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Doctors Say a Washing Machine Helped Spread a Superbug at a Maternity Ward

In what might be a first, doctors in Germany think that a too gentle washing machine helped spread a superbug to more than a dozen newborns and children in the same hospital – though thankfully, no one was hurt. Read More >>

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Faecal Transplant Patient Killed by Superbug Traced to Donor Stool

An aesthetically unpleasant but genuinely promising medical treatment—a faecal transplant—may come with more serious risks than previously thought. Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about the treatment, after receiving reports of two people coming down with serious drug-resistant infections following the procedure. One patient ultimately died. Read More >>

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In a World of MRSA and Superfungi, You Need to Start Washing Your Hands Correctly

A harrowing article in the New York Times this weekend has set plenty of people on edge. It details the rise of a fungal disease in hospitals that – like so many infections – has steadily become resistant to the drugs used to treat it. But for all our justified fears about superbugs, there’s a simple precaution against infections that most of us fail to take: washing our hands correctly. Read More >>

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Scientists Might Have Found a Way to Thwart Deadly Superbug Outbreaks in Space

For years now, scientists have sounded the alarm about a potential nightmare for astronauts on the International Space Station: antibiotic-resistant superbugs that could be even more dangerous in space than they are on Earth. This week, researchers say they’ve found a way to better prevent such hardy bacteria from growing on surfaces of the ISS. Read More >>

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A Common Household Ingredient Might Sabotage Your Antibiotics

Your daily gob of toothpaste or spritz of body spray might be inadvertently mucking up your antibiotic treatment, suggests new research. It found that a common household antimicrobial ingredient—triclosan—seemed to reduce the potency of antibiotics used to treat urinary tract infections by a hundred-fold, at least in mice. Read More >>

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NASA Scientists Find Possibly Infectious Superbugs on Board the ISS

No place is safe from the scourge of superbugs, a new study suggests, not even space. According to the study, samples of bacteria resistant to several antibiotics have been found on the International Space Station (ISS). And while the bacteria may not have made any astronauts sick, the authors say it’s pretty likely that they can. Read More >>

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Pet Store Puppies in America Are Spreading a Diarrhoea-Causing Superbug to Humans

One of the few bastions of purity left in this forsaken world—puppies—might be inadvertently spreading a bacterial superbug that causes diarrhoea. Last week, the US Centers for Disease and Prevention reported that an outbreak of multidrug-resistant Campylobacter jejuni has sickened more than 100 people across 18 American states in the past two years. And most of these victims had recently come into contact with a pet store puppy. Read More >>

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Superbugs That Cause UTIs Are Spreading Outside of Hospitals

The bacteria that cause urinary tract infections are not only becoming more resistant to antibiotics, suggests a recent study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, but they’re starting to spread outside of hospitals. Even worse than that, doctors might be losing their ability to predict when someone has a superbug, raising the chances of treating them with useless drugs that will further promote resistance. Read More >>

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Hand Sanitisers Are Becoming Less Effective Against Some Hospital Superbugs

Bacteria are steadily winning the war against even our strongest antibiotics, stoking fears of a future that resembles Victorian-era England in all the worst ways. A new study published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine is sure to add to this existential terror: It suggests that at least some hospital-spread bugs are also starting to fend off alcohol-based disinfectants. Read More >>

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Raw Turkey Is Spreading Superbug Salmonella

Getting a stomach bug is bad enough. But a new outbreak of salmonella bacteria spread by raw turkey that has sickened nearly 100 people across several US states has a troubling wrinkle to it: The germ at fault is likely also resistant to multiple antibiotics. Read More >>

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Novartis Becomes the Latest Pharma Company to Give Up on Antibiotics Research

Much like climate change, the growing emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacterial superbugs is a ticking time bomb that threatens our very way of life. It’s also a very expensive problem to tackle, and Big Pharma has struggled to find any promising solutions. On Wednesday, yet another major pharmaceutical—the Swiss-based Novartis—announced it is dropping out of the antibiotics game. Read More >>

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Super Gonorrhoea Is Spreading, With Two New Cases Found in Australia

Last month, UK health officials reported the world’s first documented case of highly drug-resistant gonorrhoea. Now there are two more cases of this so-called super gonorrhoea in Australia. 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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Scientists Uncover a Clue About How Bacteria Develop Antibiotic Resistance

In recent years, superbugs have become one of the biggest threats to modern human health. At present, the CDC estimates that some 23,000 people die every year from multidrug-resistant infections in the United States. The threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria to global health is big enough that this year the World Health Organization for the first time published a list of the 12 superbugs that pose the greatest threat to humans. Read More >>