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Even the Flies Inside Hospitals Carry Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Upwards of 90 per cent of insects found in British hospitals carry potentially harmful bacteria, according to new research. Alarmingly, a significant portion of this bacteria is resistant to one or more antibiotics, highlighting a previously under-appreciated health risk—though the researchers caution that chances of infection are low. Read More >>

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Medicinal Plants Used During the US Civil War Are Surprisingly Good at Fighting Bacteria

With conventional medicines in short supply during the US Civil War, the Confederacy turned to plant-based alternatives in desperation. New research suggests some of these remedies were actually quite good at fighting off infections—a finding that could lead to effective new drugs. Read More >>

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Economist Wants the Big Pharmaceuticals Nationalised

Jim O'Neill, a former banker and economist who got so good at his job and shook all the right hands that he's now known as The Right Honourable Lord O'Neill of Gatley, has been thinking about the looming planetary death sentence that is antibiotic resistance. And he's had an idea. People with their life savings in GlaxoSmithKline shares look away now. Read More >>

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An Experimental Superbug Killer Is a Tiny Step Closer to Saving Us From the Antibiotic Apocalypse

A class of antibiotics heralded as an essential future weapon against drug-resistant superbugs passed an important test. There’s now evidence that they can be used to treat serious infections in live animals (in vivo) without being toxic. Read More >>

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Poo Germs, Not Sharks, Make Swimming in the Ocean So Treacherous

It’s polluted, germ-filled sludge, not sharks, that will make going to the beach more dangerous than just staying home this summer — at least according to a cleverly titled review published this week in the International Journal of Epidemiology. Read More >>

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A Rest is as Good as a Course of Ciprofolxacin

Public Health England says people should calm down a bit on demanding antibiotics for common complaints, with its data finding that a fifth of ailments will simply get better by themselves without the need for any more medical intervention than a day off drinking tea in front of the TV. Read More >>

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Doctors Slam New Recommendation That We Should Stop Antibiotic Treatments Early

Scientists from the UK caused quite a stir this week, when they announced that we don’t necessarily need to complete a full course of antibiotics in order to treat infections properly. It’s a provocative message, but sceptics say their advice is grossly premature—and even reckless. Read More >>

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A Superbug Resistant to 26 Antibiotics Killed a Woman in Nevada

Fifteen years ago, US public health officials declared that infections resistant to antibiotics could become a major threat. That threat, it seems, has arrived. Read More >>

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A Dreaded Superbug Has Officially Arrived in the United States

The US Centers for Disease Control has released a report in which it identifies over a dozen cases of a deadly, antibiotic-resistant fungus called Candida auris. It’s the first time this super-strain has been found in the US, and disturbingly, four of the first seven patients infected with it have died. Read More >>

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Tasmanian Devil Milk Could Be a Magic Bullet Against Superbugs

Researchers from Australia have discovered that chemical compounds found in the milk of Tasmanian devils are capable of killing some of the most deadly bacterial infections — a surprising finding that could introduce a new class of weapons in the war against superbugs. Read More >>

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Watch as Bacteria Evolve Antibiotic Resistance in a Gigantic Petri Dish

By building a gigantic petri dish, researchers from Harvard Medical School and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have produced an incredible visualisation showing bacteria as it mutates to become resistant to drugs. Read More >>

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A Dalek is Helping Exterminate Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

A Dalek standing in the foyer of the BBC’s broadcasting building in London was recently found to contain an interesting compound that could be used to solve an ongoing medical crisis. Read More >>

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Feeding Cows Antibiotics Could Be Much Worse Than We Thought

We’ve heard a lot about how stuffing cows full of antibiotics is accelerating the superbug apocalypse. That alone should convince us to stop, but if you needed more evidence, here’s another dirty secret: antibiotics could be making cows gassier and boosting their contribution to global warming. Read More >>

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Superbugs Could ‘Kill Every Three Seconds’ Thanks to Antimicrobial Resistance

A global report says that superbugs will kill people every three seconds by 2050, unless medics change their approach to antibiotics and public awareness about resistance improves. Read More >>

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Scientists Want to Use Predators to Fight Drug-Resistant Superbugs

Bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics far more quickly than humans are discovering new ones. That’s why a DARPA-funded research team is exploring a fascinating new way we might win the war against germs: not with drugs, but with predatory bacteria that sound like monsters from science fiction. Read More >>