University of Notre Dame chemists have discovered a new class of antibiotics which may be able to fight drug-resistant bacteria, according to ABC 57 News.
Mayland Chang and Shahriar Mobashery's research shows that oxadiazoles, the name of the new antibiotic class, is a promising treatment for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in mice.
MRSA has been a growing health concern since the 1960s because of its resistance to antibiotics, according to the University of Notre Dame. There are 278,000 MRSA-related hospitalizations and 19,000 deaths each year in the United States. Most MRSA infections are skin infections, and the Center for Disease Control says it can lead to pneumonia, bloodstream and surgical-site infections.
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