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A glass of milk may have painkillers, growth hormones

Believe it or not but your glass of milk contains a cocktail of 20 chemicals! Yes, you heard it right. If findings of a new study are to be believed, the glass of milk you drink daily can contain traces of chemicals used in various painkillers and antibiotics.

Proper wound cleaning may speed-up recovery--study

The next time your kids graze their knees and bruise elbows, ensure to clean their wounds before applying an antibiotic cream, as a new study states that timely and proper cleaning might lead to quick recovery.

Antibiotics push drug-resistant pathogens

Blackburg, Va. -- Antibiotics can pass through the body without metabolizing and enter the environment, causing concerns of heightened antibiotic resistance, a study says.

Amy Pruden, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, says the antibiotics in the environment become "potential sources of antibiotic resistance genes," reported Monday.

"The presence of antibiotics, even at sub-inhibitory concentrations, can stimulate bacterial metabolism and thus contribute to the selection and maintenance of antibiotic resistance genes," Pruden says. "Once they are present in rivers, antibiotic resistance genes are capable of being transferred among bacteria, including pathogens, through horizontal gene transfer."

Probiotics may help fight some childhood illnesses--study

A new clinical report from the 'American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) claims the addition of probiotics, the so called "good" bacteria that keep the intestinal tract healthy and aids digestion, immunity and even metabolism, might help ease some common ailments in healthy kids.

Promising new drug XF-73 kills superbugs within 5 minutes

In what can be termed as a fundamental breakthrough in the battle against bacterial resistance, British scientists have developed a drug they claim holds the key to stamping out deadly hospital superbugs such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile (C-diff), within five minutes.

Evidence of ancient antibiotic use found

Atlanta -- The making of antibiotics, officially dated to 1928 and the discovery of penicillin, was common practice more than 1,400 years ago, U.S. researchers say.

An Emory University anthropologist and a medicinal chemist say chemical analysis of the bones of ancient Nubians shows they regularly consumed tetracycline, most likely in beer, a university release said Wednesday.

Anthropologist George Armelagos and chemist Mark Nelson published their study in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

Armelagos, a bioarcheologist and expert on prehistoric and ancient diets, said he discovered what appeared to be traces of tetracycline in human bones from Nubia, in present-day Sudan, dated between 350 and 550.

Frogs may solve antibiotics hunt

Boston -- Frog skins contain natural secretions that could lead to new antibiotics to fight infections that have become resistant to existing drugs, researchers say.

Scientists told a meeting of the American Chemical Society that more than 100 antibiotic substances were found in the skin of frog species gathered from around the world, a society release said Thursday.

One was found to be effective against "Iraqibacter," the bacterium responsible for drug-resistant infections in wounded soldiers returning from Iraq, researchers said.

Drug-resistant bacteria, which have developed the ability to resist conventional antibiotics, are growing problems worldwide and patients need new drugs to replace treatments that no longer work, one researcher said.

FDA urges for curb in antibiotic use in livestock

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is urging meat producers to cut back on the use of antibiotics, amid rising concern that extensive use of the drugs in animals slaughtered for meat can pose health risks to consumers who eventually eat it.

Nucleic acid invigorates antibiotics

Lubbock -- A recently patented chemical additive could make old antibiotics effective again against resistant bacteria, a Texas Tech researcher said.

A short chain of nucleic acid, called an aptamer, can stop antibiotic-resistant bacteria from breaking down antibiotics, said Robert Shaw, associate chairman of Texas Tech's Department of Chemistry.

Aptamers could invigorate beta-lactam antibiotics, such as penicillins, carbapenems and cephalosporins, which account for nearly $30 billion in annual sales in the United States and more worldwide, Shaw said in a release.

The new gold standard in health is silver

Manchester -- A British scientist says the use of silver in healthcare and hygiene is increasing, frequently because of a shortage of new antibiotics.

A research review conducted by Professor Valerie Edwards-Jones of Manchester Metropolitan University found advances in technology, particularly nano-technology, are allowing scientists to increasingly apply silver's benefits in more areas.