antibiotic resistance

Color-changing bandages detect and treat drug-resistant infections

It may sound dramatic, but antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it's urgent that we change the way we prescribe and
A Superbug STD Is on the Loose in Australia

A Superbug STD Is on the Loose in Australia

Researchers in Australia are sounding the alarm over a foodborne and sexually transmitted disease that’s become resistant to every common antibiotic used to treat it.Read more...
Scientists Find a Weak Spot in Some Superbugs' Defenses

Scientists Find a Weak Spot in Some Superbugs' Defenses

Treatment-resistant infections are increasingly common—and increasingly deadly. Now researchers have found a new way to attack some of those bacteria.
The US has a new weapon in the fight against antibiotic resistance

The US has a new weapon in the fight against antibiotic resistance

Whole genome sequencing is a powerful weapon for combating antibiotic resistance.
It's Time to Kick Big Pharma Out of Antibiotics Research, Scientists Argue

It's Time to Kick Big Pharma Out of Antibiotics Research, Scientists Argue

In the wake of recent reports showing that antibiotic-resistant superbugs are on the rise, some scientists in the UK are pushing for a fix that might seem radical. They argue that the research and
New CDC Report on Superbugs Is Full of Bad News

New CDC Report on Superbugs Is Full of Bad News

The U.S. and the world continue to lose ground against antibiotic resistance, according to a new report out this week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And among other things, the
Wait, There’s Hope\! Here’s How Humans Might Save Antibiotics

Wait, There’s Hope\! Here’s How Humans Might Save Antibiotics

People have a poor track record of preventing global disasters. But for antimicrobial resistance, an unlikely group of allies is making big promises.
It Took Just Three Weeks for Superbug to Resist Last-Resort Drug, Doctors Say

It Took Just Three Weeks for Superbug to Resist Last-Resort Drug, Doctors Say

Just in time for Halloween, doctors in France say they witnessed a real-life horror tale involving an antibiotic-resistant superbug. In less than a month, their patient’s infection evolved resistance
It Took Just Three Weeks for Superbug to Resist Last-Resort Drug, Doctors Say

It Took Just Three Weeks for Superbug to Resist Last-Resort Drug, Doctors Say

Just in time for Halloween, doctors in France say they witnessed a real-life horror tale involving an antibiotic-resistant superbug. In less than a month, their patient’s infection evolved resistance
Doctors Say a Washing Machine Helped Spread a Superbug at a Maternity Ward

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
A Superbug Salmonella Sickened Hundreds of People Through Cheese, Beef, and Raw Milk

A Superbug Salmonella Sickened Hundreds of People Through Cheese, Beef, and Raw Milk

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an outbreak of superbug salmonella sickened hundreds of people and hospitalized dozens over the past two years. But what
How a new antibiotic destroys extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis

How a new antibiotic destroys extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis

The new drug manages to poison even stealth, non-replicating bacteria.
Even the Flies Inside Hospitals Carry Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Even the Flies Inside Hospitals Carry Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Upwards of 90 percent 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
Oh No, a Bad Salmonella Has Reached the U.S.

Oh No, a Bad Salmonella Has Reached the U.S.

Here’s a little morsel of horror to carry you through the weekend. Scientists at North Carolina State University say they’ve discovered disease-causing Salmonella bacteria in the U.S. that can resist
The world’s rivers are flooded with antibiotics

The world’s rivers are flooded with antibiotics

The pollution may allow antibiotic-resistant superbugs to flourish.
Genetically Tweaked Viruses Just Saved a Very Sick Teen

Genetically Tweaked Viruses Just Saved a Very Sick Teen

With a stroke of last-minute luck, scientists engineered bacteria-killing viruses to help an ailing girl recover from a deadly infection.
Petting Zoos May Be Chock Full of Superbugs

Petting Zoos May Be Chock Full of Superbugs

Those adorably tame goats and other animals you love to touch at your local petting zoo might not be so harmless after all, according to some early research out this weekend. It suggests that many
In a World of MRSA and Superfungi, You Need to Start Washing Your Hands Correctly

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

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

More promising news about phages, the parasites that prey on parasites

For many years, we've been following the research on phages, viruses that kill bacteria, once a staple of Soviet medicine and now touted as a possible answer to the worrying rise of