superbugs

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...
Doctors Are Still Putting Us at Risk of Superbugs with Too Many Antibiotics

Doctors Are Still Putting Us at Risk of Superbugs with Too Many Antibiotics

Doctors are prescribing antiobiotics in situations where they aren’t needed or for unclear reasons, when there is a very clear downside to doing so.
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
Superbugs could kill us all if we’re not careful

Superbugs could kill us all if we’re not careful

You may not see it on the surface, but there's an arms race happening at your local pharmacy. Every day, antibiotics are handed out to countless sick people around the globe. They're our best weapon
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

The Tiny Problem Sickening Millions of Americans

A new CDC report finds that nearly 3 million Americans are infected by drug-resistant superbugs every year. And more than 35,000 die.
The Bacteria That Cause Stomach Ulcers Are Becoming Drug-Resistant, Too

The Bacteria That Cause Stomach Ulcers Are Becoming Drug-Resistant, Too

A common bacterial infection that causes stomach ulcers and cancer has gotten increasingly harder to fend off, according to new preliminary research out this week. In Europe, it suggests, strains of
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
A deadly, drug-resistant fungus has swept the globe—here’s how it spreads

A deadly, drug-resistant fungus has swept the globe—here’s how it spreads

With a 30-60% fatality rate, researchers are trying to stem its mysterious spread.
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
Fecal Transplant Patient Killed by Superbug Traced to Donor Stool

Fecal Transplant Patient Killed by Superbug Traced to Donor Stool

An aesthetically unpleasant but genuinely promising medical treatment—a fecal transplant—may come with more serious risks than previously thought. This week, the Food and Drug Administration issued a
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.

Gene-modified viruses rescue patient from drug-resistant 'superbug'

Doctors normally resort to bacteriophages (bacteria-killing viruses) to kill antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" only when they've run out of options, in part because it's difficult to find the ideal
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
A silver bullet is being aimed at the drug-resistant superbugs on the ISS

A silver bullet is being aimed at the drug-resistant superbugs on the ISS

A bacteria which is benign here on Earth can mutate into a drug-resistant superbug once it enters space. Now this problem is being tackled by a team of microbiologists who have found a way to inhibit
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