A Vet’s View: What’s an immunostimulant?

The immune system functions to combat foreign invaders in the body through two basic pathways, cellular immunity and humoral immunity. Humoral immunity is the part most people have heard about, where circulating antibodies serve to neutralize invading pathogens (a pathogen is a disease-producing agent like a virus or bacterium).

The other side is cellular immunity, […]

Pets eyed as carriers of antibiotic resistant bacteria

We have all heard about the increasing danger of antibiotic resistance in humans and farm animals, but now a new study by researchers in China is showing that our companion animals, such as cats and dogs, can also serve as a reservoir for antibiotic resistant bacteria. Because we spend so much time together (and sometimes […]

Superbug killer may be hiding up your nose

As of late, scientists have been searching for a solution to the growing threat of antibiotic resistant bacteria and may have found an answer much closer to home than expected — up our noses.

Researchers from the University of Tubingen in Germany have discovered that a nose-dwelling bacteria, Staphylococcus lugdunensis, produces a chemical called lugdunin. […]

Study: Farm workers carry more antibiotic-resistant bacteria than animals

One of the most common and costly diseases faced by the dairy industry is bovine mastitis, a potentially fatal bacterial inflammation of the mammary gland (IMI). Widespread use of antibiotics to treat this disease, and other diseases agriculture animals often face, has been blamed for generating antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a concern for the health and well-being […]

Researchers study science behind drug resistant bacteria

E. coli

Klebsiella pneumoniae strains of bacteria, or those better known as being resistant to antibiotics, are the focus on a new study where scientists are using genome sequencing capabilities to find out how exactly antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria come to be.

The scientists have already identified several mechanisms that bacteria use to […]

FDA releases report on antibiotic use in food-producing animals

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released its latest annual report summarizing the amount of antimicrobials sold or distributed in 2012 for use in food-producing animals. According to a recently published article in Drovers Cattle Network, below are the trends reflected in this year’s summary report:

A 16% increase was seen in the total […]

Court: FDA need not review low-dose antibiotic use in animals

The votes are in from the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York about the use of antibiotics in animals. In what is being called a “big blow to public health,” the 2–1 ruling says that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not required to “hold hearings concerning the safety of […]