S. aureus bloodstream infections outside of hospitals.
While sepsis is well defined clinically, the molecular immunological mechanisms that underlie the development of sepsis are poorly understood.
Elucidating the effects of virus infections on the biological activity of stem cells may help improve the safety and efficacy of clinical stem cell transplantations. This study explores the underlying influence of HSV type-1 (HSV-1) infection on the energy metabolism of human umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells (UCMSCs).
Public Health England has released updated guidance on Candida auris, as they confirm that over 200 patients have been infected or colonized with the fungus.