Category Archives: KPC

When Carbapenem Resistance Is Sneaky

Because what we really need are more ways to have carbapenem resistant enterobacteriaceae (‘CRE’), which are bacteria resistant to all penicillin derivatives–and almost always resistant to just about every other antibiotic. While the two ‘famous’ types of carbapenem resistance genes, … Continue reading

Posted in Antibiotics, KPC, NDM-1, VIM

The Healthcare Crisis Is Still Not Budgetary: Once More Unto the CRE Breach

One of the most frustrating things about the whole fixation on deficits and budgets is that it ignores the real crises we face, such as carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (E. coli and relatives that are resistant to virtually all antibiotic therapy): This … Continue reading

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Why Medical Tourism Is a Really Dangerous Idea: The CRE Edition

I’m usually a big fan of economist Dean Baker. Since the mid-1990s, he has been debunking much of the Social Security and Medicare misinformation pumped out by conservative faith-tanks; he was also one of the few and first people to … Continue reading

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Healthcare Is Not the Same As Healthcare Budgeting: The CREs Are Going to Kill Us All Edition

Every so often, I blog about CRE, which is short for carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (E. coli and relatives). CREs are resistant to just about every antibiotic (the two drugs commonly used, colistin and tigecycline, cause renal failure or are used off-label … Continue reading

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Two Disturbing Carbapenem-Resistance Observations

I’ve discussed before the serious problem of carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (‘CRE’): these are common disease-causing bacteria that have evolved resistance to all penicillin derivatives, and usually are resistant to all other commonly used antibiotics* (and in some cases, every antibiotic). So … Continue reading

Posted in Antibiotics, Evolution, KPC, NDM-1, Public Health | 1 Comment

Some Thoughts on the CRE ‘Superbugs’

Last week, you might have read about carbapenem-resistant ‘superbugs’ (actually, these are pretty ordinary bacteria except that they’re resistant to just about everything we can throw at them) due to the recent study detailing an outbreak at the NIH. I’ve … Continue reading

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Yes, There Is Money to Be Made in Microbial Sequencing

And I’m not the only one who thinks so in light of the recent paper about a KPC outbreak at an NIH hospital. From MSNBC (boldface mine): Hospitals and long-term-care facilities, which also often experience infectious outbreaks, could become significant … Continue reading

Posted in Antibiotics, Genomics, KPC, Public Health