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Analysing the DNA of bacteria in joint fluid

MMM researchers have been studying the DNA of bacteria in joint fluid. They showed that DNA sequencing correctly finds the presence of an infection nine times out of ten and identifies what species of bacteria was causing the infection (which helps doctors to choose the best antibiotic treatment).

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Mortality risks associated with emergency admissions during weekends and public holidays: an analysis of electronic health records

Published this week in prestigious medical journal The Lancet

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MMM helping refine strategies to control the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria nationally

A focus on preventing the introduction of antibiotic-resistant bacteria colonising patients who come from perceived high-risk hospitals may be undermining efforts to control their spread across England. Tjibbe Donker, from MMM, led the study which showed that a larger number of patient transfers from lower risk hospitals may pose a greater absolute threat of spread than a small number of transfers from hospitals that have been included into the higher risk” category. Read more here.

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About Modernising Medical Microbiology

Modernising Medical Microbiology is a research group aiming to transform how we analyse and treat infections, to improve patient care.

We aim to:

1) Modernise the way we analyse infections, bringing cutting-edge scientific techniques to clinical care.

2) Transform they way we study the treatment of patients with infections, using large databases of hospital electronic information, to identify trends in how infections are behaving, and ways patient care can be improved.

3) Use techniques such as DNA analysis of bacteria and viruses to better understand how infections spread, how to treat them, and how to prevent them in the future.

4) Study how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, and more difficult to treat, and how to prevent this.

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Modernising Medical Microbiology studies a number of infections, in particular Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA), Clostridium difficile (C. diff), Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB),  and the Enterobacteriaceae family (Escherichia coli, Klebsiella species and others).  You can learn more about these bacteria here