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Cubist to buy Trius Therapeutics, Optimer Pharma for up to $1.62 billion

(Reuters) - Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc said it would buy Trius Therapeutics Inc and Optimer Pharmaceuticals Inc for up to $1.62 billion to boost its antibiotics portfolio. Full story

FDA designation could speed Tetraphase antibiotic

Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Monday that U.S. regulators have given its experimental antibiotic a special designation to speed up the review and approval process and, if it's approved, give the drug more years without competition. Full story

Three million Europeans catch infections in hospital annually

LONDON (Reuters) - On any given day, some 80,000 patients in Europe are fighting an infection they picked up in hospital, often while in intensive care, the EU's disease monitoring agency said in a survey published on Thursday. Full story

Antibiotics in infancy linked to eczema

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a new review of previous research, children who took antibiotics in their first year of life were about 40 percent more likely to develop eczema, an itchy skin disorder. Full story

Should you really brush your teeth right after eating?

   Lauren Gelman of Reader’s Digest and Steven Lamm, director of the Men’s Health Center at New York University, offer new information on some outdated medical advice, including when you should brush after eating and whether oatmeal makes a good breakfast.

Program helped limit antibiotic misuse in kids

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A one-hour educational session followed by personalized feedback helped pediatricians more closely align their antibiotic prescribing habits with national guidelines, in a new study. Full story

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  Curbing overuse of antibiotics

Doctors adopt new strategies to prevent building up an immunity to antibiotics. WSLS's Karen McNew reports.

  FDA issues warning about Z-Pak, heart problems

50 million people take the antibiotic Zithromax, known as Z-Pak, every year, but on Tuesday the FDA warned it could be dangerous for some people and urged everyone to understand the risks. Cardiologist Dr. Nieca Goldberg explains the warning.

  Deadly ‘superbug’ infecting hospitals across US

The CDC is calling CRE, a deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a nightmare, as it has infected hospitals in 42 states. NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports on the outbreak, which has so far been contained to hospitals and nursing homes.

  Hospitals scramble to kill ‘superbug’

The Centers for Disease Control has identified deadly ‘nightmare’ bacteria that’s resistant to antibiotics and spreading through the nation’s hospitals. NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.

  Gator aid? Reptile’s blood may be powerful antibiotic

Researchers at McNeese State University in Louisiana say alligator blood shows amazing antibiotic properties in lab testing. KPLC’s Brittany Glaser reports.

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File photo of two plates coated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria called Klebsiella with a mutation called NDM 1 and then exposed to various antibiotics at the Health Protection Agency in north London
File photo of two plates coated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria called Klebsiella with a mutation called NDM 1 and then exposed to various antibiotics at the Health Protection Agency in north London

Two plates which were coated with an antibiotic-resistant bacteria called Klebsiella with a mutation called NDM 1 and then exposed to various antibiotics are seen at the Health Protection Agency in north London in this March 9, 2011 file photo. The clear areas in the right half of the left-hand plat

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A plate which was coated with an antibiotic-resistant bacteria called Klebsiella with a mutation called NDM 1 and then exposed to various antibiotics is seen at the Health Protection Agency in north London March 9, 2011. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

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