You can teach an old drug new tricks

Here at InsightCity we have a saying, “don’t get sick.” Why? Well, aside from medical errors as a leading cause of death in the US, you could pick up antibiotic resistant bacteria while receiving care in a medical environment. There is good news for the ~2 million Americans who catch one of these resistant strains each year (not always at hospitals!). An old antibiotic that’s been around since the 1950s, vancomycin, has been retooled to deliver a trinity of fatal blows to bacteria that have become antibiotic resistant—including strains impervious to the original vancomycin. Each of the three tweaks is capable of bactericide alone, combined it’s one killer antibiotic.  Thank you, scientists, Akinori Okano, Nicholas Isley and Dale Boger!