Researchers are using epigenetics to find ways to 'turn off' bacteria's ability to cause infections.
Some patients may be prescribed antibiotics as preventatives, rather than to treat infections.
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.
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.
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Speaking with: Dr Mark Blaskovich on antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the threat of superbugs.
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William Isdale speaks with Mark Blaskovich about his research into antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the threat these superbugs pose to communities.
Estuaries are natural filtering points between freshwater and the ocean where pollutants tend to accumulate.
Unless we do something about about antibiotic pollution in the world's waterways, the next trip you take to the coast for a seafood dinner just might be your last.
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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.
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.
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A global trend to regulate frequent antibiotic use in livestock and poultry production is emerging but Africa is still lagging behind.
Antibiotic use is a big issue as the more we use, the more likely bugs are to grow resistant, rendering them useless.
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Health minister Sussan Ley said Australia’s use of antibiotics in general practice is 20% above the OECD average. Is that right?
Many antibiotics simply no longer work.
There's one important piece of the puzzle we're missing when it comes to antimicrobial resistance.
Food-borne diseases will continue to thrive unless Africa's meat inspection programmes are upgraded.
Amazing things lurk up there…
In the battle against superbugs, you'd be amazed where we might find the cures of the future.
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Doctors know that inappropriate prescribing can lead to antibiotic resistance. So why do they keep doing it?
Bacteria have been developing resistance to antibiotics for over a billion years.
Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria change in a way that prevents the antibiotic from working in its normal manner. There are several ways in which this can happen.
Everyone says the solution to antibiotic-resistant superbugs is to use antibiotics less often – but it’s not happening.
Panic has spread with the discovery of a bacterium in the United States that is resistant to the last bastions of antibiotic resistance.
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.)
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Quantum dots - minuscule semiconductor particles with specific light-absorption properties - can kill drug-resistant superbugs without harming the surrounding healthy tissue.
We often don’t know exactly how long is necessary to treat many infections.
Doctors often tell patients to take a “course” of antibiotics, because a partially treated infection may result in relapse with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. But where this advice come from?
Gene editing allows us to eliminate any misspellings, introduce beneficial natural variants, or perhaps cut out or insert new genes.
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?
A batch of ‘crapsules’
Would you freeze your poo for a rainy day of ill health?
The more we take antibiotics, the more likely we are to have superbugs down the line.
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.