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Some patients may be prescribed antibiotics as preventatives, rather than to treat infections. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Drug resistance: how we keep track of whether antibiotics are being used responsibly

We know overuse and inappropriate use of antibiotics contribute to resistance, so it's important we develop strategies to improve practice.
Initiatives in infection prevention and control remain critical at all levels of government and in hospitals. from shutterstock.com

Here’s how many people get infections in Australian hospitals every year

Australia does not have a national system that collects data on hospital acquired infections. But new research has shed light on how many do occur each year across the country.
Antibiotics Staphylex, used to treat the infection Golden Staph. TONY PHILLIPS/ AAP

Speaking with: Dr Mark Blaskovich on antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the threat of superbugs

Speaking with: Dr Mark Blaskovich on antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the threat of superbugs. The Conversation, CC BY-ND45.2 MB (download)
William Isdale speaks with Mark Blaskovich about his research into antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the threat these superbugs pose to communities.
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Three ways you can just say no to antibiotic drug abuse

Antibiotic resistance is a major health threat that causes almost 700,000 deaths a year, and its toll is expected to grow. Here are some things you can do to offer your own resistance.
According to the World Health Organisation, antimicrobial resistance is now at crisis point. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Recent death from resistant bug won’t be the last

The US Centers for Disease Control has reported a woman in her 70s has died of overwhelming sepsis caused by a bacterium that was resistant to all available antibiotics.
A quantum dot: A high-resolution transmission electron micrograph of cadmium telluride nanoparticles. (The scale bar in the lower right is 2 nanometers long, or two millionths of a millimeter.) Nagpal Group, University of Colorado

Fighting superbugs with nanotechnology and light

Quantum dots - minuscule semiconductor particles with specific light-absorption properties - can kill drug-resistant superbugs without harming the surrounding healthy tissue.
Gene editing allows us to eliminate any misspellings, introduce beneficial natural variants, or perhaps cut out or insert new genes. Libertas Academica/Flickr

Why we can trust scientists with the power of new gene-editing technology

Should the gathering of experts from around the world that's considering the scientific, ethical, and governance issues linked to research into gene editing ring alarm bells?
The more we take antibiotics, the more likely we are to have superbugs down the line. Brandice Schnabel/Flickr

When should you take antibiotics?

Antibiotics can prevent serious harm and stop infections becoming fatal. But they won't kill common cold and flu viruses, and careless overprescribing by doctors can do more harm than good.
Tests on mice have shown certain antibiotic-resistant gut bacteria can be treated with faecal transplants. Rick Eh/flickr

Poo transplants can eliminate two superbugs from the gut: mice study

Two of the most common antibiotic-resistant bacteria circulating in hospitals can be wiped out by transplanting faeces from a healthy animal into the gut of an infected one, a study on mice has found.

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