Category Archives: mmm-news-and-updates

MMM-led Citizen Science project BashTheBug.net wins NIHR award

BashTheBug.net is a Citizen Science website that allows anyone with access to the internet and a laptop or tablet to help in the fight against antibiotic resistance. You are shown photographs of a series of wells, each of which has a small … Continue reading

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Plasmids: traffickers of antibiotic resistance

Plasmids and antibiotic resistance The recent discovery of bacteria resistant to a last-resort antibiotic called colistin prompted headlines warning of a ‘post-antibiotic era’. Colistin resistance had in fact been found before – what alarmed scientists this time was the location … Continue reading

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Diagnosing joint infections

Diagnosing prosthetic joint infections using bacterial genomic sequences An infection following surgery can occur in some patients when they receive a replacement joint such as a knee or hip joint. Although not very common, these infections may be take months … Continue reading

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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 the prestigious medical journal The Lancet: Mortality risks associated with emergency admissions during weekends and public holidays: an analysis of electronic health records Background Weekend hospital admission is associated with increased mortality, but the contributions of … Continue reading

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Refining strategies to control the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria at national level

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Help us change the way Tuberculosis is diagnosed and treated

An online crowdsourcing project has been launched by MMM researchers to study antibiotic resistance in Tuberculosis (TB) with the help of the public. You can try out the project for yourself on the Zooniverse website (which contains instructions for how to take … Continue reading

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Staphylococcus aureus

 Staphylococcus aureus (or Staph. aureus) is a bacterium that lives harmlessly on the skin. However, Staph. aureus can also cause infections, particularly in hospitalised patients. Hospital staff work hard to prevent patients from developing Staph aureus infections. They do this … Continue reading

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Direct sputum sequencing

Genetic sequencing offers same-day TB testing Researchers have for the first time shown that standard tuberculosis (TB) diagnostic tests can be replaced by a sub-24 hour genetic test applied to the TB bacteria in a patient’s sputum. Read more…  

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MMM Conference 14th March 2017

This year’s Modernising Medical Microbiology 2017 Conference, showcasing the 8th year of work arising from the consortium, will take place on Tuesday 14th March at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. More information can be found in the brochure. Registration for conference … Continue reading

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MMM’s work helps elucidate that antibiotics played the main role in driving mid-2000s C. difficile epidemics

  MMM researchers at Oxford and Leeds, and PHE, have published a major piece of research proving that overuse of antibiotics was the main driver of the C. difficile (C. diff) epidemic that took place in the UK by mid-2000s. … Continue reading

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