With an ageing population, and the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, now is the time to be worried about sepsis.
Many articles describe the rise of superbugs - bacteria that are resistant to antibiotic drugs - as inevitable. But society has the knowledge to stop the spread of these microbes.
A surprising number of people are catching pneumonia or urinary tract infections in hospital, a new Australian study shows for the first time.
New technology could help doctors identify the right antibiotic for their patient in double-quick time.
Whooping cough is making a comeback. Here's how to identify it, and why vaccination is a way to protect babies.
Research using massive databases -- such as the Danish Psychiatric Central Research Register -- is enabling a whole new understanding of the links between life history, the gut and mental health.
Instability in the DRC and Ebola's deadly properties is making it hard to contain the virus.
A study that more NHS managers actually lowered rates of infection and led to some improvement in patient satisfaction.
It's hard to predict how long it will take to feel better after you start taking antibiotics. But if you start feeling worse one to two days after starting the therapy, you must see your doctor.
Millions of bacteria live on our skin without making us sick. It's when they manage to get through that they can be dangerous – particularly if they're resistant to antibiotics.
Sepsis can maim or kill within hours. Here's how to identify the condition.
The nematode that can turn slugs into zombies.
New research uses pathology in dinosaur bones to look at predator-prey interactions in the fossil record.
Middle ear infections (otitis media) are a common and often painful condition that
most children will experience at least once in their first year.
There's a norovirus outbreak at the Winter Olympics. Here's what that means – and why it's so hard to stop.
From face-touching to virus-contaminated electronic devices, a scientist offers some tips on eradicating the flu virus from your home.
School sores usually clear up within a few weeks, without any scarring. Here's what to do if you suspect your child has them.
Scientific studies show that bats may carry "coronoviruses" causing SARS and MERS - without showing symptoms of disease. Could the bat immune system be key to human survival in future pandemics?
Tularemia is an animal disease that can be transmitted to humans. While it can be fatal, it is rare in Australia and can be treated with antibiotics.
We need a concentrated and coordinated effort by government and scientists if we're to stave off the threat of antimicrobial resistant bacteria.