Drug-resistant strains of gonorrhoea, once easily dispatched with penicillin, are spreading across the globe resulting in chronic pain and sterility.
Without leading edge innovations and coordination, Canadians will die from the epidemic of antibiotic resistant infections.
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?
Colonies of E. coli bacteria.
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Here are highlights from The Conversation US' coverage of antibiotics and how scientists are trying to combat resistant bacteria.
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
Quantum dots - minuscule semiconductor particles with specific light-absorption properties - can kill drug-resistant superbugs without harming the surrounding healthy tissue.
Doctors and patients are aware of the problem – they just don’t see themselves as responsible for it.
Bacteria become problematic when an infection occurs and antibiotics that would have treated the infection are no longer effective.
Tests on mice have shown certain antibiotic-resistant gut bacteria can be treated with faecal transplants.
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.
Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria.
CDC/ Janice Haney Carr
We used to think that antibiotic resistance came at a cost for bacteria, making them weaker. It turns out that for some bacteria, resistance can make them stronger and more virulent.
New antibiotics are desperately needed to treat these infections.
Superbugs are back in the news – and everybody loves a good germ panic story.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a leading cause of hospital infections.
New research shows the best way to treat hospital infections caused by C. difficile may be with more of the bacteria.
Superbug breeding ground? It’s not just hospitals that have to battle the threat of antibiotic-resistant microbes.
The fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria – so-called “superbugs” – is a huge challenge, one that the World Health Organization has described as a grave global problem. When superbugs hit the headlines…
Antibiotic-resistant superbugs in pets is a global health concern. The good news is a national survey reveals the bug is…
Not so super now, eh?
Bacteria-eating viruses that kill the hospital superbug C. difficile have been isolated by scientists. The use of these kinds…
Time to shelve our overuse of antibiotics.
Infections and deaths caused by superbugs are increasing every year. So the government’s five-year strategy to tackle the problem, if a little tardy, is a welcome step. In January, Chief Medical Officer…
It’s a big world out there.
A new antibiotic that is effective at killing anthrax and superbug MRSA bacteria could be a weapon in the fight against antibiotic…
A microscopic version of this kills bacteria.
The use of silver in medicine is as old as western medicine itself. Hippocrates is known to have used it to treat ulcers and wounds, the Romans almost certainly knew of its healing properties, its use…
The drugs don’t work. But a swifter way of identifying bacteria could reduce the need for antibiotics.
Researchers have taken the first step towards designing a rapid way of identifying harmful bacteria in infections, demonstrating the potential for faster patient treatment and decreased reliance on antibiotics…
Unregulated antibiotic use in many Asian farms can lead to widespread resistance, which is passed to humans through the food chain.
Experts have warned of the growing risk of travellers to India, China and South East Asia bringing home E.coli infections…
Widespread and unmonitored use of antibiotics in commercial Chinese pig farms may pose a risk to human health worldwide, the study said.
Unchecked use of antibiotics in Chinese farms had led to widespread antibiotic resistance, a new study has found, with researchers…
There are no magic bullets in the antibiotic pipeline that will eradicate the superbugs.
Bacteria are one of the most successful colonisers of the planet. They can be found in almost all environments we know – from the deepest oceans to acid lakes, and inside and on our bodies. And the history…
We already know what a world without effective antibiotics would look like - just recall the pre-antibiotic era.
History not only shows us our errors but also predicts our future. So, we don’t need to speculate about what a world full of superbugs and useless antibiotics would look like, we just need to recall the…