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Lyme disease patients hold a rally outside the Irish Parliament. Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Chronic Lyme disease – does it exist?

Many patients without a diagnosis of Lyme disease report a constellation of symptoms, sometimes for years. Does chronic Lyme disease exist?
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria (coloured yellow) enmeshed within a human white blood cell (coloured red). MRSA is a major cause of hospital-associated infections. (NIAID)

Drug-resistant superbugs: A global threat intensified by the fight against coronavirus

Antimicrobial resistance is a public health and economic disaster waiting to happen. If we do not address this threat, by 2050 more people will die from drug-resistant infections than from cancer.
Two new studies have found a link between having antibiotics as a baby and an increased risk of obesity in childhood. From shutterstock.com

The link between antibiotics and obesity in children doesn’t mean you need to avoid antibiotics

New research finds taking antibiotics in early life is associated with an increased risk of obesity at age four. But that's no reason not to give your child antibiotics if they really need them.
More stringent use of antibiotics is needed to curb antibiotic resistance. But how can we achieve this? From shutterstock.com

We can reverse antibiotic resistance in Australia. Here’s how Sweden is doing it

Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest health challenges we face today. But making a few small changes to the way antibiotics are prescribed could make a big difference in Australia.
Antibiotics can be a wonder for treating bacterial infections – but we need to be cautious in how we use them. From shutterstock.com

Antibiotic resistant superbugs kill 32 plane-loads of people a week. We can all help fight back

Antibiotic resistant superbugs kill 32 plane-loads of people a week. We can all help fight back. The Conversation, CC BY48 MB (download)
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.

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