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Open wide … the mouths of crocodiles like this contain bacteria that cause potentially lethal infections in people they bite. from www.shutterstock.com

If a croc bite doesn’t get you, infection will

Until recently we didn't know much about which antibiotic is best for people who have been attacked by a crocodile.
People mainly think of GPs over-prescribing antibiotics, but ubiquitous use in farming and other areas also contributes to resistance in bacteria. Reuters/Brian Snyder

When the drugs don’t work: how we can turn the tide of antimicrobial resistance

We need a concentrated and coordinated effort by government and scientists if we're to stave off the threat of antimicrobial resistant bacteria.
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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.
E. Coli bacteria. Billion Photos/Shutterstock.com

How the brain helps the body fight bacteria

The discovery that the nervous system plays a crucial role in the immune response may lead to new treatments for bacterial infections.
In us, on us and all around us. Microbes image via www.shutterstock.com.

Microbes: Our tiny, crucial allies

Long viewed simply as 'germs,' the hidden half of nature turns out to be crucial to the health of people and plants.

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