Health minister Sussan Ley said Australia’s use of antibiotics in general practice is 20% above the OECD average. Is that right?
Long viewed simply as 'germs,' the hidden half of nature turns out to be crucial to the health of people and plants.
The federal government is tackling antimicrobial resistance with a 'One Health' approach. But what is One Health and what can it offer that other approaches haven't?
Resistant bacteria enter our aging sewer infrastructure and may eventually end up in the environment through sewage spills.
Poor testing methods and antibiotic use by GPs and urologists has left thousands of women with crippling infections.
The serendipitous discovery of penicillin is a testament to the importance of observation.
It could yet become a powerful weapon in our medical arsenal.
Irrational prescriptions are a major global health problem. The World Health Organisation estimates that more than half of all medicines are inappropriately prescribed, dispensed or sold.
Food-borne diseases will continue to thrive unless Africa's meat inspection programmes are upgraded.
Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928 and revolutionised the treatment of bacterial infections. Ever since then we have been searching for new antibiotics.
Doctors know that inappropriate prescribing can lead to antibiotic resistance. So why do they keep doing it?
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.
Panic has spread with the discovery of a bacterium in the United States that is resistant to the last bastions of antibiotic resistance.
When the hugging had to stop: life in a post-antibiotic era.
Here are highlights from The Conversation US' coverage of antibiotics and how scientists are trying to combat resistant bacteria.
The virus that could cure antibiotic resistant infections.
Many people in the U.S. have no idea that TB is still found here, or what a major health risk it poses in other parts of the world.
Quantum dots - minuscule semiconductor particles with specific light-absorption properties - can kill drug-resistant superbugs without harming the surrounding healthy tissue.
The evolutionary history of antibiotic resistance suggests it may be impossible to develop resistance-proof antibiotics so what are our other options?
While some ancient therapies proved effective enough that they are still used in some form today, on the whole they just aren't as good as modern antimicrobials at treating infections.