Superbugs spread through the environment – and it needs urgent attention.
A CSIRO survey has found many people are confused about common infections, believing antibiotics can treat colds, flu and other viruses. This could fuel a dangerous rise in drug-resistant superbugs.
Antibiotic resistant superbugs kill 32 plane-loads of people a week. We can all help fight back.
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Antibiotic resistant infections already kill about 700,000 people globally every year. While scientists are racing to find new ways to fight superbugs, there's one thing you can do, too.
The CDC just released a list of bacteria and fungi that pose, or have the potential to pose, a serious health threat. Here are four strategies for curbing the rise of these superbugs.
If hospitals are not thoroughly cleaned, patients may be at higher risk of infection. We tested a new approach to hospital cleaning, and found it could reduce infections and save money.
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.
Candida auris is a fungus which breeds most commonly in health-care settings. It's cause for concern because it's hard to detect, and is resistant to many anti-fungal drugs.
Hospital disinfectants could be creating superbugs.
Antibiotic resistance is common in bacteria where there's a large human population and poor sanitation. For the first time however, it's been found in the remote Arctic.
Our bodies have a set of defenses that are finely tuned for killing invading microbes. With rising cases of drug-resistant bacteria, maybe boosting our natural defenses is the best medicine.
Farm animals are the subject of WHO initiatives around antibiotics, but domestic pets could actually be a bigger risk.
The problem of antimicrobial resistance won't go away as long as people in poor countries don't have access to clean water.
Superbugs used to pose the greatest risk to people with compromised immune systems and those who had surgery. But their sexual transmission means antibiotic resistance can spread much more widely.
Researchers are using epigenetics to find ways to 'turn off' bacteria's ability to cause infections.
We know overuse and inappropriate use of antibiotics contribute to resistance, so it's important we develop strategies to improve practice.
Australia does not have a national system that collects data on hospital acquired infections. But new research has shed light on how many do occur each year across the country.
Speaking with: Dr Mark Blaskovich on antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the threat of superbugs.
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William Isdale speaks with Mark Blaskovich about his research into antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the threat these superbugs pose to communities.
Unless we do something about about antibiotic pollution in the world's waterways, the next trip you take to the coast for a seafood dinner just might be your last.
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.