These are viruses called bacteriophages that infect only bacterial cells.
Bacteria are becoming resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics. These expensive, hard-to-treat infections are prompting physicians to reassess using viruses to destroy bacteria.
The usual culprit is the bacterium
Staphylococcus aureus, better known as “golden staph”.
School sores usually clear up within a few weeks, without any scarring. Here's what to do if you suspect your child has them.
John Gerrard says a developed city like Sydney could not cope with an epidemic of the scale of the recent Ebola outbreak.
Speaking with: Dr. John Gerrard on infectious diseases.
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William Isdale speaks to Dr. John Gerrard about the constant threat of infectious diseases and what we can do to prevent a deadly pandemic from establishing itself in Australia.
A recipe for an eyesalve from ‘Bald’s Leechbook.’
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A team of medievalists and scientists look back to history – including a 1,000-year-old eyesalve recipe – for clues to new antibiotics.
Soccer player on artificial turf.
Artificial turf has become popular for kids' sports as well as for professional players. The little black crumbs that help support the blades of fake grass may not be so harmless.
Ask and you shall learn.
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Noisy bedtimes and MRSA – how patient experiences can address issues during hospital stays.
Staphylococcus aureus has confused researchers about how superbugs cause deadly infections.
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A narrow focus on bacteria that produces high levels of toxin may have misled researchers in the pursuit to understand superbugs.
While many of the fruits of the human genome project could be decades away, DNA sequencing of drug-resistant bacteria has been striding forwards
Antibiotic resistance is pressing issue in medicine but the extensive use of antibiotics in farming is part of the problem.
Good thing we don’t have superbugs in hospital yet.
Reviving old remedies doesn't tell us anything we don't already know.
Staph aureus bloodstream infection has a 12-month death rate of between 20 and 35%.
Which of the following conditions would you prefer to have during your next stay in hospital? A. Staphylococcus aureus (Golden Staph) bloodstream infection; or B. a heart attack?
Following a public vote, the 2014 Longitude Prize to develop an idea that will help solve one of the greatest issues of our time will go to a project working on antibiotic resistance. The focus of the…
Smoking weakens the immune system and lowers the ability of human cells to fight infection – research has shown this over and over again. Smoking cigarettes, and breathing in second-hand smoke, puts people…
You can never be too safe.
Human skin is a garden of microbes which is home to about 1,000 bacterial species. Most are benign but some invade the skin and cause illness – and of these, antibiotic resistant bacteria are particularly…
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…
Research has found residential washing machines may not always use hot enough water to eliminate dangerous bacteria like…