The lack diagnostic laboratory systems exacerbates antibiotic resistance in Africa.
Healthcare workers in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to laboratory diagnostics and often have to guess which antibiotics to use for presumed infections.
Our research showed that inflight magazines offered travellers health advice on everything from dehydration to swollen ankles, but hardly anything on avoiding catching and spreading infectious diseases.
Washing hands and coughing into your elbow can help limit the spread of infectious diseases on planes and around the globe. So why don't passengers read about this in their inflight magazines?
Don't let that fly land in your hospital room. It could be carrying dangerous strains of bacteria.
Some ingredients in those tiny particles can have big impacts.
Even the tidiest space has some dust. Researchers are investigating just what these indoor particles are made of and their possible implications for human health.
New study proves that asking doctors to prescribe fewer antibiotics won't work.
Feeding pigs seaweed could make them, us and the planet healthier without contributing to antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
Hospital disinfectants could be creating superbugs.
Farmers are closest to the land and their livestock, and have everything to lose by not taking care of it.
Paramedics bury a man who died of the Nipah virus in Kozhikode, southern India, in May 2018. There is no vaccine for the virus, which can cause raging fevers, convulsions and vomiting, and kills up to 75 per cent of people infected.
As new viruses "jump" from wildlife to humans and we struggle with antimicrobial resistance and even climate change, a new interdisciplinary approach to human health might just save the day.
And don’t infect everyone else in the office either.
The overuse of antibiotics puts vulnerable patients and society at risk.
When bacteria change, antibiotics can stop working.
Antibiotic resistance is a major and growing global health threat. These five recent examples show us how dangerous it can be.
The truth about cats and dogs.
Farm animals are the subject of WHO initiatives around antibiotics, but domestic pets could actually be a bigger risk.
Clostridium difficile bacteria causes diarrhea and inflammation of the colon.
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A new type of antibiotic uses DNA to fight a common deadly microbe, Clostridium difficile. These new drugs are inexpensive and adaptable and can be modified to target any bacterium, lowering the chance of drug resistance.
Research shows potential for delivering our drugs in ways that would make it harder for antibiotic resistance to evolve and spread. Here we see a close up view of a biofilm of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
As a post-antibiotic future beckons, how can humanity protect itself against the proliferation of superbugs? Research suggests 'drug sanctuaries' in hospitals could be a promising solution.
A giant ant carries a dead fellow in the name of cleanliness.
Ants produce their own antimicrobial chemicals to fight bacteria.
Researchers are using epigenetics to find ways to 'turn off' bacteria's ability to cause infections.
Bacteria don't just mutate to beat antibiotics, they also make changes on the fly.
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.
Our study suggests setting targets for antibiotic prescribing is the next step to curb their overuse.
A study that shows GPs are prescribing about five million too many antibiotic scripts a year means we have to take a radical new approach to reducing use of these drugs.
Aspergillus fungal culture.
When it comes to fighting antimicrobial resistance, most of the focus is on bacteria. But we'd be foolish to forget about fungi.